OREGON, Ill. — “What you do in your garden this fall can greatly affect your harvest next year,” says University of Illinois Horticulture Educator Candice Miller. To learn more, plan to attend the workshop “Putting the Garden to Bed” from 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Extension office in the Farm Bureau building on Pines Road in Oregon, Ill.
Many garden tasks are best completed in the fall. Fall is an excellent time to till compost, manure or other organic materials into your garden to improve the soil. You should also clean up any leftover weeds, as they can harbor diseases and insects. You might also consider starting a compost pile with all the leaves and garden debris you collect. These are just a few of the fall gardening activities that will be beneficial to your garden.
Miller will discuss fall gardening activities such as planting for a winter harvest, proper sanitation, and pest control methods to prepare for next season.
Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Ellen Phillips will discuss various cover crops that can be planted and techniques for extending the growing season.
This workshop is packed with tips that will set you up for success in next year’s vegetable garden, as well as in the home landscape.
Cost for the program is $5. Pre-registration is required. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, call in advance.
Call the Ogle County Extension Office at (815) 732-2191 by Oct. 15 to register or register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/. You may also post any gardening questions you may have on the University of Illinois Extension Horticulture-Northwest Illinois Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/northwestillinoishorticulture.
From the Oct. 10-16, 2012, issue