04:11AM | 04/20/03
Member Since: 04/06/03
19 lifetime posts
I am planting a vegetable garden soon using the existing soil as a base. The plot is approximately 150 square feet. I have done nothing yet except turn the existing soil. Lots of small rocks (2" diameter) came up but I can rake those out.

I just bought the house 9 months ago and have no idea what the previous owner did to the dirt. I will be planting tomatos, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, melons and a few other veggies.

I have read that Miracle-Gro makes a very good soil that I could use to supplement the current soil and have been thinking of using this as well as their plant food.

Any suggestions?




02:59AM | 04/23/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
Miracle Grow is good, but it has it's limits. It won't make your soil any better. Assuming that the soil has never been tilled or used as a garden (even if it has) it might be best to add peat moss, well rotted manure, and after checking the Ph (check your local garden center to see who does this in your area) perhaps some other soil amendments. If you have a compost pile and the compost is well rotted, use that, too. It's among the best things you can add. If you don't have a compost pile (or bin) plan on starting one. The things listed above are natural, not chemical...and if you can stay away from the chemicals until all else fails, that would be best.

In order to get this stuff mixed in with the existing soil, get yourself a rear tine tiller (even if you have to rent it for a day). It will make mixing the ingredients together much easier.

One more thing, if your soil is very heavy and clayey, then add some coarse sand. Spread about an inch or so on top of the entire area your working, and just till it in. It will help to keep the soil loose.

[This message has been edited by treebeard (edited April 23, 2003).]

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