It’s time to pick those last homegrown vegetables before the frost arrives, and do the maintenance steps for your flower garden in order to be poised for Spring.  Here are some handy tips to help you:

  • We know larger scale farmers use cover crops to help manage weeds and prepare the soil, but here’s a site that suggests the same benefits for home gardeners
  • It’s a good idea to send a soil sample in for analysis and recommendations.  Here is a site with other suggestions for your October to-do list, based on where you garden.  In Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Soil Testing Laboratory will help you with soil analysis
  • Apply mulch after the first hard frost, here are some tips about when and what to use
  • This might be the easiest option – our friends at Farm Table Foundation are offering an online class tonight with University of Wisconsin Horticulture Outreach Specialist Margaret Murphy, join her and learn how to “Prepare Your Garden for Winter
  • Haven’t yet taken the video tour of her garden?  Join board member Cathy Wegener to get tips and ideas for your garden next year
  • Finally, here’s a recipe for a delicious soup using the squash you’ve just picked, Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Photo Credit: Peter DaSilva at cooking.nytimes.com

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