vegetable garden - Knowledgebase Question

Chatham, Ne
Question by valsimson
March 24, 2010
i am doing a garden this year and wonder what i should start with?

Answer from NGA
March 24, 2010


I'd start by preparing the garden bed! You can enrich your soil over a period of years and end up with rich garden loam if you add organic matter. Start this spring by removing all vegetation from the area and 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.

As for what to plant, choose cool weather veggies to plant now and save the warm weather veggies for planting in late May or early June. Some cool season veggies you can plant now include peas, beans, leaf lettuces, broccoli, cabbage, Swiss chard, carrots, kale and green onions. Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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