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Putting the Garden to Bed and a Tin Can Herb Garden

Getting the Garden Ready For Winter and A Tin Can Herb Garden: dig up some herbs at the end of the garden season and bring them in to enjoy indoors.
How to Make a Tin Can Herb Garden

It’s time. I saw snowflakes today. The warm weather is finished, and it’s time to put the garden to bed for another year and make a little tin can herb garden for indoors.

Last weekend we took advantage of the not freezing weather and did most of the fall jobs. There’s still some to be done. It’s so hard to pack things up, when there’s even a hint of nice afternoons left, but the cold air today makes me glad it’s mostly done.

Getting the Garden Ready For Winter

We had to put all the fairy gardens from the deck away, and drain the new deck irrigation system. I usually just pull out the spent annuals, and use the soil from the pots to bank up my roses and other plants that need a little extra tlc.

Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter, and bringing in a few herbs to make A Tin Can Herb Garden

We pulled the drip sprouts off of the irrigation system, and then used a borrowed air compressor to blow any of the water out of the lines so that they don’t freeze and burst.

Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter, and bringing in a few herbs to make A Tin Can Herb Garden

It worked perfectly to get all the water out of the lines so they don’t freeze and split in the winter.

draining garden irrigation lines for winter

Rabbit Proofing

One of the most important jobs at our house is rabbit proofing the yard. Last year we were less than successful and the little critters did a whole lot of damage in just a few weeks before we noticed. So, we broke out our chicken wire for the Japanese maples.

using chicken wire to protect plants from rabbits during the winter

We also tried to block up any little holes or spots where the rabbits might slip in under the fence. We planted a new apple tree. It really is a great time of year to plant. The tree was half price, and the kids were inspired by a lesson at school about Johnny Appleseed. Here’s hoping for some apples next year! We made sure there was bark protector on this tree at rabbit height too.

Getting the Garden Ready For Winter and A Tin Can Herb Garden:  dig up some herbs at the end of the garden season and bring them in to enjoy indoors.

Packing Everything Away

All our empty pots, and decorations, and the pretty little fountain found their way back to the garage for another winter. It’s like a giant puzzle putting everything away so we can park in the garage again for the winter. We’re getting there, still a bit to do, and the snow tires to get on the car again. Our garden furniture just doesn’t fit in the garage, so my husband manoeuvres some of it under the deck and tarps it, and piles other pieces on the patio and deck and covers tightly with tarps, and bungee cords. Not the prettiest, but it does really make it last longer when you don’t have a place indoors to store it.

covering up garden furniture with tarps to protect them in the winter

I’m not one of those gardeners who cuts everything back in the fall. The long stems add a little winter interest when you peek outside.  Also there’s something about cutting away the old in the spring as the new green just starts to appear that appeals to me.

Tin Can Herb Garden

I did manage to bring in a few herbs. The rosemary would have died in the cold, and the thyme and oregano are so prolific that a little piece to bring inside won’t be missed.

How to Make a Tin Can Herb Garden

I saved a few tin cans from cooking this week, and used them to hold the herbs. Also I made some simple tags with wood veneer, some twine and a sharpie. I may not be able to keep the herbs alive in the house too long, but I figured anything was a bonus. So, we’ll enjoy them while they last.

How to Make a Tin Can Herb Garden

Winter Ready Checklist

  • empty flower pots and put pots in garage
  • wire around trees to protect from rabbits
  • block any holes in the fence that could let rabbits in
  • drain irrigation system
  • put garden furniture in the garage or under tarps for the winter
  • make a tin can herb garden for the winter
  • clean up the veggie garden

With a pretty little tin can herb garden to enjoy this winter, life really is a party!

You might also enjoy our Teacup Fairy Village Gardens post here.

Teacup Fairy Villiage Gardens -use teacups and teapots to create these whimiscal miniature fairy gardens with polymere clay houses and mushrooms.

Also be sure to check out our Black and White Garden post here.

Black and White Garden -an old garden is refreshed with a new pea gravel seating area, and lots of black and white accessories and plants, including a garden of all white plants.

You might also like our How To Make A Fairy Garden House post here.

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9 Comments

  1. Ridiculously cute! This winter I have decided to try that too. Bring some of my garden indoors. Starting with simple windowsill chives.

  2. I plan to try the tin can idea for parsley and basil. I have a small apartment and no options for a garden so I’m sorely missing fresh herbs in the winter when the farmers markets dwindle.

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