Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Clean up garden for winter.(Homestyle)

Byline: Yard and Garden LYNN ELLEN DOXON For the Journal

Q: All that remains of the tender plants in my garden is frost-blackened. What should I do to prepare the garden for winter?

A: The remains of the plants should be removed to the compost pile. This will eliminate places for insects and diseases to overwinter. Some vegetables cabbage, carrots, spinach, beets and lettuce, for instance can survive weather like we have been having. In the city, these can be harvested throughout the winter, although last winter my lettuce had so many aphids on it, by February it wasn't worth harvesting. In the mountains, these crops can be covered with snow for the winter and will begin producing very early in the spring. …

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