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Beginning-May 11

After the initial plan for our garden plots we investigated the condition of the existing soil. The soil was found to have a very high clay content and in need of organic matter to improve soil fertility. The soil was turned 18" deep with a mole bore plow, which essentially flips the soil. Next we measured and marked out both the beds and the paths between them in order to only add compost in the areas for planting. The beds measure 5' x 20' making each bed 100 square feet - the three beds give us 300 square feet of total planting space. The soil in the beds was then worked to break up the clay blocks. Due to the high clay content, leaves and plant based compost was then added to the beds and turned into the soil approximately 10" deep. The addition of organic material increases water holding, cation exchange capacity, and overall soil fertility.  In the picture one can see three piles of compost, each pile contains one yard of plant compost. After careful preparation the beds are now ready to be planted!

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