I have recently put my garden to bed for the winter but I read in your article that I shouldn't have mulched up my maple leaves and spread them over the surface. What problems will I have next growing season and is there anything short of removing them, that I should do?
I wouldn't worry too much about having put mulched leaves on the garden. It will be a problem only if you had a bad bug problem somewhere. They can hide under the leaves and winter-over.
instead of having a compost pile or box, I just dig a hole and place all my leftovers in it and then cover it back up. My question is a two part, 1st are watermelon rines good for compost? 2nd can you add meats to your compost? hope to hear from you soon.
Sorry for the delay in answering. We have a new system and....
Watermelon rinds are perfectly fine for the compost, but I wouldn't add meats.
Liming changes the pH of the soil, turning it from an acidic base to a more alkaline one. Clay soils need organic material. Compost is ideal, or old manure, or peat moss. Start composting your kitchen scraps for the garden or visit a farm that could sell you some old manure. You can buy it at the box stores, too, but it is more expensive.
I am a first year gardener. It was an interesting year. Why is it important to lime? What does it do? Can I garden again in the same place next year? Is it a harmful substance to inhale (do I wear a mask?)
Thanks for the info!
Liming is important to do in the East. It is done primarily to change the pH of the soil. Our soils in the East have always been a bit acidic, but now, with acid rain, it is even more important to lime. If the soil is too acid, the plants have a difficult time absorbing all the nutrients that they need. Old-timers would have said that we are "sweetening" the soil. You can definitely garden in the same place next year as you did this year, but I would move the crops around. Plants have "families" and it's important to rotate them. For example, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers are all in the same family. Where you planted these particular crops you should plant something else like carrots or beets or anything else. I don't usually wear a mask when I lime, but if you are particularly sensitive, you might want to wear one.