Putting Your Garden To Bed This Fall

It's the time of the year again to put your garden to bed before winter hits. Here are a few tips to make sure you garden is resting in good condition. 1. Collect and dry seeds to save for next year. 2. Gather herbs and flowers for drying. Tie the stems into small bundles with twine (or string). Hang them upside down in a warm, dry and airy place. Be sure to make small, loose bundles and allow for good air circulation around each bunch. 3. After killing frost, pull up dead annuals and put them on the compost pile. Discard those with fungal disease. 4. Clean up overgrown areas. This will prevent stubborn, weedy shrubs from moving in. 5. Empty and clean all gardening containers to keep them from cracking during the winter and store them upside down. 6. Consider performing a soil test to start amending and preparing it for Spring. 7. Weed your beds. This will slow down their growth rate when Spring comes. 8. Plant garlic for overwintering. The best time is to do is when the temperature drops drastically (but before the ground freezes).

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