A gardening professional has urged plant growers to prepare their gardens for winter.
She insisted that four tasks needed to be completed, including one that was particularly important for windy properties.
The good news for green-fingered fans was that her tips were super easy to implement – but worth it.
If you invest some time now, she said, your gardens should have a chance to thrive next year.
“These are the must-have gardening tasks you need to do this fall to prepare for winter,” said The Elis Project (@theelisproject).
She has 56,000 TikTok followers, where she posts videos about gardening, cooking, and sustainable eating.
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In this postshe focused on the four jobs that needed to be done this fall.
The first errand required secateurs.
“We need to cut the tops off our indeterminate tomato varieties,” she said.
“[This will] encourage the green fruits to swell and ripen before the end of the season.
For the next order there was more fruit, but this time of the more exotic variety.
“Bring citrus and tender fruits that prefer tropical climates indoors,” she wrote.
“Put them in a nice, sunny spot for the winter.”
It was time for some deconstruction in the following job.
“Temporarily remove growing vertical solutions,” she urged.
“This is particularly important if you live in an exposed area as it could blow over in the winter.”
Finally, give your compost a boost, she said.
“Collect leaves and spent crops and put them in the compost so we have a nice new batch of compost for next season.”
Her tips inspired at least one commenter to keep busy: “My jobs for the weekend.”
Another offered her own trick: “My pole beans are still blooming. You can dig bean and pea stalks into the ground to keep your vegetable patch full of nitrogen.”