Raised beds need to be put to bed for the winter. I know it sounds strange to say that about a garden. But it is true. Every fall after your harvest, you need to take out all the dead plants, add more compost, and plow the ground up. Then cover it up with mulch for the winter. My husband worked on plowing it up with our wheel hoe. I wrote about our wheel hoe on this post, The Wheel Hoe.
The raised rock beds are easy to make if you have a supply of rock. In the fall, if any need to be fixed or more rock added, that is the time to do it. People tend to sit on them during the summer and it causes them to break or fall over. The animals get into them too. Chasing a mole and digging into the raised bed can cause some damage too.
We use leaves from our trees for our mulch. You can use whatever you want. Straw is a good choice. Since we live in the forest, leaves are plentiful, as you can see. Makes for an easy mulch that we don’t have to scrimp on. I love the way the leaves smell in the fall!
That bed is all done until spring! Soon it will be covered with snow.
Copyright © 2013 Kathleen G. Lupole
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