Wrapping up your Garden
Preparing The Garden for Winter: To-do’s & Tips
It’s time to clean up up your seasonal vegetable and fruit garden. Here are some tips and Garden to-do’s on how to weed and thin out your garden, prune back berry bushes, and add nutrients to your soil for over the winter. After a season full of planting, maintaining, and then enjoying your harvest, it is now time to wrap up another successful year!
To-do’s & Tips:
- I cut off all the extra runners to my existing squash plants that are still maturing. This will allow the plant to focus on the veggies already on the vine. For instance, my butternut squash just had a new bloom this weekend with some of the warmer weather. But, I know that in the time we have left with the weather it will not be able to grow to even half it’s maturity. So, I cut that off so that the few that I have on the vine that are still green can have more time and focus to grow.
- This next one is my biggest adversary. After a great beginning and mid-season weed upkeep was a breeze. But then homeschooling and last minute camping trips have made my weeding take a back seat. So I am taking the time to weed out any overgrown plants and weeds. You’ll want to do this before the ground gets very hard. Weeding is just no fun to do with frozen or snow covered ground. This will help you A LOT when spring rolls around again since you won’t have to take the time to do it when you’ll need to be focused on other things.
- One of the most frustrating thing for me this season is our garden saw a lot of bugs. While we worked to keep them from getting to the fruits and veggies, now is the perfect time to turn the soil with a shovel and expose the pests. This will dissuade the bugs that have plans to winter in your garden soil and reduce what you will have to work on in the spring. I am expecting great things from doing this! 🙂
- Pull up any of the plants that you will plant from seed or start again next season. (Peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, melons, etc)
- If the plants you have pulled up are disease free you can mulch them. If they are diseased you will need to throw them away.
- Harvest potatoes once the weather cools off and the leaves begin to turn brown…a good indication that the bulk of the “plant work” is focusing on the potatoes. After you have gently harvested the potatoes leave them outside for about an hour to dry up from the soil. Waiting to completely wash them until you are ready to eat the potato is the best idea since it’s not a good idea to allow them to stay wet. Rotten Potatoes=Horrid Smell! After you bring them inside put them in a cool dark place and higher humidity. Give them a few weeks to cure before eating them to allow any damaged areas to dry up. After you have taken care of the potatoes you can stack up the tires again and cover with a tarp if desired to keep them from being exposed to harsh winter weather. I also used the wheel barrow to take the soil from the tire stack and piled it up out of the way of the garden.
- If you planted strawberries you will need to trim it down to about one inch above the crown of the plant. For extra protection from winter weather cover the box/area with hay or straw. They will grow back on their own next season and you can thin out and transplant early in the season.
- After you have cleared out the boxes and turned the you can cover the beds/boxes with mulch or leaves to help with adding nutrients for next year’s planting season.
- Lastly, pull out any support systems or trellis supports that you made over the season. I was able to easily pull out the bean and pea trellis that I made, the strawberry netting, and the cantaloupe trellis and have stored them away for the winter.
After you have finished putting your garden to bed for the winter I hope you get to enjoy the last of your harvest!
Here are a few recipes that I’ll be enjoying with some of my squash, pumpkins, and tomatoes!
These are some of the tools that I appreciate having handy during Garden Clean-up! Hope you have had a wonderful year of gardening and join us again next planting season for Tips, Tricks, and Frugal How-to’s for your own Veggie & Fruit Garden!
These are the pruning shears that I have and I really like them. In fact, all of the Fiskars products that I own have never let me down!
Fiskars Pruning Shears – $11.97
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- Ideal for cutting stems and light branches
- Maximum cutting capacity: 5/8 inch diamater
A good pair of work gloves is very important to me, and these gloves certainly do the job! Grab a pair now while the cost is lower and have them ready for garden clean up and planting next Spring.
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- The measurement is 9 1/2″ from middle finger tip to wristband
- Strong acrylic liner and longer cuffs to protect wrists and hands. The palms are crinkle latex dipped, making them anti-skid, puncture and abrasion resistant whether pulling small weeds or tugging suckers in an overgrown yard and especially while rose pruning.
- You are still able to do fine weeding and transplanting.
- Snug fit helping to eliminate dirt, scratches and bugs
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