This past Saturday we trench composted our summer cover crops to add nutrients back to the soil in prep for our fall planting. This is known as the “lazy man’s” method of composting because you’re burying your "green manure" or compost directly into the soil, right in the garden. This hassle-free method is an easy way to enrich your soil without the odors, turning and watering, or having a large compost bucket or pile in your backyard. Learn more about cover crops here.
WHERE: Between rows, at center of bed, in our case we did it at the top of the bed because it is on a slight hill and nutrients will eventually reach all plants. Be sure to rotate and move your trench every growing season so new parts of your garden will be revitalized. If trenching between rows, be sure to plant rows far enough apart so that you don’t harm roots while digging.
WHEN: Anytime in the growing season, but best to do it in between seasons so you can use cover crops, plants you are cutting back
HOW: Dig a hole roughly 12 inches deep and wide enough to bury whatever scraps you have collected, dump in 4-6 inches of compostable material, and cover it back up with dirt.