Magical Fall Gardening

Magical Fall Gardening

 Autumn, you have arrived!

Fall is a very magical time of the year. The leaves change color, the air becomes crisp, and the harvest season is in full play. For many nature worshippers, fall is also a time of transition and letting go of what no longer serves you, gratitude for the abundance that flows from the Source. It is a time to celebrate the bounty of the earth and the fruits of the labor, honor the ancestors, and prepare for the dark half of the year.

Gardening in Autumn can be an awesome way to connect with the earth’s cycles in many creative ways. Whether you have a large backyard, a small balcony, or a windowsill, you can begin, or continue to grow a variety of plants that will bring beauty, nourishment, and enchantment to your sacred home and your magical practice.

In this blog post, I will share with you some tips and ideas on how to create a magical fall garden. You will learn how to prepare and enchant your soil and tools, choose the best plants for this season, gratuitiously harvest and store your produce, and use your garden as a source of inspiration and power for your spells, rituals, and crafts.

Are you ready to cultivate some enchantment? Let’s get started!

Reflections and Intentions

I get lost whenever I forget to start any project or season with intention setting, so this is where I suggest we begin. Even if you already set garden intentions at the beginning of the year that encompassed this season, it’s a good idea to check in and recalibrate.

Here are some questions to consider, and to ask yourself, as you set your intentions for your magical fall garden.

  • Are you just beginning a garden now? Or are you continuing? If continuing, what were your previous goals and intentions? How have you met your goals? What changes did you make? If you’re just now beginning, why now?

The purpose here is not to shame yourself for not meeting goals you set. Shame is a huge killer of magic and joy. Setting intentions gives you a direction to head, but it does not account for surprises that come your way, or for creative twists and turns you might choose to take.

Too much rigidity will steal your creativity, and leave you unable to shift with the changes and ebb and flow of life. Gardening is the act of working with nature, and we gain amazing benefits in our lives when we replicate this ebb and flow if nature, so gardening is not the time to become rigid. Rather, we are looking at what worked and what didn’t, what was the most meaningful and what could have been left alone.

What are the main reasons why you want to have a garden? Is it for food, beauty, health, magic, or something else?

This is a good time to reflect on whether you have some shame-based intentions hiding amongst your magical ones. Are you canning a year’s supply of food for your pantry because it’s what your parents did? Are you tying your value to how practical, productive, frugal, and useful you are when your highest values are actually something else?

There are no wrong answers here, but it is important to find out what your values, and your intentions are, and what is coming from someplace else. Even if you have hundreds of them, make sure they are yours, and that you know what your purposes are. Is your intention to nurture your land? Is it to make your own magical ingredients? A moon garden? A tea garden? An aesthetic patio to enjoy said tea on?

How do you plan to prepare your garden for the colder months? What challenges will you face, and what are your plans to overcome them? What are some of the tasks and projects that you need to do? How can you make them fun and meaningful?

What are some of the plants that you want to grow in your fall and winter garden? How do they relate to your magical goals and practices? How will you use them in your spells, rituals, or crafts?

How do you celebrate the fall and winter festivals in your garden? What are some of the traditions and customs that you follow or create? How do you honor the cycles of nature and the spirit of the season?

How do you express your gratitude and appreciation for your garden and the abundance that it provides? What are some of the ways that you give back to the earth and the plants? How do you share your harvest with others?

Harvest

Now that we’ve looked at intentions, let’s look at where we are at. Do you have produce to harvest? Any herbs you are planning to preserve for the winter? If you’ve already had a garden going, you likely have some Autumn treasures waiting for you. Some things will be ready for a window of time, such as figs and plums. Others may have been providing an abundance throughout the season, and you’ll want to decide if you’re canning or freezing any.

Don’t turn this into a guilty task. Hey, you might want to leave some berries out there for the birds. It’s not a matter of getting every bite hoarded for yourself. Whether you enjoy some handfuls of raspberries in your oatmeal, or you’re preserving a shelf of Grandma’s apple pie filling… don’t forget to celebrate what you’ve grown.

