Asked on Oct 16, 2017

Should I rototill my garden in the fall?

Vin15096072Nancy TurnerOrla Helen


6 answers
  • Russbow
    on Oct 16, 2017

    I do. Both. Spring and fall. In the fall to bury and cut up residue from the garden, and in the spring to have it ready to plant. ONE strange thing I do. I let lettuce go on to seed in one of my raised beds. Then pull and shake the seeds over the ground. Then rototill. I have the earliest lettuce in the country that comes up from the seeds that are just the right depth. Then start harvesting as soon as they are an inch or so high, by thinning and pulling by the roots, as you then, the others keep getting bigger. Keep this up and you have lettuce for a very long time.
    IF it is just to much, take a hoe, and thin it. You never really know how much will come up. But mine looks like a grain field.
  • Personally, I think it's a good idea. It allows some of the leftover leaves and plants to end up under the top level of soil to become compost.
  • Orla Helen
    on Oct 16, 2017

    a solutely. If you then seed it with Fall Rye, which will grow then rototill back into your soil in Spring gives added nutrients to your garden.
  • Nancy Turner
    on Oct 16, 2017

    It will aerate the soil and put the left over plants in the soil to nourish it. Just don't leave any tomato leaves or branches in case they are harboring anything nasty that could be passed on to next years plants.
  • Vin15096072
    on Oct 19, 2017

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