Kathy Jentz, Editor/Publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine, shows you the importance of shutting down the water sources ...
in your garden during the winter.
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Hi, I’m Kathy Jentz showing you how to winterize your vegetable garden. Now, we’re going to be turning off our water sources for the winter time to prevent freezing and breakage of your hoses and your water sources.
So, first we’ll turn off your spigot then we will unscrew the hose and we will drain it. If you have a really long hose you probably need to hang it up on a fence or ladder to get all the water out of it then you’ll coil it up and store it away either in your garage or in other protected area for the winter time.
Next, you’ll go inside and turn off the valve for your outdoor water sources. That way the pipe between the inside and the outside wall won’t freeze on you. Now, we’re winterizing your rain barrel but first we’ll talk a little bit about the benefits of having rain barrel.
So, rain barrels are terrific addition to any garden. They’re a great water management system. What you’ll do is hook it straight from your gutters and just drain it into a barrel. You can pick this up at any soda bottling or vegetable drums could be used as rain barrels or you can buy one from the garden catalog. So, while this is collecting the rain water from your roof straight into a barrel system, you can deepen it with a garden bucket or watering can or you can hook a hose up to it.
So, for the winter time, you definitely need to drain it and then turn it upside down. The important thing for draining and turning it upside down and getting it completely clear of any water and moisture inside is that it will freeze all and crack your barrel if you do not do so. So, let’s unhook our hose, make sure the spigot is turned off and we’ll drain that, coil that and store that inside and then you’ll drain the barrel itself, turn it over and you can store either inside or in a protective of your yard.
So, those are some tips for winterizing your vegetable garden. Thank you for watching.