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Fall Tilling to Prep for a Long Winter's Nap.


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Fall Tilling to Prep for a Long Winter's Nap

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Once you've harvested your summer crops, you may think you're done until spring. However, we urge you to reconsider.

While you may already till at the start of the season, doing it again at the end of the season can also have its advantages.

Follow these few suggestions to make your springtime preparation easier and next year's crops more bountiful.

Using Compost
shoveling compost
Compost will improve your soil quality by adding nutrients and more absorbent materials, which produce healthier plants.

After harvesting your crops for the year, cover the area with compost. Spread a consistent layer about 3-5 inches thick.

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Tilling It In

You've covered your garden with compost, but now it's time to stir it in.

There should still be leftover roots and stems under the compost. Churning them in with the compost will add nutrients to the dirt and improve its' tilth.

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Make several passes over your garden with a rototiller or very powerful cultivator until the soil is smooth and even with a balanced blend of dirt, compost, and residual plant material.

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Protecting Your Garden
When you've finished tilling, you'll want to protect the now loose fertile ground from winter's bitter cold and snow.

You have two options for protecting the nutrient rich soil from ol' Jack Frost. You can either plant a cover crop, such as rye grass, or you can use leaf mulch.

Plant Rye Grass
rye grass
Since you've spread compost and cultivated the soil, you're fully set to plant rye grass seed. It's best to do this as soon as you've harvested.

This allows time for the rye grass to form roots. You can till what remains into the dirt in Springtime to add to your garden's nutrients.

Blanket It With Mulch
leaf mulch
If you use mulch, do not use wood mulch. It won't break down well and will reduce nitrogen in the soil. It also tends to invite unwanted pests.

Use shredded leaves and grass clippings. These decompose nicely and can be cultivated into the garden in Spring to add nutrients. Use a leaf vac to collect leaves and grass clippings.

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