Goodnight, Garden: A Winter Gardening Checklist

Put your garden to bed and ensure next season is even better with our winter gardening checklist.

| November/December 2011

Put your garden to bed and ensure next season is even better with our winter gardening checklist.

□ Finish Picking 

As frost threatens, pick the last of any fruits and veggies that won’t survive, such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplant. Keep blankets and garden cloches ready to cover plants at night to protect them. If you’re growing hardier specimens that can withstand frost, such as spinach and chives, light cloches will protect them from severe temperatures.

□ Prep Beds 

Mulch any plants you plan to grow into winter such as root crops or winter-hardy herbs. Mark the spots with stakes (or by any other method), so you’ll know where to dig for garlic or kale when snow has covered the ground. Add finished compost to the beds where you’re growing perennials such as rhubarb and asparagus. Bring tender herbs indoors to overwinter them. (To learn more about overwintering herbs, read “4 Easy Herbs to Grow for an Indoor Garden.”) 

□ Clean Up and Compost 

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