Fertilizer - Knowledgebase Question

Edmond, Ok
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Question by vrey
June 14, 2010
I sent in a question about a new 160 sq.ft. garden in our backyard.We were told to do the following:
In your 160 sq. ft. garden you can mix about 2 pounds of fertilizer into the soil.
We have put down 2 bags of Miraclegro Humus and Manure, three bags of manure and 4 of Burr compost, leaving about 1 inch.Do we mix, cover with a weed block, plant and then add the native soil back on top. Thanks

Answer from NGA
June 14, 2010
Wow! With all that organic matter, you probably don't need to add the fertilizer at this point. The compost, manure, etc. will contain plenty of nutrients for the roots of your plants. All you need to do at this point is to mix together all of your amendments into your garden soil. When everything is well incorporated, rake the area to smooth it out. If you want to use a weed blocking fabric, place it over the entire garden and anchor it down well, then cut holes or slits in the fabric to plant your flowers or shrubs. Leave room around each plant so you can easily water. When the plants are installed you can cover over the weed block fabric with shredded bark, bark nuggets, rubber mulch, landcape rocks or similar material. I wouldn't put native soil over the weed block. It will contain weed seeds and you'll end up having to pull weeds. Cover over the weed block with one of the above suggestions and you'll have an attractive and weed free garden bed for many years to come. Enjoy!

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