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Question: I have just dug up my flower beds in my back yard. They were full of grass and weeds. I pulled all of them and dug the soil up. I'm next gonna plant vegetables. Should I scoop out the dirt and add weed block? At what depth? Should I do a soil test? Should I add mulch when done?

Answer: Now that you have the weeds out, spread 4-5 inches of organic matter (compost, aged manure, etc.) over the top of the bed and dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. Organic matter will help enrich and loosen the soil so your veggies can grow well. Then level the soil. You can place weed block over the entire area and cut holes or X's into the fabric to plant your veggies, or you can plant your veggies and mulch over the bare soil with another 2-3 inches of organic mulch to suppress weeds. Either way should keep your vegetable garden reasonably weed free. A soil test can be done, but adding organic matter will greatly improve your soil and make it nutrient rich. Good luck with your garden~

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