How Does Everyone Else Do It?
I'm a pretty new gardener. This was only my fourth season of giving it a try.
My first year was only 2 pcs. of a 4X4 raised bed. I've added more beds each year so now I'm over 1000 sq ft of beds. But my first year I knew nothing so I eventually took an online gardening course just so I could learn a few basics.
One of the things I've seen is many people do not do Fall maintenance on their beds. Myself, I always remove my final harvest and then prep my entire bed as if I was going to replant it. Some of the beds this year I am adding a cover crop for the second time just to give it a try and find out if the crop is useful. The other beds where there will be no cover crop, I will add a layer of organic straw just for soil protection during the winter months.
Then in Spring I can easily start planting much earlier because the soil is looser and in reality it is already been prepped for a new crop. If it needs topped off a little because of settling I top it off with some more of my soil blend I prepare.
So I guess my question is how does everyone else do it?
Is Fall bed prep a time saver for Spring or is a waste of time because I might be losing the soil fertility with the 6 month off while I'm waiting for another growing season.
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