Protecting Your Winter Garden

Nov 17, 2017

It’s mid-November, and winter weather is already upon us. Many Iowans want to know how to prepare their yard and garden for winter. Winter garden care involves covering strawberries, prepping roses, and getting ready to fend off hungry rabbits. Aaron Steil of Reiman Gardens in Ames has advice for those who want to protect their strawberries.

"Strawberries need a little protection, especially for their flower buds this time of year," Steil says. "So putting down a nice, about four inches of straw or chopped-up corn husk, can work really well to help protect those flower buds through the winter months."

On this Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Steil and Iowa State Extension Horticulture Specialist Richard Jauron about caring for your winter garden, and they take calls from listeners.