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Zone 5 - Anything I can do now to prepare?

Posted by iamzvonko 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 3, 13 at 21:32


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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RE: Zone 5 - Anything I can do now to prepare?

when is you last frost date zones don't matter

RE: Zone 5 - Anything I can do now to prepare?

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.


RE: Zone 5 - Anything I can do now to prepare?

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.

RE: Zone 5 - Anything I can do now to prepare?

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.

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