Putting the garden to sleep

@peavey (16319)
United States
October 21, 2007 9:14pm CST
For those of you in the northern hemisphere (at least in the northern part of it!) it's time to put the garden to sleep for another year. What do you do in the fall to finish up the garden? I'm trying to turn under the beds this year so they'll be closer to ready in the spring.
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@coolseeds (3921)
• United States
1 Nov 07
I usually do the normal stuff. Cutting back the perennials, mulching and such. But something I do that many others do not is... amend the soil. The nutrients that were taken from the soil need to be replenished. I make my own compost so I use it where ever possible. Next comes green sand, bone meal, blood meal as well as a good dose of organic liquid fertilizer. I also plant daffodil and tulip bulbs in the fall.
@peavey (16319)
• United States
1 Nov 07
I turn under the weeds I pull and "trash" leftover from harvesting and let it compost. My gardens aren't very old, but the soil gets better each year.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
27 Nov 07
I put raked leaves and grass on my strawberries, but did not do this year. They kind of blew that way. I was thinking of singing, "Lullabye and Goodnight" or "Rockaby Baby on a Treetop," but the neighbors would think I am funny. We have mostly perennials since my husband does not want to keep planting annuals, although I plan to get some tomato plants in boxes. Maybe I will get some lettuce and plant an herb box as well.
• United States
23 Nov 07
Putting the "bed to sleep" is an ongoing thing. I keep throwing on organic materials the garden though out the year and digging it in to the ground in the spring time. I try to put straw on the garden when the plants are growing and put the organic material under the straw to decompose during the growing season. I will pile the tree leaves up on the garden and run the lawn mower over them several time to break them down t o small pieces so that they can decompose faster and enrich the soil better. This will act like a sponge and help to retain mooisture so that I do not have to water as ofter.