It’s time to start thinking about shutting down your summer gardens, that is, unless you’ve planted some cool season crops such as spinach, kale, broccoli and other popular crops that really do enjoy the cooler temperatures.
With the reduced amounts of light, vegetable plants in northern Ohio have already begun to show the effects of the cooler temperatures. Now is the time if your garden plants are no longer producing, to begin removing the plants and if you have a compost pile, most of them can be added. Tomato plants are better not to be added since they have a tendency to carry over several diseases. Send those to the trash fill.
Speaking of compost, this time of year there is usually an abundance of brown materials that can be safely added, but not so many green materials. You might consider bagging your lawn clippings to provided a needed boost to the compost pile.
Perennials will return next year, and those plants should be left in place. Many have seed heads that will help regenerate the plant for future enjoyment. Those seed heads also provide a source of food for the birds.
If the perennials have over-grown their location, now is a good time for some division. By dividing the clumps you not only gain new plants, you’ll also rejuvenate the individual plants.