How do I meet the May 1st cultivation benchmark?

“Cultivation” is the work of clearing weeds, preparing soil, planting, and caring for your crops. Depending on spring weather and crop choice, most MCGA gardeners start to plant between April 1st and June 1st. Our benchmark is that we want to see clear evidence that gardeners are present and actively preparing for the season by May 1st.
Our goal is to keep the plots and adjacent paths weeded through the end of the fall growing season — usually around November 1. This, along with mulching over the winter, should result in plots that are essentially “weed free” when the next gardening season begins.