It may not be the prettiest thing in the world, but there is no shortage of things to do! Preparing the soil for next year is just as important as the planning and planting you'll do in the spring. So here is a pictorial post on the kinds of things we do to stimulate the soil right now.
I'll talk about our composting efforts in a subsequent post, but for right now I'll discuss our leaf situation. As we live on a fairly tree-less lot in the country, we have had difficulty in getting our soil light and airy. We keep garbage bags in the trunk of our cars in case we happen upon a stash of leaves. We'll bring them home and add the leaves to our compost bins (of which we have 3 now). The nice thing about the garden being empty is that you can just dump the leaves right on the garden plot!
|(dumping leaves and grass cuttings directly on our patch)|
|my 3 yr old son Owen and our 'borrowed' leaf pile|
If you start to look around, you'll start to see a leaf opportunity EVERYWHERE!
My only problem with leaves....is the endless trail of them entering my house...on little shoes...
Next post: Soil sources for your garden...