Fall weather and planting around the corner in Oklahoma

We finally received some relief from the intense summer heat as the temperatures dropped 15º for much of last week. Most of the state even enjoyed some rain. We still need to be on top of our watering as many trees and plants have been under extreme stress and we still have to deal with hot, dry weather for a while yet.

The “cold front” last week gives us hope that fall is coming and when we visit our local greenhouse growers we see thousands of hardy mums and pansies in production. In just a few weeks those fall crops will be showing color and it will be time for us to plant them in our yards for immediate fall color.

Besides watering, weeding and pest control this is a great time to harvest fresh produce from your vegetable garden. The tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and other vegetables that survived the summer heat will get a burst of energy with the cooler weather and begin to yield larger harvests.

We are at the tail end of the planting season for fall vegetable gardens. You should get your cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli plants in the ground right away. Kale, kohlrabi, leeks, onions, green peas and leaf lettuce should also be planted right away for fall harvest. Most of these cool season or semi-hardy vegetables will keep growing and producing harvests through several light frosts until we get a really hard freeze. You can plant spinach, Swiss chard, turnips, rutabaga and radishes up until mid September.

In just a few weeks we will be into prime fall planting season for trees and shrubs so now is the time to think about your yard and develop a long term plan in your mind or on paper of where you would like to add shade trees. Fall is a good time to change out or add foundation plantings, shrub fences, windbreaks or natural screens. Start preparing to plant these trees and shrubs in a few weeks after we have cooled down.

Now would be a good time to remove any old overgrown plantings you plan to replace or where you plan to create new flowerbeds to plant this fall. If it is currently an area covered by grass or weeds, treat with glyphosate (Roundup) or solarize by covering the future flowerbed with clear or black plastic so it heats up to kill the existing vegetation for 2 weeks or more before you dig out the roots and create the new planting area.

Don’t forget to water as needed and enjoy watching your plants leaf out with renewed energy as the rains come and the weather transitions to fall.


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