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November 1, 2012 - GrowOrganic
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Our gardens can shift so quickly from warm, late summer to chilly, rainy fall. To help you avoid the “oops, I forgot to ________” that afflicts all gardeners, here’s a checklist of garden jobs for the turn of the season. Tricia gets her garden ready for winter in our new video and shares her routine of seasonal garden jobs. IRRIGATION Turn off your irrigation system and drain the lines. Wrap exposed pipes. Disconnect and coil the hoses, then store them indoors until spring. We have…
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Don’t leave your garden yet! Late fall and early winter is the time to plant some easy edibles, and scatter the sweeps of wildflowers that will be a delight come spring and summer. Tricia has winter garden tips in our new video. Vegetables to plant in a winter garden All the alliums want to go in the ground now. This family—garlic, onions, leeks, and shallots—will be ready to harvest next summer. You can plant garlic, shallots, onion bulbs (sets) or live transplants of onions and…
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Video Transcript
Hi I'm Tricia an organic gardener I grow organically for a healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable environment, for a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Autumn is in the air and there's a few simple tasks you can do to prepare your garden for the winter and save yourself time this spring. Now that the fall rains and frosts are here it's time to turn the irrigation system off once you turn your water off drain your irrigation lines you don't want any water left in the system to freeze and damage irrigation lines and emitters. Sometimes water can get trapped in low spots in your irrigation like this. You can either install an inline valve or you can blow compressed air through the line. Wrap exposed pipes to protect them from frost. Disconnect garden hoses and store them in the shed or garage don't store them kinked. Clean and sharpen your tools. Oil the wood handles in preparation for storage over the winter and for more information about this watch our tool care video. Read the labels of your liquid fertilizer, pest control products and make sure that they're not gonna be harmed from freezing if so store them in an appropriate place. Once you've winterized your tools and equipment it's time to take care of your plants put tree guards on young thin-barked trees to prevent sunscald. Sunscald usually happens on the south or southwest side of a tree the sun warms up the tree and causes bark cells to wake up prematurely and be vulnerable to frost. Tree guards are also good for preventing girdling caused by hungry rabbits and mice in the winter. Another fall task is to pick up any dropped fruit that will prevent over wintering of pests and diseases. Don't forget that fall is a great time to plant things like wild flowers and alliums like onions leeks and garlic. Remove dead vegetables from your vegetable garden roots and all. This removal of dead vegetation helps reduce the amount of pathogens that over winter in the garden. Cut back perennials for more information about fall perennial vegetable care check out our video. Mulch your trees shrubs and perennials using compost underneath a layer straw or bark mulch. Make sure the mulch does not come right up to the trunk or stem. Mulch prevents weed growth, prevents perennials being heaved up by frost and it helps insulate the roots. Get your garden ready for the winter and organic for life

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Sharol Tilgner Says:
Nov 3rd, 2012 at 10:53 am

You mention a video on tool care but I can’t find it.

gardening-tips-guide Says:
Mar 16th, 2013 at 3:33 am

Hai there,
The winter garden tips are too good.Thanks for the share.
http://www.gardening-tips-guide.info

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