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Old 08-07-2009, 09:23 AM
Location: Central North Carolina
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We have a big garden, I'm guessing 1/4 - 1/3 acre. (Big enough that we manage it witha small tractor and a 48" woods tiller)

This morning I got rid of some of the old summer crop to make room for our turnips, mustard and kale. We did not have the seed when I got done, so I just now came home with the seed.

The questions is this:

Wife says you MUST plant the seed right after you till, because when you till, you bring up the moisture. Therefore she is suggesting that I wait and till it again, and we must plant immediately after.

I counter with the fact that I already tilled it to maximum depth. If I till it again, thne it is just going to turn the same soil, and not bring any moisture. And that the morning dew (and the fact that the soil is still fairly moist at just an inch or so deep) will be enough moisture to germinate the seeds and allow for proper growth.

We are in Central NC. Rain is unpredicatable, but expected in the coming week. Watering is not an option due to the size and location of the garden.

Do I:
a. plant it now and hope for the best
2. till it again, and plant immediately after tilling
c. give me your other suggestions.

Thanks for any help or insight you may have.
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Old 08-07-2009, 04:07 PM
Location: Albemarle, NC
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Go with the moon. This is from the Farmer's Almanac.
Rain is expected much of next week. I'd wait for that and schedule planting with the almanac's advice.
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