Fall can be the best time in the world to garden, say the experts with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Working in the garden or landscape obviously isn't as hot in the fall. Extension Service scientists say there other benefits, too.
The bugs aren't as bad, for instance. And the ones that are, like fire ants, are easier to kill in the fall.
Fall doesn't stress plants, either. In Georgia, the climate is wonderful for allowing new plants' roots to grow through the fall and even most of the winter. That leaves them better able to withstand the summers, when real stresses strike in Georgia.
The fall edition of the CAES 1999 Garden Packet is on the World Wide Web at http://www.ces.u ga.edu/news/99fallgarden/.
Fall Garden Packet
To help with your fall gardening needs, a number of UGA Extension Service scientists have provided an information-packed fall edition of the CAES 1999 Garden Packet.
The scientists provide timely tips on vegetable gardening, including growing sweet onions the Vidalia way. They tell all about soil testing, composting, using pine straw and getting garden tools ready for winter.
If the landscape is your main concern, check out the stories on pruning, watering trees and shrubs and planting for fall foliage. Read about planting pansies and spring flowering bulbs, too, and fall chores for a healthy lawn.
Other stories tell how to zap fire ants, plant backyard muscadines and winterize your trees. One even reminds you of timely home maintenance chores for the fall. And if you're the adventurous sort, read about a fall phenomenon: foxfire.
Summer's heat is lingering, but it won't be around long. So read up. Get ready. The fall gardening season's just getting started.
(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)