How to Fall Prep Your Garden

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

There are currently two schools of thought on preparing your garden for fall and winter.  One in which you have it cleaned and ready to go for spring, and the other, in which you allow it to winter in its natural state to allow advantages of its own reseeding and decomposition process.   Which path will you take and will best suit your needs?  Let's dive in and figure it out! 

Fall Garden Prep

The air is turning crisp, the mornings require a little bit of bundling, and a  hot drink in hand as you make your way to the garden.  Fall has arrived.  This is always a bittersweet time for the gardener.  It's nearing time to say goodbye to the place you've spent so much of your time, worked hard,  and enjoyed the fruits of your labor.  It is also a welcomed time as the unrelenting heat, bugs, and weeds are behind us.  

And, then we have to decide to clean up our space or not.  Fall is a great time to clean up those garden beds, manage soils, and prepare for next year.   A great place to start would be removing all of your gardening support structures, such as trellises, caging, or stakes.  Clean those, and store away for spring.  

Next, you will want to remove your plants or dispose of them appropriately.  For any plants that show signs of disease, you will want to place those in the trash or burn them.   Healthy plants can be removed and put in the compost pile.  

Fall Garden Prep

Fall Garden Prep

 Once the support devices and summer plants are removed, now is an excellent time to add a layer of compost or aged manure to your growing area.  Adding a few inches to the top can result in richer garden soil for next spring and amend as needed at that time. 


Finally, you will clean and store your gardening tools.  When spring arrives, you will be ready to go.  


Fall Garden Prep

The following method is 'nonpreparation preparation.'  The biggest negative to this method is the aesthetic component.  It will present as somewhat scraggly and unkept look throughout the winter as it continues to break down.  However, the benefits are worth considering. 

In this manner, you leave it alone.  You would remove, clean, and store all of the support structures as described above.   Then remove any plants that are diseased and dispose of in the same manner as mentioned.  You will keep all the healthy plants in place to winter in your garden beds. 

A great benefit is natural seeding.  Once your plants have dried and seeded and you have collected what you want, they will then drop and start the resowing process to emerge next spring.  You may have such a prolific seedling crop; you likely have to thin or share the seedings.  This is especially beneficial if the plants you love are the ones that are allowed to drop and seed.  It takes a lot of work out of the process for you next year. It's always a fun process to see what is sprouting up after the dead of winter. 

Fall Garden Prep

Next, the natural decomposition of the plants, leaves, and roots enrich the soil. This will aid in a better soil composition for the next year and the years that follow if you continue this process.  So, it is up to you, but now is the time to begin prepping your garden in one manner or the other for next year.  

I Want to Order a Greenhouse, Now What?

Monday, September 21, 2020


It's that time of year! Tomorrow is Fall, Y'all!  

We've been receiving messages and calls daily, stating, "We're ready to order, now what?" 

Boston Fern Greenhouse

Yoderbilt Greenhouse

Based on years past, October is usually the busiest month here at Yoderbilt. Although it's the tenth month of the year, it kind of sneaks up on everyone. And, the phones start ringing at a quicker pace. 

  We wanted to take you through the ordering process and let you know how simple it is. Even before being ready to order, the best place to have your questions answered is to give our office a call and speak to Angela. She has used her greenhouse now for almost ten years and will share her big learning curve freely with all of you.  And, in her words, it will always be a learning process, a tweak here, a discovery there.  But that's part of the fun of it.  So, for any of your questions, she is the best place to start. 

Then, there comes the point you are ready to order. Again, please pick up the phone and give our sales team a call. We have those who know exactly what they want, and we take them through the ordering process until it is complete.  And we have those who still have many questions, and we explore those until you design it the way that will best fit your needs and budget. There is ZERO pressure.  

They will send you an estimate; you will review it, and any needed changes can be made. Once the order is placed, a deposit is paid with the remaining balance being due when your delivery is scheduled.  There is also a monthly payment plan option available. 

We do service a limited number of states at this time as our product is delivered fully assembled and ready to use.

It really is as simple as that! 


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