It’s hard to believe that this weekend brings the end of fall and the beginning of winter. If you read our last blog on Fall Vegetable Garden Tips, you’ll know the best crops to grow throughout fall and how to get the most out of your garden before the first frost. In this blog, we’ll discuss winter garden planning and maintenance tips for a great spring harvest!
Planning for your Winter Garden
- Plan out vegetable and flower beds
- Planning is key to a rich a robust garden. The Farmers Almanac is a great resource for vegetable garden planning and shows great tips about choosing crops based upon your location.
- Order flower and vegetable seeds.
- Protect terra-cotta pot plants from frost
- To save your terra-cotta potted plants, cover them in bubble plastic or pack them in mulch.
- Harvest winter crops
- For more information on the proper way to harvest winter crops, view our Fall Vegetable Garden Blog.
- Build a raised bed
- Here is a great step-by-step guide on how to do this http://www.sunset.com/garden/backyard-projects/ultimate-raised-bed-how-to
- Most trees, especially fruit trees like apples and pears, should be pruned in late winter
- Here are some winter pruning tips http://www.almanac.com/content/winter-pruning-guide-trees-and-shrubs
- Late winter is the ideal time to plant bare-root trees and shrubs.
- This planting guide gives great tips for planting bare-root trees and shrubs http://www.backyardabundance.org/Portals/0/p/pub-PlantingBarerootTrees.pdf
Gardening To Do list for Any Time of Year
- Create a compost bin and fill and empty when necessary
- Look out for pests and diseases, and take action to tame those issues
- Most importantly, make sure and clean all of your cutting tools after use to prevent spreading plant diseases