planting a garden - Knowledgebase Question

denver, Co
Question by dfeuerhelm1
April 29, 2008
We have an area that was covered with plastic and rock for several years and needs to be redone so we thought that we want to use the area for a garden such as squash, cucumbers and other vine vegetables. The question is whether we can clean up the rock and plant or do we wait a year before planting after we have cleaned the area up.


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Answer from NGA
April 29, 2008

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You can remove the rocks and plastic and then rototill or dig the area to aerate it. Being covered with black plastic for a period of time will essentially sterilize the soil so you might also want to incorporate some organic matter such as compost or aged-manure. Dig it in to a depth of 8-10 inches then level the area and plant your squash and cukes. After planting you can spread another 2-3" of organic mulch material over the bare soil. At the end of the growing season simply turn the mulch over into the soil. A few years of this practice should produce some wonderful garden loam.

Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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