George asks: Question about Garden plot for this year? Will do best answer and 5 starts for good advice!?
Have a garden plot that had some grass on it but I stripped that bare in the fall.
I added organic matter in the form of leaves form the yard from various trees.
Let it sit, then added tons of leaves, and mowed it up, so there was at least a good 5 inches of leaves that looked like they went through a blender.
I double dub it all in. I think double digging the “clayish” soil was probably the best thing for it, above all else. The organic matter helped for sure though.
Now it’s settling nicely.
I’m wondering though, should I do raised beds? Or just mix in some good soil where I plant?
I want to fill in the garden so much, but I understand I have to avoid over crowding.
I want to plant like 100 tomatoes in a 8×2 ft row ya know, because they’re so tiny when I plant them.
But I understand they need to be about a foot an a half away from each other!
I’m considering doing rows of each plant, and there’s some herbs in there too.
I think it’s best I separate the perennials from the annual vegetables, that way I can keep tilling up the soil where the vegetables were.
But I’m still worried about that thick clay soil.
I’ve gotten many tomatoes to grow in worse, but I’m hoping for a nice garden this year!
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Answer by M W
You’re doing everything right, except you need to mix in vegetable scraps from your kitchen. You also need to find a way to get some garden earth worms in there.
If you dig down at least 12″, you will break up the clay and the amendments you put in will begin to break down and loosen up the soil. It can take 5 years to get really good garden soil when you start with that stuff that you can hardly get your shovel into.
If you want raised beds, you should probably bring in some top soil and then you have to amend that, so it’s like starting over. I would just put some kind of border around the garden plot to define the area, like that 4″ stuff they put around the base of trees.
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