I have an area 5' x 45' along side my garage. I just added about 6" of Top
Soil to level. I want to plant tomatoes there next year because gets lot of
hours of sun. Anyway my question is what to do with this area till next
spring. I was thinking to plant an annual red clover "cover crop" Would
this be good Idea? If so should I plant now or wait till fall? I am in
central Michigan zone 5.
Well Brainless you are not Brainless. The question as I see it is why
clover when annual rye may do ya. I'm sure Billy may give you some
specifics and if lucky Charlie may intrude along with others.
Meanwhile a compost heap may be a consideration.
Bill S. Jersey USA zone 5 shade garden
What use one more wake up call?
Clover, and various legumes are good for fixing nitrogen in your soil.
Your local nursery may have a mix call "green manure" as well.
Then there is buckwheat and rye. Both put out an incredible mass of root
hairs that add organic material to your soil, and leaves the soil very
easy to penetrate, for crops like carrots. I would recommend either
buckwheat or rye, and at 6 weeks to planting add 18 lbs chicken manure,
3 lbs bone meal, and an inch of wood ash per 100 sq. ft. No need to dig
it in. Cover everything with newspaper. Cover newspaper with alfalfa
(lucerne), and hose it all down. Use a trowel to dig small hole when
transferring plants to the garden. Pull back mulch if planting seeds,
then move back in when it won't block sunlight to the seedling. Maintain
mulch at 2" to 3". This technique is called sheet mulching, or lasagna
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the
I kind of had the same situation last year. I added some compost,
bagged cow manure and then shredded leaves in the fall. I dug it all in
and let the bed rest over winter. This spring I added some slow release
organic 4-10-6 granular fertilizer and dug it in with a spading fork two
weeks before I set out my tomato transplants. I'm having a wonderful
crop of tomatoes this year along with a good crop of muskmelons also.
Rich from PA Zone 5-6
Why not do all the normal maintenance that's typical of mid-summer
(mulching, weeding), but plant stuff that'll mature in autumn, like
broccoli, collards, chard, lettuce, etc? Use lawn clippings as mulch, if you
have a bagging attachment for your mower.
And for the best of both worlds, put in some peas that will be
delicious in Fall (better than Spring crops, for my money) and also
And cilantro. And a dozen other things. Just rip through the seed catalog.
Self-control has no place in home gardening.
No lie. He's got 45 feet. If I tried to put in a 45 foot garden, my
wife would use my own hoe to cut off certain irreplaceable body
He could do 45 feet of collards (assuming he likes them) and end up with
bags of frozen greens enough to last all winter. They don't suffer in
storage. You cook the bejeezus out of them anyway. And if the bugs find
them, so what? Collards laugh at bug damage.
On 8/4/10 6:25 PM, in article
My husband still thinks I'm nuts - I have one bed that runs along my
driveway (about 100 feet of it) and another around 30 feet on the other side
of the property. A few tomatoes every year and I'm thinking of adding some
herbs next year.
And I never threatened harm to body parts when he installed a train/slot car
table in one quarter of the main level of the house....
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