October 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm in Grand Forks Herald
By early October, most of us have lost some of our earlier interest in gardening as we hunker down for another long winter. However, we are forced to complete some garden tasks before the first snowflakes arrive.
One of our most dreaded tasks is to clean out the garden. We like to tidy up the garden by pulling out annuals and vegetables and to cut perennials back to the ground. This is called the clean cut garden. You also can roughly till the garden so the frost action of the coming winter will help mellow the soil.