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4 Tips to Get Your Garden Ready for Winter

Now that fall is here and winter is closing in, it’s easy to assume that it’s time to put your gardening tools into hibernation and forget about your garden until next spring. But, in actuality fall is an essential time to prepare your garden so that you can ensure a successful growing season next spring. On our home farm, Farmer Jim is busy planting cover crops to prepare for winter, but here are a few tips you can use in your own garden.

Depending on where you live, it may or may not be this cold yet, but when night time temperature drops to less than forty-five degrees Fahrenheit for more than four days in a row it’s time to start taking precautions to get your garden ready for winter. Here are some tips to help you do just that:

1. Evaluate Your Garden - Take a look at which crops you planted this season and evaluate if they worked well for you or not. Think about which ones should stay and which ones should go.

2. Clean and Clear - It’s important that you weed your garden and remove any diseased leaves that may be lying around. Weeds and rotten leaves have a tendency to carry insects and diseases that may be harmful to your garden.

3. Mulch is a Must - Putting mulch or a cover crop over your garden is essential to protecting your plants from extreme temperatures and heavy snow. To make mulch you can use a number of materials including grass clippings, bark or pine needles.

4. Clean Your Tools - Take the time to clean and sharpen your tool so that they don’t rust and they’ll be all set to go for the spring!

By taking these extra steps, you give yourself the best chance to have another beautfil harvest next season!