How to help your garden through fall

Question: It’s October and I’m still harvesting my summer vegetables, yet it’s obvious that garden plants are losing vigor. The days are noticeably shorter. What are the garden tasks I need to consider now?

Answer: Soon you’ll need to harvest the last of the summer vegetables and tender herbs, before the first frost. If you want to extend the season for warm-weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers and eggplants by a week or so, you could install row covers and cold frames for frost protection.

As veggies fade, cut plants off just below soil level to preserve the soil microbiology on the roots. If you’re immediately replanting the bed and encounter the existing subsurface root, leave it in place and position each new plant start to the side, then add a 2-inch layer of compost around the new plant. Toss any plants showing signs of pests or disease in the

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Spring has arrived. Here’s when to plant food and flowers in the garden.

Spring is here, which means farm workers at the Haley House Thornton Street Urban Farm and Community Gardens are looking at seeds.

“It is the first day of spring, and we are plotting and planning what we’re going to be growing this season,” said Jay Vilar, program director at the Haley House. “A lot of the work that we’re doing now is about just getting ready for the season. So we’re doing a lot of our seed ordering. We’re doing our starts at the Dudley Greenhouse and we’re starting to get our deliveries of soil and compost ready to go.”

Haley House uses its Roxbury farm to provide both food and education, Vilar said. The nonprofit runs a cafe, soup kitchen and other initiatives that connect food and community. The three-quarter acre farm grows fresh produce and allows students and neighbors to tend to the soil.

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