With the uncertain times that lie ahead it seems wise and prudent to enhance your gardening skills to provide fresh vegetables for you and your family.
If you are a seasoned and experienced gardener or just beginning to plant your first seeds … gardening is a continuous learning process. In the past my garden has been fair but certainly not producing the quantity or quality to win the blue ribbon at the county fair.
The key seems to be …
don't disturb the soil structure ... and ... never leave the soil uncovered!
Most of us have experienced the cycle where we till the ground in the spring … it looks beautiful right after tilling … plant the seeds and wait for them to sprout. The problem is … here come the weeds. After a few weeks the sprouts are growing but the weeds are out growing the good plants. About this time the once fluffy soil has become hard as a brick and when you try to pull the weeds they just break off leaving the roots to grow again unless you use a spading fork to loosen the ground first.
Often the weeds get ahead of us. The chore just gets overpowering and many of us simply give up and quit. Many times this cycle results in a minimum or zero yield. What follows is a defeated feeling, disappointment, and the frustration of wasted time and labor.