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ridgedew
Sodus, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 27, 2009
11:15 AM

Post #7212908

Early this spring, the garden at our son's house 'expanded' due to extra dirt from him putting in a pool. Well, after tilling and removing as many stones as we could, the soil looked good enough to start planting in but we decided to be patient and give the new section a summer cover crop of barley. It worked fantastic, no weeds grew up and the bees loved it though our main reason was believing the soil would benefit from the nutrients. A couple weeks ago we mowed it down, tilled again, removed more stones, added rich compost and planted winter rye over the whole. We are now looking forward to next years expanded garden, and of course, semi looking forward to expanded weeding.
BennysPlace
Beverly Hills, CA

November 7, 2009
5:04 PM

Post #7250476

Hi ridgedew,

That sounds wonderful -- particularly because of the bees. I love bees. I am sure this spot will be VERY nutrient rich. I would love it if you keep me in mind and share with me how this all works out.

Blessings to you,
Ben

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