You’ve diligently worked hard all summer watering and harvesting your garden’s bounty. It’s hard to accept that the colder season is upon us, but it’s time to start preparing your garden for next spring. Before you weep summer tears onto your heirloom tomatoes, read through these handy tips on how to prepare your garden for the fall.
1. Assess your Current Garden. What worked well for you this year? What would you do differently next time? What were your most loved veggies? Can you make any improvements? Use this time to plan your garden for next spring.
2. Cleanup! Remove debris, dried leaves and stems. Rake up the mulch to allow water to penetrate deeper into the soil during the rainy season.
3. Add a Splash of Colour. Plant annuals to fill the gaps and add colour to your fall garden. Pansies are great and bloom until December.
4. Be Mindful of the First Frost. Plants that require extra love through the winter should be moved indoors. Remember herbs will need more light to survive indoors. Root veggies like carrots and parsnips are sweeter after the first frost and can be harvested all winter.
5. Plant Spring and Summer Flowering Perennials. Allow six to eight weeks for root formation before winter sets in. Hardy bulbs like daffodils and tulips are great! Tip: flowering bulbs should be planted three times the depth of the bulb.
6. Clean, Maintain and Sharpen your Tools. Keep tools away from moisture and sharpen any dull tools so that they are ready to be used in the spring. Remember to turn off water taps and store hoses.
If you found these tips helpful, you’ll be happy to know that the Roundhouse Community Centre offers gardening classes year round. Check out the next class on September 18 about Winter Vegetables and Herb Growing. Read more on the Roundhouse Adult Programs page.
By Chantelle Jones, Roundhouse Blog Team. A Welsh girl living in Vancouver. Looking for new challenges. Spending my days operating a successful small business and my nights doing yoga, bootcamps and blogging. Sometimes I see my friends and movies too!