Kathy Jentz: Hi, I am Kathy Jentz, Editor and Publisher of Washington Gardner magazine. I am going to show you how to winterize your vegetable garden. And we will get started with saving seeds. Next will be your last harvest in a garden. Then mulching and doing cover-crops. Creating new growing beds, cleaning, sharpening and storing your tools. And then turning off your water sources for the winter.
You don't need much to get started. You will just dress in comfortable layers; wait for a clear crisp autumn day. A shovel, hoe or rake will be nice to have on hand as well. And don't forget some sturdy thick gloves. Before we begin, remember that safety is always important. And when you are working with tools, you need to have sturdy reinforced toes on your shoes. And also be aware of anyone looking around you and be cautious of where they are at all times.
I would like to tell you a little bit about myself and my background. I am life long gardener and come from the family of gardeners and farmers. I have been writing about gardening in the local DC area for the past five years. And I have been publishing Washington Gardener Magazine for almost as long. And now let's get started with winterizing your vegetable garden.