Season ended WAY too soon! I removed all the 6' fencing and poles around the garden, cleaned the area up and started getting ready for next year. I doubled the length from 30 ft to 60 ft, width from 20 to 40 foot. 40 X 60 will be plenty for me to work next year. Mowed the yard (3 acres) with bagger on, picked up mostly leaves with little grass. Dumped all the bags on the old garden area. I was going to turn over the new area with my Troy Built tiller, but, as with old equipment, a cable broke. I'm a ways from town so it may not get done now before freeze-up. I wanted to till under the old grass/leaves for a good start on next spring, oh-well.
In one corner of the new garden, I'm going to build a portable coup and fence in a 20 X 30 area for chickens to roam in. I plan on hatching out my replacement flock late winter, the old flock is stating to slow way down on laying, so, time for some crock pot donors. Anyways, I plan to put the coup in a different corner each season so 25% of the garden gets turned/fertilized by feathered manure factories. Throw in a bag every week or so of summer grass clippings, what they don't eat gets churned in with fresh fertilizer, win-win. Eggs and roasters as a bonus.