Here's the comment that caught my attention today.
Interesting, I read a book called lasagna gardening and I follow the book every steps. First, gather all your newspaper or even junk mail soak them in water. I soaked mine in a cooler. Then, I just lay them in the ground no digging at all after I just keep piling on top with different organic matter. Your leaves, grass clippings, kitcthen scrap, egg shell, fish scraps, coffee grinds. After I saw the outcome of my summer garden I believe on lasagna gardening now. Check them out..
I read that book years ago, and I love the concept. We've been working on applying it in the hoophouse the past couple weeks. First, we finished clearing out the dead tomato plants. Surprisingly, a few of the plants in the middle row were still alive, a couple of them even had new shoots growing up from the roots. I didn't like having to pull them out, but I knew they wouldn't survive the extreme cold on the way. Then, Danny and the boys layered on the compost and manure they emptied out of the chicken coop. This week, I put on a new layer of junk mail and newspapers, then I started covering the walkways with cardboard. When the weather permits again, we will layer on the big pile of leaves we collected in the fall.
It's great to be getting a head start for the spring! This time last year, we didn't even have the hoophouse finished.