Soil Depleted, Composting Oak Leaves
My vegetable garden is depleted of nutrients. Last summer nothing grew, no tomatoes, no cucumbers. In my attempt to replenish the garden, I have covered it with a thick layer of ground oak leaves.
Should I remove the leaves in the late spring or plant below the leaves and let them compost all summer? I will plant mostly heirloom tomatoes.
Is there any reason to not leave the leaves?
Is there anything I can add to make them compost quicker?
Should I turn the leaves into the soil or leave them on top?
Someone told me to leave them alone and plant inside them. I also plan to get some composted manure and add that at planting time.
I live in Massachusetts