But Amy doesn't garden.
She knew the carrot seed mats had to go down soon, so I got my seed mat tutorial out for her to read.
How did she do?
I gave her an A+ Maybe even an A++!!
Judge for yourself.
First she scratched in the leaves that had topped this bed for months, under clear plastic, in an attempt to solarize the soil and break down the leaves. I was (unhappily) surprised to see the leaves had not composted down very much.
Then she added some slow release, mixed with a bit of regular release fertilizer. *Disclaimer: That is NOT Miracle Grow in the shaker container! It' a mixture of chicken poo, turkey feathers and other organic ingredients, and the shaker is about 3-4 years old and a God send.
She removed all the clumps of leaves and sent them to the compost pile.
She raked it as smooth as possible, after removing some soil for covering the mats.
That removed soil was put into the wheelbarrow, where She again tried to sift out leaf clumps. Then she added a good amount of Pro-Mix with mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae are supposed to make things grow better and stronger, plus it has mostly peat moss to lighten the soil. I also added a bit of vermiculite.
She laid out her seed mats and sprinkled enough of the 'topping" to hold them down,
Last, she finished covering the mats with the soil mixture, tamped them down with the back end of the rake, and watered them in with a fine mist.
Good job, Amy. You just planted 360 carrots! I now pronounce you Master Gardener in Training!