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Question: We just moved to a house, where I can finally have a vegetable garden. The garden area runs along the fence in the backyard and is overgrown with grass and weeds. How do I get rid of the grass and weeds (without using chemical poisons) and prepare the soil for transplanting the vegetables I started in pots? Would a rototiller be useful?

Thanks for your input!

Answer: Laurel,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

You can mow the area very closely and then rototill the area. Then add some compost (1" if you can) and rototill it again. Give it a few weeks to sit and you'll be ready for fall planting. Keep in mind that weeds will continue to be a problem in that area so stay ahead of them with prompt mulching, hoeing and/or cultivating.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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