Turning Sod Into Garden Soil

Mort Mather shares his helpful gardening techniques for turning sod into garden soil when preparing the winter garden.



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Early cold weather is as much a time of renewal as spring.
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The ground is cleared and prepared for the next year's planning and planting.
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Breaking soil: Mow an approximately 30 square-foot area for first-planting.
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Then the spring rows are set, soil nutrients replenished, seeds planted, and a year's worth of fresh vegetables begins to sprout.
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A bird's-eye view of one of our earliest gardens, circa 1973.
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Here I plant cucumber seeds in an isolated, mulched (with grass clippings) area. The developing plants will then spread over the new bed.
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Dig the area, separate the roots from the soil, and pulverize the soil with your hands to prepare a seed bed
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There is a tremendous luxury to a good power tiller, but I still tend my acre of market garden largely by hand.
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The Mather family, harvest fall of 1977.
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