Winter soil care and preparation can be pretty important, especially if you want to keep growing something or get the soil ready for spring. Cleaning any rotting plants and removing debris such as fallen leaves should be among your top priorities, but there are other ways to care for your soil that you might not have considered.
Depending on your local climate, you may already have considered planting various cover crops that are typically planted in the fall season. Rye and clover are good examples, and they can add extra nitrogen to your garden as a great soil treatment to prepare it for spring.
Regardless of whether or not you’ve planted anything, caring for your soil in the winter to ensure that the frost doesn’t affect it too much is one of your most important tasks. You can do that by covering it with sheet plastic or other coverings that will prevent winter rain from moistening it and prevent the frost from freezing it.
Winter is also a good opportunity to regenerate your compost heap, which will help your garden in a variety of ways. First, it can nourish it despite the fact that everything moves slower in the winter. Second, it will help top up your garden and amend deficient soils, so that they will be prepared for springtime planting and deliver the best results with the new herbs, flowers or crops that you want to plant.