Fall is here so start planting

Gardener’s Outlet makes the seasonal transition a beautiful breeze with homegrown plants

Even though the temps have been warm for this time of year, fall is officially here. Before long, we will all be wondering where the warm temps went. At least we are finally getting the rain we so badly needed, and it looks like the hot temperatures of summer are behind us. At Gardener’s Outlet, they are prepared for these cooler temps. Since they grow most of their own plants on site, they have had fall plants like pansies, violas, and flowering kale and cabbage, growing for the past month. They are ready, and waiting for you to come by and pick some out for your garden and flower pots. Bryan Ragland, manager at Gardener’s Outlet, says that pansies and other fall plants can survive a little heat during the day as long as they can cool off during the nighttime. He says since the night time temps are finally falling into the high 50’s and low 60’s, fall plants like pansies, violas, kale and cabbage can survive all day out in the sun.

Gardener’s Outlet has a variety of colors of pansies, violas, and mums, and also a variety of container sizes of purple and white flowering cabbage and kale. Bryan says that if you have never tried planting flowering kale or cabbage, they make a great accent flower with pansies and violas. As the temperatures get cooler, the centers of the kale and cabbage will start to change colors. White kale and cabbage will get very white in the center, surrounded by green leaves, and purple kale and cabbage will turn a darker shade of purple than the outer leaves. He also says that if you have never tried planting violas, he highly recommends giving them a try. The bloom on a viola looks a lot like a pansy bloom, they are just smaller, but they bloom a lot more profusely than a pansy and they will reseed when they die off in the spring, and show back up in your garden next fall on their own, whereas a pansy will not. Bryan wants to remind everyone that pansies, violas, kale and cabbage will grow through the winter, unless the temps get down into the single digits. Bryan says that pansies, despite their name, are a very cold hardy plant, as well as violas.

Bryan says that fall is actually the best time to plant perennials, trees and shrubs. He says that if you plant these now, they will have time to root well before winter. Then, in spring, they will be rooted and ready to immediately start growing when the spring temps start warming up, so you will get a full season of growth the first year. He says if you wait until spring to plant, you will lose at least a month’s worth of growing while the plant roots. By planting now, you will actually see a lot more growth next year than if you wait. Gardener’s Outlet still has a good selection of perennials and shrubs, and a small selection of trees. From now until the end of October, Gardener’s Outlet is giving a 25 percent discount on all perennials, trees and shrubs. So, if you are still looking to add a few things to your landscape, and you are looking for a good deal, Bryan hopes you come by and see him at Gardener’s Outlet. Since Gardener’s Outlet grows most of its own plants, they are ready immediately to be taken home and planted since they don’t have to be acclimated to our dry climate like plants that are shipped in from other climates need.

Gardener’s Outlet is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday thru Saturday, and closed on Sunday. If you have never been to Gardener’s Outlet, they are located on North Frankford Avenue about a mile-and-a-half north of the Wal-Mart at 4th Street and Frankford Avenue—on the northwest side of town. If you have any questions, just call Bryan at (806) 744-5404, or check out their webpage at Discovergardenersoutlet.com, or check out Gardener’s Outlet on Facebook. Bryan will be glad to answer any questions you might have about planting for the fall season.

 

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