preparing gardens for winter
I gave up this year -- lots of weeds. I want to "start over" for next season. I live in western NY -- cold in winter. What should I do about all the weeds in my beds now? How should I get beds ready so I have a jump start for next Spring? I have clay soil.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

For the best start on next year's garden, pull the weeds this fall. If you can get your hands on any compost, add loads and loads of it to your soil and till it all in. I struggle with clay soil, too. Leaves are free and plentiful in the fall, so I add copious amounts of shredded leaves each fall and just turn the soil over the leaves with a flat-tined pitch fork. The compost and/or shredded leaves will improve the soil and turning the soil over in the fall can expose and kill weed seeds.

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