|I am a novice gardener who had a very fine harvest for my first summer of gardening. I had many tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers and eggplant despite the drought we had in the Hudson Valley. Now that autumn is here I am not exactly sure what I should be doing. Obviously I need to remove the annual plants, but I'm not sure what protective measures I should be taking to ready my raised garden beds for the winter. (I had to add a fair amount of manure, peat and topsoil to the beds this spring when I planted because the soil had been terribly overworked and was neglected by the previous tenant). Do you only mulch during the growing season? Or should I be mulching the empty beds after our first hard frost? Thank you!