Harvest, Protect, and Extend the Magic

I like to bring in the tomatoes at the first sign of turning red, and I let them finish ripening indoors, as the rain will begin to split them, and the slugs will have a feast, if I leave them out on the vine. I slow-roast the excess tomatoes and preserve them to add garden flavor to my winter dishes.

You can also prolong the season with covers and greenhouses. You can buy products just for these purposes, make your own, or make do with what you’ve got. My mom would drape a black tarp over her tomatoes, and she’d still be reaching under there for fresh ones long after the snow had arrived.

Some plants will stop producing if you don’t keep them picked. Beans, peas, cucumbers, and zucchini are some of those. If you leave them to mature, the plant will shut down and focus on its seed. I do not share this to introduce shame! It is better to let the season end earlier than it needed to than to turn your garden into a stressful job that you dread.

At this time of year, I’m also picking cut-and-come-again flowers to keep them in bloom. Zinnias, dahlias, roses, echinacea, and cosmos, to name a few. You can continue to get new growth by cutting your chives, green onions, leafy greens, and sometimes broccoli. You can even harvest the leafy greens off other plants like your beets, radishes, and dandelion.

Harvesting with Graditude: How to Give Back to Your Plants, the Soil, and the Earth as You Harvest

Harvesting is one of the most rewarding and satisfying aspects of gardening, but it is not only about taking, but also about giving. As you harvest your plants, you should also offer them some tokens of gratitude to show your respect and love for the earth and the natural forces that support your garden.

There are many ways that you can express your gratitude. You can use moon or infused water, seeds, compost, crystals, incantations, or any other items or words that have meaning and value for you or the land and plants.

For example, you can water your plants with a compost tea made of moon water and plant matter like Comfrey. You can save some seeds from your harvest and offer them back to the earth, to other gardeners, or to wildlife to symbolize your generosity and fertility.

You can make your own compost from your kitchen scraps and garden waste, and use it to enrich your soil and feed your plants in a sustainable way. This will already be a welcome gift to your yard, but you can take it up a notch by intentionally adding ingredients with certain magical properties, and stirring in some ashes from your ritual fires (careful not to be excessive with ash, though, as it will change the pH of your soil.)

You can place crystals around your garden, bury them in the soil, hang them from or place them around your plants, to enhance the energy and beauty of your garden. You can say chants, sing to your garden, or simply whisper them a thank you and some praise. I like to tell my plants what I’m doing with what they gift me.

By giving offerings of appreciation to your garden and source, you are not only showing your respect and love, but also creating a deep connection with your garden and magical practices. You are also honoring the cycle of life and the balance of nature, and working within the power of the season. Harvesting is not only a practical act, but also a spiritual one, and it can be a powerful and magical experience.

Harvest and forage for nutrition

Agricultural practices have significantly increased the amount of food humans can grow for themselves and their livestock, but it has also significantly reduced the nutritional value of those foods. From the soil depletion to the long travel and storage times, the food we grow and source locally has substantially higher nutrient value than what we purchase at the store, especially when care is taken to replenish the soil.

One study concluded it would take eight oranges to get the amount of Vitamin A our grandparents would get from one orange. Other studies show a massive decrease in the nutrient value of vegetables over the decades, including 22% less iron and 14% less potassium. This inspires me as I gather from my yard, whether freezing and canning for the winter, or just being content with some seasonal dinners. The nutrition is incomparable.

Eating nutrient dense food is a way of honoring your body. Healthy eating can lead to better focus, clarity, and mood…all of which impact the level of enchantment you can bring to your life and space. Having nutrient dense food to forage in your own yard makes this easier to accomplish.

Harvest to save money.

As well as being more convenient to find healthy foods waiting for you in your yard, it can be a lot more affordable. Grocery prices have been painful. There may be a limited time to take advantage of the current harvest, so it’s a good idea to go out and gather whatever you can. If you have an abundance of ripe apples, plums, grapes, or squash, it’s an excellent opportunity to put them to good use.

