Let Mother Nature help you with your spring planting! If you add compost to your garden beds every year like I do, you may (or may not) know that usually the bags recommend that you let the compost "mellow" before you plant into it. So, put your compost down as soon as you pull your summer veggies out (November or December in mild areas) and let the winter rains (well, you do hope for rain) soak it and mellow it.
Come spring planting time, it will be all ready to plant into. I don't bother to till it into the beds, just layer on top. When I dig the holes for planting, that mixes it pretty well. If you have weed issues, put layers of newspaper or brown paper bags down on top of the bed before you put your compost on - the paper will help block those weed seeds or any emerged weeds, and it too will break down to add organics to your soil.
Source: 40+ years of gardening.
By MooseMom from Elk Grove, CA
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