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Putting the garden to bed for the winter

Trellis materials.For the first time ever, I'm actually putting the garden to bed for the winter properly.  As of today, all of our garden beds and trees are safely tucked away under leaves.  I've just got the berries and grapes to go, and then everyone will be weed-free for the winter. 

In addition to cutting down weeds and adding fertility, I've read that mulching your trees at this time of year can give you several extra months of root growth.  By keeping the ground temperature above 40 F, the mulch prevents your roots from going dormant and results in a lot more growth through the winter months.

I even got a chance to take down all of the trellises and haul the netting and supports over to the barn.  I'm hoping that all of this hard autumn work will pay off in the summer when we have fewer weeds and healthier soil.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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