Maybe you’re going to can or freeze for the winter, or maybe you’re going to be happy with gathering here and there for dinner… whatever you can do, now is a great time to reap the benefits of the high-quality products in your yard.

Does gardening for food save money? Well, it’s a common joke amongst gardeners that we’ve paid hundreds for a few tomatoes. Truthfully, that is how my gardening adventure started decades ago. But never mind that in Autumn! The money is spent whether you enjoy those few tomatoes or not. So look at it as “a penny saved is a penny earned.”

Also, look at each gardening year as practice. Each time you interact with and nurture a plant, you are learning and building upon the skill. You are learning the dance of nature, the alchemy of nutrients and soil, and taking another step towards making the magic happen!

Harvest for flavor

The benefits just keep coming. You get to select what you grow and tend to in your space. The produce in the grocery store is not bred or selected for flavor. The priority is yield, transportability, and appearance. They must be durable enough to be stacked on top of one another. They are picked early for their long journey, and are often sprayed with gases to finish the ripening process away from its source. 

Tomatoes will be perfectly round, free of blemishes, and shiny… but have no flavor. My trick for getting store-bought tomatoes to taste like anything at all is to add balsamic vinegar and salt. The flavor of local tomatoes, even when picked green and ripened on the counter, is out-of-this-world in comparison!

Local produce grown in diverse soil is going to be more flavorful, and also, there are so many varieties and options you don’t often see at a grocery store. You will find a handful of basic greens at the supermarket. There are varieties of spinach that grow in summer, and there are perennial spinaches, but you’ll see the same uniform versions all year round at the store. The same radishes. The same beets. The same selection of cucumbers and onions and zucchini.

Take a look in side a seed catelog and you will find pages and pages of options! I’ve currently got a boring bag or orange carrots in my fridge, but it’s the rainbow carrots that my kids will find magical. We grew green beans the size of my arms. We grew fun colored corn. We seek out the absolute best, most flavorful varieties of tomatoes, as long as the unique and beautiful.

Flavor is magic. You can argue with me that I keep calling things magic that are in fact Science if you want. I know what science is, and I have great respect for it. I’ve even made flavors in a lab setting in college, and I’ve explored the psychology of how we taste things… This doesn’t stop me from finding magic in the things we also understand as science. Being able to put food on the table that brings people happiness, comfort, health, or pure dopamine, is a magical experience for me. Finding a perfect flavor combination is magic. You can’t convince me otherwise, and what I grow in my garden is superior to what I buy in the store.

Until I looked at a seed catalog, I didn’t know that eggplant came in different colors. I never recall seeing a purple bell pepper until I grew one. I learned I loved watermelon radishes thinly sliced on a salad with smoked salmon and goat cheese… and the only way I could replicate it at home was to grow the watermelon radishes (and other varieties that work as well) or substitute them with the basic red store-bought ones, that are only good roasted in my opinion.

You could use edible flowers, like violets and borage. Use chive flowers or crimson clover to infuse vinegar. Try some tomarillo instead of tomatillo. And don’t forget to incorporate some ingredients with magical properities!

Harvest to preserve

Making compound butter is a simple way to preserve herbs, and you can make a lot of delightful combinations of these. You can also infuse oil and dry or freeze herbs. Try roasting some veggies before freezing them. I like to roast poblano peppers, tomatillos, red onion, and a head of garlic. I squeeze out the garlic, stem the other ingredients, blend it, and freeze whatever I’m not immediately using. My number one use is to blend in avocado right before using it for the best taco sauce on the planet.

You’re probably well aware that there are many different ways you can preserve your harvest. From freezing to canning, dehydrating, and pickling, you can decide how far to take it. While there are countless recipes on the internet, be careful to find a trusted source. The correct pH and processing time are vital when canning foods, and the food blogger you’re following doesn’t likely have a lab to test their recipes. Instead, use recipes from USDA, National Center for Home Food Preservation, any University Extension recipes and guidelines, or websites of canning jar brands.

