Overgrown garden - Knowledgebase Question

Sequim, Wa
Question by ericssonlin
February 20, 2011
We recently moved to a new place. Will only be here for 2 years. We want to grow vegetables, but the

Answer from NGA
February 20, 2011


I wish there were an easy solution but the best approach is to remove the existing vegetation by pulling and digging out those weeds so you have a clean slate. The secret to a high-yielding garden is great soil. You can build yours up over the years by adding lots of organic matter in the form of compost aged manure and green manure. Since this is a temporary site you might want to simply remove the existing vegetation and then spread 5-6 inches of compost or other organic matter over the top of the garden bed, then till it in to a depth of 10-12 inches. After planting your garden, mulch the bare soil with additional organic matter (to help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds). Although it will take several seasons of amending your soil to produce a fertile, well-draining planting medium that produces bountiful harvests, the labor is worthwhile and you'll be rewarded with healthy, happy plants. With any luck the next tenants will appreciate your hard work and continue to give the garden area TLC. Best wishes with your garden!

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