My neighbor Leo Gallivan has valuable experience as an environmentalist / gardener. He and his wife Holly spend six months in Florida. Springtime is when most people are preparing their gardens. Not Leo.
Leo isn’t at home in the spring and he does’t need to be. Because as a smart gardener, he prepares the garden in the fall. He mulches all the green material around the existing plants. The nutrients that he uses come from the existing plants reusing the organic materials. You can be a Smart Gardener too.