When the gardening season is over, many of us breathe a sigh of relief. When the weather cools down and the plants slow down, it might be a welcome relief after months of juggling large daily harvests of zucchini and tomatoes.
You should not, however, assume that you can ignore your garden as winter approaches and return to it in the spring.
Here are a few suggestions for finishing up the garden properly at the end of the season.
1. Harvest Everything Salvageable
Any plant that requires high temperatures to thrive will have a difficult time as the weather begins to cool. Now is the time to harvest the remainder of the season’s tomatoes and peppers, gather any remaining herbs before they go to seed, and bring in any potatoes that haven’t yet been used.
If you place green tomatoes on a sunny windowsill, they will ripen rapidly. Alternately, you can mature them slowly over time in covered boxes with sufficient airflow and enjoy them all the way through the winter.