I’ve now cleaned out most of the beds except where the gourds are, the kale bed and the 2 perennials in the garden.
The gourds are drying nicely and I picked some of them this week. These are African Bushel Gourds.
The 2 perennial plants in the garden have gone to sleep-the rhubarb and the strawberries. I will cover the rhubarb crowns shown above with straw (they look dead but they are not).
I will put row cover over these strawberry plants as I don’t like raking out straw from the strawberries in the spring-too much work. It is much easier to just uncover them. Look how the leaves turned red.
Since the kale is still alive, it is covered with row cover for now. I expect it to die too once we get really cold at night again.
My friend Nick and myself put 2 huge trailer loads of horse manure on all the beds after we cleaned them out of the dead plants in November.
Then we lightly turned the manure over in the soil to add more organic matter to the soil as shown above. This will break down over the winter and be ready to plant by spring. Yea! Because of him I actually got all the fall clean up done! Finally the garden can go to sleep and maybe me!
Lovely post yesterday i managed to get all my fruit tress and soft fruit apart from the grape vines and roses in the back garden
Thank you for another year of generously sharing your gardening thoughts with us. It has been very helpful, not to say inspiring. Happy winter solstice!