William Moss: Cleaning up the garden in winter is a great way to keep things healthy for the coming season. What we are going to do today is start to clear out a lot of the old split plants and garden debris that accumulated during the season. We just don't want this stuff to stick around. And there are a lot of reasons for that. One, we just don't want diseases that may have been here last year to find a home to live in for next year; same thing with any pest or insect eggs.
Look for the plants that have a split, the ones that are done for the season and have gone dormant. You just want to get down and cut these guys right on out. One of the reasons you want to get your perennial garden all nice and cleared out is because there are perennials that start to bloom in early spring or late winter. And the same thing with a lot of those bulbs, you want stuff cleared out so they can begin to grow.
Take the time to get the veggie garden back in shape too. We don't want to leave any of the veggies, because they can end up dropping seed and once again, you don't want that seed to come back. You want what you plant next year to be the main crop. So you just want to take out and free all of this stuff from the cages. The easiest way to do that is to just cut the vine completely away from the cage.
Now that we have got the veggie garden cleared out, we are going to clean it and just come along and right at the top of everything so that the soil gets nice and smooth and ready for planting, and that will do it. That way your garden will be ready to go come spring.
Get out and grow!