You know that feeling when you’re sitting in your backyard and you see the first frost? You get this sinking feeling in your stomach as if someone is about to ruin everything wonderful about the summer months. It’s like clockwork: The garden stops producing delicious food, flowers go dormant, and all of a sudden you have nothing more to do with your time than sit around and watch Netflix all day. But there’s no need to panic! There are plenty of ways to save your garden before winter arrives. Here are my top five tips for preserving everything from herbs to veggies.
Adding mulch to your garden is one of the best ways to keep your soil temperature cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Mulch also helps keep weeds away, which not only saves you money on weed killer but gives you a cleaner looking yard.
A layer of mulch can help keep moisture in the soil by slowing evaporation from plants and preventing rain from washing away topsoil.
Prepare your perennials
Perennials are plants that are able to survive and regrow from their roots, so it’s important to take care of them before winter sets in. You can do this by pruning back the stems and removing dead or diseased leaves. Then cut back stems if needed, remove spent flowers and deadhead (pull out all the flower heads), remove any damaged stems, remove any weeds that may have sprouted up around your perennials, pull any unwanted growth/grasses/weeds growing near your perennials and generally clean up anything you don’t want on your property.
Clean up your veggies
Cleaning up your veggies.
When it comes to cleaning up the garden, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what you need to do:
- Remove dead plants and debris. This will help prevent disease and keep pests away from the rest of your produce.
- Clean up the garden. This will allow more sunlight in for healthier plants, plus it reduces any chance of mold or mildew forming on any remaining vegetables or herbs (which can be harmful). So go ahead and rake away!
- Prepare the garden for winter…and spring…and summer…and winter again! You see what we did there? Okay, so this one is really only applicable if you live in a temperate climate (or somewhere where seasons even exist). But if that’s not where you live right now—or if this little list was too confusing—don’t worry about it! Just let that pesky snow fall all over everything; we’ll handle getting rid of it when spring rolls around again next year…
Divide and transplant
After you’ve weeded and mulched, it’s time to divide and transplant. This can be done any time between now and when the ground freezes; there’s no need to hurry!
It’s also a good idea to move perennials and shrubs that may have gotten too large or crowded in their current location. While this is not strictly necessary, they will grow better if they are in more roomy quarters than they currently occupy.
Protect your fruit trees
When the temperature drops and the leaves start to fall, there are a few things you can do to protect your fruit trees. The first step is to cover them with mulch or hay. This will help insulate them from cold weather and keep deer away from your yard.
The next step is to protect against pests like insects and rodents, who will attack and eat any ripe fruit remaining on the tree after harvest time. If you have an infestation of pests in your garden, try using natural pest repellents such as garlic spray or hot pepper spray, which can be found at most home improvement stores.”
When it comes to winter, you should start preparing in the fall.
The fall is a perfect time to prepare your garden for winter so that it can be as healthy and beautiful as possible when spring comes around.
When it comes to winter, you should start preparing in the fall. The first thing you should do is remove dead flowers and leaves from your plants. Also, keep an eye out for pests such as slugs or grasshoppers that may have made their way into your garden during the warmer weather. If there are any diseased plants, take them out of your garden and dispose of them properly so they don’t spread disease to other plants in your yard and throughout town!
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to do all of these things at once. Start with one or two, and as you gain confidence in your abilities, move on to the next ones. You might not know exactly what plants will survive winter until the end of October! So there’s no rush—just take it slow and make sure that everything is done properly so that next spring (or whenever spring arrives for you) will be a happy time full of fresh food from your garden or potted plants