Fall Cleanup and Mulch
This is how the garden looks now. On Sunday we pulled out all of the dead annuals, including the tomato and basil plants. I still have to trim back some of the perennials and cut away the dead vines that are hanging on the front and back fence. But for the most part, our fall cleanup is finished.
We put four wheelbarrows of leaf mulch on top of the soil in most places. This, I hope, will help to enrich the ground by springtime.
Speaking of mulch and compost and related matters, John over at Spade Work posted an interesting question: Is it better to use bagged compost or manure? I've sometimes wondered what all comes in the bagged stuff, and where it comes from. And manure? Well, we once considered putting horse manure on our plot, but I wondered how long it would need to sit and decompose before it would be safe to plant anything in the soil. I really don't know. And, boy, I just wasn't really looking forward to picking up a truckload of horse muck. Probably not fun.
I'm sticking with leaf mulch for now. The community garden provided it for free, so that made it an easy decision this time around.