(Springfield, MO) — Our hot, dry summer made for a very difficult growing season in the Ozarks.
You can see the effects in everything from trees to gardens.
Horticulture specialists say while it's hard to predict how our autumn color show will turn out, it's usually not as good during extremely hot and dry years like the one we've seen.
As for our summer gardens, it may be best to just move on.
"In many cases, people are just pulling up those old plants and then thinking ahead because fall gardening season is upon us and now's the time to plant those fall plants like broccoli, cabbage and turnips and beets and radishes and all those vegetables that really do well in the fall," says Patrick Byers, Horticulture Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension.
Byers says it's also a great time of year to think about planting woody plants, like shrubs and trees.