We’re working on getting our garden beds ready for next spring’s planting, and many of them are in bad shape with not enough soil, soil that isn’t good, weeds, etc.
The first thing I did was clean out the goat pen and add that to the bed we worked on today. Goat manure is excellent for improving your soil.
Yesterday we had a load of topsoil delivered and we added a layer of that to the bed.
This bed was big enough to remove a railroad tie and drive right in, so the tractor did all the work of hauling and leveling the dirt. There was a time not too long ago where we would’ve done all this by hand with a wheelbarrow, shovels and rakes. I love our tractor!!
When the bed was ready we planted strawberries. I was late in getting them ordered so my choices of varieties was limited. I ended up with Cabot, which produce huge size berries. I will add more in the spring of a different variety, and on the other end of the bed we’ll put two blackberries.
Lastly, we raked leaves from our yard (again using the tractor) and spread a thick layer over the top to suppress weeds and keep the soil moist. In the spring I will simply remove the leaves, plant, and put the leaves back to continue to use as mulch.