A University of Missouri Extension gardening expert says now is a good time to start planning for next year.

The 2015 gardening season is over and now is a good time to start planning for next year according to Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

The first step is to clean up the garden. Remove debris that could harbor diseases. This is especially important with tomatoes.

PATRICK BYERS

PATRICK BYERS

Step number two is get a soil test. Now is a good time to test your garden soil, and plan any needed applications of lime, sulfur, or fertilizers.

The third step is to apply some manure and compost to the garden. This allows time for decomposition before next season’s garden.

Finally, now is the time to mulch the perennial plants in our vegetable garden. Items like strawberries, asparagus, rhubarb will appreciate a mulch that is fluffy and does not pack down. Clean straw, four to six inches deep, is a good option.

For more information on gardening, call University of Missouri Extension office in Houston at 417-967-4545.

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