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4. You’ll preserve the soil structure. You never want to work soil when it’s wet, especially clay soil, and you surely don’t want to be stepping on it, which would just compact it further. Simply put, stay out of the beds until you absolutely have to get in there. Yes, you’ll see green stuff coming up, and you might even panic as it reaches 6 or 12 inches tall — but don’t panic, trust me. Nature doesn’t hurry, which works out well in woods and prairies, so take your cues from the natural gardens beyond the fence line and ignore your spring fever.
Central Plains. "Don’t cut down the garden," advises Nebraska garden consultant Benjamin Vogt. "It will be better protected against ice and snow if left standing, will provide cover for wildlife and will look stunning in winter. Trust me."Get his Central Plains November checklist
1. Why work when it's cold? Look, I'm tired; you're tired. So leave the garden alone. Plus it's getting cold out. Do you really want to be outside working? Isn't there a football game on or some pumpkin-spice latte to savor? Let the garden be for your own health and sanity.
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My belief in leaving the garden alone in fall was cemented last year on a December morning, when a robin landed on a garden chest where I keep my tools. It balanced on the edge where some snow was melting and dripping to the deck below. The robin arched its head downward and pecked at each droplet. Soon a bluebird landed right behind the robin on the edge of the chest. Then another bluebird. All three were now lined up, ready to take their turn at the melting snow. I have little doubt that if I hadn’t left the garden up, creating a welcoming space, I’d never have seen them. And I have little doubt that winter wouldn’t have meant so much, or been easier to get through, without the living beauty outside my door in a “dead” season so many of us gardeners unnecessarily loathe. Here are seven of the many reasons to leave your fall garden standing.
Why work when it's cold? Look, I'm tired; you're tired. So leave the garden alone. Plus it's getting cold out. Do you really want to be outside working? Isn't there a football game on or some pumpkin-spice latte to savor? Let the garden be for your own health and sanity.