As fall sets in it's time to start thinking about preparing your garden for the winter. Fall garden clean up in the fall is an important step to maintain long-term garden health and keeps your garden looking tidy. Here are 5 steps to get you started.
5 Steps to Fall Garden Clean-Up
Harvest any of the crops you want to store for the winter, like root vegetables and winter squash. You can even harvest and freeze your herbs to use throughout the winter or harvest veggies and make-ahead and freeze some meals.
Take out any supports you used for your garden plants, like trellises, cages or stakes. Clean them off and store them for winter.
Remove any dead or diseased plants or old fruits and vegetables. Make sure to remove all plant parts, undug potatoes, leafy material etc.
Once you've harvested and cleaned out your garden, it's a good time to spread fertilizer, it will help provide nutrients to your soil.
Next you can plant a cover crop (a crop you wont harvest). The cover crop will protect your soil. When you till it in the spring it will enrich your soil.
Taking these few extra steps for fall garden clean up to prepare for the winter will make it even easier when the spring growing season arrives and will set your spring garden up for success!
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