We have had an absolutely gorgeous fall here in Atlantic Canada. Warm temperatures and sunny days have meant the longest gardening season we have ever had.
I am still harvesting the odd lettuces and spinach, many of the herbs are still growing, and some of the plants (like the celery) have been tricked into sending up new shoots!
Despite this, we know that winter will soon be coming. So while the weather is still warm, hubby and I spent the day putting the garden to bed for another year.
We have been cleaning out plants here and there as they have finished their growing season, but when we began working our garden still looked like this:
By the time we were done, the garden looked like this:
We removed all of the annual plants completely, snipped off the spent perennial stems, and weeded all of the gardens. We then piled leaves as mulch over some of the perennials, including the strawberries and newly planted Egyptian Onions. Last year we bought straw to cover our strawberry plants and still lost them over the winter, so we’ll see if they are still around in the spring.
We usually cover everything with a layer of compost/manure in the fall, but we missed the garden centre sale on these items this year, so will have to wait for spring. (We make compost of our own, but not enough to cover all of the gardens!)
I have left the lettuces and spinach for now since we are still harvesting (although since we removed all of the deer netting I am not sure what will be left once they discover the “free buffet”), and we are still enjoying carrots and a new crop of green onions. This late harvest almost made us want to build some cold frames to see how long we could extend the growing season, but I think that is going to be an experiment for another year.
And so another gardening season has come to a close. Is anyone else still harvesting? What do you do to prepare your garden for winter?