Putting Our Garden to "Bed"

The garden in the first steps of the winterization process.

The garden in the first steps of the winterization process.

As colder temperatures arrive, we have been preparing our raised beds to weather the winter’s frost. This potentially sad, end of season chore doesn’t mean garden activity is ending. In fact the root of this activity is hope for the following spring growing season!

During winter months, while the surface may look inactive, tons of things are going on in the soil. Worms and other beneficial insects are rebuilding and replenishing soil. Helpful plants known as cover crops are allowing for proper drainage, returning nitrogen to the soil, suppressing weeds from taking over as well as protection from the rain!

The cover crop we chose for this season are crimson clover and daikon radish.  Would you like to learn more about garden winterization and putting your own garden to “bed?” Check out these resources on Cover Crops & Winterization!

October is nature’s funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming - October than May. Every green thing loves to die in bright colors.
— Henry Ward Beecher