How to Put Your Garden to Bed for Winter
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The peak gardening season may be over, but there are still important tasks to do in the garden before winter arrives. As we enter fall and approach winter, it's time to start prepping our garden beds to go dormant. Properly putting your beds to rest sets your garden up for success when it awakens refreshed in spring. In this episode, gardening expert Resh Gala (@reshgala) tells us everything you need to know to properly put your garden to bed for the winter! This episode is a bit of a plant geek fest, so prepare yourselves, plant friends!

In this episode, we learn:

  • [05:19] Resh's gardening journey and how understanding soil quality led to her success
  • [07:53] How does Resh balance gardening, extending the growing season, and self-care in her small backyard garden?
  • [09:37] Creating a greenhouse effect in snowy conditions with bent metal or PVC pipes
  • [11:24] Why preparing and "putting to bed" gardens for winter is important
  • [13:20] What are the sustainable gardening practices for winter that you should know about?
  • [16:57] Importance of adding compost to garden beds before winter to improve soil health
  • [19:13] What should be done in spring to prepare the soil for planting?
  • [20:18] Nourish your garden with Espoma Organic's diverse range of organic composts
  • [22:19] Gift a touch of harmony this holiday with Wind River Wind Chimes
  • [25:10] Why cover crops are a valuable addition to regenerative gardening and soil enrichment
  • [28:54] Why it’s easy to grow garlic during winter (keeps pests away, resilient, and is a gardener’s favorite!)
  • [32:09] Why is it important to reflect on the gardening season as part of self-care in plant care?
  • [34:09] Resh’s favorite list of what to grow in preparation for the next garden season (tomatoes and cucumber varieties)
  • [39:59] What kinds of flowers does Resh like to grow in her garden to attract pollinators?
  • [48:19] Pre-order Resh's upcoming book Vegetable Gardening Made Easy later this year
  • [50:52] Where can you find Resh on social media?

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For more of Resh's winter prep tips,

check out the full show notes and blog here!

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