While the Garden Sleeps

Last days of autumn in the garden

We can be proud of our accomplishments in 2019:

  • 212lbs of fresh, organic food donated to the Daily Bread Food bank
  • planted: 4 pear trees, 3 plum trees, many serviceberries, 2 hazelnut trees and a strawberry patch
  • added a new 3-section composter
  • created a water system that finally works!
  • extended our north garden area

We are looking forwards to another great year in 2020. We are planning to start on orchard pruning and organic bug control methods as early as February.

In November we have completed our Autumn Tasks in the LEGS Community Gardens and now we can use the well deserved break to dream up plans for next year’s planting.

Some things we have done this year:

  1. Raked, raked, raked all the leaves and other plant debris to place in the compost bins.
  2. Weeded the pesky strangler vine.
  3. Spread the organic mushroom compost over cleaned up vegetable beds
  4. Gathered all the apples; we couldn’t compost them as they had too many bugs this year.
  5. Moved some perennial flowers to a better location.
  6. Did a general clean up of the whole area.
  7. Our tool shed has never been better organized!

Seeds, seeds, seeds.

We have been saving seeds so now that we get a break from gardening it is time to organize the seeds and get them ready for the annual seed exchange in the spring.

What about you, how do you prepare your garden space to rest through the winter?And what types of things do you do now in order to be one step ahead once planting time arrives?

By Dorota Rajewska