Garden with the Next Season in Mind
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When we start putting the garden to bed, I want to focus on two strategies that will help you succeed next year and in the following seasons. I like to call it “gardening in preparation for the next season.””Although the concept of crop rotation is mainly applicable to vegetable gardens, the same idea can be applied to flower gardens. Of course, garden hygiene is applicable to all of us who have had problems with pests and ailments during the year.

Crop rotation

From season to season, move plants of the same family to another place in the garden. There are many pests and ailments that hide in the soil and from year to year are constantly working to create populations. Once they find a favorite food source or a favorite host, they will calm down and stay there indefinitely.

 

The food sources I am talking about seem to be different plants, all of which belong to the same family. For example, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and potatoes belong to the Solanaceae family. These plants attract the same pests and pests.

If any soil ailment or specific pest finds that your tomato plants are particularly attractive, they will persist as long as food is available. This may happen next season if you plant tomatoes in the same place again, or they may persist because you planted peppers, eggplants or potatoes.

Until you break the cycle by planting resistant varieties and/or unrelated crops of different families (also known as crop rotations), you may not be able to eliminate a recurring soil problem. The best way to achieve this is to completely eliminate the food source for several seasons. This will either finish the rude pests because their food preferences have disappeared, or put an end to the pests and ailments whose survival depends on this crop.

After several seasons (and the more of them, the better, but four is fine), it is quite normal to transplant the original crop, for example tomatoes, to the same place as before. It is assumed that all the problems that have arisen in the soil have been eliminated long ago, provided that no other plants of the same family were planted in its place in subsequent seasons.

Observe the rules of hygiene in the garden

Another way to reduce the number of problems in any garden is to follow hygiene rules. Weeds, rotten leaves of plants affected by this ailment, and the ailmented plants themselves, as well as the mulch around them, should be removed from your garden. This garbage should be recycled, not composted.

ailments and pests attract, and in winter in your garden almost everywhere you will find shelter and a little protection from the weather. Since weeds and rotten leaves are among your favorite places to do this, many of the problems that will arise next spring and summer can be significantly reduced by removing your shelter now. However, unlike mulch around ailmented plants, mulch around healthy plants can be returned to the soil to decompose and improve the organic matter content.

Good hygiene practices include vigilance when weeding and removing leaves infected with this ailment and other plant materials. A clean garden is a healthy garden. The more you can do to keep it that way, not only during the season, but especially during the off-season, the better you will be able to start each New Year of gardening.

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