The Q&A Archives: starting a garden

Question: Do you have to remove all the grass and roots when you start a new area to plant your vegitable gar.i tilled it and took out the big peices,or do you leave it for compost, and how much do you leave.
Thank You, Fran

Answer: Since you want your new garden to be as weed (and grass) free as possible, I would rake out all the grass and roots. It is hard work but you will be rewarded in the future. After raking out all the debris, spread 3-4 inches of organic matter over the soil and rototill it in to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. This organic matter will enrich your soil and help your veggies grow well. After planting your veggies, mulch over the bare soil with a few more inches of organic matter to help suppress weeds. Good luck with your new garden!

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