When the morning air starts turning cool, you can be sure fall and winter are not far behind. Its time to winterize the garden.
Hopefully here are some tips that will help you this fall and winter.
Start by cleaning all the old plants and any other debris from your garden. bring in and store all the tools that have been leaning here and there. Also drain, clean, roll and store any garden hoses.
Now to the soil. Till good to turn all of your old mulch and ground cover under 5 or 6 inches. Let your garden set for a few days so that any weeds or grass is dead.
The next step is to sow the entire garden in Elbon Cereal Rye. 3/4 – 1 lb. per 100 sq. ft. is the amount recommended. Till or rake in by just scratching the surface. Be sure it is Elbon Cereal Rye and not winter rye. It only takes about a week for it to germinate. As it grows during the winter it may be necessary to mow. Do not let it head out. It is very winter tolerant.
By doing this you are adding organic matter and nutrients to your garden. Also Elbon Cereal Rye is the best way to treat root knot nematodes in your soil. Elbon Cereal Rye serves as a trap crop.
In late January mow as short as possible, then till deep. You may have to till again to completely get rid of it. Then in mid February you are ready to start your spring garden.
If you have an asparagus bed and can’t till but would like to loosen the soil, try Cahaba White Vetch. You have already removed the old plants to the ground. Sow the Vetch and scratch in with garden rake. This Vetch is winter tolerant and grown roots as much as 3 feet deep. In February hoe all the Vetch away. Just watch your asparagus strut next spring. The roots then decompose leaving little open spaces among your asparagus roots.