Planning a New Garden - Knowledgebase Question

Los Banos, Ca
Question by roy_mcclung
April 17, 2010
I want to start a new raised bed veggie garden in my yard and I have started the process, I wanna grow tomatoes, okra, and green peppers in about a 4x8 area, how should I plan this???

Answer from NGA
April 17, 2010


When you laid out the veggie bed did you amend the soil? If not, now's the time to do it. Start 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. Your okra will grow tall so plant it in the back of the bed. Tomatoes are the next largest and should go in the center with the peppers in the front. If you plant this way, the sun won't be blocked by the taller plants. Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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