Fall Harvest & Planting

Derek Thomas

Derek Thomas

Founder and President of Thomas Landscapes. Certified professional horticulturist and Master Gardener, a member of the Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association, and a member in good standing of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

I recently joined my colleagues from the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum for a webinar on how to best tend your urban garden in the fall. I talk about harvesting, planting, improving your garden’s soil, and much more. I also answer questions from garden enthusiasts tuning in live.

It is a privilege to share my knowledge and passion of urban gardening with Washington, D.C. residents like you. I hope you find the video informative and fun!


0:00: Intro

4:22: Overview of webinar

7:00: Arugula & peas (from previous webinar) update

9:05: Pepper plant harvesting

14:00: About soil composition, adding nutrients

Q&A- Using Plants as fertilizer

20:17: Q&A- Best way to insect-proof plants before bringing indoors

22:50: Planting Cilantro

24:20: Improving your garden’s soil

25:00: Removing plants that wont be used

31:30: Beats, Onions, and Garlic

35:50: Q&A- Is it too late to plant mustards or collards from seeds

39:40: How to divide and propagate your herbs

51:15: Q&A- Vertical gardens 

53:40: Early autumn planting – Dill and Thyme

57:05: Q&A – Why cut stems at an angle

58:00: Closing statement

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