It’s always fun for us to uncover the very soggy cardboard and see all the earth worms. In years past we would rototill, but now because we trench in leaves, crab shell, coffee grounds and sometimes kitchen garbage in the fall, our beds are teeming with life. We don’t want to chop up the worms with a tiller so we do a little spading to loosen the soil and push in the transplants. Many times the ground is too wet for a tiller, but not for a shovel or fork. l
Our Red Pontiacs from last year were getting soft so we decided to use them as seed potatoes. With the raised beds we can plant earlier and cover up the beds if the weather report warns for freezing. We can also net to keep out the deer or in this case, the cats. Check out the progress on these beds.