As winter approaches, even though you may not think there is much to do, there are still many things you need to add to your bucket list. There are also some persistent vegetables that you can harvest from your winter garden beds. Make sure to take the time to prepare your metal raised garden beds before the cold weather sets in. That way, once the growing season begins, you can be sure they're ready and eventually go on to grow healthy plants. If you want to take better care of your metal raised garden bed, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
1. Remove branches and snow
To ensure your plants survive the winter, you need to take good care of your garden despite the cold weather. You can leave the leaves on a raised garden bed, but you may want to remove them from the area where you're constantly growing plants. Just remove the leaves and compost them to make leaf molds. You can use it to decorate garden beds next fall. For snow, they actually act as good insulators, so they don't need to be removed. Snow can act as a blanket if you decide to grow garlic in the winter. Areas that are actively harvested will benefit from regular snow removal. If your garden beds have glass cold frames and plastic tunnels, these may not be able to withstand constant snow loads, so this snow must be removed regularly.
If you want to keep a raised winter metal garden bed, you should consider building a roof to protect the raised garden bed from the worst cold weather. This will also keep them warm in cooler temperatures. But be careful to make sure the roof you're building doesn't block sunlight from reaching your plants. Therefore, consider installing a clear cover for the roof. This way, your garden beds will receive adequate winter protection without compromising plant growth throughout the cold season.
3. Prune the plants
This may not seem necessary, but a good, clean fall pruning before the cold season will help them get a fresh start next season. It will also make them healthier. Focus your fall pruning efforts on plants that need it, such as herbs.
4. Keep the seeds
One way to continue growing the fruits, flowers or vegetables you now have is not to remove them all, but to keep the seeds of the plants. That means you just let them grow in the winter and let their seeds settle into the soil. So they can replant themselves, ready for the next spring planting.
5. Maintain soil moisture
Winter can be a time when you don't want to water your metal raised garden beds. However, you still need to keep watering them. You can't make perennials thirsty, especially if you want them to survive the winter. Even if nothing is growing in the soil, it shouldn't dry out completely until the weather starts to cool. Water is considered an important protectant for plants against frost. Winter is often referred to as the "starvation gap." This is because, unlike summer, gardens do not produce enough food. Most of the plants in the garden beds are dead.
6. Prune soft plants
Learn which plants can be pruned and which plants may die while pruning. Others may not kill it, but may make it sick. Be sure to wait a few weeks for pruning and post-pruning average weather to return before the cold season begins. Otherwise, they won't be able to defend themselves once winter begins.
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