Frugal Fall Planting

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Fall is not necessarily considered a time for planting, especially for folks in the colder growing zones. However, fall plant sales at your local nursery or greenhouse should not be passed up when thinking of long-term food gardens and self-sufficiency needs. These sales give us a great opportunity to purchase plants at a super discount while also allowing the plants time to develop healthy root systems. Use this time of year and the sales provided at greenhouses to look beyond the mums and plan a self-sufficient perennial garden – consider it frugal fall planting for an abundant future.

Fruit & Nut Trees

Fall is a great time to plant fruit and nut trees. Trees begin moving their energy from producing leaves and fruit to using that energy to build deep strong root systems. Look for trees at the nursery that are free of disease and are generally healthy looking. Water well and as often as necessary until cold temperatures set in or the snow begins to fly.
In the spring, your trees should bud and produce leaves. Depending on the variety and age of the tree when purchases it could take several years to produce fruit. It’s a good future investment, as fruit and nut trees can provide much nutrition and calories in a survival situation and are generally good keepers for long-term storage.


Berries too can be planted in the fall and local greenhouses will likely have these marked way down from their spring prices. Be sure to plant deeply and cover well with mulch to keep tender root systems protected in especially cold climates. Remember to chose location well. Some berries, once they take root, can be a pest, so put them somewhere that won’t disturb the rest of the garden.

Herbs: Culinary & Medicinal

Fall of 2011

There can often be found very good deals in this department. Don’t overlook the plant that is perhaps a little brown or wilted. Take the one that is root bound and marked way down. Often these plants look about dead above the ground but are actually thriving root systems. Plant these deeply into flower and herb beds with a good sized scoop of compost and cover with soil and mulch.

The plant will establish is root system during the winter months and with proper watering and fertilizing come spring likely make a permanent and flourishing home in your garden. I started this herb garden in the fall of 2011 with sale plants from a local nursery.  You can see that in 3 years, it can grow to be rather bushy and productive.3 years
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Kathie N. Lapcevic is a farmer, writer, teacher, and homebody living in northwest Montana with her soul-mate, Jeff.

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