Hobby gardeners, are you ready for fall vegetable gardening and fall flower gardening? Fall is here. Are you ready? For those who love gardening, whether a hobby gardener or just a beginner, here are a few things to think about as we journey into the fall season. Winter Prep and Fall Vegetable Gardening Before doing any more planting, stop for a moment to prep your garden for the upcoming cold weather. Here are a few things you can do. Leave carrots, horseradish, leeks, parsnips, radishes, and turnips in the garden through early winter. Mark the rows with tall stakes so that you can find them in the snow, and cover them with a heavy layer of mulch. Pull up tomato, squash, pea, and bean plants. If they’re disease-free, compost them. If any are diseased, either burn them or discard them separately. Pull up and put away the stakes. In the soil that you will not be using over the winter, remove all weeds and debris. Gently till the soil to expose any insects who plan to overwinter (this will reduce pest troubles in the spring and summer). Once most of the garden soil is exposed, add a layer of compost and leaves then gently till into the soil.