Fall is here and winter is right around the corner. Now is a great time to care for some of those last minute outdoor preparations before winter hits. As always it's important to enjoy the beauties of each changing season. With fall there are a lot of attractive décor and tasty harvest recipes you don’t want to “fall” behind on. If you are a gardener, there are some new growing options that will improve your yards beauty and your appetite to boot!
Changing Temperature
Weather in November is far from predictable, especially here in the greater Eugene-Springfield area. It may say Autumn on the calendar, but the weather gets increasingly chilly as the days go by. The date of the first frost is almost upon us, and there will be more and more nights below freezing and possible snow forecasts as winter approaches.
Repairs
Days are getting shorter, so try to plan for free time earlier in the day in case you need to do some maintenance or repair work. It’s a good time of year to clean out the gutters, and bring in outdoor furniture that isn’t rain-resistant. Daylight savings (November 1, 2020), is a great reminder to remember to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon detectors. Don't forget to set your clocks back!
Flowers
Don’t be afraid to plant some flowers too. Spring-flowering bulbs, like tulips, alliums, and lilies can be planted now to start growing throughout the winter. And flowers like nasturtiums, marigold, lavender, chamomile, and calendula are currently blooming. Check out the seed packets and flower pots available at the store and choose something that will lighten the mood and add some color for these darker months.
Vegetables Gardens
Some vegetables can be planted right now, like kale, broccoli, beets, garlic, onions, and cabbage. Just make sure to be aware of soil and pH needs in case you need to change out the substrate for best results. The Pacific North West is generally mild enough in weather to keep a garden all your long. One only has to keep the ground free of standing water and garden covered so the elements do not freeze the harvest.
Pruning
Once all the leaves drop, trees and shrubbery can be pruned and cut back to promote healthy growth and vitality. That way the tree is dormant and won’t be poorly affected. Late fall is an excellent time to prune most fruit trees. Roses are best if pruned pruned between November and March to increase flower budding. As always if you are unsure on how to properly prune your trees or bushes it's best to consult a professional.