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When is the best time to till a garden in Minnesota (zone 4)?
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Tilling time will vary from year to year depending on the weather. Tilling when it's too wet can damage the soil structure, so soil moisture is your main concern. Do a quick soil-moisture test to determine if it's a good time to till. Take a handful of soil and squeeze it. Then see if it crumbles easily when you open your hand or if it stays in a moist clump. If it crumbles, you can till. If it stays in a clump it's too moist to work in, so give it another sunny day and then test again.

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