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Country Smallholding - - A Look at Machinery -

Don’t start too early. If the ground is still semi-frozen or soggy, dig­ging in the soil can com­pact it and harm its struc­ture. How do you tell whether it’s ready to be worked in? Grab a hand­ful and squeeze — it should fall apart, not form a mud ball.

Add lots and lots of or­ganic mat­ter! Try us­ing com­post, de­hy­drated cow ma­nure, shred­ded leaves, well-rot­ted horse ma­nure (call nearby sta­bles), or a mix­ture. If your yard hap­pens to be blessed with fer­tile soil, adding or­ganic mat­ter is less cru­cial, but most soils can stand the im­prove­ment.

Al­low the cul­ti­vated soil to sit for a cou­ple of days be­fore plant­ing. You can turn the soil daily if you wish, but the process is not nec­es­sary if you turned the soil ad­e­quately al­ready.

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