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LH 116: Don’t Do Fall Garden Clean Up!

Did you know you should NOT do a fall garden clean up?

It sounds counter-intuitive, right?

I mean, plants have died back or gone dormant and winter’s coming. So, why wouldn’t we want to clear out the debris and tidy up?

Well if you’re an organic gardener, fall clean up is the last thing you should do because all the beneficial insects are overwintering in that debris.

From native bees to ladybugs, the fall garden provides shelter and more.

In today’s episode, I bring on author Jessica Walliser to give us the whole scoop on why traditional fall clean up is a thing of the past and what we should be doing instead.

Jessica also answers a listener question about trap cropping.

 

You will learn:

  • Why our fall garden is so important for butterflies
  • What you should do instead of clean up
  • How to handle plants going to seed
  • Why this actually makes your life easier
  • What is trap cropping and is it really effective
  • The simple trick to finding university garden research online

Jessica Walliser:

Horticulturist Jessica Walliser co-hosts The Organic Gardeners, an award-winning program on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a former contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine and a regular contributor to Fine Gardening, Urban Farm, and Hobby Farms magazines. Jessica also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of The American Horticultural Society.

Her two weekly gardening columns for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review have been enjoyed by readers for over ten years. Jessica’s fourth book, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to the Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control, was awarded the American Horticultural Society’s 2014 Book Award.

She is also the author of the Amazon best-seller Good Bug, Bad Bug: Who’s Who, What They Do, and How to Manage Them Organically and Container Gardening Complete: Creative Projects for Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Small Spaces. In addition, Jessica blogs weekly for both SavvyGardening.com and HobbyFarms.com.

 

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden * – Jessica’s book

Avoiding Fall Clean Up – Jessica’s articles goes deeper than this podcast!

Growing a Caterpillar Garden – Jessica’s article

Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden – Episode #88

Transcript:

Click here for the full transcript for Episode #116

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

2 Comments:

  • Wanda Colvin says:

    Hi Theresa, Loved this podcast! I’m getting ready to head out to my garden and I’ll certainly change how I do my fall chores. I did want to let you know that I’ve been experiencing skipping when listening to the podcast – not just this one. I’m not sure if others are experiencing the same or if it’s my less than ideal internet! Again, thanks for all you do and the wonderful information you pass along!

    • theresa says:

      Thanks for the note Wanda. I will check the episode to make sure all is okay on this end. Thanks for letting me know!

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