At the first sign of frost in the forecast, we harvest everything, eat what we can, and preserve what we can't by canning, freezing, and dehydrating.
The next step is cleaning the garden.
First of all, there are a few crops that you don't need to harvest before the first frost. Carrots, garlic, leeks, and parsnips are a few things that can be harvested through early winter. Cover them with a little extra mulch to keep the ground warmer, and harvest through December.
Next, remove all weeds, dead vines, leaves, and other debris. If they're not diseased, throw them in your compost. Gently till your soil to expose insects that might overwinter. After that, add some compost and leaves and till into the soil. ... read more