The Q&A Archives: How to salvage an edible garden

Question: My father planted some tomatoes, peas, okra, watermelon, cantaloupe, and collard greens in our backyard turned garden. Needless to say that our garden did not do well at all--we yielded three tiny

Answer: Good soil preparation and proper spacing of plants will help your garden thrive. I'd go ahead and harvest what you can this summer then remove all the vegetation and cover the area with 4-5" of compost or aged-manure. Dig it in to a depth of 8-10" then spread another few inches of organic mulch on top to help suppress weeds. In the spring, dig the organic matter into the soil. After adding the organic matter in the fall and again in the spring, your garden soil should be rich and loose and ready to plant. As you plant your new veggies keep in mind just how large they can grow and give each ample room. By this time next summer you should be harvesting red, ripe tomatoes and wonderful melons. Enjoy!

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