Well, the calendar has officially rolled over to October. It’s sad to say, but another growing season is wrapping up here in west Michigan. It really is amazing to be a part of a millennia-old cycle of growth, death and rebirth each year in our humble garden beds. Even as we put to rest this year’s garden, know that the next few months of rest are as critical as any for your soil’s health.
So as our growing season comes to an end there are a few things you need to do to get ready for a successful growing season next year.
Finally, take a deep breath and marvel at all you experienced this year. Successes? Wonderful! Frustrations? Consider them learning experiences. Failures? Consider those painful learning experiences, but learning experiences nonetheless. Gardening, farming, growing—no one goes an entire season without hitting a few rocks or pitfalls. The important thing is to keep trying, keep growing and savor each new season.
Steve & Corey Veldheer are organic yard & garden specialists in west Michigan.