Get things winter ready – Lake Country Calendar

September is almost over and if it has not started it is time to prepare your garden for winter.

First of all, garlic should be planted now.

Fall is the best time to plant garlic so that it has time to develop some roots before winter. Sometimes the beautiful autumn weather extends and the garlic leaves show up above the ground.

Mulch the bed with at least 4 inches of shredded leaves and dry clippings of grass or straw and it should be fine. Try not to grow your garlic in the same spot every year and add compost to your soil.

The garlic you buy from the store can be treated and will not grow properly. Find a reliable source.

Do not disassemble the bulbs until the day before planting and do not remove the paper wrapper from each clove. Always plant the largest ones and keep the smaller ones for cooking.

The bigger the cloves, the bigger the onions will be for harvest next summer.

Make sure you plant the cloves with the roots down (it’s the flat side) and the pointed end about five inches deep and in a row or two rows with four to eight inches (10 to 20 cm) in between.

On October 1st, 2019 we had the first frost of the season and it put an end to my fig plants.

This year they are doing so well because of the heat in July and August that on September 19th I already harvested 15 very ripe and juicy fruits of three different varieties: Black Spanish, LSU Gold and Italian Honey.

I’ll put the row cover over the plants to protect them from the cold at night, hoping to get a dozen more ripe fruits.

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the first autumn frost could come around October 8th. Frost calendars list the severity of the frost.

Light frost -2 C to 0 C only kills tender plants, moderate frost -4 to -2 C) will largely destroy plants and fruits and strong frost -4 C and colder damage most plants.

So keep a close eye on the daily weather forecast.

If temperatures look like they’re going to drop, prepare to protect delicate plants.

Moisture also determines whether frost will choke your plants. Condensation heats up and evaporation cools down. When moisture in the air condenses on plants and soil, heat is generated, which sometimes raises the temperature enough to save the plants.

On the other hand, when the air is dry, the moisture in the soil evaporates and removes some heat.

Even the first frosts of the season usually occur on clear, calm nights.

Frost protection is especially important for delicate plants such as tropical houseplants, succulents, begonias, impatiens, peppers and tomatoes.

Other tender plants that cannot withstand frost include eggplant, beans, cucumber, sweet corn, pumpkin, and melons.

If you can’t protect delicate plants like tomatoes, harvest them early. Green tomatoes do not need light to ripen and, in fact, light can slow ripening. Store the fruit between 12 ° C and 20 ° C for optimal ripening.

Beets, carrots, lettuce, cauliflower and potatoes can withstand light frost. Cold seasons such as cabbage, broccoli, onions, parsley, peas, radishes, spinach, beets and Brussels sprouts can withstand a hard frost.

Cover your plants at night at the first sign of frost and remove the cover in the morning so they can enjoy the sun ?.

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