Winter will soon be here. It’s time to put your gardens to sleep. Follow these 5 Ways To Get Your Gardens Ready For Winter.
In just a few short months, winter will be knocking at the door. I know, I know, it’s the one season most people have a love-hate relationship with, but it’s nature. Winter is going to arrive whether we like it or not. Once the first frost hits, it’s time for us to think about putting your gardens to bed for the winter. While some vegetables like cabbage and broccoli can endure the colder weather, others cannot. So it’s time to say bye-bye.
5 Ways To Get Your Gardens Ready For Winter
- Pull out dying flowers and vegetables – Pull out annuals and any non-perennial plants in your vegetable garden and flower beds. Leaving non-perennials intact could cause disease to spread. Removing them prevent disease and get your started off on the right foot come spring. Make sure you either bag the plants or dispose of them in an area of your yard that is away from any gardens (so disease can’t spread come spring).
- Plant spring bulbs – Fall is the time when spring bulbs need to be planted. I love the first flowers of spring. Bulbs should be planted six inches deep when the ground is colder. Winter pansies are perfect to plant in the fall because they “winter over” and come back in the spring as well.
- Separate your perennials – Fall is a perfect time to divide and replant any perennials that are getting too large. Dividing them is also a great way to save money by not having to purchase more come spring. Make sure you water them after they are replanted.
- Rake leaves – This will allow your lawn to breathe by not being weighed down by heavy, wet leaves. Not picking up your leaves could also promote disease growth in your yard, which could also spread to your flower beds or vegetable garden. Raking and bagging your leaves now will save time come spring when you are ready to dig in and start your spring planting.
- Clean & Store Flower Pots – Wash out any pot or container you used for a planter. Store away in a shed or sheltered area to protect from the winter environment. This will save money in the spring because the planter will be in good shape. It will also keep disease away for the coming season.
Following these simple steps will help you get a head start on next year’s gardening tasks. Come spring, you will all ready to dig in on your next gardening adventure.