Make veggie garden winter ready question

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Marijke Jones

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Make veggie garden winter ready question
« on: October 05, 2022, 13:46 »
Dear fellow gardeners,

I am new on the vegetable garden scene and this past season was not too bad for a first year. Had green beans, peas, cauliflower, lettuce scallions etc. the garden is getting empty now and only have sprouts left and parsnips. I keep up with the weeding. How do I make my garden winter ready? Do I put manure in and work it in the ground? Or leave it as it as and keep up with the weeding?

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Re: Make veggie garden winter ready question
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2022, 19:16 »
get a head start with some winter planting
Ive got some turnips, winter cabbage, Khol rabi and onions all put out, the turnips are doing good, onions are in and Khol Rabi will be a first for me. if you want to feed your soil and grow something to stop the soil washing away try some green manure  :D
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Re: Make veggie garden winter ready question
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2022, 15:54 »
MJ, if you can, I would place the manure (or compost, green manure, other soil amendments) on the soil and turn it in.  If you are leaving your garden (except parsnips and sprout areas) fallow over winter, I would coarsely turn that material into the soil. You can mix more thoroughly when you get closer to planting.

For your parsnips and sprouts, you can also top dress with a soil amendment. For root crops, remember that manure has a bacterial component, be aware of that and judge how close to harvest you want to be applying manure, especially if the manure has not been rotting down for a while.
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Re: Make veggie garden winter ready question
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2022, 16:05 »
I would just put the manure on top, assuming it is properly rotted and not fresh. Winter frosts will turn it into a nice tilth.

If its fresh you will want to compost it further before using

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Re: Make veggie garden winter ready question
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2022, 06:29 »
Personally I cover my beds with manure or spent compost and leave it for the worms  to do the rest!

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Re: Make veggie garden winter ready question
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2022, 11:37 »
Personally I cover my beds with manure or spent compost and leave it for the worms  to do the rest!


Me too, just remove finished crops
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