garden bed - Knowledgebase Question

grosse ile, Mi
Question by daxcrisostom
August 8, 2009
hi! I'm interested on how to start a garden bed. Im thinking of just planting evergreens and perennials...I am hoping that these types of plants will require less maintenance. How can I get started? thanks


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Answer from NGA
August 8, 2009

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Sounds like a fun new project! You'll first want to start by getting the soil ready for planting. Spread 4-5 inches of organic matter over the 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 plants 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. After you've improved your soil, choose the plants that will thrive in the sun or shade that your new garden bed provides. Keep your plants well watered and they should reward you will healthy growth and lots of flowers. Enjoy!

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