Fall gardening tips from the Community Garden


Now that we are well into the growing season and have harvested some fruits (and vegetables) of our hard labour, we will soon find late summer and early fall becoming a time of transition in our gardens. Gardens begin to look worse for wear from insects, disease, senescence, natural weathering and early abandonment. To preserve the beauty and health of our gardens, we need to consider fall garden maintenance such as weeding, harvesting and trimming.


Out of place plants. Invasive species. Weeds! Whatever you prefer to call them, they are a constant problem. Weeds not only can harbor insects and diseases that are harmful to plants, but they also compete with plants for space, nutrients, and water.

Weeds will grow continuously through spring, summer, and even in the fall. Pulling weeds (especially when they are small and have not had a chance to sprout or seed) will cut down the number of pests and diseases that can lead to long term problems. As long as you continue with your “chore” of weeding, it should get easier as the season continues for yourself and your neighbours.

Harvesting and trimming

If you have had sprigs of parsley snipped or your first cucumber plucked from your garden (occasionally without your consent), you probably have learned your lesson: Harvest in a timely fashion. Doing so will not only discourage sticky fingers but also reduces wasted produce and attracting unwelcomed pests to your garden.

Browning and graying leaves or even some dead parts need to be removed – quickly! Taking the time to trim or remove these less-thriving fauna will help to prevent the potential spread of disease in your garden.

Be a good neighbour

Whether you have your own garden at home or you are part of a shared community garden, the up-keep and maintenance of your garden is key for not only the current growing season but also for future ones too. Regular weeding, harvesting and trimming along with other garden maintenance will give you a head start with winterizing your garden.

Should you know that your neighbours are going to be away or may not be able to get to their garden, offer to help with some of their garden maintenance.

To learn how to get involved with the community, the Parkdale Garden and Gathering Space or to prepare for the next growing season, visit the Garden website for events and contact information.

Information sourced from Boston Natural Areas Network


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