How to Use Cover Crops in Raised Beds

How to Use Cover Crops in Raised Beds

It’s been a really good growing season this year.  Since deciding not plant a fall crop, due to rebuilding beds soon, I’ve been researching how to use cover crops in raised beds.  There is a lot of confusing information available.

I’m guilty, if I don’t understand something, I end up doing nothing at all.  Does this happen to you as well?

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Healthy Soil, It’s Necessary!

Person's hand holding a mound of soil

What is healthy soil?  How do you get and keep healthy soil?  That’s a couple of the questions I am often ask.  Since our homestead is organic I work really hard not to add  chemicals to the raised beds.  Our goal from the beginning has been to have a healthy soil in order to grow organic vegetables.

Last fall when 15 new raised beds were built, determined to have healthy soil in them, I hauled in truckloads of aged cow manure and organic compost to fill them from a local farm.

Recently, when I had a soil test done the pH level was super high.  This meant that my soil was too alkaline to have healthy plants.  Of course the local fertilizer store recommended to use chemicals – I chose not to.  Here’s what I did…

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How to make Compost Tea

How to Make Compost Tea

Compost Tea

Give your garden a cool drink of compost tea.  It’s no secret that compost is the number one thing you can do to your garden to grow healthy plants that produce an abundance of vegetables.  When planting the spring garden, it’s important that whether you’re planting seeds or plants, they need adequate water and consistent moisture in order to germinate (seeds) or to establish strong healthy roots (plants).

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