Vegetable Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Center Barnstead, Ne
Question by esquivel
August 23, 2010
I plan to start a raised veg. garden in spring. Should I start w/ loam? Also what else should I add to the soil? Thankyou in advance.


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Answer from NGA
August 23, 2010

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You can enrich your soil over a period of years and end up with rich garden loam if you add organic matter. Start right now by removing all vegetation from the area and spreading 4-5 inches of organic matter over the vegetable bed. You can use compost, aged manure (fresh manure can be too hot and might contain weed seeds), shredded leaves or whatever organic matter is readily available in your local area. Dig or till this organic matter into the soil - 8-10 inches deep. In the spring, plant your veggies and mulch over the bare soil between the plants with additional organic matter. A 2-3 inch layer will help suppress weeds and slow water evaporation. At the end of the season dig the organic matter into the soil and add a fresh layer. Repeat this process annually and you'll end up with rich garden loam - and a spectacular vegetable garden. Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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