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fall garden guide
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Autumn is a busy time in the garden. It’s a time of change and necessary preparations for winter. In many climates, it’s the last chance at harvest before the cold weather sets in. If you grow the right kind of plants, it can also be a time of unparalleled beauty and color.

There’s a lot to be done in the fall garden, but here we’ve gathered many of the basics. From the best trees, flowers, and vegetables to grow, to the right steps to take to get ready for winter, this Beginner’s Guide to Fall Gardening should help you get the most out of your fall garden, even if it’s your very first one.

Fall Gardening for Beginners

There are many things to do in autumn to keep busy in the garden and one of those is maintenance. Whether it’s raking the yard, cleaning up the garden, starting a fall garden, or prepping for next season, here are some autumn garden tips to get the job done:

Additional Tips and Information

Not looking for maintenance chores? Perhaps you’re more interested in the season itself and how to make the most of this time of year. From the colorful leaves and fall-blooming plants to crafty projects and autumn décor, gardening in fall has plenty of offer. Here are just some of the things you can do, along with useful tips and information celebrating the season.

Fall Foliage in the Garden

Fall Garden Plants

DIY Fall Garden Guide Projects

Liz Baessler
Senior Editor

The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.

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