Don't forget the garden!

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

We actually got a fall this year in Columbus. Your garden should be overjoyed.

These glorious summer-esque days are perfect for those who put off winterizing maintenance in the garden. If you weren't paying attention several weeks ago, I wrote a bit about the importance of preparing your produce space for cold weather. Call this your second chance.

Barely escaping the horrors of procrastination, I did some year-end to the Hope Grows Community Garden, which I helped plant this year. A few friends and I:

  • Removed debris, weeds, plants and wet leaves
  • Added cow manure and peat moss to tillable space
  • Re-edged beds and garden plot
  • Mulched paths with hardwood chips
  • Cleaned and stored tools

Things looked pretty good and will be much easier to deal with come spring. The only thing left to do is add a protective, weed-discouraging cover to the beds -- probably a triple-shredded hardwood mulch.