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At the last entry I indicated i have Guilian-Barre Syndrome (link).  This nerve syndrome has limited my limbs strength for this upcoming garden season. As we figure out what will work for the garden production this year, the first issue is, making plans for items that must be done

photo 5 We must continue to feed our soils, unless the garden is left alone for the unforeseeable future.  At this point that is ”NOT IN THE PLANS”.  2015 is still questionable but for 2016 and beyond we must continue to “feed our soils”. One of the activities that is necessary to keep our soils rich and fruitful for future plantings is mulching.  This includes leaves, straw or similar grass items and vegetable composts

Fall Leaves

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In my experience utilizing these mulching activities will provide a much stronger guarantee of quality soils in the coming gardening years. I use the following procedures for mulching leaves, straw and grasses, and vegetable composts. 1)  Keep those leaves and grass items. 2)  Have an area near the garden that has plenty of room to store the leaves in a pile. 3)  Turn the leaves and grass items often to help them breakdown. 4)  Weekly, take a wheel barrel or two of composting items to the garden area. Distribute evenly.  This will help provide breathing room for the soil as well as kill off those ever painful weeds. 5)  Make sure you turn the mulching items in your garden to avoid molds.  Turning compost continues the breakdown of the mulch to help enrich the soils. 6)  Doing this every summer will provide nutrients from the mulch, insects and it helps your soil breath.

Last Harvest 2In future post we will cover other activities we should continue.  The green manure method and ongoing cultivation strategies create great crops!!