This spring was the first time I started a garden, being from South Africa, it was a great learning experience and most of the plants have taken.
Now to ensure the plants survive the winter and all the hard work and expense won't be in vain come next spring.
What should I be doing to prepare the plants for the winter? I see mulch in some neighbours gardens, do I need to do this too?
I have a 7 new trees, do they need to be protected somehow? 3 of them are near the sidewalk, what can I do to protect them from the snowplough piling snow on top of them?
I have mostly perennials like hostas, peonies, irises, and other small shrubs that are in their first year of growth. I also have tomato plants, green peppers. Do I cut these back or leave them?
There is also lavender and some herbs like rosemary, origanum, marjoram, basil and thyme. Do I just leave them as be? Let nature take its course? Or do I put them in pots and bring the herbs inside? Some are perennials too.
thanks for any advice! ;)