My enclosed garden has been a bit of a bust this year. The beans were slow, the cukes didn't grow tall, the melons stay short with no fruits. The tomatoes and unproductive.
So I was reading an article in the Washignton Post magazine Local Living section. There are articles bout gardening and cooking included there. The gardening article today was about nurturing the soil and the various micobes, fungi, and insects that live in the soil.
And I realized that I had gone away from all that lately! I got casual the past few years. Bad move...
I used to pay attention to all that stuff. Time to start doing that again. "Feed the soil, not the plants". Grow cover crops in Winter, encourage worms. Don't fertilize the soil, grow the soil.
TGey say not to dig the soil, but after I rebuilt the framed beds, they had large amounts of bad soil in clumps and that's not good.
So at the end on this season, I'm double digging the framed bed soil to mix it up, adding worms, adding shredded leaves and some kitcken peelings, some healthy soil from the old compost bin (for microbes and minor insect life, and covering it with permeable landscape fabric (to let rain in).
Time to start re-building the soil...