The first frost has hit, and depending on where you live, so has your first snow. This means it’s time to get your winter garden set up so that you can still reap the benefits of fresh produce. If this is your first time gardening in colder weather, then you’ll need to follow along with some top ways to prepare your garden for winter. We have what you need below—take a look!
Transition Some Plants Indoors
If the chill of the late autumn and winter are too much for you or the strain of outdoor gardening is too much on your back, transition some plants indoors. Hydroponic gardening is great way to succeed with indoor growing, and with a bit of help from the grandkids to set it up, you’ll be on your way to fresh herbs—even in the winter! Here are some plants that do well with hydroponics:
Clean Up Rotting and Finished Plants
You may still enjoy the routine of outdoor gardening, and if that’s the case, then make sure to clean up the area so that spring starts out on a good foot. With summer gone and fall on its way out, do your best to clean up any rotting or finished plants. This is some dirty work, but it’s actually quite cathartic, and it will make your garden look much prettier as winter hits.
Get Your Soil Ready for Spring
In the same respect, once you’ve cleaned up the rotting parts of the garden, make sure to get your soil ready as well. It’s not a necessity, but it does mean less work on your end come spring. Dig in manure, compost, bone meal, and other nutrients to enrich your soil. Turning, tilling, and digging improves drainage before snow really becomes an issue.
Once you’ve done so, cover your garden with sheet plastic or some other covering to prevent the weather from washing away all your hard work.
Don’t Forget About Your Compost
Speaking of compost, don’t forget about utilizing it! Hopefully, you’ve already hopped on the compost train, but if not, winter is the time to start. If you already compost, make sure to harvest and regenerate your compost. The material at the bottom of the pile is probably finished up and ready—use it to top off your garden beds. Once you’ve done so, make sure to beef up your pile again with some autumn leaves and straw to keep it warmer.
Hopefully, these top ways to prepare your garden for winter put you in a better position come spring. Get started now!