After my gardening season is over, I was wondering if putting an old carpet over the soil would hurt/or help anything. Our winters can be pretty harsh and I would like to know if this would help anything? This soil has a lot of sheep manure in it for fertilizer. I would remove this in early spring when I could begin digging the soil.
Once everything has been harvested for the season, pull up all the leftover plant debris and either discard it or place it in the compost pile (provided it's all healthy--i.e. free of pests or disease). There really isn't any need to cover the soil with anything. Once the soil warms back up in early spring, you can start amending the soil for the round of crops.
Gardening has been a disaster in Pa. With all the rain and cool weather, my garden did poor and I believe that is has been contaminated with various fungas and blight. I would like to know what would be the best fall treament to rid my garden of eveything that might be in it and return it to a netrual condition. I have been planting Rye every fall in my garden, but assume that is just a soil conditioner and not a treatment for diseases. Suggestions will be considered.
You may want to consider solarizing the beds. This is very effective at killing viruses and bacteria that may be harboring in them and hurting your plants. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/how-to-solarize-garden-beds-to-eliminate-garden-pests-in-the-soil.htm
My garden seems to be in horrible shape after this year of wet and cold weather. Have been reading article on using Vermiculite and Perlite to recondition my soil, to add needed elements to enrich my soil. My question is, how and when to apply it. Can I just use it in the rows as I plant, or should I spread it over the garden and till it in?
Either method would work, but tilling would get it integrated faster and you would be less likely to lose some of the added material to wind and rain.
What do I need to do after the freeze has killed the plants; do I need to keep up with a compost?
Normally after the garden has died back, you can clean up any dead material. Discard any disease plant material and compost the rest. It can be helpful to put out a layer of leaves or straw to keep weeds down.
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The plant is a very large indoor potted plant that was outdoors during the summer. We have not been able to bring it indoors yet and we are experiencing unseasonable frost/rain/snow. I placed large plastic trash bags over the leaves/branches but not sure if this is a good thing.
It is best to place a sheet or blanket in between the plant and the plastic. The plastic is actually a very good direct conductor of cold and also traps moisture inside, which increases how well the cold can get in. A sheet or blanket slows the transfer of cold and distributes the moisture more evenly. A plastic bag or sheet should only be used for keeping a cloth sheet or blanket dry.
I was wondering if I covered plants with a 5 gallon bucket when it gets cold, would that be ok?
As long as the plastic is not touching the plants this should be fine. YOu can also place water bottles of hot water under the bucket as well, to keep the air inside a little warmer overnight.
Would a commercial barrier cloth be ok for covering plants in a freeze warning?
As long as it is not plastic, it should be fine. Here is more info on protecting your plants during a freeze: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/protect-plants-in-freeze.htm