5 Fall Garden Tasks for a Better Spring Garden
The year before last we were super lazy about our fall garden tasks and last year ended up being one of our worst garden years ever. Everything that happens in the garden teaches us. This helped me learn that fall garden tasks are some of the most important tasks for garden success.
Winterize your garden for spring success
Fall garden tasks can set your spring up for amazing success. I love how loamy and moist my soil is when I prep the garden and prepare the yard for winter. There are a few things you can do now to save you a ton of headaches later.
Preparing the yard for winter with fall garden tasks now
Task number one in the garden is weed! It’s so hard to weed in the heat of the summer, but now that it’s cooling off, spend a few hours for a couple of days getting all the weeds out. Removing the seeds and roots before the winter will help your weeding next year to be so much easier. Weed the garden and yard on a nice morning after a good rain shower so you can get as much of the roots as possible. Spending time weeding regularly in fall will enable you to get the weeds out before winter sets in.
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Another fall garden task is collecting seeds. Check all your overgrown plants, edible and flowers, for brown seed heads that you can collect in envelopes and replant next year. Flower heads, sunflower seeds, okra pod, pepper and tomatoes, just about everything left over can be dried and planted again. Save a few green beans for seeds for next year. Click here to see how to save seeds.
Clean up the garden for winter and still keep the nutrients
Cut your plants off at the base instead of pulling them out root and all. The roots will stay in the ground and decompose over the winter adding nutrients to the soil that will help your spring garden grow. Peas and beans have nodules on their roots as well that will put extra nitrogen into your soil for a heavy feeding crop such as corn the following year.
Mulch, mulch, mulch for a great spring garden
Laying down a heavy layer of mulch will protect your garden soil from erosion, keep in the moisture so the beneficial organisms in the soil will flourish throughout the winter and keep any weed seeds from germinating. Mulching is one of the best things we do in our fall garden tasks that make our garden awesome in spring. The year before last when we had a horrible spring garden, that was one thing we were super lazy about doing and we swore we would never skip this fall garden chore again. Click here to see how to mulch your garden for free.
Take care of your tools as part of your fall garden task routine. Sharpen anything that you dulled down during the garden season. Put a little oil on the blades of your tools to keep them from rusting over the winter season. Find a good, dry storage place for them and make sure you don’t forget anything outside. If you take care of your tools, they will last you for years to come.
The best lesson I’ve learned from the garden is that what I do in the fall makes a huge difference in how my season will go. I add compost and mulch to every bed. We have over 50 beds and containers, so we just take care of a few each week, but we try to get them all finished before Christmas. Usually, we are still working into January, but it is well worth the effort. Winterize your garden properly for a wonderfully productive garden.
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