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KATHY’S HOME AND GARDEN TIPS- FINAL FALL CLEAN UP

November is here and mornings are decidedly chilly. Take advantage of the few warmer days we have left to get house, lawn and garden ready for the long winter nap.

I’m still bringing in a few tomatoes from the garden. Later this week our weather around Chicago is supposed to be a little warmer so it’s time to clean out the remainder of the garden. Take out all plant material from the garden. I used to pull all the plants and leave them in all winter to feed the soil. I came to learn that this really doesn't feed the soil but actually creates the possibility that diseased plants could contaminate the soil. Tomatoes especially always contract some sort of disease over the summer. It’s best to remove it all, smooth out the soil and add compost to improve soil for spring.

You should mulch perennials to keep moisture in and protect the stems. Keep on deep watering until the ground freezes. In the Midwest we haven’t had sufficient fall rain. Plants and trees need that extra moisture to survive winter and get a good start in spring. Even with the recent rains we are still many inches below normal rainfall for the year.   


KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO  

Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2012 4:44 PM by Dean's Team

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