How to Get Your Garden Ready For Winter

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 27th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3vbdlgcp/
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With winter approaching, it's time to clean up your vegetable garden and get it ready for cold weather ahead. Here's what you need to do.

Preparing the Garden For Winter


Temperatures are dropping, and sunlight is fading. These are Mother Nature's signals that it's time to get your garden ready for winter.
Preparing your garden for winter is easy but essential. If you just leave your garden alone and let the snow come, you may have a more difficult time next spring when you plant your vegetables. It's better to winterize your garden so it will be ready to give you a good harvest next year.

Harvest Your Vegetables


By this time, most vegetables have probably been harvested. However, you may find some peppers and tomatoes still growing on the vines. Pick them and enjoy them. Don't worry if your tomatoes are green and hard. Just put them on the window sill and watch them gradually ripen.
Once frost hits, your vegetables will die. However, hardy vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers may require more than one frost to kill them. So if one frost has hit your garden, don't be afraid to pick the remaining vegetables and eat them.
This is also the time to harvest the late ripening vegetables such as carrots. Pick them, eat them and enjoy them.

Use the Plants For Compost


Pull out all your vegetable plants and use them for compost. Just put them on the compost pile or in compost containers, and let Mother Nature do the rest of the work. Next spring, you can use the compost made of your vegetable plants to help the new crop of plants grow and thrive in your vegetable garden.

Remove tomato stakes and cages. Pull up any other device you used to support your vegetables such as trellises. All these items can be safely stored in your garage or cellar.

Gather Seeds and Plant the Garlic


Many vegetables may already have gone to seed. However, you can still gather seeds from some vegetables and plants such as sunflower seeds. Spread some old newspapers or paper towels on a table in a cool, dry place such as a basement. Put the seeds down on the paper towels or newspapers and let them dry out for a few days. You can even leave them right where they are until you're ready to plant them.
Garlic is one of the few vegetables which needs to be planted in the fall. Break up garlic into cloves. Dig down an inch or two and plant the cloves just like you would plant spring flower bulbs. Be sure the pointy parts are facing up. The garlic will stay dormant over the winter but should come up for you next spring.

Cover Your Garden With Leaves


Protect your garden by placing or raking a layer of dry leaves onto your garden plot. Gather some sticks and rocks to prevent the leaves from being blown away. The leaves will form mulch and enrich the soil with nutrients.
With a little work this fall, your garden should be ready for spring. Then, you can look forward to more vegetables next summer.

Here is an article I did on leaves helping gardens
Here is one on planting bulbs
Here is one on harvesting gardens
Here is one on garden pests
Here is one on urban gardening
Here is one on growing roses

Attribution:
I took the photos myself.
I used my own gardening experiences for this article.

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Garden, Garden Planning, Garden Plot, Garden Vegetables, Gardening, Gardens

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author avatar Jerry Walch
27th Oct 2013 (#)

Right on the money, Connie.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th Oct 2013 (#)

great info again Connie...many thanks...

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author avatar Carol
27th Oct 2013 (#)

Very interesting and helpful info Connie

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author avatar Denise Salmon
27th Oct 2013 (#)

very helpful article

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author avatar Connie McKinney
27th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Jerry.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
27th Oct 2013 (#)

Carolina, it was nice getting the last minute veggies but sad to say goodbye to the garden for the year. It was a great harvest, though.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
27th Oct 2013 (#)

Carol, thanks. Hope it helps all the gardeners out there.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
27th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you, Denise.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
28th Oct 2013 (#)

Wow Connie you're a wealth of information especially on growing vegetables, thanks for sharing again!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Oct 2013 (#)

What a share, Connie. We have to be on our toes to dance to the tune of nature - not to get caught napping! I am in no winter zone as I live in Asia where I enjoy three seasons - hot, hotter and hottest! siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
28th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Fern. I love gardening and have done it a long time. So I pick up a lot of knowledge along the way.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
28th Oct 2013 (#)

Siva, what a wise and thoughtful comment as usual. I love the line about dance to the tune of nature. Try to stay cool in Asia where it never gets cold.

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author avatar MMD
28th Oct 2013 (#)

Me and my mother are ready for covering our plants within two or three weeks because the winter is also there.
Thank you Connie for this great post.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
28th Oct 2013 (#)

Yes, it's time to get ready for winter, MMD. Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Oct 2013 (#)

Yes!...very helpful thanks Connie...:0)

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author avatar Connie McKinney
29th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Delicia. Happy gardening.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
29th Oct 2013 (#)

We're supposed to have our first frost this week -- and torrential rain. The timeliness of this article cannot be overstated!! Well done.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
29th Oct 2013 (#)

Phyl, I guess it's that time of the year. Sigh. Here comes the frost. Actually, it came to our area last week.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
4th Nov 2013 (#)

Good morning, Connie. Our few little rows are safely tucked in for the winter since reading about the leaves. I love the last carrot photo. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Connie McKinney
4th Nov 2013 (#)

Marilyn, so glad your garden is all set for winter. I'm actually proud of that carrot. It's so big!

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