What To Do In The Garden Before The First Frost

While we enjoyed something of an Indian summer at the start of October, the weather has certainly taken a turn now and it seems that we’ve seen the last of truly warm conditions for 2021… which means we need to start preparing our gardens for serious drops in temperature.

No doubt there are just a few short weeks before we see the first frost of the year, so it’s important that you take a few necessary steps in the garden in order to make sure your precious plants make it through to spring in one piece.

Mulching is one way to go about doing this and a layer of thick organic mulch around your plants can help keep plant roots safe from frost. It also helps to prevent the depletion of nutrients throughout winter – so your plants are sure to thank you.

If you have any tender plants outside, now is also the time to consider bringing them under cover, whether you decide to bring them inside or if you want to invest in a polytunnel or similar.

It’s also important to make sure that you reduce your watering schedule at this time of year. Overwatering between now and spring can cause all sorts of problems with waterlogging, making diseases more likely.

And, if you have a vegetable garden, now’s the time to harvest your summer and autumn crops well ahead of the cold weather that’s just on the horizon. Freeze any excess you might have so you can enjoy them later, or perhaps try some canning out and make jams, chutneys, pickles and other preserves… all of which make excellent Christmas presents!


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