Many chemical-based farmers commit a cardinal sin of soil management every fall—they till under plant debris in their fields and walk away, leaving the soil exposed and vulnerable to harsh winter conditions. "Unfortunately, most of those farmers don’t cover their soil," explains says Jeff Moyer, farm director at the Rodale Institute. "In fact, many plow in the fall to speed up their work flow in the spring, leaving it not only bare, but open to all the elements—not good!"
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The good news is, home planters can up their garden game this fall by adopting a few techniques many organic farmers swear by. "Fall is not the time to quit gardening," explains Moyer. "Putting a farm or a garden to bed properly in the fall will make waking it up early in the spring easier and better for the health of the garden’s soil." Follow these three easy steps to handle fall garden cleaup like a true organic farmer.