This is the time of the year to be thinking about, or getting ready for winter vegetables. If you have some ground already dug up, now would be a good time to spread some rock dust (as I mentioned last issue). It has 60 different minerals and the major ones (calcium, magnesium and potassium) are in small amounts.
This is a more balanced way of putting on minerals than say dolomite or lime because dolomite is high in calcium and magnesium. You might already have enough magnesium in the soil, so by adding dolomite you can end up with a toxicity of magnesium - this is as bad as a deficiency. Rock dust is the best way to go if you are unsure of what is in your soil.
I also recommend cow manure to be by far the best animal manure to use. The cow is the only animal having four stomaches. They use bacteria in the gut to break down grass. This is a similar way in which the soil breaks down organic matter into humus. Like all manures though, it is always best if it is composted first before using. If you can't or don't want to make compost, the following method may be helpful if you have the time.
This preparation allows you to feed the soil, not the plant, and you will not be eating vegetables grown with raw manures.
Till next time, Happy gardening.