If you have a garden, you have to ensure that you make preparations for the cold season during fall. Adequate prepping is what will guarantee a great spring. Fall is the best time to prepare your soil so that you can have fewer soil problems when the growing season arrives.
If you have any plants that are summer bloomers, Fall is the best time to remove them so that you can clean up the soil and clear out any remnants left after the summer. This way, the garden will have a beautiful appearance before winter sets in. The plants that are going to be left during winter will appreciate the TLC that they gain from garden prep in the fall. This guide has lots of tips on looking after your plants in winter.
A good idea to maintain moisture in the soil is mulching. You can do this to ensure that there is enough moisture in the soil for the plants to overcome the first bout of cold. Look for plants that can enhance the appearance of the garden. Fall is the time that most trees shed, so you can use the leaves to mulch any new crops that you will have. With the moisture in the soil and the dead leaves, the crops should thrive. The dead leaves are great for manure. Autumn does not necessarily mean that you need to put an end to all kinds of gardening.
Fall is also a great time to plant vegetables if you love having veggies from your own garden. Vegetables like cabbage and radishes do well in the fall, even with the cold setting in. They are the best kind of crops to grow in this weather because they will be ready in a few weeks so you can harvest some in the first few weeks of winter.
It is a good idea to cover the plants that may become affected by too much cold. Use any grass, dead plants, or leaves that have fallen to do that. They should provide enough nutrition and lock in the moisture in the soil. The nutrients that they provide will suffice the plants all the way through spring of the next season. You could be surprised at how fertile the plants will be in the Spring once you use this method. The process also ensures that the garden looks neat.
Fall is a great time to do systemic herbicide on plants that are likely going to be affected by pests or too much cold. If you have tubers that may die in the cold, dig them up and put them indoors. You can put them in a shed and transplant them when it gets warmer.
Getting rid of plant debris ensures that there is a minimal chance of pests and diseases during the winter. It also prevents weed seeds from remaining in the soil and becoming a problem when it becomes warmer. Remove all the compost and use it as cover for plants that are sensitive to cold.