With daylight savings this weekend, working in the garden is a game changer. Normal class time is from 5:00-6:00 pm. By 5:30, darkness was already setting in!
Along with daylight savings, low temperatures and the possibility of frost are now very real dangers. Frost can easily kill certain crops, especially young ones. To help protect plants a plastic sheet is now covering them on colder nights until the early morning.
Another important tip for protecting your garden for winter is getting rid of any already dead plants. Cut off any diseased foliage to avoid spreading bad pathogens and creating a home for insect eggs over the winter.
Lastly, use the ever-helpful compost soil. The crops are going to need every form of nutrition they can get for the next few months. Fall is an ideal time to use up any of that rich, summer compost. Even though it seems like a garden goes dormant during the winter, earthworms and other microbes are still processing the organic material they’re finding.