How to Save Time and Money on Your Miniature Gardening
~ Do you want to save some time and money?
Do you want to have a successful miniature garden next summer too?
Did you know you can have BOTH?
- Fact: Fall is the best time to plant your garden bed.
- Fact: You can save time and money next summer by planting your garden right now.
- Fact: The success rate for getting trees established in the garden bed is far greater in the autumn months than any other time of year.
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Fall Planting Perks
Many people think spring is the best time to plant an in-ground miniature garden, but fall actually has many definite advantages if not more so!
Fall planting is perfectly positioned in between the hot summer months and the cold winter season so anything you plant right now, will use this time to an advantage to get established in your garden bed.
How it works: Most of the extreme heat/weather is gone for the summer and evening temperatures are cooler, which lets the plants recuperate from the hot(ter) daytime temps. The rains are more frequent, (some areas have too much summer rain these days, I certainly acknowledge that,) which allows a thorough watering of the plant’s roots and surrounding soil AND the roots will continue to grow in temperatures 40° or above.
So even though the temperatures might feel cooler and colder to you, the plant does not mind at all and it’s still growing its roots, establishing itself in the garden bed. During this time between summer and winter, the root systems have a chance to grow and develop before going dormant in the winter.
Then when it wakes up in summer, it’s already home. And if you’re in a place where it doesn’t freeze, the roots will actually keep growing and establishing themselves to get ready for next spring.
It’s like magic – nature’s magic. And it can help you next year!
When spring comes back next year, the new root system can fully support and take advantage of the flush of new growth. When the leaves start to bud and grow, the stronger, advanced roots are now able to find water on their own. (But they will STILL need water in any dry month.)
You’ll save time because there is less maintenance to do, you’ll save money by lowering your water bill AND you will lose less plants because they are already well-on-their way to becoming established in your garden bed.
You can spend more time on creating and crafting the details of your miniature garden instead.
Stay tuned for more fun fall ideas and tips for your miniature gardening!
Remember that miniature gardening is, indeed, a season-less hobby because you can always, always, always plant a container garden at anytime of year.
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