Local Farms Prepare for Fall

Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 8:01 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As it starts to get cooler at night and plants begin changing color and dying off, farmers are already starting to prepare for the end of the growing season. Right now, we’re still early enough in the season that frost in the Cheyenne region doesn’t pose much of a threat.

“If it stays a little breezy, that’s a good thing,” local farm owner, Andy Grant, said. “But, just in case, for your patio pots, and your tomato plants, and your pepper plants... peppers and cucumbers are especially sensitive to cold temperatures... just throw a couple sheets over them.”

If we do have enough frosty nights in a row, Grant recommended moving those delicate plants indoors if possible or making use of a hot house. However, once the cold front passes and we return to seasonable temperatures, Grant said that we could see the longest growing season in southern Wyoming that we have in a while.

But, once the typical growing season is over, Grant said the work doesn’t stop there.

“As you get... into Fall and you’re prepping your gardens for the winter... this is probably the most important thing to remember is pull out that garden hose in December and January and water your perennial plants.”

Most of the time, it’s not the cold that kills plants, it’s the drying out of roots during the winter. Also, Grant said that he makes sure he soaks his trees and perennials in the Fall as well when it’s drier.

Speaking of Fall, the Roadside Market at Owl Canyon Hemp is planning some activities for October to get you into the Harvest-Time Spirit.

“We’ll have a cider press... people can come and press their own apple cider,” Grant said. “We’ll have special events set up... bobbing for apples, this is going to be covered in pumpkins, you know from another field that we farm. But, we’re looking forward to a fun October full of mums and pumpkins and scarecrows and straw bales and cornstalks.”

More information can be found on the farm’s Facebook page.

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