Even if we have planted a fall garden, we find ourselves with garden clean-up tasks from our summer crops. For the first couple of years I simply cleared my land with no thought of how I would prepare the soil — yes, even in the fall — for the next season.
What I learned was, the current year’s spent crops hold valuable potential to get next season’s crops started out with a fertile soil full of nutrients and more beneficial soil structure.
In this week’s episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast, I talk about:
- which plants definitely need to be thrown out (and not composted)
- what your main objective in garden clean-up should be
- why bare soil is the worst thing you can do to your dormant garden
- 4 ways to replenish nutrients in raised beds and garden plots over the winter
- what to do with spent container soil
- how to make the most of your spent beans, corn, and squash
- my views on tilling in the fall
As I mentioned at the end of the episode, I’ve got something really exciting happening next year on the blog. To stay updated, be sure you’re signed up for my “In the Garden” weekly e-mails. Subscribe below: