There are a few things you should do in the fall to prepare your garden for winter. By keeping up with basic clean up and soil prep now your garden will be poised for a good start next spring. There are a lot of more detailed articles out there if you want more information. We found this post which should be enough for the average gardener. Here is a checklist of fall garden prep items from Mother Earth Living.com you should consider.
□ Finish Picking
As frost threatens, pick the last of any fruits and veggies that won’t survive, such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplant. Keep blankets and garden cloches ready to cover plants at night to protect them. If you’re growing hardier specimens that can withstand frost, such as spinach and chives, light cloches will protect them from severe temperatures.
□ Prep Beds
Mulch any plants you plan to grow into winter such as root crops or winter-hardy herbs. Mark the spots with stakes (or by any other method), so you’ll know where to dig for garlic or kale when snow has covered the ground. Add finished compost to the beds where you’re growing perennials such as rhubarb and asparagus. Bring tender herbs indoors to overwinter them. (To learn more about overwintering herbs, read “4 Easy Herbs to Grow for an Indoor Garden.”)
□ Clean Up and Compost
Cut down and haul dead or decaying plant material—except any plants you know to be diseased—to your compost pile. Pile on the leaves, as well.
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