Dead soil - Knowledgebase Question

Brooklyn, Ne
Question by nariyah1
June 28, 2009
What can I do (cheaply)this late in the season to dead soil to make a vegetable bed. Also, can you suggest some late summer vegetable seeds to plant in this plot.


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Answer from NGA
June 28, 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 by spreading 4-5 inches of organic matter over the vegetable bed. You can use compost, aged manure, 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. This late in the season you can plant leaf lettuces, beans, radishes, summer squash, and spinach. They will all mature within 60 days which is about how much time you can count on having summer weather.

Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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