If your vegetable garden is going to sit dormant over the winter, think about planting a cover crop like Fall Rye. Fall Rye can be planted from September to early November. Sow after you have cleared your garden plot of all plants. The additon of a cover crop can improve soil drainage, increase nitrogen, increase microbial activity, choke out weeds, and help with soil erosion.
Initial preparation is the most important step!
1. Prepare seed bed with 4” – 6” of soil: Deluxe Garden Soil, or Blended Soil, or a combination of the above with
i. Premium Mix, ii. Fish Compost, iii. Soil Amender, or iv. Fine or medium sand...... MORE
#1 - Cut (2-2.5 inches) long to provide shade to roots and decrease evaporation of water.
#2 - Apply Moss Control.
#3 - Power rake (lawn comb) after moss has died (it will have turned black). Cut again.
#4 - Aerate. Leave plugs in lawn to break down. ...... MORE