Zone 5 - Anything I can do now to prepare?

iamzvonko(5)February 3, 2013

Hi,

This is just my 3rd year of gardening. I expanded my garden quite a bit last year and I'm wondering if there is anything I can do now to help prepare it.

Last fall I planted yellow clover in the new beds. The old beds still have the tomato, pepper & bean plants in them.

When should I cut the clover? When do I pull out the old plants? When I cut the clover, do I just till it in or something else?

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thegreatcob

when is you last frost date zones don't matter

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 11:07PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Well weather permitting I'd sure get all the dead old plants out of the garden ASAP. The is normally a fall activity.

As to the clover, plan to mow it (if necessary, often isn't) about 6 weeks before planting. Let it dry a little on the surface and then till the whole cover crop in at least 3 weeks prior to planting time. Any other amendments you plan to add - compost, aged and well- composed manure, fertilizers, etc. - can be added and tilled in at the same time.

Dave

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 11:16AM
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sweetquietplace(6 WNC Mtn.)

I like to keep small clumps of clover here and there in my garden. The rabbits will munch on the clover and leave your veggies alone.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 11:41AM
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hamiltongardener(CAN 6a)

I'm itching to get out into the garden now. Still way too early, of course. Even if I cleared the snow away, the ground is frozen.

But in a few more weeks, I'll be able to start some of my cool season veggies indoors. At least that's something.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 12:44PM
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