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Winter Mulch. Till Into Soil, Plant Thru Mulch, Or Remove And Compost?

Zone 59602 | Elbow added on March 11, 2020 | Answered

Last fall I cover my raised bed gardens with fallen leaves, pine needles and wood chips and covered that with clear visqueen. Is it better to till the mulch into the soil, clear a line to plant or plant thru the mulch or just remove and compost the mulch?

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BushDoctor
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Answered on March 12, 2020

Since it didn't get tilled in to self compost through winter, the best action will be to remove and add new compost. Tilling in mulch right after the growing season will help to enrich the soil. Unfortunately, tilling now will not give it enough time to break down fully.

This article will help:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/veggie-garden-winter-prep.htm

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