Joel In The Garden

Fall in the garden: Cool weather crops and anti-snail measures

Fall in the garden: Cool weather crops and anti-snail measures
Remove spent plants and crab grass to cut down on snail habitat this fall.

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EUGENE, Ore. - We're not facing any frost warnings just yet, which means tomatoes are still fine to sit on the vine. But that doesn't mean you should ignore your plot all together.
Now is a good time to clean up your patch and clear space for the winter.

Fall is typically a quiet time in the garden. Some gardeners have covered up parts of their plots and are focusing on compost. And they're not under any pressure to pick pumpkins or spaghetti squash just yet, but there are other ways to keep busy.

I will have to clean out some of my vegetables, which I've neglected for a while, namely my broccoli. It's now flowered and has become overgrown, and is just simply taking up too much space.

That means frequent trips back and forth to the compost pile.
But by clearing out your weeds and old plants, you can control any snails or slugs, which thrive in wet, cool conditions. Thanks to the added space, I planted a few more rows of radishes. Elsewhere, my green beans and cherry tomatoes are still producing, as are my raspberries.

Fall is also be a good time to plant flower bulbs for next year, such as tulips or irises, which require a winter freeze to start their growing process.