Preparing raised beds for winter

Asked December 9, 2020, 12:06 PM EST

Can I bury my plants / some fruit with mulch (tomatoes, squash, cucumbers) or should i pull / prune ??

Can i transfer a potted strawberry plant to inground bed?
Should i caver it with mulch?

Thanks,
Erik

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

As long as the plants are healthy (not diseased) yes, you can bury their carcasses. Such a procedure is called 'direct composting.' The only caution is that the buried plant material must be fully decomposed before it's time to plant.

Also,yes, you can transfer the strawberry from the pot to the garden bed now. A loose/airy mound of mulch would likely help survival over the winter. Straw is preferred over leaves or bark dust because the latter two will likely pack down with the winter rainfall.

You can download the free publication "Growing Strawberries in Your Home Garden" by going to https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/ec1307 and clicking 'pdf.'