Harvest for fun and connection

You are not a moral failure if you let nature take its course without gathering it all for yourself. Consider donating any harvest you won’t be gathering. Offer it up to friends and family, or see if a local organization will come to harvest it for food pantries or soup kitchens. Allow wildlife to enjoy and the soil to be composted.

Some years, I make sure I freeze as many berries as possible and other years, I’m happy knowing my kids are out there grazing through the seasons, and the wildlife will enjoy what is left. Unless you are reliant on what you grow, it can be healthy to take a step back from time to time and see how it all goes on without you.

Should you clean up your garden, and how?

As the Autumn season progresses, you might find yourself with plants that have reached the end of their life cycle or ones you’d like to clear out to make space for a winter crop. I used to pull things out by the roots at the end of the season, but I’ve learned there are better ways. 

Cutting vs. pulling, and the chop and drop.

Instead of pulling your plants out by the root, consider cutting them off at the base. Decaying roots add organic material to the soil, benefiting your garden friends– the worms. Some root balls are pretty big, however, and they won’t break down very quickly, making that spot of the garden difficult to use. I’m lucky to have chickens who enjoy these rootballs as a treat. They can also go on top of your compost pile.

If you do cut them at the base, you can leave the plant matter right there in the bed as long as it isn’t diseased. Some crops are plante for the sole purpose of chopping and working the matter back into the soil. Your spent plants can do the same, and be part of your chop-and-drop method.

The chop-and-drop method, pretty much what it sounds like, is when you cut the plants and then drop them where they are. You can also chop them and drop them somewhere else. The idea is to make a layer of mulch that will break down into organic matter in the soil. I see this as an offering of sorts, giving nature back to the soil.

I grow Comfrey to use for many reasons, but one of my favorite uses is to mulch my garden beds. Some other great chop-and-drop plants are rhubarb, borage, artichoke, red clover, lupine, and yarrow. Consider prioritizing the chop-and-drop method on your nitrogen-fixing plants, such as beans and peas.

While some plants are extra beneficial for use as compostable mulch, you can chop and drop any of your garden plants, which will break down to feed your soil. Just make sure you chop plants before they go to seed unless you want to seed that plant there, as well as removing any diseased plant matter.

Overwintering Habitats for Wildlife

Your garden is a golden opportunity for making a meaningful impact on the health of our natural landscape and wildlife. Leaving some plants intact, even dead ones, can provide food and homes for your local wildlife.

Some native bees will find shelter in the hollow stem of dead plants, like bee balm, coneflower, and hyssop. Birds find protein-rich insects in the dead stems, branches, and fallen leaves and enjoy the plants left to seed and those few dangling berries left unpicked.

Leaving at least a portion of your garden standing, especially plants native to your area will also provide natural habitats and food sources for pollinating insects, ladybugs, frogs, snakes, worms, songbirds, butterflies, and countless other creatures crucial to our ecosystem. This not only helps sustain biodiversity but also enriches the intricate tapestry of nature that surrounds us.

Leaves can be left in place as habitats for wildlife, or they can be used as mulch or compost. I generally mow over the leaves before using them on beds, where they can still be used as habitats. 

Protect crops to extend the season.

You may have items you can repurpose to protect your tender or new plants from frost.

You might use row covers, cold frames, and cloches to extend your time with some plants. Repurpose milk jugs, storage containers, and bedsheets. You could purchase or make your row tunnels, build a cold frame, or repurpose an old window or piece of plexiglass over a bed. 

You can reuse some of these again in spring to get an early start on the season or keep certain insects from annihilating tender crops.  

Allow plants to reseed

You might like to leave some of your plants for reseeding. If the wildlife doesn’t feast on the seeds, they may fall and plant in your garden. If you allow some tomatoes to drop, you may end up with volunteers next year. 

