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This past week we finished off the garden for 2015.  We covered the garden with hay and a layer of turkey manure.  Both were partially decomposed.    Our goal is to bury the mulch in a winter bed.   This will help breakup the mulch for the soil's nutrition. heavyprecultivating

BEFORE CULTIVATION VIEW ONE: HAY

Precultivating

BEFORE CULTIVATION VIEW TWO:  TURKEY MANURE AND FALLING LEAVES ADDED TO LAYERS

A huge job!  I always second guess our doing this step because it takes so much time and labor.  Our goal is to avoid chemical fertilizers.  And, I think nature's way is better.  This step adds nutrition and great soil composition to our future garden.  Just look at the garden after we cultivate all that wonderful nutrition into the garden!   Almost pritty!!

Postcultivating

The winter snow fall will provide a blanket for the mulch.  In the spring the mulch continues to breakdown. The spring cultivating continues the mixing of various mulches. This is our story on helping nature provide the plants adequate nutrition.  We have just given it a little "nudge" to add richness to the soils.  Farming in the garden!   Talk about fun!!