Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chattanooga Fall Gardening, Nurseries, and Plant Sales

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As weather becomes cooler, damper, and more fall-like, it's the perfect time to start thinking about gardening and lawn care. Whether you are staging your home fresh for fall, or making a new place your own, now is the time of year to take care of grass re-seeding, planting fall and winter crops, and changing out seasonal ornamentals to fun options like pansies and lettuces.

The Farmer's Almanac has some great September gardening tips, including fall vegetables you can plant, managing annuals, caring for trees, and planting new perennials. It also has information on the 7A planting zone so that you know which flowers and veggies thrive in Chattanooga's climate (surprise, palm trees can be planted here!).

If you want to expand your gardening beyond your home or participate in it with your church, your child's school, or another organization, Crabtree Farms offers community garden plots. There are also quite a number of church-run gardens throughout the city.

Where ever you do your gardening, or if you simply need to spruce up your lawn, there are several places you can go to get seeds, plants, and supplies. Crabtree Farms does a fall and spring plant sale, as does the Chattanooga Nature Center and Arboretum. Although Crabtree Farm's fall plant sale has already passed, it's a great resource to keep in mind in the future. The Nature Center's is still upcoming, this weekend in fact, September 21-23.

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The Barn Nursery is a great resource that has been in business since the 1960s, serving both Chattanogoa and the North Georgia communities on the Tennessee border, like Fort Ogelthorpe, Chickamauga, and Rossville. They offer a vast array of products from planters to flowers and plants of all varieties, to lawn care seeds and supplies, fertilizers, planting soils and more. It's really a one stop shop for all your gardening needs.

The Signal Mountain Nursery is another great place to fill all your gardening needs with a similar array of plants and gardening products.

The Garden Gallery is Hixon has many locally-grown plants and "specializes in growing the largest selection of custom grown container gardens and hanging baskets." They are definitely a unique and high-quality gardening resource in the area.

Holcomb Garden Center has been a major local gardening chain since the 1990s, and can still be remembered by some in town for the sweet commercials from back then with the owner's daughter lisping through the ad narration. They have locations in Hixson and Fort Ogelthorpe. They can offer a lot of advice on which products and plants will be right for you.

Hopefully with these many resources this will be your yard's best autumn yet.