Answer: Some gardeners, especially those with large gardens, will plant a cover crop of annual rye or the like to protect the soil during the winter; this is then dug in when spring comes. This can be a problem however if you grow late season veggies because it will soon be too late to start the cover crop. Another method is to mulch heavily with an organic mulch such as straw or chopped leaves (topped with a layer of shredded bark to keep them from blowing away) or some similar combination of materials and then dig those under next spring. This can also help keep down those early spring weeds.
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