How to Make the Most of Your Fall Garden

Looking for ways to spruce up your garden this season? You’re in luck, because fall is a great time to plant some beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables. Even if you don’t necessarily have a green thumb, you can still make your garden something to be proud of. Read on for some Mosquito Authority-approved tips on how to make the most of your fall garden:

Flowers to plant:

  • Chrysanthemums: Chrysanthemums come in a variety of colors perfect for fall, such as red, yellow, orange, and pink. Simply make sure you plant these flowers at least six weeks before any extreme cold weather, so they can have time to establish roots.
  • Aster: If you want to add some cool colors to your autumn garden, plant some aster. Aster is a perennial plant that grows in many different colors like purple and blue. Nectar from an aster plant is also a great food source for butterflies and bees!
  • Sweet Alyssum: Sweet alyssum isn’t just for decoration; it also has a pleasantly sweet scent. Flowering in shades of white, pink, purple, yellow, and peach, sweet alyssum grows along the ground to create a flowery carpet of color.
  • Black-Eyed Susan: Black-eyed susans are another flower that will brighten up your autumn garden. These golden blooms look beautiful next to any flower and are a favorite food source of bees and butterflies.

Vegetables to plant:

  • Beets: Beets are a great fall vegetable that should be planted about 8-10 weeks before the first winter frost. If you follow this timeline, you should be able to harvest your beets in time for the holidays.
  • Carrots: Carrots are not only a great source of nutrition, but they also add some color to your garden. These veggies come in a variety of colors including white, purple, crimson, and yellow. Carrots should be planted about 6-8 inches apart with 5-8 seeds per inch.
  • Broccoli: Broccoli that grows during the cold weather actually tastes sweeter than when grown any other time of the year. If you’re planning on growing broccoli this year, plant this crop about 85-100 days before the first frost.
  • Onions: Onions are another crop that come in numerous forms and colors. Depending on your region, certain onions may do better than others. Onions should be planted 2-4 weeks before the first frost of the year.

There are plenty of other flowers and vegetables that can thrive in the cooler weather, so make the most of your fall garden this year by trying some of them out!

Fall Activities to Celebrate the Season

Fall has finally arrived, and with it, the cool weather, changing leaves, and pumpkin spiced lattes. COVID-19 has kept most of us cooped up inside for the majority of 2020, but the one thing it can’t do is keep us from enjoying autumn and the festivities that come with it. 

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the season, whether you are someone who enjoys the outdoors or someone who would rather stay in for a cozy night by the fireplace. Here are some fun, fall activities you can do with the whole family:

Go pumpkin-picking

It wouldn’t be autumn without a day spent in a pumpkin patch. Pumpkin-picking is a classic way to celebrate the season while also getting to enjoy the outdoors with the whole family. Many pumpkin farms even offer extra activities to take part in, such as hay rides and food markets.

Spruce up your fall garden 

Fall is a great time to add some color to your garden. Whether you are a gardening expert or just starting out, there are plenty of beautiful flowers to plant when autumn comes around. Violas, black-eyed Susans, and chrysanthemums are all great options for fall flower planting!

Have a backyard bonfire

Bonfires are a fun way to make the most of a chilly night outdoors. Who doesn’t love s’mores and spooky stories? If you’re worried about being bitten up by mosquitoes, give us a call and we will make sure your backyard is mosquito-free and bonfire-ready!

Plan a family movie night

Sometimes these chilly October nights can have you wanting a night in, so settle in for a family movie night! There are plenty of movies to get you in the festive spirit, so choose one or two (or three) and enjoy a cozy night in.

Visit a corn maze

Corn mazes are fun no matter what your age. If staying inside just doesn’t seem like fun this weekend, enjoying a corn maze is a fun alternative. It’s okay if you get lost in there– that’s half the fun! 

Decorate your house for fall

One of the best ways you can get in the autumn spirit is by putting up some fall decorations. You can even take it to the next level by making your own decorations; homemade wreaths and painted pumpkins are great DIY crafts that everyone can help make!  

Try out some new fall recipes

Autumn brings with it some of the best foods, from pumpkin bread to apple pie. If you are in the baking mood or want to improve your skills in the kitchen, there are plenty of delicious, fall-themed recipes ranging from easy to expert.

Go on a hike

It’s hard to feel motivated to stay active during the colder months of the year, so consider taking your family on a hike. Hiking is not only great exercise, but also a way to enjoy the outdoors and fall foliage with the whole family. 

These are just a few of the many ways to enjoy fall. If you are planning on spending a lot of time outdoors this season, schedule a Mosquito Authority treatment to make sure your backyard is mosquito and tick-free.