It's that time of year when we are about through with our gardens and need to get them ready for the next planting season. Here are a few things that need to happen before the winter months get here!
Finalize Harvest - It's time to pick the rest of those viable veggies, herbs and other plants. Some herbs may be okay to keep as long as you can into the winter and still use, others that are perennials you may want to cut back a little before it's too cold while some need to be pulled up so that you can replant them next year.
Remove Weeds & Dead Plants - Next get rid of any weeds, dead or diseased plants. If these stay through the winter, the weeds may come back with a vengeance the next growing season and the diseased plants may leave harmful bacteria in the soil that will lead to more diseased plants in the future. Neither of which do you want in your garden.
Prep Your Soil - If you have an inground garden, till your soil to stir up those insects that need to be moved out before you add your compost or fertilizer. Also maybe have the soil tested to see if you need to add any other components to it to keep it healthy. If you container garden, still stir up the soils and add some fertilizer for the next year. Each spring I add new, good soil into what is left in the container as well and mix it up. This keeps the containers fresh and ready for new plants too.
Along with these suggestions, I encourage you to protect your fruit trees for the winter. Look up what needs to be done to be sure they are safe from animals and the weather for the next season as well. None of these little things take too much time, however they are very important to help ensure a great growing season the following year!--Jen Lush