When Autumn arrives, it is the signal that the gardening season is slowly coming to a close for the winter period. The growing season is short enough as it is, so when Autumn comes it’s time to make the most of the crops you’ve grown and make some tasty dishes from them. You often find that the garden has little, often no attention throughout the Autumn/Winter months, due to individuals feeling that the weather is simply too bad to even attempt to do any gardening. It is, however, really important to prepare your garden for this off-season, as this will ensure your garden is ready and prepared for your gardening work when the Spring arrives.
Clean up Garden Beds
When the end of the season arrives you often find that the garden has become quite a mess. This can often seem overwhelming and make you wonder where to even start, but if you break your different tasks up into smaller jobs then you’ll find yourself getting through the work quicker and much more efficiently. Start by removing all dead vegetation from your crops. The last thing you want is dead vegetation attracting pests and potentially picking up diseases. Any rotten fruit or vegetables need to be removed before the winter months arrive too. Also, check your garden beds for any general debris. This may sound like a strange thing to check for however all kinds of rubbish can gather in your garden over the blustery periods, and you don’t want this cluttering up your garden.
Get a Soil Test
Autumn is the best time to get your soil tested. Having your soil tested is crucial for determining whether or not you will benefit from adding any nutrients to your soil or whether you need to adjust the pH. You soil test results will let you know the current Soil pH, levels of organic matter, lead content and levels of phosphorous, magnesium, sulphur and calcium. A soil test is ideal for any individuals wanting to grow a selection of different items when the Springtime comes, and will ensure your soil is right for the job. You’ll also be recommended on how much fertilizer and line you need to add to your soil in order to improve its quality.
Grow Your Garden
Growing your garden will provide you with additional vegetable garden space that will enable you to grow even more produce than you could have done previously. You often find that once you expand your vegetable garden you become more motivated to expand your growing experience and add new products to your list. You can also find many garden centres selling organic garden soil at a special price throughout Autumn, so it’s the perfect time to undertake the task!
Introduce Garlic to Your Garden
It’s time to get your potting bench back out from the garage as you’re not quite finished with it for the season just yet! Get yourself some garlic and prepare them on your potting bench. Select the garden bed that is best suited to grow your garlic and you can then plant your garlic crop for next year. It’s always best to give your garlic plenty of compost to ensure it is planted properly.
Sorting out Leaves
One of the most beautiful things about Autumn is the stunning array of colours you see on the leaves. From orange to brown and red to green, the views created from these stunning leaves is amazing. They can, however, also be a slight pain when it comes to the garden. When leaves gather in the garden they clump together and can create a messy, untidy look. Not only do they clutter the garden, they also gather mould and can spread disease in the garden. Therefore, it’s always important to gather the leaves and create a compost heap or simply dispose of them.