Planting the Fall Garden… or, If You Want to See God Laugh, Tell Him Your Plans

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. ”

It’s funny… planning. I mean, you have to plan. Fail to plan and you plan to fail. But it’s funny how often I plan – so carefully, carefully plan – only to have the situation turn out absolutely nothing like how I envisioned it. And that, my friends, is the current situation for my Fall garden.

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Dealing With Nitrogen Robbing in a No-Till Garden

Gardening MistakesWe have (and love) a no-till garden. This means we do not disturb the soil by turning, tilling or double-digging. Each spring and fall we add some kind of organic matter on top of the soil, and then we walk away. By and large, this is not only the easiest approach, but it is more sustainable, and less damaging to our local environment. It builds top soil instead of destroying it. It improves existing soil composition (ours is almost entirely red clay). It makes weeding and watering more or less unnecessary. It’s a total win for us.

Unfortunately, this year we made a boo-boo.

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