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Why Dig Organic Garden Beds During the Fall?

Anyone who is interested in organic gardening in NJ should consider the benefits of digging and prepping (or refreshing) the garden beds during fall.

This makes sense for several reasons:

It's easier to dig garden beds in the fall. In early spring, the ground is slowly thawing out of undiggable, frozen conditions. In autumn, the soil is dry, loose, and easy to turn over. If you do it yourself, you may just avoid a back ache by tackling the task in autumn. If you outsource your garden bed prep, then the job will take far less time for your gardener to complete.

Freshly composted soil requires several months to become plant food. Compost your garden beds in fall to get a head-start on producing rich, lush, healthy veggies and herbs come spring time. Source: http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/gardening/fall-soil-preparation)

You'll save yourself a lot of time and effort later. People who want a prolific vegetable garden as early as possible have a lot of spring gardening labor ahead of them. This includes planning the garden and considering things like crop rotation; selecting interesting varieties of seeds and plants; tending to the seeds, especially if you grow them indoors; weeding, watering, and fertilizing. Why add labor-intensive garden-bed digging when you can execute this step well in advance of the spring season?

 

Fall garden bed prep can cut down on the amount of weeds. Before you add compost, dig out weeds at the roots and dispose of them properly. Then, use a shovel or pitchfork to turn over, aerate, and augment the soil with organic matter. You can even cover your garden beds with straw, or plant a ground cover crop that will further feed the soil and benefit your young veggie plants next spring.

Fall garden bed prep can reduce soil-borne disease. Blight, fungi and viruses all lay dormant in your garden soil all winter, to emerge again when the weather turns warm. In autumn, take some time to remove spent plants. Dispose of fallen produce such as tomatoes, that are now rotting in your garden beds. This, along with proper composting, will ensure that your garden soil is of the highest quality possible for producing beautiful, vitamin-rich, healthy vegetables next spring!


GardenBedsNJ.com installs raised garden beds to Northern and Central NJ as well as Northeast PA.

We are currently scheduling fall cleanups in our local area (Hunterdon, Warren County, NJ). We can also travel a bit further for garden bed install and refresh projects.

Contact mikehyde@4seasonslawns.com or call/text 908 783 5733 for a quote today!

 

 

 


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SPRING GARDENING ZONE 6

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Grow Better Tomatoes by Amending the Soil

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Determinate vs. Indeterminate Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes from Seed

Buying Good Garden Soil in Hunterdon, NJ

What Type of Soil is Right for My Raised Garden Beds?

What Vegetables to Plant on May 15

Ode to the Turnip

Best Seed Catalogs

When and How to Start Prepping Your Garden Beds in New Jersey

When to Plant Early Spring Vegetables in NJ

Garden Planning in February? Yes! Get Ready for Spring Planting in NJ

Getting Your Raised Garden Beds Ready for Spring Planting

Is Rototilling Necessary? To Till or Not to Till Your NJ Garden Beds

Garden Planting Dates for NJ Zone 6

How to Plant Peas When There is Snow on the Ground

What to Do When You Miss Your Planting Date

Baking the Weed Seeds Out of Your Garden Beds

Planting Onions in Early Spring in NJ Zone 6

Broccoli Planting Instructions for NJ Zone 6

Sacrificial Carrot: How to Make Your NJ Carrot Crop Go the Distance

How to Grow Strawberries Organically

How to Plant Cucumbers in NJ Zone 6

Growing Herbs Successfully in NJ Zone 6

Spring Gardening in NJ: What to Plant on May 15?

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GROWING VEGETABLES FROM SEED

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