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Name: J Dodson
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Jdods
May 27, 2017 8:44 AM CST
Hello,

I just started a garden in a raised flower bed that was covered in weeds. I tilled and pulled all the weeds but there are still some viney roots left in the soil. The bed is about 20 x 8 ft.

So, I bought seedlings to grow. I am in Michigan and I feel I am starting late in the season. It is May 27th and the seedling are 3-5 inches but my tomatoes are about 1 1/2 ft.
In the garden I have 2 cucumbers, 4 tomatoes, 12 green bell peppers, 6 broccoli, 6, cauliflower, 1 banana pepper, a bunch of onions, 1 basil, 1cilantro, and 1 dill.

I guess my main question is.... am I doing things right?

Also, I haven't used any mulch, manure, sprays, or any things like that. Do I need to?

Some advice would be much appreciated.
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Does it look like my soil needs some work?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 27, 2017 9:22 AM CST
Welcome!

Can you attach some photos?
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Name: kathy
Michigan
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katesflowers
May 27, 2017 9:23 AM CST
Hi jdods and welcome. Everything is just starting to be planted in MI, so it seems you are right on schedule. You chose a nice variety of plants, too.
Do you know your USDA hardiness zone? Michigan has many zones.
I have not planted my veg garden yet, too wet. All my annuals are planted and doing well, though. You have the advantage of the raised bed.
I don't fertilize newly planted veg the same day as the were planted. I let them get settled in for two weeks, then side dress the plants with enriched compost [broken down compost is a mix of cow manure, dead weeds, garden trimmings, kitchen trimmings, etc].
Good job so far !
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Name: J Dodson
michigan
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Jdods
May 27, 2017 4:14 PM CST
Thanks DaisyI and katesflowers. I added some pictures for more reference.
Name: J Dodson
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Jdods
May 27, 2017 4:18 PM CST
katesflowers said:Hi jdods and welcome. Everything is just starting to be planted in MI, so it seems you are right on schedule. You chose a nice variety of plants, too.
Do you know your USDA hardiness zone? Michigan has many zones.
I have not planted my veg garden yet, too wet. All my annuals are planted and doing well, though. You have the advantage of the raised bed.
I don't fertilize newly planted veg the same day as the were planted. I let them get settled in for two weeks, then side dress the plants with enriched compost [broken down compost is a mix of cow manure, dead weeds, garden trimmings, kitchen trimmings, etc].
Good job so far !


Thanks for the encouragement. Im pretty sure I am zone 6. Ive started a compost pile but will have to buy compost this summer.
Name: greene
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greene
May 27, 2017 4:25 PM CST
The garden looks good. And considering you are a newbie it looks fantastic! Visit the garden every day and pull or cut weeds as soon as they appear. Keep after the weeds and you shouldn't need to spray anything. Keep up the good work! Hurray!

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