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Transforming part of the garden into a vegetable garden


 
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daigo75
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:38 pm    Post subject: Transforming part of the garden into a vegetable garden Reply with quote

Hi again,
I started planning my vegetable garden and I'd like to ensure I'm not doing anything wrong. My first task would be to remove grass and moss from an area of the garden, raise the soil, make it more "breathing" and finally make the space for the vegetables. What I'd like to do is what's the most effective way to remove the grass from the soil while preserving as much of it as possible. I'm already "cutting" the perimeter with a pitchfork, which is by itself a "titanic" work because of the percentage of stones in the ground... Rolling Eyes

What I would do, as an inexperienced gardener, is lifting the soil, cutting it into pieces and "shake" the grass away, then mixing the remaining with some compost and, eventually, other plant food (suggestions welcome). Smile

Am I proceeding correctly, or is there something else I should consider? I thought about the possibility of raised beds, but I'm having difficulties finding the planks (very limited budget doesn't help), so I decided to put some elbow grease and started digging.

Thanks for the answers.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get a sharp spade and skin off the sod then throw it grass side down into the bottom of the raised beds. Fill them up with your vegetable growing soil and plant away. Important that the blade of the spade is sharp and as flat as possible.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank Bobwilliams, just two things: I won't use raised beds, I'll reuse the space I carved out from the soil. The sod I took out (I understood correctly) contains grass, various weeds and moss. Do I just have to put it upside down where it was and cover/mix it with compost? I believed that moss and grass, since they still have the roots, would "suck" the food from the vegetables.

Sorry if I misunderstood something, I'm really a beginner. Thank you again. Smile
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