SOIL PREPREATION FOR FALL GARDEN IN SOUTHER CALIFORNIA - Knowledgebase Question

Torrance, Ca
Question by hooahdiva06
September 29, 2010
How do I prepare my gardening area for fall crops where I one had my summer crops growing, i.e. corn, okra and green beans? Also, Do I need to dig up my okra if they are still yeilding okra? Should I dig up my green beans plants because I think they are finish yeilding beans? Can I plant fall crops in that area?


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Answer from NGA
September 29, 2010

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As long as your veggies are still producing crops you can leave them in the garden. You'll know when they need to come out. When it's time to pull them, work some compost into the area and plant with cool season crops. I just spread 3-4 inches of compost over the bare ground and work it into a depth of 8-10 inches each time I remove a summer crop and just before I plant the fall crop. Doing this on an annual basis will result in rich, loose garden soil. As long as you rotate your crops (don't plant the same thing in the same garden spot over and over), you can keep your garden producing nearly year round. Hope this answers your question!

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