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Letting vegetable garden lay fallow for year

Zone 59860 | Deanne Danley added on April 20, 2016 | Answered

We are planning to let our garden rest for a year. I was wondering what is the best to cover it with? I had thought of buying clear plastic to stake down and/or keep in place with logs and stumps. I've just tilled and cleaned it out and hope to cover it the next couple days. Thank you.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Answered on April 21, 2016

Covering the soil and garden for an entire year is not the best solution.

The soil needs sunshine and oxygen.

You also may uncover the garden in one year and find weeds, pests and rodents have turned your garden into their playground.

I would suggest planting a cover crop. This can rejuvenate the soil and keep weeds under control.

Here are some links with more information.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/cover-crops/green-manure-vs-cover-crops.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/cover-crops-garden.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/cover-crops/cover-crops-for-veggie-gardens.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/cover-crops/cover-crop-planting-guide.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/cover-crops/planting-annual-ryegrass.htm

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Deanne Danley
Answered on April 22, 2016

Thank you very much.
The posted articles were a great help.

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