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
» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Today at 10:41 am

» New Green House
by RoOsTeR Today at 9:32 am

» Ants.
by sanderson Today at 3:17 am

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals Today at 12:04 am

» Feedback for my 2017 garden plan
by mlpii66 Yesterday at 11:55 pm

» My first SFGs in 11 years
by phoeg Yesterday at 10:50 pm

» N & C Midwest: April 2017!
by CitizenKate Yesterday at 9:50 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in April 2017?
by Mimi2 Yesterday at 9:18 pm

» Kombucha
by RoOsTeR Yesterday at 8:53 pm

» Healthy Meals
by RoOsTeR Yesterday at 8:26 pm

» Hello from SE Michigan
by Cindy G Yesterday at 8:14 pm

» Ideas needed
by mlpii66 Yesterday at 7:48 pm

» New England April 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:03 pm

» Garlic Growing Lovers
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:00 pm

» Zucchini Tower
by RC3291 Yesterday at 6:56 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 3:12 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by newbeone Yesterday at 2:15 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:10 pm

» Mustard Greens
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:06 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania, 3rd year SFG
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:58 pm

» Double summer squash flower
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 12:20 pm

» Garden Progress in Georgia
by yolos Yesterday at 12:10 pm

» who has chickens
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 11:09 am

» Hello from Chino, CA (Zone 10a)
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 8:31 am

» EWWWWW.........bugs and stuff...good or not so good?
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 8:23 am

» Carrot Week 2017!
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 8:17 am

» Sour Dough Starter
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 8:07 am

» Jaffa's garden - year one
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 7:58 am

» garden ready need better weather
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:44 am

» Getting Started--It's snowing here today :)
by BeetlesPerSqFt 4/28/2017, 10:24 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 : 14111
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