Winterizing Your Garden in Cottage Country: Tips and Tricks
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If you're a gardener in Ontario, it's important to start thinking about preparing your garden for the winter months ahead. Here are some tips to get your garden ready for the colder weather.
Saving vegetable and flower seeds in the fall is a great way to save money and ensure you have the plants you want for next year. Collect seeds from your healthiest plants, and store them in a cool, dry place until next spring.
Removing any dead plants or weeds from your garden is important to prevent pests and disease from overwintering. Be sure to dispose of these properly, as composting them could spread any disease or pests.
Removing any rocks, lumps of clay, or other debris from your garden will help improve drainage and prevent standing water in the winter months. This will help prevent root rot in your plants.
Testing the pH and nutrient levels of your soil is important to determine what you need to add to your garden to help your plants thrive. Many garden centers offer soil testing services, or you can purchase a soil testing kit to do it yourself.
Adding compost to your garden in the fall will give it time to break down over the winter months, and provide your plants with valuable nutrients come spring. Be sure to mix the compost into the soil well.
Fall is also a great time to decide if you want to expand your garden next year. Take note of what worked well this year, and what didn't, and plan accordingly.
By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to preparing your garden for winter and ensuring a successful growing season next year in Ontario.