starting a vegetable garden - Knowledgebase Question

oklahoma city, Ok
Question by leamsi5272
March 13, 2010
I whant to start a vegetable garden this year but the area is cover in grass waht is the best way to kill so taht i am able to plant vegies?


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Answer from NGA
March 13, 2010

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The best way is to dig out the weeds, roots and all. You can do this by hand or you can rototill the area and rake out the weeds and their roots. Once the area is clear, enrich the soil by 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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