- Cover your garden soil with leaves to build it up over the winter.
- No need to chop the leaves: there may be butterfly cocoons on them!
- Clean your tools and put them away for the winter.
- Bring container plants inside so that they can continue growing. But first, spray them down with a strong spray of water to avoid bringing pests inside.
- Storing vegetables over the winter? Check them to make sure they are free of bugs and mold.
Don't toss those pumpkins in the trash! Show kids how to compost jack-o-lanterns.
Where is your garden?
Oregon has four growing regions. Choose vegetable varieties and planting dates suitable to the growing conditions in your area:
- Oregon coast: cool, long season of 190 to 250 days.
- Western valleys: 150 to 250 day season; warm days, cool nights; length of season varies year to year.
- High elevations: short growing season of 90 to 120 days; frost can occur during any month.
- Columbia and Snake River valleys: 120 to 200-day season; hot days, warm nights; length of season fairly well defined.