How to clean up raised garden bed for winter?


I have pulled everything out of the garden bed. Do I have to do anything to the soil for the winter?

  4 answers
  • Lorraine Lorraine on Oct 15, 2018

    This website sounds easy.

  • Cindy Cindy on Oct 16, 2018

    Hi JoJo. My name is Cindy. If you want the plants to come back next Spring, don't do anything with the roots. It's important that the roots are not disturbed. You should cover them for the winter. You can cover them with 3 or 4 inches of mulch, or you can cover them with cardboard. (that's what I do) Place some big rocks on top of the cardboard to hold it in place all winter. I hope this info helps you. Good wishes and happy gardening.

    • Jojodalber Jojodalber on Oct 16, 2018

      Hi Cindy,

      Thanks for your input, however I already had pulled out the remains of the plants. I just need to know if I need to add anything to the soil to protect the soil over the winter and prepare it for the spring.


  • 1401470 1401470 on Oct 16, 2018

    I direct compost over winter and just let it sit. Sometimes I take leaf's and cover the soil and it slowly works in as I direct compost. This just makes the soil better come spring.


  • Stephrcourt Stephrcourt on Oct 16, 2018

    Plant a cover crop. Contact your local extension office for suggestions of ground cover for your area. In the spring before planting incorporate it into your soil. This adds nitrogen and other nutrients into your soil naturally.