2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

Well, it’s happened. We had to get the garden and backyard ready for winter. I always hate this time of the year because our beautiful backyard oasis looks so bare. Plus, I hate the cold. I really, really hate the cold. 

For that reason, I am not usually the one who is out there getting everything cut back and ready for the winter. And, because I am absolutely terrified of wasps and they like to build nests in the banana trees and canna lilies. Luckily, Justin is usually willing to go out and do some of the yard work. This week, he had an adorable helper, too!

2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter
2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter
2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

I am surprised at how many roses are still growing on the rose bushes we have. The boys brought in this bunch for me to put at my desk for a few days. The knockout rose bushes used to be at the front of the house, but we didn’t like them there so moved them into the backyard a year or two ago. They transplanted really well and continue to grow!

2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter
2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

Tyler also brought me the last pepper that we would be able to harvest this year before they cut everything back. 

2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

As of right now, the boy’s gardens are full of weeds. I wish I could say that was something useful growing in there, but it’s not. Pretty soon, when we get a nice weekend, we are going to go out and clean up all of the garden beds. 

2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

The only thing left in the vegetable garden area is a small amount of mint. I am going to put some of that in a pot so it can continue to grow inside over the winter, then will replant it outside in the spring. All of the mint we’ve had this year came from two small starter plants, so we know it will spread and grow well out there. 

2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter
2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

Once we clean everything out, we are going to “nuke” the beds, as Justin calls it. He wants to get some heavy-duty weedkiller and destroy everything so we can hopefully cut down on some of the weeds in the spring. That’s also why I need to collect some of the mint before he does that!

2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

There were a couple of mornings that we had frost recently, and the plants took a hit from it. After last year, we learned to keep the ginger plants how they are and let the leaves on top turn brown as a protective layer over the rest of the plant.

2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter
2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter
2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

The canna lilies will just die off in the winter, so as soon as they start looking brown and scraggly we cut those down really low. The ground never gets cold enough for too long here to freeze the bulbs and roots, so they will grow back in the spring. 

2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter
2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter
2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter
2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

Last year, we also cut the banana trees down to only having a few inches sticking out of the ground. While they all grew back in the spring, we didn’t get any bananas off of them. It takes two years for the trees to produce, so we are hoping that leaving the main stalks up we may get bananas next year. 

2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter
2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

Our blackberry bush has seemed stagnant lately. It doesn’t look like it’s getting bigger or thicker, but isn’t dying off, either. So, for now, we are just going to leave that as it is. The few berries we’ve had, though, the birds have eaten before we could harvest them. 

2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter
2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

Surprisingly, the aloe plant that’s in the corner near the blackberry bush is growing well right now. I thought the cold would have been hard on it, but it’s very green and has a flower starting to grow about 3 feet tall. 

2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter
2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

One other thing that will probably be pulled when we get the chance is that orange tree. It had some fruit on it when we very first moved into this house (over three years ago) but hasn’t had any since. When we moved in, the tree was in the middle of the backyard, so we moved it to the corner. I don’t know if that movement did something to the tree or not, but it’s just becoming an eyesore now. 

2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

On a different note, but related to the backyard area, we had the concrete textured and painted! When we were on vacation for Thanksgiving, we had a company come in and do it. They did all of the work, including moving the pergola. I love the finished look it now has out there!

2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter
2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

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12 thoughts on “2018 Garden Update #24: Ready for Winter

  1. Texas is so dry and I can never proper care of my plants. I get so sad cause I talk to mine and really make an enough alast I am not a plant mom, not a good one.

  2. Looks like its winter trimming time! Your garden will be back up and running in no time at all. This is a necessary time to lets the soils recover for the comping season harvests.

  3. Yes, SAVE SOME MINT!!! Have your blackberries had issues with disease and that’s why they aren’t flourishing? It’s my understanding that blackberries are especially susceptible to all sorts of issues…Good reminder that I am overdue to prune back my raspberries for end-of-season, so they will be ready for spring!

  4. I’m not a fan if the cold season either. In NY we experienced early snow and basically we just had our leaves cleaned off the property and picked up.

  5. I am so happy to see that your rose bush is still thriving! Transplanting things in the yard can be difficult – we have done it a couple times – but not with this much success!

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