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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:54 pm 
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Now that I have a season of SFG / No-till gardening under my belt.
What do I need to do to prepare the raised beds for winter?
I've pulled all the beets & several of the broccoli & lettuce beds are finished.
I had very few weeds but have removed them (roots & all).
+ Removed all roots of the crops in the beds (nothing in them but compost)

Should I cover them to prevent the nutrients from leeching out & seeds from blowing in?

Add or mix more compost now & let it winter over in the boxes? (some compost may need to be removed for this to work).

Spade or, some how, mix the compost that's in the boxes.

OR is there anything else/more I need to do?

All will be done in various stages as all the crops are finished & removed (like peas, beens & carrots etc).

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:09 pm 
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I like to mulch beds for the winter with all the rain we get, but most years I don't get it all done. Straw is my preferred mulch since hay tends to have weeds in it. With straw, some of the grain that's left will sprout, but it's not a problem to pull, just a bonus as far as I'm concerned, more mulch material.

If you want to cut down on next years labor, I'd think you could put some partially finished compost in the beds and cover that with mulch. Just a thought. I'm going to do that with some of my leaves from last fall.


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