Venice Williams talks about putting your garden to bed for winter | WUWM 89.7 FM

It’s that time again: Winter is coming to Wisconsin. As we prepare our bodies and minds for the freezing ahead, it is also time to prepare our yards and gardens as we also take the time to remember the rewards they have already given us.

Venice Williams, CEO of Alice’s Garden, enters Lake Effect’s Joy Powers every month for our regular series, Dig in!which is about gardening, herbs and healthy cooking. This month, Williams offers advice on getting your yard to bed, as well as some fall reading recommendations that will keep you looking forward to spring.

“This time of year is really one of my favorite garden times because I love laying gardens in bed,” says Williams. “I like the beauty of autumn, but also what autumn asks us to pay attention to in our garden – for me gardening always begins with a ritual of gratitude.”

As Williams shows this gratitude, she says she can range from anything to bless and thank each of her plots and fields, to simply harvesting what is left. These are things that she asks every gardener to do when laying a garden in bed.

“It’s one of those things that more and more people are doing, especially as we continue to live in this pandemic and talk about food and goods shortages, and yet our gardens were so lush,” Williams says.

When it comes to resuming the remaining crops, Williams recommends pruning certain items in your garden at different times to optimize current and future yields.

“I really want to make sure we don’t start too early when we talk about pruning our gardens,” says Williams. “I often hear from people who want to know, especially about their spring and summer lavender, why their lavender isn’t doing well, and then I ask them, ‘Did you cut your lavender back in the fall?” And the answer is usually yes – so there are some things you want to focus on now and some things you don’t. “

As for the things you might want to prune, Williams mentions irises, begonias, and daylilies. The things she urged people to wait for are asters, lavender, and lamb’s ears – which she recommends waiting until spring to prune them.

As you ponder how to use the items you’ve already harvested, Williams recommends keeping a book of recipes handy for the winter to enjoy the fruits – or vegetables – of your work.

“One of the books I always recommend at this time is The Book of Greens, it’s by a woman named Jen Louis,” says Williams. “It’s an amazing book of recipes and stories about vegetables. Not only does it focus on what may be familiar, it also includes food vegetables, succulents, and herbs like that. There are some well-known greens in their recipes, but also some unknown greens. “

Another book Williams recommends for any gardening lover’s reading list is Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison – describing it as “one of those books you’ll take to bed with you.”

“The gift of October, November, December is if you are a real hardcore gardener we are already planning for the next season,” says Williams. “What I love about vegetable expertise is that, once again, it helps me appreciate the abundance and diversity of what we can grow around the world.”

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