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Lying fallow and ready for the plow.

I wasn’t looking forward to cleaning up the Acre since I had sold the garden tractor with the bush hog mower deck that made cleaning up old plant material a snap. That was until Aaron Snook, a friend that owns Seeders, walked into the office on Wednesday afternoon. In the past, he had sent a crew by with a big tractor and plow to turn over the soil at the Acre.

After a short visit, I mentioned that when he had time, I’d like the Acre plowed again. By plowing the soil, it turns into large clods, not like roto-tilling which breaks the soil up into very fine particles. Plowing will allow for precipitation to work into the soil, not run off. The winter’s freeze/thaw cycles will break the large grapefruit sized clods into a nice workable seed bed in the spring.
Aaron said he could send a crew that afternoon to help out, and it wasn’t an hour later that they showed up. A couple of hours later they had cleaned the area up. The tomato plants had been removed from cages, area had been mowed and the frozen plant material had been broken up into nice, workable pieces that will soon break down into a great organic soil additive. Once all the frost has left the area, Aaron will come by with a tractor and plow to turn the soil preparing it for winter.

Just prior to the plowing will be a great time to add any nutrients or organic matter to the soil. Garden fertilizer such as ferti-lome Gardener’s Special that is high in phosphorus, if added now, will be available at the root zone next season when the plants need it. By adding organic matter now, you’ll add valuable beneficial microbes to help make a healthy, living soil.