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During spring and summer we had a myriad of plants and flowers sprouting up all over our yard. Because we moved into our house just last February with snow still on the ground (not the most ideal moving conditions, let me tell you), we had no idea what to expect to see popping up in our backyard. Seeing plants come back to life and fill out in hues of spring and summertime colors was not only really exciting to watch, but absolutely beautiful. When the cold front swept in just a few weeks ago, most of our spring and summer flowers died off. Now that it is officially fall, the chilly air and that distinct, crisp scent it has is making me crave the things that have become synonymous with fall: sweaters and boots, pumpkin coffee, Halloween, and most of all, bright leaves and a plethora of deep reds and brights oranges and yellows.
Now that summer has come to an end, a lot of people are putting away their gardening tools and waiting for the freezing temperatures and inches of snow that come with winter. However, there is still time to find beauty in the fall with fun, simple, and achievable fall gardening projects and tips from Miracle-Gro.
During the summer I planted a few pumpkin seeds that quickly turned into a mini pumpkin patch along the side of my house. Hopefully by late fall we will have at least a few pumpkins, and when that time arrives, I have so many ideas for them–homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin butter, and a ton of decorating projects! Until I found myself totally immersed in the countless home decor and gardening ideas on Pinterest (as if there is possibly a way to explore anything on Pinterest without quickly becoming totally immersed in it) my ideas for these pumpkins have all involved taking them off the vines. That is until I found the above picture. It is so simple, planting colorful mums around where the pumpkins are growing, but astoundingly effective. Purple and red mums compliment the bright orange of the pumpkins, making it the perfect sight for a beautiful yard that just screams 'Fall!'
Mums are a popular fall flower choice because they come in an array of different colors, can grow almost anywhere in the country, and are available at pretty much any garden center around. Adorning your yard with mums is easy, whether you're planting them in the ground or in planters, pots, or baskets. By simply following the spacing and planting directions on the included plant tags and providing them with a healthy environment to grow in, you will have an amazing yard for fall just bursting with rich color. Pansies are another popular fall flower, and just as easy to take care of as mums. When you add pansies to your yard alongside mums, you can achieve a greater array of colors and also texture, which makes your yard look so much more lush and just plain interesting.
As for providing your mums and pansies with a healthy environment, Miracle-Gro makes that incredibly easy with their line of specially formulated blends of potting soil, garden soil, and plant foods.
For in-ground planting projects, there's Miracle-Gro Garden Soil for Flowers & Vegetables, a specially formulated blend for annuals, perennials, and vegetables that improves existing soil to build strong roots. It also feeds the plants for up to 3 months with Miracle-Gro Continuous Release Plant Food. For potting projects, there's Miracle-Gro Potting Mix, an ideal blend for all kinds of container or potted plants that feeds plants for up to 6 months with Miracle-Gro Continuous Release Plant Food. Additional plant feeding is also made very easy with Miracle-Gro's LiquaFeed, which makes feeding your plants through their leaves and roots just as easy as watering.
Are you inspired to get out in your yard and find the beauty in the fall? If you have any fall gardening projects or tips of your own, we would love to hear about them! You can also chat and share your gardening stories with other avid gardeners on the Miracle-Gro Facebook page.