vegetable garden - Knowledgebase Question

Toney, Al
Question by yvettebeatt
June 10, 2010
What is the best way to fertilize red Alabama red dirt for a vegetable garden?

Answer from NGA
June 10, 2010


Your new garden will be most productive if you site it in the sunniest spot available and amend the soil with organic matter before planting or seeding. Start by spreading a 4-5" layer of organic matter (compost, shredded leaves, etc.) over the top of the soil and digging it in to a depth of 8-10". Plant the tallest growing veggies at the back of the garden and the shortest growing veggies in the front so the taller ones don't cast too much shade on the smaller plants. Veggie gardens will need a deep soaking once or twice a week, depending upon weather. The compost you added to the soil will help feed your veggies but you can side=dress with a granular 10-10-10 fertilizer in mid-summer. Fertile soil, ample water and lots of sunshine will help your plants produce well. Best wishes with your garden!

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