vegitables - Knowledgebase Question

teaneck, Ne
Question by sammu_2000
April 26, 2010
recently i bough the house. Planning to grow vegitables. WHat is the first step i have to do. can i use the top soil?

Answer from NGA
April 26, 2010


You can use topsoil for your vegetable garden. Start by choosing the sunniest site you can find, then add your topsoil or use the existing native soil. To prepare the soil for planting, spread 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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