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Post  jsaylor ochab on 10/11/2011, 11:25 am

What is the best way to overwinter a garden here in the Chicago land area. I did not have a good crop this year and I believe it was partially due to soil depletion. How would I correct something like this, is there a formula? I try to do everything as organic as posible. Any info will be appreciated. JSO

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Post  camprn on 10/11/2011, 11:42 am

After I do my garden clean up I usually add a wheelbarrow or 2 full of compost into each bed for the next growing season.

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Post  boffer on 10/11/2011, 12:33 pm

@jsaylor ochab wrote:...I did not have a good crop this year and I believe it was partially due to soil depletion....

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What type of compost did you use in your Mel's Mix?
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Post  Chopper on 10/11/2011, 2:28 pm

@jsaylor ochab wrote:What is the best way to overwinter a garden here in the Chicago land area. I did not have a good crop this year and I believe it was partially due to soil depletion. How would I correct something like this, is there a formula? I try to do everything as organic as possible. Any info will be appreciated. JSO

Soil depletion does not ring true in SFG. With the levels of compost most soils have an over abundance of nutrients. At the end of each season you need to add more. Alternately, you can wait until spring to add the compost.

It makes sense in areas like yours to cover the garden over the winter with plastic or tarps. This keep weed seeds from blowing in and does protect the nutrients from being washed out.

Reread the book over the winter and do make sure you have the 5 compost components. The compost is the key.

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Post  camprn on 10/11/2011, 2:43 pm

I also garden in the north and I do not cover most of my garden beds. There are benefits of snow that my garden may miss and the minimal amount of weed seeds that do sprout up in the spring are short lived either because I turn over the Mel's Mix before I plant or because of cultivation around seedlings. Once the garden plants become well established, there just is not enough room for the weeds to thrive.

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Post  boffer on 10/11/2011, 2:54 pm

@camprn wrote:I also garden in the north and I do not cover most of my garden beds. There are benefits of snow that my garden may miss...
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@camprn wrote:I also garden in the north and I do not cover most of my garden beds. There are benefits of snow that my garden may miss...
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Boffer babbles, being blatantly brilliant! Bravo!

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Post  Dunkinjean on 10/11/2011, 8:48 pm

I cover my garden for the winter with weed barrier so they still get the rain and snow. I just put bricks on the ends to hold them down.

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