Leaving sunflowers will feed wildlife, provide pollen, and potentially lead to more sunflowers. I’ve had an abundance of sunflowers from leaving them to drop in the fall and winter. It is always a happy surprise to see volunteer sunflowers coming up, and I do love free plants.

Covering your soil

What we don’t want to do is leave our soil empty and exposed all winter. The elements, such as the sun, wind, rain, and cold, would erode the soil and deplete its nutrients over time unless Mother Nature stepped in, as it often does, to correct it herself with pioneer plants you may not have chosen.

You can look at how nature tends to itself without human intervention to get an idea of what your own garden needs. A very tidy, well cleaned and planned out garden has a lot of benefits, including that a lot of potential disease and pests can be kept under better control, and you can choose what to plant where.

If I keep my eyes peeled on a walk through nature, I might notice how layers and layers of leaves and debris have turned into a deep, rich hummus, and I know that plants would love that soil. I cannot simply plant a tomato there. Those don’t even naturally grow around here. Perhaps I’d put in a mulberry bush, or forage for some salmon berries, but I would not be out to pick some zinnias and cucumber.

I am gradually growing my yard into a more natural habitat, adding natives every year, and allowing pioneers plants to come up and do thier things… but I will probably always have at least a patch somewhere that I can grow various things that I wouldn’t find on a nature hike. I do like to replicate some of the cycles of nature I see in my gardens, both native and vegetable, and that includes adding natural mulches, and allowing habitats for beneficial insects, even if it also increases the chances of some garden foes.

Cover Crops

Crimson clover is a beautiful cover crop that will add pops of red to your garden while fixing nitrogen in the soil.

Some plants enrich and protect the soil and, as a bonus, can work as weed suppression. Some plants prevent erosion, break up compacted clay, or prevent disease, and some are dynamic accumulators… they reach down and pull important minerals up to the surface.

My favorite cover crop is Crimson Clover. It is stunningly beautiful, adds nitrogen to the soil, and creates a haven for wildlife. It’s great for use as chop-and-drop mulch or for grazing the chickens. It’s a valuable forage for wild bees and beneficial insects, and it’s also a great forage for us. 

Crimson-infused vinegar is pink, which the kids love, and can also be fancy. It can be made into teas, clover blossoms, jelly, syrup, and other exciting concoctions that my oldest and I plan to experiment with this year, so stay tuned for that! Red clover is often believed to have magical properites for success, exorcism, protection, and purification.

Peas and fava beans are some other edible cover crops that will fix the nitrogen in your soil. Wheat and barley are beneficial cover crops, though they aren’t nitrogen fixers. There are other edible cover crops, but the main focus of winter cover crops is to fix and amend your soil. Some die down when the weather gets really cold; others, you may be chopping and turning into your soil or dropping as much. The worms and other soil life will break it down and work it in, and your next plantings will benefit from the beautiful, rich soil this creates.

Compost, and Mulch

Mulching is like tucking your soil in and feeding it simultaneously. 

Using wood chips, pine bark, leaves, straw, or grass clippings has the benefit of decomposing over time to add nutrients to your soil. It’s also recycling, as those materials would otherwise end up in landfills. If you source them from your yard, you reduce the transportation required to haul them and free up your budget for more plants. I end up hauling in loads from the local recycling center when I need more than I can come up with at home.

You can make your compost at home in various capacities. You could go all out with large compost piles in your yard and have a moderate compost tumbler and a worm bin… there are even indoor composting appliances, though my understanding is that those are dehydrating and grinding instead of composting. Composting at home can be a money-saver. If it’s not an option, you can also bring it in from the local recycling center.

Add plants

Cuttings and divisions from what already exists

I like to take advantage of what I can multiply for free. Even when I have no room left for something, I can’t help but get little roots growing. This is one of many reasons to collect gardening friends. Someone will be delighted to take one of my extra Goji Berry shrubs, and I’ll happily take starts from their plants.

