As the end of the gardening season approaches, it is time winterize your garden in anticipation for the next season. Preparing your garden for the winter is an assurance that you will have quality soil for future plantings.
Winterize Your Garden in Three Easy Steps
1. Remove any old annual vegetables and/or flowers and cut perennials close to the ground. Planting a cover crop will provide organic nutrients for the spring as well as help to prevent the topsoil from eroding and winter weeds from growing.
2. Rake any leaves from the garden and pull all weeds. Work the soil and if you do not sow a cover crop, prepare the soil for winter and next spring by covering with an organic mulch to protect the soil and prevent weed growth.
3. Plant all of your spring-blooming bulbs such as daffodils or tulips. Any bulbs that are spring blooming can be planted September through December or as long as the soil is easily worked.