Aloha from Maine!!
here we are, getting ready for winter and putting the beds to rest. I want to ask all of you what you would do...I have sandy and acidic soil, does this mean it has more nitrogen content??? I am having fifty yards of semi- composted(80%) broken down, manure dropped off and tons of leaves..... my thought is to put a layer of leaves (2in) down and then a layer of compost (2in) on all the beds. in the spring i will till, what do you think??
I am in Maine too. Where are you ? I am in Portland.
I do the same to my beds except I shred the leaves with my lawn mower first. Then put the manure then I plant winter rye. In the spring I weed whip the rye then turn everything over.
Shredding them helps the most but the winter rye adds tons of biomass/organic matter to the soil with not much effort. Not shredding the leaves tends to make them become a thick, wet mat and takes a lot longer for them to break down.
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