Prepping Your Garden for Winter

Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by Motomom34, Oct 20, 2016.

  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Fall is a time when I think of raking leaves and cleaning gutters but there are also garden chores that are a must. Preparing your garden for winter is important and can add to your success the following year.

    Here is a small list I found of winter garden preps:

    Must-Do Tasks To Prep The Garden For Winter:

    The Tuesday Garden Party for October 28th

    Fall is the time to mulch and compost. Adding now helps to heal the soil and gives the clippings, leaves or dung time to breakdown over the winter months.

    What are you doing to prepare your gardens and planting beds for winter?
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2016
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  2. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Haven't finished harvesting the carrots and beets yet...
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  3. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    i planted buckwheat as a cover crop and will till it in in the spring. I'm a lazy gardener
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  4. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

    Pulled up all my Pepper's and other summer crops. Topped off all my raised beds with goat, rabbit and soil.
    Planted Kale, Collard's and Broccoli. After the first real frost I will cut down all the passion fruit vines and store the roots in the potting shed until next spring, then cover my green house with plastic and kick up the Rocket stove on cold nights.
    I have a lot of pruning to do on my plums and Pears.
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  5. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I yanked up all my plants and threw them in the pile. I had a few squash on the vine which I threw in the wild area. I always hope for volunteer plants. Since I am planning on moving, I really do not have much to prep for the next year. I do have some mint that needs to be relocated. I know now is not the time but I am thinking of moving it and hope it takes.

    All I keep thinking is that it is time to plant the garlic. I had great success when planting garlic in the fall. The next spring it came in really healthy.
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  6. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

    Where are you moving?
    Mint is invasive. I have it growing wild everywhere now. TOO COOL!!
    Pull some plant with a good bit of root system and it'll be just fine.
    I should probably post some pics of my Moringas, I don't want anyone to get mad at me.:unsure:
    Seems like some are having a hard time with them. I finally have a pod starting out. Lot's of flowers, but only one pod so far.
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  7. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Lol I have one moringa plant this year it's 6 " tall and still in a pot.

    One passion fruit 2" tall and one papaya.

    I have had rotten luck getting them going. One is better than none
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  8. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

    I hear that![LMAO]
    I always plant mass amounts of everything! I planted 32 pepper plants last year and 12 made it and the others struggled. never producing a single fruit. Though sometimes, like with the Habenero's, all will take off and I end up with 20 plants that looked like trees, producing a pepper that's too hot to eat! Never again on that one!:eek:
    Out of 40 Moringa seeds 4 made it. I am going to just plant about 100 next spring in my row beds and see what happens and also another 200 around my property perimeter. At a 10% survival rate, but I think I'll get better than that, its still 20 trees.
    Just a little friendly advice, Mulch your plants, it's amazing what my trees are doing as well as my raised beds!
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  9. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    What are you using for mulch! I use straw or alfalfa. The local farmers will give me their rotten stuff that they can't sell. But I am careful to ask about pesticides and fungicides they use in and around their fields.

    This year I am trying to nitrogen fix with buckwheat, hard red wheat and a plant that is related to peanuts that I can't recall the name.

    Next year I may try Sesame seed in a plot
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  10. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    @Gopherman I plan on moving to an urban setting for a few years or so. Since I will be having a small growing area while there, I have been looking at vertical gardening. I have a mental image of what I want but it depends on what direction the backyard faces.

    I love sesame seed. Keep us posted @Ganado
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  11. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

    Wood chips. Moringa should explode in your area, Try soaking them for a day then stick them right in the dirt.
    I hope it all works out for you! Keep on, keeping on, if it can't get worse, it has to get better! Right?:)
    I have Passion fruit hanging out on my greenhouse the size of tennis balls!
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  12. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    @Gopherman The kid wanted to try a starfruit so I took out some of the seeds and I am going to try to sprout them. I figure if you can do it, so can I.
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  13. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

    That's The SPIRIT!! I have one success for every 4-5 fails, The little things keep me going!
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