Califonia Bountiful

Gardening Q&A

September/October 2021 California Bountiful magazine

As a California Bountiful reader, you have the opportunity to get your seasonal gardening questions answered by gardening expert Pat Rubin. Here are a few questions from our readers.

I added compost last year to my vegetable garden beds. Do I need to do it again?

Yes. My rule is every time I take a crop out of the garden, I add compost. When the garden is finished for the season, I add compost. My favorite is composted chicken or turkey manure. Sometimes it has a bit of an odor, but if you mix it with your garden soil, you'll get rid of any odors.

Can I leave the dead leaves and stems from the vegetable garden to decompose over the winter?

I wouldn't recommend it. Debris like that provides a perfect home for overwintering insects, mostly ones not good for the garden. Fall cleanup is just that: Clean all the leftover debris from the garden.

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