Preparing the garden in the spring often means waiting until the beds dry before the soil can
be worked. This can steal a week or two (or more!) from the start of the planting season. If
the soil is prepared in the fall, however, you can get a jump on spring crops.
After clearing the garden of debris in the fall, till the soil to break up the surface of the
beds. Blanket the soil with a thick layer of compost and/or shredded leaves. In the spring,
rake off any leaves that haven’t decomposed and discover a fertile, friable soil ready for