starting a garden - Knowledgebase Question

mantua, Ne
Question by fran1127
May 1, 2009
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


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Answer from NGA
May 1, 2009

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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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