Planting a garden requires some preparation of the soil in which the vegetables will grow. Scratching a furrow with a hoe doesn’t work very well if you want good, healthy vegetables. Some preparation up front will reap a lot of benefits later.
First you have to get to the dirt. If there is grass covering your plot, you will have to dig it out. The temptation to till it under is understandable, but that is a big mistake. Tilling cuts the grass and weeds into small pieces. In effect, you sprig your plat and the grass will return with a vengeance and overwhelm your plants.
Once you have clean dirt, you need to till it loose to a depth of six inches. The dirt should be free of clods and rocks. It isn’t quite ready to plant in yet, though.
Next, spread three inches of compost on the plot. Compost should be rich and dark and smell like good, clean dirt. If you can see anything but that, the compost isn’t finished and you should return it to the store.
Till the compost in to the dirt until the compost is evenly spread throughout the six inches of loose soil. The dirt should be a rich color with lots of organic matter in it. Now you plow it into furrows and get it ready to plant.
The preceding steps should be done about three weeks before planting. This allows the soil to settle before you plant. Now you can make a rut the proper depth for each type of seed in each row. Plant the seed and water it in. Happy gardening.
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