Have your cows do your early spring garden preps.
Got a hint from our hired sheet-rock crew - put the leftovers on your garden, and then just till them in. It's lime, after all - and the paper will degrade.
Thought that would be a bit much for my tiller (and my back) so I had the idea to put a bit of hay in a bale ring and let our cows do it. Their sharp hooves and weight cultivate everything quite nicely. (The bale ring just keeps them focused into one area.)
The earlier step was to have them graze everything off from last fall - but that was when the ground was frozen..
You can see where I've already done this liming trick once, now we're just filling in a spot.
What they leave makes good mulch. And any manure meanwhile is a bonus. #gardeningideas