gardentobed by pcgn


									                            How To:
         Put Your Garden
              to Bed
                  1. Harvest & Preserve:
               Watch for frost warnings in your area & be sure to
                harvest as much of the fruit from sensitive plants
             (tomatoes, basil, peppers, cucumbers, etc.) as possible
                      before the temperature dips too low.
            *You can eat it, preserve it or freeze to make the taste of
               fresh garden food last throughout the cold season.

               2. Protect Hardy Plants:
             Some plants such as beets, carrots, kale & other greens
             will survive the first few frosts. Leave root crops in the
              ground until it shows signs of freezing setting in. Kale
             actually enjoys a frost & will taste better. You can often
                                enjoy it into winter.

                        3. Collect Seeds:
            Many plants produce their seeds in fall. The process
            is different for each plant, but often once they have
             flowered, they will produce seed pods that can be
                      collected to grow more next year.

                  4. Prepare Your Beds:
            Most sensitive plants will not survive a hearty frost. Once
            the plants are browned & dead, you should pull them out
              & put them in the compost. Pull out all the weeds as
              well. This will prevent you from having to do it in the
                     spring. Turn over soil lightly with a fork.
            *Diseased plants & weeds with seeds should be placed in
                           separate piles of thrown out.

          For additional information
  Peterborough Community Garden Network
            705-745-3238 ex. 204
                        5. Water:
    If it has been a dry fall, your garden would appreciate one
                                last soak.

                        6. Mulch:
        If you place a thick layer of straw or leaves over your
          garden, it will prevent weeds from growing back &
                  make your life easier in the spring.

                        7. Plant~
        Believe it or not, there are a lot of things that you can
             plant in the fall to enjoy in the early spring:

Garlic: Fall is the perfect time to plant some garlic cloves.
Come early spring, you will already have something ready to
                    grow in the garden.

  Flowering Bulbs: Fall is a great time to plant tulips,
 daffodils & crocuses. This will give you a beautiful splash of
                     colour in the spring.

   Perennial Plants: You can either split up & move
around plants like hostas, irises, lilies, herbs & other perennial
          plants or add new ones to your garden.

 Spinach: You can plant spinach seeds in the fall & cover
 them with mulch. Come early spring you will already have
                    greens to enjoy!

     8. Relax & Start Planning for Next
 With a great garden season behind you, it is a great time to
put your feet up & start planning your next garden. It helps to
note things that did great, didn’t do so great or that you wish
      you had grown while it’s still fresh in your mind.

                                            For additional information
                                    Peterborough Community Garden Network
                                              705-745-3238 ex. 204

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