As Mary puts it: “Well, the hosta season is done and the greenhouse is empty once again.”
The ladies, (Mary, Karen, and Kelsey) have been working hard to wrap up the season. Here are a couple snapshots of them busy in the fall garden. They are moving the greenhouse plants to their outdoor home for the winter.
Mary, Karen and Kelsey putting the plants to bed
A positive sign from Kelsey.
Mary looking back on the year
The mums are gorgeous right now, the birches are rich yellow, and apples and pumpkins are staples in nearly every meal. Fall is definitely here.
But before we take a break from gardening over the winter, here in Minnesota there are just a couple things we can do for our hostas:
- Continue to water. It’s been a dry summer, and we don’t know how much snow cover or moisture will be available over the winter. We recommend watering until the ground freezes.
- Clean up! Hosta leaves can be removed in the fall or the early spring, but a major benefit to cutting back in the fall is for plant health. Removing the dead leaves and debris helps negate disease by removing spores. Leaves can be cut back right to the ground.
- Attack slugs. These pests can lay many eggs in the fall, so by removing leaves and debris you are getting rid of the next generation. If you apply slug killer, now can also be a good time for that application.
- Skip the fertilizer. Rather than in the fall, hostas seem to benefit more from a spring feeding.
- Take notes and inventory in your garden. What plants were you happy with? Are there holes in your landscape? You’ll soon have all winter to think about next year’s garden.