October 14, 2016 ptillman




Bed Preparation & Cleanup

Beds that are going to be kept fallow for the season should be raked clean of last season’s plants and mulch.  Planting a cover crop is recommended, unless you are following a treatment plan for a pest or disease.  For a winter vegetable garden, rake clean all of last season’s growth & mulch.  Lay down an inch or two of compost and fix any irrigation issues to prepare for the new crops.


What to Plant

  • Garlic, Shallots, Onions & Leeks

  • Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower

  • Celery

  • Hardy herbs: rosemary, parsley

  • Greens: Chard, Kale, Lettuce, Mizuna, Mustard


  • Change watering schedule in accordance with rainfall predictions

  • Clean & sharpen garden tools

  • Gather leaves from gutters and the landscape into piles to make leaf mold compost

  • Make room in the compost area for the summer vegetable garden plants

  • Add well-rotted manure or finished compost to empty beds, then plant a cover crop, unless winter vegetables will be planted

  • Repair any irrigation issues experienced during the summer

  • Divide Lemongrass

  • Monitor and turn compost if the temperature rises above 160 degrees F or below 90 degrees F, or at least once a week, to keep it composting







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