BACK IN THE GARDEN AGAIN–Preparing the Beds for Planting
I love my John Deere Gator. It is my trusty companion to do the outdoor jobs around our little farmstead.
Instead of burning leaves that have accumulated in my garden, I am partially crushing them and using them as mulch. Last season, I broke off the dried heads of the perennial beds and used it to compost around the plants it came from. It saves having to rake and carry and burn. Although not as cosmetic as wood chips, natural plant material is inexpensive and decomposes into the soil during the summer. I call it recycling winter chaff into spring mulch.
Anything I can do to make spring cleaning in the garden easier is worth it.