photo credit: Mike the Gardener
|Yep it’s that time of the year again. I put away the tomato cages and start dreaming about what my garden will look like next season. Of course, before I can do any of that I have to actually clean up my garden area from this season.|
|My garden is no different than anyone elses. By the end of the season, the dying plants and pesky weeds have worked their way into my landscape, sparking the end of the spring/summer gardening season. It also signals me to get going in cleaning everything up.|
|Over the course of a couple of days, me, my wife and two kids will hit the garden areas. We pull all the dead plants and get them into the compost pile. We then pull weeds and throw them out in the trash. I try not to put weeds in my compost pile. This helps cut down on weed seeds germinating over there, making less work for me.|
|Once all the debris is removed from my garden I will then load up the garden beds with compost. Some feel this is not necessary since I am not growing anything in certain beds over the fall and winter months. But for me I like to keep working my soil as early and as often as possible. This also helps me get a bit of a jump start on my garden for the spring since I will be loading up my soil with good nutrients all fall and winter long.|
|I then give my garden beds a good tilling to help mix in all that compost and aerate the soil. Some people like to till the garden, others don’t for fear it will bring low lying weed seeds back to the top. I have had great success with tilling my soil so I stick with it.
One of the most important things to remember when it comes to gardening is to have fun. Sure there is work, but if you can make the work a family event like I do, it won’t really feel like work.
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