planting - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by hoagiedot
April 5, 2010
last year i tried to grow vegetables with no luck could there be something wrong with the soil?

Answer from NGA
April 5, 2010


Vegetables grow best in full sunshine, in rich, well draining soil. Choose the sunniest site possible and amend the soil with plenty of compost or other organic matter and you should have a great harvest. 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. Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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