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How do I prepare soil for root veggies?

 
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Hi Everybody,

this is my first post on this forum, and I am very excited about it!

I have a questionn and truly hope to get an answer.
I live in Namibia (Africa), and we are preparing for winter gardens now.
We have nice temps in winter during the day, but it can go well below 0 C in winter for just a few nights.

I am struggling to get info on preparing a garden bed the permie way fo root veggies.
What I see is that fertile soil will let the leaves grow more than the roots, or will let the carrots fork, which we don't really want.

We started permaculture gardens at our local schools last spring - September 2011, with beds made of sheet mulching, so they are now nicely composted, and now we want to plant the root veggies!

Can you please give some advice here?

Thanks!
 
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i think it is a good idea to stick in the garden fork deeply and wiggle it around a lot to LOOSEn but not TURN the soil..and if there are too many weeds, go ahead and pull out some with said fork..setting them aside upside down for mulch to pull back up when the root crops greens are tall enough to know where they are.

I have done no till for a long while now, but you still need to sometimes loosen the soil under the surface to help the plants get their roots in there..esp if the soil is a bit compacted or heavy clay.

good to have you posting
 
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