Soil Prep Now For Next Spring's Garden

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Soil Prep Now For Next Spring's Garden

Post  Shep on Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:59 pm

The time to get your garden ready to plant is in the fall before the spring! As soon as things dry out a bit, it will be time to clear off any debris and add in soil amendments. You can dump on manures, old hay, bedding, leaves, and till them into the soil. The freezing and thawing action over winter will help things break down.

Don't wait until the ground freezes, the soil can't digest what you are trying to feed it. So get out there now, this fall. But don't try tilling up things when everything is wet and mucky, either, or you'll only make mud balls and hurt the soil structure. Wait for things to dry up.

So if you read that last statement, you're supposed to hurry up and wait . . .

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sheet mulching

Post  Ben Stallings on Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:01 am

Alternatively, you can sheet mulch and let the worms do your tilling for you. Not only does that save you the trouble of fussing around with a tiller and burning fossil fuel in a two-stroke engine without a catalytic converter, but you don't have to wait for the soil to dry up -- in fact, getting the mulch on before the rain is better, so it will be nice and moist for the worms. Of course decomposition is slower than with a tiller, and you will have mulch left over in the spring that will need to be removed for the ground to warm up enough for planting. But for a small gardener, it's a great alternative!

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