We are going to assume it’s spring time in your neck of the woods and your thoughts are of growing things in the yard. Spring fever. It’s time for your vegetable garden preparation.
This post will go into soil preparation.
Before we go any further, we are also going to assume that the area of your garden is in at least 6 hours of sun each and every day. It is quite difficult to grow vegetables in shady or partly shaded areas. If this area is not right. think of changing it right now before you go any further.
OK. Lets get growing!
Vegetable Garden Preparation Tips
If you have or had not tried vegetable gardening in the past you might want to consider using a raised bed method of garden design. I have always enjoyed this method because it keeps things organized and measured.
This method will not only give your garden definition, it will make maintenance easier for things like weeding and also be an obstruction to the kids and animals. The sides of frame if made of wood is also an easy base to attach material for vertical gardening.
Make the square or rectangles of the raised bed with stone or a non chemical treated wood such as cedar. You do not want those pressure treatment chemicals leaching into you growing soil. You also do not want to glow in the dark.
Also do not make them so large that you can not reach into them without tripping or killing the back!
And do not forget container gardening if you do not have much space or you live in an apartment. Pots and planters are excellent ways to grow things.
Getting The Soil Right For The Garden
Now comes the fun part of vegetable garden preparation. Time to go to the nursery or big box store.
This is rather simple especially if you starting some kind of contained growing area. You are in full control. The hardest part is determining just how much ‘fill’ will be needed.
That fill will consist of:
- A good inexpensive top soil if you have a larger area such as a raised bed.
- A good bagged compost such as cow manure. Or your own home made compost.
- A bag or two of peat moss.
- A bag of good organic fertilizer such as Milorganite.
Mix all together and your ready. You will have an excellent start for growing anything. Just how much you are going to need of each item will depend on the volume of space you need to fill.
If you are going directly into the ground all the above mentioned items will work, however if you have a lot of clay content in your soil I would strongly recommend a bag or two of sand to break that clay up a little bit.
Spread all that stuff on to the ground and start turning it in with a shovel or rototiller.
Follow these rather simple steps and you will be off to a great start for a great harvest.
More Garden Preparation From The Googlenet:
ABC Newspapers. Garden Views Get your vegetable garden ready for spring. Preparing for spring is a difficult task but with dedication and perseverance you can do it. The take away message is that you should have a written plan of the vegetables that you intend to plant and a sketch of your garden showing about where they.… read on………
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