Winterising your Organic Garden
If you have an organic garden in your home, it is wise to provide adequate care for it even during winter season. After all, you have likely spent a great deal of effort on it and the last thing you want is to see it ruined during the cold months.
To benefit from the wonders of organic gardening again next growing season, you should certainly take some steps to winterise your garden. Sufficient garden care will ensure that your soil and plants gets through the cold weather with ease and that you can once again revel in joy of growing and looking after your vegetables and everything else you have decided to plant. You need to give your gardening efforts a head start, and going through each of these steps will enable that:
Start by clearing up the place
A successful growing season has likely resulted in a great deal of plants. What you need to do is clear the place of all crops that are lying around. Collect all of the spent plants. Be thorough in your efforts, otherwise the plants may attract pests, and that is not something you want. As you collect all debris from your garden, be sure to use them for composting and never just throw them away. Such garden clearance is not only highly beneficial, but also needed.
Pay some attention to your soil
Once you have taken care of clearing the plants, it is time to turn the soil and test it to ensure its state is pleasing. Knowing the pH of your soil and its mineral content can give you a clear clue on whether or not it needs to be improved in any way.
Consider a cover crop
Planting cover crops holds many benefits. All gardening experts agree that they introduce ground protection as well as important organic nutrients that are turned into the soil to enrich it for the next growing season. Some of the types of cover crop you can use include clover, winter rye and field peas. Each of these does a great job for the task.
Cover crops are one thing, but you can also consider mulch for your organic garden. A layer of compost, shredded leaves, grass clippings or other material can add extra means of protection for your soil beds. Mulching will help against the cold and also keep weeds at bay, which is certainly something to look out for.
Plan the garden for the next season
Once you have executed the above steps, it is time to give some thought on your gardening efforts and reflect on your mistakes. Also consider what worked and be sure to take similar action next growing season. It pays to know what worked well and what can be improved in order to have an even more successful organic garden.
Going through each of these 5 steps will ensure that your gardening efforts are met with great success next growing season. Organic gardening is an important activity, which requires knowledge and effort to work.