As Summer comes to a close, the daily garden duties become less and less. Most vegetable gardens are in their final stages by early October depending on the climate zone. This is the time to begin the clean up from this years garden and preparing for the following year.
Use Your Dead Garden Plants This Year For Next Year By Cutting Them Into Smaller Pieces
After the plants have reached maturity and have finished producing, they eventually will die off. These dead plants contain nutrients and should be tilled back into the soil. Some plants are certainly larger than others and require more effort. Corn stalks and tomato plants are usually the largest. Cutting them into smaller pieces will help to make them more manageable.
Using a tractor can cut up dead plants and till the soil simultaneously
For those growing larger gardens and having the benefit of a tractor with implements, the process may be easier as a tractor with a disc harrow can cut up the dead plants as it also cuts the soil. This works extremely well because as it cuts up the dead plants , it is also working them back into the soil.
Use a rototiller for a smaller garden
There are certainly other methods, especially for the smaller garden. A rototiller can also re-introduce the dead plant matter back into the soil. Lastly, for very small gardens and raised beds, simply turning the soil with a 4 prong digging fork or similar tool, will suffice.
Reintroducing Dead Plants is the first step
Re-introducing the dead plant matter is the first step when preparing for next years garden. It is around this same time period that any additional compost available should be added.
This is also the time to remove and store tomato cages, trellising, temporary greenhouse frames, wildlife protection devices, and temporary fencing.
Some tomato cages are designed to nest or stack for easier and convenient transport and storage.
Some trellising packages may include wire fencing, poles for climbing, or similar methods. A little extra care packing these up in the Fall will make it much easier to reinstall in the Spring.
Temporary greenhouse frames are normally easy to set up and take down. They can be home made or a kit from a garden center.
Temporary fencing should also be removed and stored for the following season.
By removing and storing the above mentioned garden items, it will make the job of cleaning up the garden and replenishing the soil a whole lot easier.
The Easiest Method Provides Trellises, Temporary Greenhouse Frames, and Animal Protection all in one system
BTW, the easiest method of accomplishing the introduction and removal of these garden items is by using the Garden Commander system. The Garden Commander system offers trellising, temporary greenhouse frames, wildlife protection, and temporary fencing all in one easy to use product. Garden Commanders do nest and stack very neatly making transport and storage an easy and affordable task. Anytime we can reduce labor and expense at the same time, it’s definitely worth a look!
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Happy gardening from farmer Paul!