CLEVELAND, Oh -- It's time to put the garden to bed and there are things that need to come out in order for the space to be productive next year. Fox 8's Scott Sabol visited the Fox 8 garden with AJ Petitti, President of Petitti Garden Centers and learned the steps you need to take to put a proper close to this year's garden.
The Petitti team put together these tips to help you put your garden to bed:
- Pull up any tomatoes displaying sizable green fruit now, roots and all, and hang upside in a garage or similar space – they’ll ripen up in a matter of days/weeks for your enjoyment.
- Harvest any remaining herbs and preserve them for use all winter long by either drying them OR fresh-freezing them with water in ice cube trays.
- Remove any remaining weeds so they don’t get the chance to re-seed and germinate, which would negatively impact the garden next spring.
- Pull up and store any equipment like drip line, hoses, and weed barriers or weed cloths.
- Sow Winter Wheat and scratch or rake into the soil – a beneficial cover crop that chokes out weeds, prevents compaction of the soil, and adds important nutrients back into the garden that will serve you well next spring.