FALL/WINTER GARDEN PREP
Fall/winter garden prep refers to preparing your out-of-production garden beds for the upcoming winter months and next year’s growing season.
Cooler fall days are the perfect time to work on your empty garden beds. With no planting, much maintaining or harvesting on your hands you can focus on your garden’s soil and give it care it deserves.
Doing the prep work in fall gives you plenty of time to improve the soil for the next spring by adding soil amendments, manure, compost, or sowing cover crops. You’ll find that many of the soil amendments require time to work properly, so adding them now results in already improved soil in the spring. This way you get a head start in spring.
Also, you don’t want to leave your garden soil bare for several months, as that it inevitably degrade its structure and quality, handicapping you in spring. The soil will need protection in the form of mulch, especially if you are overwintering some of your root crops in the ground.
What you’ll need?
- Landscape rake
- Soil amendments
- Organic mulch: fall leaves, grass clippings, straw
- Cover crop seeds (optional)
Task sequence: 1. Clean up the garden bed>> 2. Loosen up the soil >> 3. Add soil amendments and compost >> 4A. Add organic mulch for protection >> 4B. Plant a cover crop
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