Perennial flowers that grow in clumps are often great candidates for division, such as geraniums and daylilies, chives, and daisies. Bulbs and tubers that grow together can be divided to make new plants, such as dahlias, hosta, garlic, and saffron.

You can divide succulents, onions, peonies, iris, bleeding hearts, and lily of the valley. You can even divide suckers from a tree to get a new tree, though you won’t get the replica of a grafted fruit tree. The sucker will match the rootstock portion of the tree. 

The general rule of thumb is this: Divide spring and summer blooming perennials in Fall and Fall blooming perennials in Spring. Add mulch to the perennials you plant in the Fall to avoid frost heaving1.

Spring bulbs

You’ve got to temporarily pull your head out of burnt orange, fire red, and spooky season to think about the spring look you’re going for later. Fall is the time to plant most spring bulbs. They need the time, in the cold temperatures, to grow their roots before they put out the foliage. 

Crocus and snowdrops will bloom late winter to early spring and are charming in a snowscape. Muscari and daffodils are an adorable pair for early spring, and hyacinths and tulips make a great mid-spring display. Iris, Lily, Bluebell, Hellebore, and Ranunculus are other great choices. 

Don’t forget the Alliums. Decorative alliums can add magic to your landscape in spring and early summer. Blue and purple fireworks of elfin flowers, some four feet tall. I try to add at least a few more to my yard each Autumn. 

Garlic and onions are also alliums that get planted in the Fall. They produce globe heads much like the ornamental alliums, but white. You generally remove these when growing the bulbs to eat (and eat the greens!), but you can leave them on if you want them to be decorative. I plant them with ornamental alliums near my roses. They prevent fungus and deter aphids, slugs, snails, and ants.  I’ve also heard they enhance the smell of roses.

This year, I’ve planted some saffron crocuses in my yard. Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, and I’ve never personally tried it yet! If I’m successful, my first time trying saffron will be right out of my yard. I ordered mine online from Holland Bulbs, and I’ve been happy with everything I’ve purchased from them. If you get some in, too, we can share what we use them for!

Cold-loving vegetables and flowers

You don’t have the multitude of options you had in Spring, but there are still a few edibles you can plant into fall. Saffron crocuses, shallots, onions, garlic, fava beans, rhubarb, asparagus, and salad burnet are some of those. 

Each zone varies, and you can find your growing zone here.

I am in zone 8b. We generally want to have our cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli seeded by the end of September, but I find it’s fine to put out starts as long as I give them a couple of weeks to establish before frost. I’ve had luck seeding radishes and beets into October. And, of course, you can extend the season with a cold frame, extending your growing season by up to three months. See below about winterization for which of these plants are best covered. 

Trees, shrubs, and perennials

Early fall is the best time to plant trees. It gives them enough time to establish roots before winter sets in and gives them a season to grow and establish before the heat of summer causes stress. 

After planting your trees, shrubs, or perennials, apply an inch or two of organic mulch and water consistently until the ground freezes, then continue to water again in spring 2. I live in Oregon, so nature does most of that watering work for me. 

For good stewardship, consider native plants. Adding even a few to your yard can improve biodiversity. They will be more likely to succeed since they’ve evolved in the climate, and they will be most beneficial to local wildlife. 

Winterize and Weatherize

Bring in plants

Bring in any houseplants that spent the summer outdoors. You can also bring in any tomato, pepper, and eggplants you plan to keep alive through the winter or collect their seed so you can replant. 

Cover winter garden plants.

Cover potatoes, radishes, spinach, leaf lettuce, beets and mustard. You might also cover your strawberries if they bloom, though I leave mine to do their thing since they’re spread all over the border of my landscape. You can cover things simply by putting a fitted sheet over the bed. I sometimes drape a floating row cover over things and secure the corners with rocks (that I keep bringing home from the beach.)

You do not need to cover your broccoli, cauliflower, onions, carrots, turnips, kale, or cabbage. These should be fine in the frost. 

