Gardener's Almanac: Fall Gardening and Preparing for Winter
We have some timely fall gardening tips for where you live, including how you should go about preparing for winter.
When the sunflowers are ready to drop their seeds, you know it's time to start preparing for winter.
Illustration by Judith Ann Griffith/Seed Savers Exchange
Map of U.S. planting zones.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
Squash and pumpkins should be cured for two weeks before being stored for the winter. After harvesting, put the fruit in an airy place outdoors and protect them from frost. They will develop a harder shell that allows them to be stored for months at temperatures between 50 and 65 degrees in a dry basement, closet or garage.