The Q&A Archives: New Vegetable Garden

Question: I wanted to turn a part of our lawn (built in Aug. 2008) into a vegetable garden. Could you please let me know what are the steps including tools to use and materials to obtain? I am a beginner. Thanks.

Answer: You will need a garden shovel and a garden rake (not a leaf rake) and some muscle power. Begin by digging out and removing the lawn from the garden bed. Then spread 4-5 inches of organic matter (compost, shredded leaves, aged manure, etc.) over the top of the bed and dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches. Then level the area and plant your vegetables. I'd go with starter plants rather than trying to start the vegetables from seeds. After you've planted your veggies, mulch over the bare soil with an additional 2-3 inches of mulch material to help suppress weeds and slow evaporation. Make sure your garden bed is in all day sunshine and be sure to water your vegetables once or twice a week (depending on weather). Best wishes with your garden!

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