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Question: I tried to submit my question eariler but it did not go through. I have several problems with my lawn and garden. First, my lawn has died out in several spots and weeds and wild grasses have taken over most of the rest. I am planning on aerating and reseed the lawn with fecue this fall. What else should I be doing?
Next, I built a vegetable garden box in my backyard, but it did not do to well. The box is 12X10 feet and about 3 feet deep. It is filled with compose, mulch, dirt, topsoil and garden soil. I planted tomatoes and bell peppers. The tomatoes are hard and green and never ripen. The peppers barley grew at all. What do I need to do to prepare the box for next year to get a better garden? I want to add a fruit garden box for next year. Where should I start? I need step by step assistance.

Answer: Maxine,

Your question is many questions on one. Let me try to give some basic assistance and refer you to some online resources for more information.

The lawn should benefit from the aerating. Try to keep the soil moist but don't water any more often than you have to. A good soaking followed by a drying out period is the best schedule to follow. After seeding give it a few weeks and then fertilize lightly. The following web sites will help:

New gardens often struggle the first year as the soil amendments and native soil mix mellows and the microbial population changes. I think your next year will be better. Make sure the site gets plenty of sunlight and fertilize moderately using a turf type fertilizer with a 3-1-2 ratio of nutrients. About a half cup per 25 square feet is about right for an application in most cases. The following web site will be of more help to you:

Fruit trees and bushes need lots of sunlight and well drained soil. Here are some other sites for lots of great info on growing fruit in your area:

Hope this helps!

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