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4 Things You Can Do This Fall to Prepare for Next Spring’s Plants

Winter is just around the corner, and while there’s plenty to enjoy about the fall, it can hurt your garden. While the fall weather is still beautiful, begin to prepare your garden for next spring. What you do in the fall can make a big difference in next year’s garden. Here are four important things you can do during the fall to get your garden ready for the spring growing season.


Pull Out All of the Weeds

Weeds are always an irritation, but don’t put off getting rid of them and let the weeds in your garden stay over the winter. Get them out of the garden now to prevent any weeds from producing seeds that will sprout in the spring.

Don’t Compost Your Pepper and Tomato Plants

While this might be counter-intuitive, don’t compost your tomato and pepper plants. Instead, throw them on a burn pile along with the fallen twigs and sticks from your trees. There is too much of a risk that a plant disease will be passed on to the soil next year. However, you can use the ashes in the garden to help revitalize the soil.

Add Organic Material

Prepare your garden beds now. With custom metal fabrication, you can build raised beds to fit your exact plans for next year’s garden. Then prepare the soil in them so that it has time to take on the nutrients it will need for the spring. When you rake the fallen autumn leaves, use your lawnmower to chop them up, then dig them into your soil. When you dig them into your raised beds and garden, they will decompose over the winter. You can also use the leaves whole, as a mulch over your garden, to keep your valuable garden soil from eroding. When spring comes, simply dig these leaves into the soil. This is a very easy way to mulch your soil.

Plant a Winter Cover Crop

Your raised beds and garden will benefit immensely from planting a cover crop. Annual ryegrass is a good choice to add a lot of nutrients and organic material to your garden soil, as well as protect it over the winter from leaching out nutrients. Likewise, a cover crop’s roots will dig into the soil, adding valuable nitrogen and organic material that plants love, as the cover plants eventually break down. Simply turn your cover crop under in the spring before planting. Just make sure not let the cover crop go to seed, and turn it under completely.

All of these simple steps are fantastic ways to guarantee a healthy and productive garden for the coming year, naturally, without the use of harmful, artificial chemicals and fertilizers.


Author Bio: Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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