First time no dig garden bed .. how to? - Knowledgebase Question

Guntown, Mi
Question by earth_child_
August 15, 2009
I currently have a small 5x6' raised bed full of compost growing tomatoes, squash, watermelon, corn, okra, and green beans.. I'd like to expand, for next spring to have a larger, maybe 20x10 or so no dig garden bed. The area I have in mind is covered in thick dense grass and I'm not sure if it gets enough sun for a garden. How can I determine if it gets enough sun and what do I do with the grass?

Answer from NGA
August 15, 2009


Some veggies will be happy with only 4-6 hours of sun but for tomatoes, squash, peppers and melons, a minimum of 8 hours a day is necessary. If you grow root veggies or those that do not flower such as lettuces, cabbage, spinach, etc. 4-6 hours is fine. Since you have lawn in the area already you'll want to slice through it with a shovel to facilitate good drainage before you layer your cardboard or folded newspapers over the area (to suffocate the grass). On top of this you can add compost, shredded leaves, etc. to build up the bed for planting. Best wishes with your new garden!

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