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Name: Angela
garland texas
Gardening advice greatly needed
ngeetwo
Apr 22, 2017 2:09 PM CST
I have cleaned a small garden spot, which I am not certain what process I must follow next. The weeds are gone, as I dig I find lots of white rocks in the dirt. Do I use a pitchfork to till the dirt & add more soil to plant my plants. Or should I just apply wood chips and leave this area alone to use perhaps in the fall & allow the wood chips to process. Please help I am new to gardening.

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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 22, 2017 3:11 PM CST
If you can get some compost, even bagged compost to amend your soil it will help a lot. Many counties have a composting program at the local landfill, and either sell the finished compost quite cheap, or give it away free. Check with your County extension.

By all means, till the dirt with your pitchfork as much as possible, and mix in as much compost as you can. Nothing beats adding decomposed organic material to any soil. Wood chips will take a year or two to decompose enough to be a good amendment. Another excellent amendment to add before you plant is alfalfa pellets (horse food). It comes in 50lb. bags from the local farm or feed store, and will give your new plants a wonderful boost as they start to grow.

Remove as many of the white rocks as you can also. Maybe pile them around the edges of your garden as a border?
Elaine

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