We organic gardeners are always looking for ways to improve our soil. Generally speaking, soil improvements are done in the fall. But, what can we do in the summer to help out our soil (and therefore our plants)?
Well, here is an idea. All those spaces between our plants, not much use accept for growing weeds right? Wrong, you can dig up either trenches or holes that go down about a foot or two and start layering your compost; I start with a layer of manure then a layer of scrounged leaves, a layer of cofee grounds followed by a dusting of soil. Then, I start all over again until I fill the entire trench. I finish off with a the rest of soil from the trench and now, it just sits there until the fall when I will do my lasagna compost.
Next year, I will plant seeds in on the trench tops and dig new trenches where the plants used to be.