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Garden cleanup and soil improvement

Food gardens are in transition in October. Cool-season crops hit their stride and cover crops replace tired warm-season crops. Rather than put the entire garden to bed we may decide to coax more food from the ground with row covers, cold frames, and over-wintering crops. Either way, fall cleanup (“garden sanitation”) and soil protection and improvement this fall help ensure a healthy and productive garden next year.

Cleanup Tips:

Soil Protection and Improvement Tips:

Invasive jumping worm removed from a deep layer of garden leaf mulch.

By Jon Traunfeld, Extension Specialist. Read more posts by Jon.

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