With winter just around the corner, it’s time to winterize your vegetable garden. Here in the foothills of the Appalachians, we have had freezing temperatures, cold rain mixed with sleet, and even a couple of inches of snow. While we hope there will still be a few warm days left in this year, it’s time to winterize your vegetable garden before it’s to late.
After working so hard to get a good harvest you do not want to loose what you have gained by neglecting your soil now. By not putting your garden to sleep, correctly, you would be inviting pests and diseases into your garden.
By doing just a few things now, will make a huge difference in your spring garden.
Tips To Winterize Your Vegetable Garden
 Start by cleaning your gardening. Remove all dead plants and debris. Use your garden rake to do a final run through the dirt to make sure you got all plant matter up and out.
 Add animal or another organic fertilizer to the soil, making sure you break it down into small parts so it will scatter in the soil.
 Either plant a ground covering, such as rye or clover to be tilled in next spring. If you are using raised beds, you can use a ground cloth covering instead of the live seeds. You can find them in most garden centers.
 Now is the time to make plans for the layout of your spring garden. Base your plans on how well the plants did in your garden this year. Remember to rotate your plants in the next layout. Rotating your plants will help keep your garden healthy and growing.
Now that you have the tips to winterize your vegetable garden, it time to get it done and move on to having some winter fun.