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Two Good Reasons to Clean Up Your Vegetable Garden Before Winter

October 26, 2015

Listen to smart vegetable gardeners and they will tell you: “Clean up your vegetable garden before winter to help control insects and diseases next year.”

Since I have learned a great deal by following the advice of smart vegetable gardeners, I always clean up all remaining “summer” veggies (like peppers, tomatoes, basil, etc.) in fall. I also mix compost and ground up tree leaves into the soil this time of year.  If you do not have your own compost, you can pick up bagged compost such as Miracle Gro Organic Choice Garden Soil or Nature’s Care Really Good Compost at your local garden center.

So put on your winter jacket and get some exercise cleaning up your veggie patch.  Come spring you will be glad you did.

Remove old tomato plants from your garden in fall to minimize disease and insect problems next year.

Remove old tomato plants from your garden in fall to minimize disease and insect problems next year.

Turning your soil helps reduce over wintering diseases and insects. Add some compost or ground up tree leaves while you are at it

Turning your soil helps reduce over wintering diseases and insects. Add some compost or ground up tree leaves while you are at it

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