Depending on what you are growing in your garden, there’s lot of things you need to get know to have better growth of your plants and vegetables in the upcoming colder months. However, clever planting will help you to have beautiful vegetable garden to enjoy throughout the year.In this post, we are going to see some simple tips that help you to prepare your vegetable garden for winter
Garlic is the best thing to plant in your garden especially in winter. So, select a garden bed that did not grow alliums this year and work in a generous amount of compost in to the soil by adding little amount of fertilizer.
Plant garlic bulbs 4 inches deep and six inches apart from each other, then add a light layer of mulch during planting. Harvest them after the plants turning into little brown to get strong and large bulbs.
2.Plant Cover Crops:
Late summer and early fall is a great time for many seasonal crops. All these crops prevent soil erosion, break up compacted areas and increase the levels of organic matter in the soil. Mostly, cover crops add nutrients to the soil so start planting them one month before your first frost. Choose legumes varieties for planting such as peas or clover which can easily increases the level of available nitrogen for all garden vegetables.
You must water all the plants during the warmest hours in the day during winter season. Because the roots absorb moisture slower than in summer and warmth helps keeps it flowing through the entire system.
Don’t over water any plant. Over watering welcomes certain types of diseases and fungus that allow the plant to die within sort period of time. If you want to see a healthy garden then you must choose your water wisely.
4.Make Use Of Cold Frame:
Cold frames are an amazing way to protect all your vegetable plants from extreme weather damage. All you need to do is take transparent material which allows light in and hardy enough to withstand the lower temperature.
Use this transparent material to cover all your plants and build a simple greenhouse using some wooden sticks. It protects your plants from all types of weather conditions.
5.Clean Up Vegetable Garden Beds:
By the end of the season, the vegetable garden becomes a mess. So it’s better to break up tasks and work through the garden one bed or area until they all cleaned up completely.
All you need to do is remove all dead vegetation and any rotten fruits or veggies on the ground. Make sure to add healthy vegetation to your compost pile. If your plants were unhealthy then dispose of the foliage with household trash or burn to avoid spreading into the compost pile.
Pull all the weeds and push mulch aside and add 1-2 inch layer of finished compost and cover the beds with old mulch to suppress the weeds and protect the soil. Generally, many diseases and pests are killed when soil freezes in the winter and mulching beds is an easy way to prevent them from freezing.
6. Gather Leaves:
Gather all leaves and use them for mulch in your garden. A shredded leaf layer on the soil surface will suppress the weeds, retain moisture, provides soil enrichment and even increases soil organisms.
Over time, the gathered leaves will break down to rich humus that can be easily incorporated into your soil to improve the structure and moisture-holding ability.
7. Little Patience:
Vegetables harvested in slightly colder weather will be tastier and sweeter in the kitchen. Make sure to get them out before the frost hits and do not be afraid of the things. You must try different methods, vary the planting techniques and try different plant partnering combinations.