what to do about poor soil - Knowledgebase Question

abingdon, Ma
Question by wtwc
April 22, 2009
hello cathy my name bill, i am from the south and love to have veg.garden. for 20 some years i plant with poor results. my soil is so poor it won't grow dirt. how can i improve my soil. is manure an option. if yes what to do about contamination? thank you


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Answer from NGA
April 22, 2009

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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 this spring 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. 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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