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If you, like us, live in a state where the winters tend to get pretty bad, you might not be sure what to do with your garden when the weather starts to turn.

Some plants just aren’t made for the winter, but some of them are, and either way it can be hard to know what to do with a garden when the cold starts to set in. If you’re considering clearing out your garden for the colder months, here’s a few things to ask yourself before you start to uproot everything:

 

When to Clear Your Garden Before Winter

 

When your vegetables aren’t vegetating

If your plants tend to be of the sort that tends to flower more often, a pretty good clue as to when to bring them in might be when they stop producing vegetables. As soon as your vegetables are no longer producing, it’s time to pull them up for the year.

 

When your plants can thrive indoors

If you have anything that can last inside as well, this might be a good opportunity to transplant them to a little more safe climate for the next few months. Take some time to review your plants and see what can be moved back inside onto some home wire shelves or rust proof home shelves for a few months until it’s okay to be in the garden again.

 

If you need a little more compost

Even if you’re not actively growing anything, a fine layer of compost can help your soil maintain its health and nutrients during the colder months. Clear your plants out, spread a layer of compost over the ground, and cover it with leaves as you can to keep it healthy before the snow sets in.

 

If you’re done trimming and landscaping for the year

While you may be tempted to cut down as much of your bushes, shrubs, and trees as you can before the weather gets bad, this can actually encourage new growth that’s much more susceptible to being damaged by the cold. Unless something is growing dangerously close to the house or a power line, resist the urge to trim anything down any farther.

 

If you can create some “winter interest”

Believe it or not, some plants actually tend to do better in the fall and winter. Once you’ve cleared your garden of everything that might not make it over the next few months, consider leaving some hardier plants up to brighten your landscape a little bit. It’ll help add a splash of color to the dreary winter months, and it might even help improve your mood a little bit!

If you can answer all of these questions, then it just might be time to clear that garden out before the snow falls!

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