Heres how to winterize your raised garden bed. Removing them now will help ensure healthy soil come spring.
This is the most important factor for how plants weather the winter.
How to winterize a garden. Climatic conditions of a gardens location are an important consideration as this affects the plants that grow and consequently the tasks required to winterize a garden. Larger plants are going to have to weather the winter on their own but you can help the smaller bushes and saplings with some burlap. Fertilizer Never fertilize your herb garden after August.
If youre not using a garden plot that youve planted summer plants in youll need to plant your winter crops in a patch of well-draining soil. Nutrients from the mulch will leach into. Choose a garden location with good drainage.
Keep watering until the ground freezes. Gather frost blankets old sheets or cloth tablecloths and have them at the ready as temperatures start to fall. Use frost blankets to cover crops in a winter vegetable garden to protect winter container gardens and to help tender plants survive a cold snap.
Kristopher shows us the results of his final harvest and then the steps he takes to winterize his garden for a mo. After tidying up the garden and replanting divided plants add compost as much as 3 or 4 inches to the beds. Wrap your plants loosely and tie down the fabric so it doesnt pull free in the wind.
Others fill a bucket with sand and motor oil and dip the tools in the sand. Apply a layer of mulch or mulched leaves in late fall. Just spray on a thin layer and youre good to go.
Before winter arrives or possibly after the first frost it is important to thoroughly clean all areas of the garden. Clean out your raised bed. Keep the base of plants free of dead leaves and debris particularly before frost.
Ive found a spray bottle filled with two parts motor oil to one part kerosene works well and without the mess and fuss. How to Winterize Your Flower Garden Your perennials and annuals can use care at this time. Watering Water plants throughout late summer and autumn as drought-stressed plants are more susceptible to.
Fertilizing herbs late in the season will encourage tender new growth that may not survive the winter. Another thing to consider with shrubs is that hungry deer can sometimes be a. The vegetable garden is a priority and the first area to begin cleaning.
The last stage of your garden. If you have bulbs now is the time to dig them up and store them. Pull out weeds clean up dead plant material and remove sick plants.
Cut back your perennials a bit and mulch to protect from the worst of the cold weather. Leaving dead plants in your raised bed can cause disease or insect infestation. Winterizing your garden also involves rounding up plant covers for winter frost protection.
Some people rub motor oil over the tools with an old rag.