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A low cost way to fertilize your garden for next growing season

Updated on September 27, 2013

We live in North Carolina, and have a 75 x 20 ft2 garden in the back yard. My son is the gardener, plants vegetables each year in the spring. I’ve come up with a pretty good system for fertilization in the off season, which allows us to produce a good amount of healthy vegetables.

Best thing about the system, it is cheap and environmentally friendly. The only things we need:

1. Truck, van or car.

2. Wheel barrow

3. Tiller ( I have a Honda tiller)

Growing season ends for us in early fall. After we tear out spent plants, I till the soil. Then the process begins. In our area, people still cut their grass until Thanksgiving. This affords us the time we need. Many people in my neighborhood bag their grass and place it out by the road for pickup. Each weekend, I drive around and pick up 5 or six bags of grass. The grass serves as fertilizer/soil replenisher. I bring it home and transport it down to the garden in the wheel barrow, placing each bag in row/column fashion. Then, tear open the bags and spread a thick blanket of grass over the existing soil. After several weekends, the garden is covered. The final step, till the grass/existing soil mixture. By next spring, I find that the grass has decomposed such that it has effectively become soil. Process is complete and planting can take place. Although I am hardly an expert, this method seems to work well for us.


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    • lucabrasi profile image

      lucabrasi 6 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Just the tiller. But, the Honda I use, given the size of the garden, seems to act effectively as a plow. Meaning, it turns over the soil pretty well. As far as weed killer and impurities go, I do not get overly concerned. That because everything seems contaminated to a small degree. Nothing is perfect, although strict organic farmers may come close!

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Same thing goes for leaves. I wonder whether or not weed killer used on the grass can be any kind of a problem? Any plowing done, or just the tiller in the spring and summer?

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      lucabrasi 6 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Sure thing Sir. It works pretty well for me.

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      HendrikDB 6 years ago