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Fall Garden Cleanup

Fall Garden CleanupSoybean harvest is in the final stretch of completion for area farmers as fields were harvested quickly with nice fall weather and little moisture.  Producers are also harvesting corn quickly as the grain moisture is low enough to store in bins.  Area producers are thankful for the nice weather and the field conditions being suitable for harvesting. 

We have been having beautiful fall weather.  The nice weather should allow us time to clean up our yards and gardens and help them be more prepared in the spring.  Cleaning out our gardens is an important step to make sure that our garden is disease-free the following year.  If there is any bacteria present in the residue it can overwinter and cause issues next year.  Remove or deeply bury any diseased plants or fruits in the garden, this will decrease your likelihood of infection next year.  Do not compost your residue as most compost piles do not reach the heat required to kill fungi on diseased plants. 

Soil testing is also an important step for a healthy garden.  Fall is the perfect time to take a sample of your garden soil.  Your soil sample will tell you where your nutrient levels are and if any nutrients will need to be added in the spring.  This spring I created a video about how to soil sample your garden, which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82iLG6H7R9k

If you have any questions about soil sampling your garden or would like me to take a sample feel free to contact our office.   

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/garden-waste-autumn-green-waste-1047259/ (downloaded 10/16/20)


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