Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Putting The Garden To Bed

I leave most of the perennials through the winter to add some interest to the garden, and to catch snow to hold more of the moisture.  However, I do cut down the salvia along the driveway because there are daffodils planted in the same space.  I want the area clear to see the daffodils in the spring.

The flower tower has been dismantled.  The three smaller pots on the stake still have some flowers blooming so I tucked them in with the other containers on the patio.

The tomatoes and basil which froze last week have been cleared from the raised vegetable beds.  After digging in most of the straw, I put the tomato cages on top to hold the straw when it's windy and to help dissuade the neighborhood cats from using the beds as litter boxes.  I have lettuce and radishes planted in the cold frame on the bed closest in the photo.  They are sprouting.  I just sat the other cold frame on the bed farthest in the photo so it will be ready to go later.

This is the pile holding the plants cleaned up in the garden.  Next spring, we plan to use the concrete pieces to make another flower bed and spread out the pile.


  1. Those are nice cold frames. I would like to have one of those and a compost and a rain barrel and a .....etc.
    Well, on to the next chapter in your garden. You have been busy getting ready for it.

  2. Dear Sherlock Street, I love the feeling of satisfaction that comes with putting the garden to bed for the year. And, how wonderful that feeling of freedom until the spring!

  3. It's looking all clean and tidy for bed..

  4. Oh, the prospect of a new bed to design will give you lots to dream about on those looooooong, coooooold winter nights!

  5. ~Amy
    Sounds like you have a wish list to fulfill.

    ~Edith Hope
    I think the "off season" rejuvenates both the garden and the gardener.

    There will be planning.

    I already have a hodge podge of notes and ideas!

  6. I admire you for all of this hard work. We have had some cold nights, but nothing too serious so far. Our tropical plants don't like cold, and I hope and pray that our banana trees make it through without damage. Last year, they froze, but they did come back for which I am grateful.


    Sheila :-)

  7. ~Sheila
    Thanks for visiting. We do need to face the fact that winter is coming here. The garden appreciates being tucked in for its nap.

  8. You have been busy. I enjoy seeing your garden process. It prompts me to do what I need to do! :=)

  9. ~Marsha
    Thanks. Right now, I need it to rain!!!

  10. Looks like you have been very busy and are all ready for winter. I'm hoping for a few more nice days to finally get my fall clean-up done, too. And yes, then I'm ready for some much-needed rain!

  11. Ah, the winter clean up! I finished the vegetable garden last weekend and put the perennials to bed a few weeks before that...this weekend I must tackle the rose bed. Happy gardening!


  12. ~Rose
    I hope you get some rain too. Tomorrow looks like a good chance for here.

    Sounds like you're taking care of those gardening chores too. I'm hanging on to some containers. They'll get cleaned as the plants go.

  13. That is a lot of salvia! I wish mine would grow so well. Looks like you are all set for winter. The coldframes are most cool! Have you thought of getting a soil heating cable for one or two? I have thought of it but haven't as yet.

  14. ~tina
    I don't like the idea of running an electrical cord across the patio and down the sidewalk all the time to put in heat. Same reason I don't have a heated birdbath. The outlets are just in places to make cords be totally in the way.

  15. Ah yes, I totally understand. Those cords can be dangerous.

  16. Oh doesn't a garden look sad in the fall? Harland plowed our veggie garden up yesterday. He brought some manure from the barn, and turned that in, so we're good to go for spring.

  17. ~tina
    I keep hoping solar bird bath warmers will get better and less expensive.

    Hello. Your garden will be good to go next spring. Nice to have a garden large enough to work it with a tractor. My parents do that. They don't plant it all anymore but dad spreads manure and straw in the fall and turns the tractor around on it.

  18. I have been slow in getting the gardens ready for winter. I'll be out in the cold finishing up.

    I love your cold frames. Did you make them yourselves, or get a kit of some kind? I have some old windows next to my compost piles. The next door neighbor boy wanted to know what they were doing there. I am hoping to figure out how to make a cold frame with them. I wonder if it would work to put them on some bricks.

    I like your idea of putting your tomato cages along the beds.

  19. You really go all out with your gardening. I cut some of my plants back, but never have prepared nice beds as you do.When I WAS GROWING UP IN THE COUNTRY, WE HAD ALL KINDS OF BEDS THEN.

  20. ~Sue
    My husband came up with the cold frame plan. We used plexiglass (which is a pain to cut) and built boxes to fit. I've read about using windows and bricks and was looking at trying that across my beds some how but never found windows that would work. If you have windows, go for it!

    Sometimes, I may get to out there. Ha. But, it's too fun.


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