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It depends on where you live.  Up here in NE PA our crops are almost done by Sept, this is spring right now I should say almost is going to frost tonight, but I prefer using hay, leaves, grass, chopped up newspapers  a little lime and old horsemanure turn it over with a tiller or tractor..............lasts all year long...............I also put black cover down to keep the weeds down.  Good luck with your garden.
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