Check your plants for their hardiness zones and cover any plants that cannot tolerate the winter temperatures in your area, such as tender perennials like begonias and tropical plants like hibiscus. (https://www.weekand.com/home-garden/article/plants-flowers-need-frost-protection-spring-18058786.php). Frost cloths can go over young trees with blossoms or fruit. If you use something temporary, like a bucket, container, or pillowcase, you will want to remove it during the day so the plant can receive some sunshine and air and replace it again at night. 

This is my fall-planted bed of lettuce, beets, and garlic. We’re expecting a few freezing nights, so I draped a cover over it and weighed it down with whatever I found.

Tools

Wrap up your hoses and get them somewhere warm. Put insulating covers on all the outdoor faucets to protect your pipes from freezing. Clean, sharpen, and oil your garden tools, and ensure they’re put somewhere out of the elements.

I don’t say “put them away” because, if you’re like me, you’ll keep using them all year. It’s still a good time to take care of them, and it’s now more important not to forget them lying around the yard like I do. Bring in anything that cannot handle the freezing. 

Wash your pots and seed trays and get them stacked away. Set up grow lights for any plants coming indoors that have higher light requirements. Make repairs to your shed or greenhouse to prepare them for excess rain and winter weather.

What to prune

Most of your pruning should wait for winter when plants are dormant. Now is a good time to remove any diseased and dead branches. I would take off and clean up branches that came down in the wind. 

Do go ahead and prune your lavender plants, if you have not already,  into a globe shape unless you’d like to leave them for wildlife. You’ll want to trim them before the new sprigs begin growing in spring, when the old growth will be brown and woody, and it gets difficult to sift it out. 

Backyard Entertainment

Fall offers good excuses to cozy up inside with fuzzy blankets and soup; it also offers some of the best weather to enjoy the outdoors. The crisp air and fall foliage can feel invigorating. The weather becomes safe for bonfires and s’mores. It’s a great time for backyard camping, glamping, or stargazing. 

Late summer and early fall is a time of productive harvests. Fresh-picked fruits, vegetables, and herbs make it a wonderful time to host dinner guests. You could have a harvest party with fall-favorite games like Corn Hole, potato sack races, bobbing for apples, and pumpkin bowling. 

Decorate your yard for fall or spooky season.

Picture your yard: A whimsical wonderland adorned with pumpkins wearing mischievous grins, gourds boasting personalities of their own, and wooden accents telling tales of autumn tales past. Your yard is your canvas, a way to embrace the changing seasons by adorning your yard with warmth and charm.

Arrange seating areas with plump cushions and throws, encouraging family and friends to linger outdoors. Show off the diversity of your plantings. Highlight the changing foliage by incorporating a variety of trees and shrubs that exhibit striking autumnal hues. Perennial flowers like chrysanthemums bring bursts of color to the landscape.

Craft DIY decorations using natural materials like pinecones, acorns, and branches. These can be repurposed from your garden or gathered during family outings, adding a personal touch to your fall landscape.

Incorporating edible plants into your fall decor might align with your passion for healthy, mindful living. Planters filled with kale, ornamental cabbages, and herbs not only contribute to the aesthetic but also offer a functional and nutritious addition to your kitchen.

So, with a twinkle in your eye and a dash of pixie dust, let your fall fantasy unfold. Your yard, now a whimsical wonder, mirrors not just the season but the magic within your heart—a place where every leaf tells a story and every pumpkin holds a secret. Step into this enchanting dance with fall, and let your garden be the stage for a tale spun with whimsy and delight.

In closing

The tender care bestowed upon each plant, the harvest of nature’s treasures, and the whimsical decorations adorning the landscape create a tapestry of fall enchantment.  It is a testament to the profound connection between a gardener and the ever-evolving masterpiece of their own enchanted corner of the earth.

Share your own slice of fall enchantment with me in the comments, wherever your corner of the world may be. Let’s celebrate the magic that unites us all.

  1. https://northerngardener.org/fall-planting-how-late-can-you-go/
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  2. https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/
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