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[Total: 0    Average: 0/5] You must sign in to vote Vegetable Garden Soil Preparation When garden author Doug Green at www.beginner-gardening.com starts the serious work of vegetable garden soil preparation, he does it in a way that makes it both as easy to do and as efficient as possible. There are two schools of thought on digging and working in the garden. The first is that you never dig the garden – but instead lay down a constant mulch and go from there. This might work in areas of great soil in parts of the Northeast but it isn’t going to go very far in my shallow rocky soil where every vegetable is on its own. It also isn’t going to work too well in areas of high humidity and moisture where mulch can be a serious haven for slugs and other critters. So while it may not be fashionable in some circles, digging the garden soil in preparation for planting flowers or vegetables is a perfectly acceptable way to get some exercise and make a garden grow. In my case, I dig the vegetable garden, I remove as many rocks as I can and then mulch. The mulch is usually good for a few years and then I repeat the process. Dig and remove the rocks, add some peat moss and compost and then re-apply a layer of straw or other fast-decomposing mulch. Over a few cycles the organic soil becomes rich and the vegetables grow better and better every year. Unfortunately, the rocks keep getting tossed up by frost so this will never go away – I dig ’em out or they’ll slowly take over my garden. In the flower garden soil preparation, I’m a little … Video Rating: 4 / 5

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  • memberson 5 years ago

    you’re doing good job. I started three new bed yesterday. I never use a shovel pitchfork.I will have the new video up sometime? today illustrating how I did it.

  • Doug Green 5 years ago

    Well, when you start a new bed,? the advantages of digging outweigh the disadvantages of weeds. And in my experience, you get weeds every year whether you dig or not. When the gardens are mulched later on, then – as long as the mulch is deep enough – the weeds are reduced to a minimum. Glad to hear “this person means no harm’ though.

  • memberson 5 years ago

    this person means no harm. But his ground. He is turning over. He is introducing a ton of new weed seeds? to deal with for that growing season

  • Doug Green 5 years ago

    That depends on the state of your soil for sure and the crop you’re going to be growing. No-till – constant mulching etc are all techniques I use depending on the garden and crop being grown. The one thing I’ve learned in over 30 years of pro-gardening is there’s no single one-way that works best in all situations, conditions and crops. But for sure, the first year I work with a soil, I dig it manually. There are fewer good ways to learn about your soil than hands-on digging.? 🙂

  • LTraveler83 5 years ago

    Or you could use a ‘no till method’ and not turn your soil over. Instead you could build your soil using compost that has appropriate ingredients for your needs. ? Some people prefer a non manure compost while others don’t mind for example. Turning your soil is back breaking and unnecessary to do unless there’s something seriously wrong with your soil.

  • Doug Green 5 years ago

    Soil is red because it has iron in it – could be clay or anything. And it’s fine for gardening. You simply have to do all the same kinds of? things others do. Google my name Doug Green and land on one of my sites – search on the bottom of the page for clay soil gardening – and then read all the articles there about it. Good luck

  • museofink 5 years ago

    what if the soil under grass is red? Instead of a flower bed? I’m making a “Garden Bed” but there’s grass all over the place and when I started digging I noticed the ground underneath is red, I guess clay. Is that kind of dirt ok for gardens or there something I can do to make the dirt more welcoming for veggie plants?

  • Doug Green 5 years ago

    It isn’t the ball of your “heel” but the front big pad of? your foot. If you press constantly on the arch – it’s a ligament and can be stretched. Very painful then for walking. It’s a safety thing

  • soltup1 5 years ago

    Why is it safer to use the? ball of your heel rather than the arch of your foot?

  • Donovan Wilder 5 years ago

    “Its not rocket science” I think that? is what I needed to hear.