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Tips for refreshing soil as fall approaches
Tips for refreshing soil as fall approaches

Al Renner of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council has been getting dirty as an urban agriculture activist for two decades in Los Angeles, starting with a community garden on an unused lot in Echo Park. Born on a farm, he has a system for preparing soil for the transition into fall — the quarterly rollover, he calls it. Even lawns can play a part. What should gardeners be doing now, at the end of summer? Plants coming out — sunflowers, last of the green beans, melons, zucchini — should be tossed into the compost pile. Everything still blooming or producing should be left in. The soil should be loosened. If it's been planted once, it doesn't need to be...

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