This is Becca and AnnahMarie.
Today, Organic Gurlz Gardens of Fort Wayne, Indiana will be sharing information on Prepping Perennials for Winter.
Dig ‘em up!
We at Organic Gurlz Gardens practice shoveling up bulbs after their foliage has turned yellow – often resulting from the first frost. When digging up the bulbs, be sure to dig deep enough so the underground tuber doesn’t damage.
*Remember to store tender bulbs inside to a warmer climate – don’t leave them literally falling apart out there in the garden.
*Little tip from O.G.G. – In areas that are quite unlikely to freeze or have minimal quantities of snow, water plants once a month to keep them flourishing.
For finished perennials:
For perennials that have finished for the season, cut back their stems to 6 – 8 inches off ground. We frequently found that it is best to also clear out any ‘smidge’ of weeds.
*Little tip from O.G.G. – Work in compost to feed your plants during the long span of winter. An amount of 4-6 inches of compost is best. Do remember – don’t just throw some compost on top of the bed(s); rototiller the nutrients into the soil.
Get those insulators!
About 2-3 inches of shredded leaves or pine needles work as insulators for the garden. Wait to put on the ‘mulch’ alternatives into the beds until just after the first freeze of your soil. Also, straw works as an amazing insulator for the soil; especially during the winter.
*Little tip from O.G.G. – In the cold-winter areas (like, I think I’m getting frostbite cold-winter), stop using any fertilizer by midsummer. This works to encourage your plants to ‘bulk up’ their food stock for the winter time.
Use the snow:
Perennials that are dormant under the coverings of snow take much delight in waiting out the winter temperatures. As far as they are concerned, they can’t wait to see you next year!
Don’t forget to tell your kids, grandchildren , nieces and nephews about the Kids Oasis!
Keep on growing!
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