Ammending/prepping soil in fall-prep for the spring garden
I know it's still a little early to amend the soil, however, today's hail storm made me realize that I need some education.
I've done a ton of gardening, yet never did anything to prep for the spring after my garden says hello to Mr. Winter.
What are the best techniques for prepping the garden for the spring? I garden straight from the dirt (no raised beds), just a large upside-down 'L' along the fence line.
Manure? (Chicken, cow, horse???)
Do I pull up all the veggies once they are done for the season? Do I pull them up and leave them on the surface for compost? Do I turn everything under? Are there any "winter crops" like clover for nitrogen fixing that incorporate the turning under of the soil?
Then, what do we do in the spring? I've always had to get compost since I neglected to amend the soil in the fall.