All good things must come to an end. A large part of gardening is preparing your garden for new plants in the upcoming season. These are seeds for annual plants, which means they die after 3-4 months or after they stop producing.

Prepare for next season!

To prepare for the upcoming growing season, begin to pull weeds and tend to your soil.

  • Once your plants stop producing or become diseased, pull them from the ground and discard them. Begin removing plants by pulling at the base to ensure all roots are lifted out of the soil.
  • Pull and discard any weeds found in your garden, and remove unwanted debris.
  • Add fertilizer and compost to your soil to replenish the nutrients.


  • Tilling is the process of moving and rotating your garden soil to help your plants grow and break up compacted dirt. Throughout the season, watering and garden maintenance can lead to solid, compacted soil, keeping future plants from growing strong roots.
  • To till your garden, simply dig 12-inch wide trenches down the length of your garden. The size of your garden will determine how many rows of trenches you need. Once one trench is dug, begin digging the second, and use the second trench to fill the first trench.
  • The goal of tilling is to loosen the dirt and rotate the soil so it does not stay in one place. We recommend a shovel and a rake for best results.

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  • When your plants are done producing you can toss them in a compost bin and use them as soil for next season.

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