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Gardening Tips

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Garden
Clean-up

Welcoming
winter frost

Pumpkin
Cheesecake recipe

Garden
Clean-up

As winter approaches, it’s tempting just to sit back and
put your feet up and not have to think about the garden
until springtime. However, just a bit of extra work at
this time of the year can save you a whole lot of hassle
come planting time.

Garden clean-up, the last
big chore for gardeners, is often overlooked, especially
if it’s been a strenuous gardening year. But by cleaning-up
garden debris, composting the healthy material and throwing
away the rest, gardeners will benefit in numerous ways:

  • Removing garden debris
    will keep pests under control. Many insects,
    like the asparagus beetle, will overwinter in debris
    and come out even earlier the following year. A beautiful head of Julius savoy cabbageSlugs & snails love
    to hide under leaves and will often lay their eggs
    in these comfy areas. Older cabbage leaves, for example,
    should be removed so that slugs don’t have easy access
    to the heart of the cabbage.

  • Diseased plant material
    laying around in the garden can be sources of infection
    the following year. The Late Blight fungus that infects
    tomatoes and potatoes has been shown to infect gardens
    especially where volunteer plants sprout early in
    the spring.

  • Your compost pile
    will benefit from the healthy material you add into
    it. If much of the garden material is still green,
    make sure to mix-in some “brown” material such as
    tree leaves (which are plentiful right now), dried
    grass, straw, or shredded newspaper.

Welcome
the winter frosts

Redbor kale makes a striking impact in the gardenWhile frosts usually
signal the end of tender plant growth, for over wintering
plants like kale,
cabbage, kohlrabi,
parsnips and
radicchio,
a good frost actually sweetens the taste!

How does this occur? These
overwintering plants actually use sugar as a an antifreeze!
By pumping more sugar into their cells, and reducing
the water content, the plants are able to withstand
colder temperatures. For home gardeners, this mechanism
is an added bonus. Not only do they survive for longer
periods, the taste of these vegetables improves after
a good frost.

So, when the garden shows
signs of that silvery hue, rejoice!

 

 


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