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richlore
May 21, 2017 11:17 AM CST
Hey, so I've taken a once neglected space in the backyard and decided to get a garden going again. The problem is I'm completely new at gardening and am not sure where to start. I've ripped out all the three feet + of weeds and am left with a kind of clumpy, clay like patch of soil space. I would like to transplant herbs into the space and would appreciate any advice on where to start and how to go about it.

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 21, 2017 11:42 AM CST
Welcome! I would start by watering really well for a couple weeks and pulling all the weeds that sprout anew. Smiling

Then start by improving the soil. Dig in a lot of mulch and garden soil to a depth of at least a foot. After a lot of hard work and preparation, its time to plant! Hurray!

Don't forget to work out a watering plan. If you could put in a small drip system, it would eliminate a lot of the weed problem.
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greene
May 21, 2017 3:42 PM CST
You should add soil and other materials to bring the level up higher - about an inch from the top of the box. You can add bagged 'soil' which is a mix of various things depending on your location. Here in Georgia the bags contain small bits of pine bark, sometimes perlite, sometimes manure.

@DaisyI's suggestion to water and pull any new weeds is a good one, but I suspect you are eager to get started. So maybe just add extra planting medium, mix it all together, plant your herbs, water and keep checking every day to pull weeds. Of course, you will need to identify which are weeds and which are your new seeds germinating. I add a couple of radish seeds when I plant seeds. The radished come up very quickly so you can pin point the 'good stuff'. You can pull young radish greens and toss them into your salad or stir fry; nothing wasted.

Or you could purchase small potted herb plants and set them into your new bed, again keeping an eye out for new weeds every day or two.

Good luck and happy gardening! Thumbs up

Here is a pile of bags and plants ready to go into a rasied bed. I only buy bagged soil when it is on sale. Thumbs up
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DaisyI
May 21, 2017 4:18 PM CST
I also stockpile when bags are on sale. This year, I added 10 bales of compost that was mostly rice hulls and 10 bales of garden soil. I also added 4 bags of manure. The compost has been sitting on the side of my garden since last fall. The rest was added this spring when the Big Box Store had their early season sales.

My raised bed was down about 6 inches and I am gardening on a mountain of course sand so I needed a lot of extra stuff to bring the level up a bit and add something with moisture retention and had nutritional value.

Here is the finished project. I added tomatoes, peppers and eggplants a couple days ago.

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richlore
May 23, 2017 8:49 AM CST
Thank You! Also, should I bother fishing out every little weed I've uprooted or will it be safe in the soil so long as it has been severed?
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greene
May 23, 2017 10:28 AM CST
If you have cut off/severed the weeds from their roots you should be fine. Some folks are a bit anal and have to pick out every remaining portion of the weeds, but checking every day or two you should be fine. Thumbs up
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DaisyI
May 23, 2017 10:29 AM CST
That would depend upon the weed. Some are gone and others will reappear and probably become your worst nightmare. Smiling
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Name: stone
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stone
May 23, 2017 4:09 PM CST
There are plants that are almost impossible to grow, that if we're lucky enough to have growing on the property... should be protected, because when they're gone, they are never coming back.

There are other plants that can be near impossible to evict.

For instance, there's an oxalis that a lady in town has been trying to weed out, but because she hasn't practiced proper hygiene... all she's done is spread it...

She puts down the handful of "weeds" on the ground when something else distracts her... those little bulbils flake off... and... there's another patch of shamrock next time she walks past.

there's a couple of 'born pregnant' plant species here... pull a handful of chamberbitter or mulberry weed, and walk around with it, and you've scattered seed all over the yard.

And... don't let me get started on florida betony...

but...
most plants...
hoe them, and leave them as mulch, they're done... may as well let them return the nutrients to the soil.

if you don't know what it is... it ain't a weed...
we have a plant id forum, and a number of people that know their plants.

Post pics, and we can tell you if it's something real good, or real bad, or real common, but neither good nor bad.

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