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[Tomato Dirt #215] How to Get Your Garden Soil Ready for Winter
November 12, 2020

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 10, Number 23

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

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FEATURE: How to Get Your Garden Soil Ready for Winter

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After you’ve cleared out the tomato plants, removed the tomato stakes, cleaned them, and stored them, it’s time now to turn your attention to the garden itself. Your garden is still busy during the winter … just underground. Earthworms and microbes in the soil process leftover summer’s remaining mulch and other organic material. You can help things along.

Burn debris before you turn the soil. Pile discarded leaves, straw, grass clippings, and other yard debris in your vegetable garden. Then burn them. Burning adds wood ash to your garden. Trace minerals are in the ash, thereby replacing those nutrients in the garden. Burning also destroys weed seeds, fungi, bacteria, and other microorganisms that overwinter in the soil.

Turn the soil. Break the ground deeply. Cultivating hardened soil allows winter rains to be deeply absorbed. This step will greatly improve the quality of the soil for your upcoming crop as it will allow wood ash and other organic matter to be restored. Then spade or rototill organic matter into the soil, mixing well to a depth of 8 to 12 inches.

Mulch. Straw, compost, or mulch help your garden maintain an even temperature during the cold months. But the biggest benefit arrives next season during the wet spring. Mulched planting areas are protected from becoming a muddy, clumped mess. When you’re ready to plant, you can pull back undecomposed mulch, straw, or compost and get your crop in the ground on time.

Learn more about preparing your tomato garden for winter

… and get more helpful tips on our Fall Garden Clean Up Pinterest Board.

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Dig It … Rake It … Clean It Up!

The right tool can make all the difference in the garden. Make sure you have what you need for the end of season and garden clean up. Take a look at the most popular garden tools used by gardeners like you! (And you can start making a list for Santa, too.)

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Tomato Growing Tip: Mulch Garden NOW for Easy Spring Planting

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Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.

Get Help With Garden Clean Up

Check out these tools mentioned in this issue that can help you clean up your garden so it’s ready to go next spring.

NeverKink 8615-25 Series 2000 Ultra Flexible Garden Hose, 5/8-Inch by 25-FeetMarathon Industries 70015 5-Cubic Feet Poly Residential Yard Rover Green Wheelbarrow with Dual Pneumatic Air Filled Tires and Cushion Grip Handle

More about Preparing Your Garden for Winter

8 Steps to Garden Clean Up Garden Cleanup: Best Ways to Remove Spent Tomato PlantsGarden Clean Up: What to Do With Tomato Stakes, Cages, Trellises Get Started Composting Now

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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