One of the biggest mistakes beginning gardeners make is forgetting to wrap-up the gardening season by prepping their garden for next year. There are few things you can do to your gardening plot—whether it be a few containers or a few acres—that will make sure the next season starts well.
- First, remember that the season is not quite over yet! Just because it’s October, you don’t need to wrap up the whole enterprise. Designate the best part of your garden for growing fall seasonal produce and relocate plants to that area. You might get another 4-6 weeks worth of produce out of it!
- Then, clean out any fallen or rotten fruit around the garden and pull old annuals and weeds.
- Mulch the planting area to protect the soil.
- Cut back perennials to keep them healthy for next year.
- Plant a cover crop, if you’d like, to last the fall.
- Save all newly-fallen leaves for your compost bin. It will be perfect by springtime!
- Plant any spring bulbs.
- Lastly, clean your gardening tools so they’re in good shape when you need them again.
If you take good care of your gardening space, it will be ripe and ready for its next growing season. Just a few steps now means less work some spring.
Contributed by Liz McEwan, Event Coordinator