As days get shorter, temperatures dip and football games grace television we are reminded that the dog days of summer are behind us and we must prepare our gardens for winter.


Fall is a busy time for gardeners. Days are filled with chores that (hopefully) prepare us for an easy spring.  It is a great time to reflect on gardening successes and failures, amend soils; plant perennials and practice good garden sanitation (remove all dead and diseased plant material). For a full list of fall tasks read our blog post “10 Tips for Fall Garden Turn-Down”.

10 Tips for Fall Garden Turn-Down

To finish out the growing season, USU Extension has a few final  gardening classes scheduled in September. Details are below:

The Organic Forecast’s very own blog author, Katie Wagner will be teaching the following classes:

“Turning Over Your Garden: Fall Time Yard & Garden Care” at the Conservation Garden Park on Saturday, September 17th from 9-10:30 AM. You can register online HERE!
Fall Pictures of the Garden

“Soils: Dig Deeper Into Gardening” which is part of the University of Utah’s Lifelong Learning Certificate of Western Horticulture Program. This class will take place from 6:30-8:30 PM on Thursdays (15th & 22nd). The cost is $57 and you must purchase a seat HERE!


Lastly, the final Horticulture Spotlight Lecture will take place on Sept. 19th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM at Red Butte Garden. This month’s guest speaker is the talented and clever Cynthia Bee from Jordan Valley Conservation Garden Park. Cynthia will speak about Localscaping which, according to the amazing website, is “good landscape design, simplified to work for where you live.”

Localscape logo


The lecture is FREE, but you must be registered due to limited seating. You can register online HERE!

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