now is the time to start cleaning up your garden so it can get a good nights rest for next year. It is a sad time but even the land needs to take a break.unless you are lucky enough to live in an area that is able to grow year round then you have a different task on your hands.
Start by cleaning up all of your beds and removing all dead plants and any trash you might have around your garden. not that you are messy, but the fall and winter months will bring some heavier winds and things will find their way into your space. Leaves should be raked which in my mind is a terrible job until i learned that it was a good time to add to my compost pile! If you want to add to your compost I found a trick that has worked well for our garden over the years. Rake your leaves into a pile and then take your lawnmower if it has a mulching blade and run over your pile. If you have a bag then use that and once your done your leaves are now perfect for adding to a compost pile! You can also put all of your plants that are not growing into your compost just do not add any that had any kind of disease.
Take inventory of your tools and give them a good cleaning if they need it so they will not rust over the winter months and last you longer. you can put a light coat of mineral oil on them to lubricate and protect them while they take their winter nap. This is a good time to organize your tools and garden so that you can get ready for the next winter task.
It is a slow time in the winter but it is also a good time to make a hot cup of tea or coffee and sit back and evaluate your garden and how it did over the year. Think about any changes you would make and most importantly sit back and think about all of good memories and good food you created this year. Let us know in the comments what you like about winter duties in your garden and what memories you have from this years growing season. Most of all I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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