The following are some tips on how to prepare your garden for winter:
1) Make sure you have enough food and water to last through the winter.
You might want to think about getting a small snow shovel or digging out a hole in the backyard where you keep all your food supplies. If you don’t have any other ideas, then it’s best not to worry too much about what you’re going to do during the cold season. Just get prepared.
2) Check on your plants regularly so they don’t freeze solid.
If you see them starting to die off, put them back into their original position and check again later in the day or night when temperatures will be lower. Also make sure to wash all of your vegetables thoroughly before putting them back into the ground because dirt absorbs moisture better than leaves do.
3) Don’t forget to water your plants every now and then.
Watering them once a week is plenty if you’re careful enough. But watering them too often could cause problems such as root rot, which can kill your crops.
4) When it comes to fertilizers, there are many types available but one thing that everyone seems to agree upon is that compost tea is the way to go.
It not only provides everything your plants need to survive it also helps them grow bigger and stronger. The key to making good compost tea is the same as with everything else: don’t overdo it. Water each plant before making the tea and then mix a few scoops of organic fertilizer with a five-gallon bucket of water. Stir the mixture well and then dump it around your plants.
5) Protect your plants from animals that might eat or destroy them by any means necessary.
Even if you don’t normally have any of these problems, it only takes one deer running through the yard to cause major damage so it’s best to be safe rather than sorry. If you have a fence around your garden, make sure there are no holes in it and that the bottom is completely covered as well. If you don’t have a fence then perhaps plant thorny bushes along the perimeter since most animals tend to avoid them at all costs.
6) There is no need to chop up your green garden waste and put it into a compost bin since Mother Nature does that for you already.
Just leave your clippings and such on the ground and they will turn into nutrient-rich compost in due time, which you can then add to your soil to give it that extra boost.
7) After you harvest your greens it’s a good idea to till your soil and then mix in some fresh dirt.
Not only will this replenish the nutrients that the plants took from the soil but it will also help protect against frost heaving.
Once you follow these guidelines, your garden should be all set for a long and prosperous winter season.
P.S. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. There is no such thing as a silly question when it comes to gardening!
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