Preparing the Garden for Winter

It’s that time of the year when frost is coming and it is time to put the garden to bed for the winter.  We keep a close eye on the weather reports and about three days before the first frost is expected, we put the boys to work.  Last week Greyden and Colter picked the remaining produce off the plants. 

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The green tomatoes were all picked, washed, and frozen.  We will turn them into tomato sauce (you can mix green tomatoes with red ones) this winter.

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Anything too small or rotten was tossed to the chickens:

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The plants were pulled up.  Nightshade plants (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes) are composted.

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 Other plants are tossed into the chicken’s pen.

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The perennials like the strawberries and asparagus are weeded.

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The rest of the beds are raked out so that they are ready for rabbit manure to be added all winter long.

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I miss getting fresh produce from the garden once it is put to bed.  But having a break from garden chores for the winter keeps us enthusiastic about gardening when spring arrives.

The boys got the work done just in time.  They day after they finished, we woke up to find the first frost on the ground.

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Winter is definitely coming.  Are you still harvesting anything? 

PJ

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