Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 1:20 pm

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by AtlantaMarie Today at 12:54 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in JUNE 2017
by trolleydriver Today at 12:33 pm

» Tips for compost tumbler
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 12:33 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Today at 12:32 pm

» New Green House
by Hoggar Today at 12:28 pm

» to mulch or not to mulch
by sanderson Today at 11:40 am

» Red plastic tomato trays, anyone?
by sanderson Today at 11:19 am

» New England June 2017
by sanderson Today at 11:15 am

» Pesticide use?
by CapeCoddess Today at 10:29 am

» who has chickens
by sanderson Today at 10:23 am

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 10:01 am

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by trolleydriver Today at 9:53 am

» N & C Midwest--It is JUNE!!!! Garden Time!
by herblover Today at 9:19 am

» Bug Identification
by Robbomb116 Today at 9:17 am

» Coconut Coir
by Jenex Today at 7:58 am

» Hail Damage (Pics) - Am I in Trouble?
by Fiz Today at 7:44 am

» table identity
by llama momma Today at 7:34 am

» update pics
by llama momma Today at 7:29 am

» Pea blight
by cyclonegardener Yesterday at 11:38 pm

» Plans for 2017 revisited
by Judy McConnell Yesterday at 1:48 pm

» What won't you grow next year or are still trying to grow??
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 1:13 pm

» It's Kefir Time
by hammock gal Yesterday at 12:15 pm

» Does the SFG concept work for perennials?
by Judy McConnell Yesterday at 8:30 am

» Questions on vegetable plants that require vertical support
by AtlantaMarie Yesterday at 8:10 am

» Baby Food
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:56 am

» Mary Mary quite contrary, how does your garlic grow?
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:39 am

» Pepper argument who's right
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:04 am

» What to Grow through Very Hot Summers
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 1:24 am

» Terrace Garden in Ontario, Canada
by Fiz 6/25/2017, 7:49 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Preparing Soil for Spring

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Preparing Soil for Spring

Post  Inca Heat on 2/27/2011, 2:52 am

Hello All,

Hope winter has been kind to you. It's been awhile since I have been in the forum. I am in zone 6 in CT. How are people preparing their soils in their already established square foot gardens.

I plan on removing a couple of inches worth of soil from the top of my boxes and amending with some compost. What are others doing? Is my approach even a good idea? Thanks

Inca Heat

Posts : 37
Join date : 2010-06-02
Location : Westport, CT - Zone 6

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Preparing Soil for Spring

Post  camprn on 2/27/2011, 8:36 am

Welcome back Inca Heat! I am a few hours north of you.
I believe that you do not have to remove any of your mix this spring, just add some compost (a bag or 2), mix it well, set up grid and plant. If the snow is gone and you can work the soil you should be able to sow seed of peas, spinach and beets as soon as the end of next month. cheers

As part of my fall garden clean up chores, I amended my Mel's Mix last autumn by adding a wheelbarrow full of homemade compost to each 4x4 garden box. Hopefully the snow will be gone by the first week in April. I am almost ready to get going What a Face
avatar
camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 14165
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Preparing Soil for Spring

Post  Weedless_ on 2/27/2011, 1:21 pm

Permaculturists believe that tilling isn't good, because old roots that rotted over fall and winter created "aeration" system for your new plants. There is no need to mess with this. For that same reason they don't believe you should pull out weeds and grass that crawl into your beds, just cut them with scissors underground, and leave the roots to rot.

I just throw fresh compost on top before I plant. Worms will do the rest of the "mixing". When seedlings are about 2 inches tall, I mulch to preserve moisture. That's it.
avatar
Weedless_

Female Posts : 233
Join date : 2010-05-23
Age : 44
Location : Prattville-AL, Zone 8

View user profile http://www.eatalready.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Preparing Soil for Spring

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 2/27/2011, 2:39 pm

I will lay plastic over the soil for a couple of weeks and pray for sunshine to warm me up and out of the 30s. Then, I will add my compost to "recharge" my beds and give 'em a shake......I just stir with my hands by splashing the stuff around a bit.

It's already so loose and friable, I don't know that I am even aerating the soil as I splash. It just mixes the compost a little deeper is all.
avatar
BackyardBirdGardner

Male Posts : 2727
Join date : 2010-12-25
Age : 43
Location : St. Louis, MO

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Preparing Soil for Spring

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum