October rainfall good for fall gardening

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Spring is for blooming and autumn is for the falling leaves, or so we think, but horticulturists say otherwise.

Fall is actually a good time to plant on the Western Slope. After such a hot and dry summer, the plants are enjoying the rainfall and cooler temperatures. These conditions help the roots to grow.

However, you are going to want to make sure that your plants are not getting too much water.

"If you have a low-lying area, potentially if something's puddling, then it could potentially damage the roots a bit. You do want things to runoff, but ideally, the soil can only hold so much moisture and we do want some air in that soil too," said Susan Carter, horticulturist.

Some areas in Grand Junction have seen a few puddles, thanks to the nearly two inches of rainfall the area has received this month.
For the month of October, you typically only want to water your plants once a week.

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