One reader has recently moved to Yakima, Washington. The ground at her new place has never been worked for a garden. She spent the fall collecting and spreading grass clippings and leaves over the area where she plans to plant.
Based on the questions that she asked she was concerned that the soil was not just right and said, “I don’t want to wait for a year to start planting.”
She didn’t give me a lot of detail in her email so I don’t know if she is trying to do her garden via the lasagna method or not. If she is — and doesn’t plan to work the soil — then she may need more time for the lasagna layers to decay and for the soil to soften if she wants to plant things like lettuce, beets, radishes, peas, onions, beans and greens this spring.
She could put in warm weather crops at the appropriate time if she digs spots under the layers for plants like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and cukes.
If you Want the Ultimate
As I’ve mentioned numerous times in previous posts — if you want the ultimate and the best garden possible — you’ll prepare the soil deeply.
If you just can’t Dig
If you absolutely are unable to dig or till the soil — then you have to do what you’re able to do.
If the Lasagna method (layering organic material on the soil and allowing it to decay) is all you can do — so be it. You’ll do the best you can.
In any event – Go Forward
Whatever this reader plans — she should definitely go forward with her garden this year! Even in bad conditions one should make an attempt to go forward with a garden the first year —- even if it’s on a small scale.
Your first year will be VERY important and informative for you. It will introduce you to exactly what kind of soil and ground you have. The sooner you learn your soil the better off you are. Get started now so you can have the information you need under your belt for next time.
No point in waiting. Life is just too short!
A Fundamental Truth— Never wait for Perfect Conditions
Never wait for perfect conditions. More than likely — that ain’t gonna happen. There will always be challenges and less then perfect conditions in most situations.
You never know what will succeed —- until you try.
We are all limited in one way or the other. But all of us can make an effort and do a lot more than we think we can.
If you’ve just moved to a new place —- don’t wait — do something this year —- no matter how small. Take advantage of the time you’ve been given for your property and soil to reveal to you what they’re all about.
Organic gardening is easy, effective, efficient —- and it’s a lot healthier.
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