Thank you for reading! You can see me in action as I explain cloning in a YouTube tutorial and me talking Fall with my wife, Jay on my channel, also The Weekend Garden Soldier. If you get over there, we would appreciate your feedback—whether you like, subscribe, leave a comment, or ask me a question.
My wife and I are really happy with our garden victories this year, but we each see this time of year a little differently. She feels more urgency than I do to move on to the next big shift. I don’t think we’re done with this stage just yet. I’m still thinking about a few different things on the cusp of Fall.
- Bargain plants Keep a look out. Prices are gonna start to drop in stores that know what they’re doing. It’s better to sell a plant for a dollar, rather than throw it away. That’s my opinion. Even the best greenhouses waste a lot of plants by not decreasing prices as the seasons demand.
- Fall I don’t consider the arrival of autumn as the end of gardening. As a matter of fact, there’s still technically a lot more for me to do. Bulbs. Perennials. Late-season (probably October) planting… So this is a time for gardeners like me—who dream of always growing, even in urban or small settings—can keep our minds sharp and our hopes up for planning, planting, and preparing whatever your garden space looks like.
- Strategy As I plan what I want to do with both my edible and inedible gardens, I can’t just assume I will remember everything I want to change and implement next year. I have to take notes. For the same reason it’s a good idea for me to lable my plants as they go into our gardens, I write something down as I imagine what I will create, what I will keep and what I’ll move for the next season.
CLONING I say it’s a good time to clone, because I want to clone at a time that the plants are still in good shape—while there are still healthy shoots. It’s not necessarily an optimal time to collect cuttings for propagation, more of a preference—my liking to plant seeds, growing plants indoors from February to May. So, for me, as long as there is some active growth.
Below, you can see me making a cutting of Echinacea (Coneflower).
When I zoom out of my laser focus on traditional sowing and garden maintenance, the end of the summer presents me with an ideal window for the way I prefer to dedicate resources by season. It’s a time that my cutting back the plant will actually help the aesthetics of our garden beds. If I have a big plant, cutting it back for this beneficial purpose also allows me to tidy up my perennial. I love cloning and growing our home gardens this way.
Some things I want to look into include (but are not limited to): growing garlic successfully, getting a garden journal to help us record big garden moments, and researching things like succession gardening and what the Fall should look like for food we love to grow like beans and peas.
Let me know what your garden plans are—big or small!