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Cover for garden soil

Posted by kerryv none (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 12, 11 at 16:46

what do you guys do to your garden over the winter? I am almost done completely gutting it and pulling the remaining weeds, etc. I have raised beds and would like to put something on the soil for the winter. I think I am too late to plant ground cover such as clover bc we are already having frost at night.

Thanks


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RE: Cover for garden soil

More of a Soil & Mulch forum question or one for the Vegetable Gardening forum and you'll find several discussions about this on both those forums.

But if a cover crop cannot be planted then the usual recommendation is a several inches thick layer of a good organic mulch of some kind. Chopped leaves is common and very beneficial for the soil, so is straw or old hay. Even unfinished compost - with or without added manure - can be spread over the soil and let it continue to decompose in place till spring.

Dave


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RE: Cover for garden soil

I have wanted to get burlap coffee bags from the local roasters to cover a few select beds in the kitchen garden.
Never have as of yet, but I hear they are free and plentiful (at least where I live).

Granted, this adds no nutrients to the soil as would a cover crop or even a thick mulch, but is an excellent weed barrier and can be easily pulled back in the Spring to provide access for early plantings.


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RE: Cover for garden soil

I put a layer of straw on my beds while they are resting. It keeps the soil from compacting over the winter. I also use it as mulch between/around many veggie plants while they are growing. Keeps the weeds out and the cats from using my raised beds as jumbo litter boxes. ;)

Kathy


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