end of season plants - Knowledgebase Question

Janesville, WI
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Question by pkrfn4lv
February 22, 1998
I was wondering what to do with the remains of my plants
at the end of the year, for example I know my tomato vines
should be removed, but what about the everbearing strawberries or tops of perennial flowers? I still have a lot of the strawberries coming up from last year.


Answer from NGA
February 22, 1998
It's good that your strawberries are coming up - they're a perennial fruit crop! In the spring when they start to really green up, thin the plants to the desired spacing (which depends on how you planted them initially), and transplant the thinned plants, compost them, or give them to friends.

If your plants were free of disease and insects during the growing season, you can compost the tops and return the compost to the garden. If they did suffer some attack, compost them, but use the compost on your landscape plants instead of the garden, since disease/insects may have wintered over in the compost.

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