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 0013 vegetable gardening 0017 , including growing 000F sweet onions 0026 the Vidalia way. They tell all about 000C soil testing 0002 , 000A composting 0002 , 0010 using pine straw 0010 and getting 000F garden tools 0080 ready for winter.
If the landscape is your main concern, check out the stories on 0007 pruning 0002 , 001C watering trees and shrubs 0005 and 001C planting for fall foliage 000D . Read about 0013 planting pansies 0005 and 0019 spring flowering bulbs 000B , too, and 0021 fall chores for a healthy lawn 0045 .
Other stories tell how to 000D zap fire ants 000B , plant 0016 backyard muscadines 0005 and 0017 winterize your trees 001A . One even reminds you of 001A timely home maintenance 005D chores for the fall. And if you're the adventurous sort, read about a fall phenomenon: 0007 foxfire 26CC .
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.)