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Master Gardener shares tips for fall gardening

By Kelly Killian, Kelly Killian, kkillian@ktxs.com
Published On: Sep 28 2012 09:21:36 AM CDT
Updated On: Sep 28 2012 03:17:40 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

Kathy Feagan from Big Country Master Gardener visited KTXS This Morning Friday to share some tips on how to get a garden ready for fall.

"Most people don't think about this, but fall is the best time to plant," Feagan said. Planting in the falls gives the roots an extended amount of time to develop.

Fall is also the time to "replenish mulch and clean up your garden," Feagan said. If any of your plants did not survive the Texas summer heat, now is the time to pull them out.

Feagan said the months of October and November are the best time to plant winter color annuals, such as pansies, snapdragons, and cabbage. She also said not to worry if the pretty parts of the plants go away soon; most plants go dormant in the winter.

"As far as plants go," Feagan said, "it is a good time to fertilize." Feagan suggests using organic compost or mulch.

The Master Gardeners are having a Fall Plant Sale sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Modern Living Mall at the Taylor County Expo Center.