Green Leaves Turning Brown
I’m pulling out weeds and plants that have gone way past their prime, leaving those that birds and bugs still use for habitat and food. The sunflowers and coneflowers will stand all winter, for example.
There will still be plenty of material for the compost pile. It will be getting bucket loads of new additions, some green but mostly brown, to work on all winter.
I’ll be adding compost that’s ready now, to amend soil for the future. It will have all winter to work, getting the ground ready for spring planting, and make that more efficient. If I need bone meal or other additions will give me a reason to visit the garden center.
Replanting or Moving
This year I dug my alliums after they were finished and the foliage had died back. They will benefit from me replanting them in a new spot where I’ve freshened up the soil with a good dose of worm compost.
My notes about this past year’s plants and what I might be growing next year will tell me exactly what amendment to put where. For example, bone meal for bulbs. Extra compost for the vegetable plots.
I’m dividing and moving some cone flowers, too. They just didn’t do well in the spot where they grew this year. There’s a new sunny spot in a raised bed that’s ready to accept them. They will be well watered before the weather turns cold and soggy, to help them over the winter.