When spring rolls around you may not have enough time to get all of those nutrients your plants need back into the ground.
Burlington, NJ (PRWEB) November 06, 2013
If you are one of the millions of people in America that have a vegetable gardening “off season”, you are not alone. According to Mike Podlesny, owner of Seeds of the Month Club retailer, Mike the Gardener Enterprises, millions of people each year pull out their wilting summer veggie plants, and let their gardens go into dormant mode.
“Now is the time to get your vegetable garden’s soil in top shape,” says Podlesny. “When spring rolls around you may not have enough time to get all of those nutrients your plants need back into the ground.” A dilemma Podlesny says could force home vegetable gardeners to spend extra money on fertilizers throughout the vegetable gardening season.
According to Podlesny, autumn is a great time of the year for rejuvenating your garden soil because falling leaves are plenty and as they break down they provide a great source of nutrients for your soil. Podlesny suggests, shredding the leaves first before adding them to your soil is ideal, however, if you simply mix them in your soil with a rototiller or pitchfork, that will work as well.
Podlesny also goes on to say that now is a great time to add some fresh manure to your garden soil as there is plenty of time for the manure to break down over the winter. “Manure is a great source of nitrogen which is a vital nutrient to all the vegetables people will grow in their gardens in the springtime.”
Check Craigslist in your area, he says, as it is a valuable tool in finding local farms that would be more than happy to give you all the horse and cow manure you would like, so long as you haul it all away.
“Just because you are no longer growing anything in your garden, does not mean to neglect it,” says Podlesny. “Keep building your soil in the fall and winter and every spring you will be growing your best vegetables.”