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Fall is for Planting

Why is Fall a Great Time to Plant?

Here in the southeast, springtime isn't the only time to garden!

Fall's cooler weather makes for a perfect time to get outside, play in the dirt, and create a beautiful fall garden and landscape.

Celebrate the Fall Planting Season

Join us for Gardenfest

It's Fall at Pike & You're Invited! We are hosting lots of fun and educational classes throughout the weekend as well as interactive activities the entire family can enjoy.

Celebrate Fall Gardenfest with us at all store locations this weekend! Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1

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Reasons to Plant in Autumn

Cool Temperatures, Warm Soil: The weather is cool, but the soil is still warm. Plants are less stressed by the heat, humidity, and long days, but roots are nice and cozy.

Still Time to Grow: Fall is mild here in the South and we don't get frost until November, so you still have plenty of time to grow and enjoy flowers, vegetables, and more.

Planning Ahead: Fall is the time to plant things that will bloom next spring and beyond. Trees, shrubs, fruit, and perennials will thrive next season when planted now.

Rooting In: Fall is when many plants focus on storing nutrients and preparing for winter. By next spring, all your fall plantings will have grown strong roots so they can grow abundant foliage and flowers.

Healthy Soil = Strong Plants

Importance of Soil 

  • Healthy soil is the foundation of productive, sustainable gardening.
  • Soil is composed of different minerals that are essential for plant growth. They include carbon, calcium, manganese, nitrogen, sulfur, potassium, and phosphorus.
  • Our native clay soil is compacted, lacks nutrients, holds too much water. Amend your clay dirt 50/50 with Black Gold Planting Mix to add organic matter and improve the structure of the soil which increases drainage, aeration & lets roots grow easily.
  • Add Dr. Earth Root Zone organic starter fertilizer when planting to boost beneficial microbes and essential nutrients in the soil. This reduces transplant shock and jumpstarts root growth.
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Fall Kitchen Garden

It's the perfect time to grow your own cool-season produce! There are so many delicious and nutritious fruits, vegetables, and herbs to last you the whole season.
  • Vegetables: it's a great time to plant broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, kale, radishes, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and more.
  • Herbs: there are many evergreen herbs that will thrive year-round - even in the winter months. Enjoy herbs like parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and more.
  • Fruit: Plant now to establish a bountiful backyard orchard. Fall is ideal for planting all fruit trees as well as blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. They'll establish roots during fall and winter to produce abundant harvests in the future.

No yard? No problem! Grow in pots

Container Gardening

Short on yard space? Container gardens are the solution! When putting together your seasonal container masterpieces, remember one simple rule: thrillers, fillers, and spillers.

  • Thrillers are the tall focal points in your container garden. Use ornamental grasses, salvia, and more.
  • Fillers are the plants that fill up the empty space in your container. Use low-growing options like pansies and violas.
  • Spillers trail over the side of your container, providing that stunning waterfall effect. Use creeping jenny and vinca minor.
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Watering Tips for the Garden

Don't just spray the hose willy nilly! Be strategic with your watering for more effective and efficient application.

Fall Garden DIYs

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Early Fall Container Garden

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Grow Your Own Smoothie

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Cool-Season Veggie Container

Want to learn more?

Check out this 10-step guide to planting new trees and shrubs.

Confused by cubic feet?

Use this soil calculator to determine how much soil you need.

Gardening isn't just for fun!

There are tons of benefits to you and the environment.