Dianna
Dianna
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  • Stratford, CT
Asked on May 17, 2017

What's the best foundation for a veggie garden?

Janet PizaroMichele PappagalloNancy Turner
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I want to plant but need to know if I should do anything first. I already removed the grass and rocks and tilled it. I need a remedy for keeping under ground and above ground animals out also. My neighbor said I need to put a wire fence at least a foot down all around to protect roots from animals. My garden is 20' x 10' and the soil is a beautiful rich black and moist with sun all day. Is black cloth ok to use to prevent weed growth? Help!! I'm anxious to get my veggies planted!! Thank you.
4 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 17, 2017

    Yes use a landscape fabric along with newspapers and cardboard.
    • Dianna
      on May 22, 2017

      Thanks Janet, this is very helpful information. Now I have a reason to keep old newspapers! Do you know if landscape fabric safe to use around food when it breaks down?
  • Nancy Turner
    on May 17, 2017

    I would still till in some amendments. When I first start a garden that size I spread out sterilized manure and garden soil as evenly as you can and till it in good. I would use two or three bags of each. This will give the soil the nutrients that grass used up and give you a boost to start your garden out right. After you plant use you lawn clippings over the soil to help keep the moisture in your soil and it will add nutrients also as they break down. Just add as you need to keep about two inches on the soil. Nothing like free mulch. If there are areas that you are seeding wait until they are above ground and can safely be covered. I use a weed preventer after planting and seeding and that takes care of most weeds, except for those that spread by root from the edge of the garden. Those need to be taken care of by hand. It also does not take care of trees that sprout from seed. I do this before putting down any mulch. Have fun and enjoy the fruits of your labor later this year.
    • Nancy Turner
      on May 22, 2017

      I use shredded leaves that I collect in the fall. Our leaf blower also has a vacuum bag attachment that shreds what goes into the bag. It makes wonderful mulch to put on my gardens to protect them over the winter, then I till it into the soil in my vegetable garden in the spring. I always put preen weed preventer after I plant, whether it is seeds or plants and that keeps my gardens pretty weed free except for tree seeds and any weeds that spread by roots from the edges of the gardens. I use the Preen in my vegetable garden and it has not affected the fruit of my labors as they are not considered a weed and no one has had ill effects from eating the produce and I eat my produce while I pick. I do love veggies! I also use Miracle grow for vegies that is sustained release on my veggies to make sure they get the nutrients they need and regular Miracle Grow sustained release on my other gardens. Why have to refertilize if you don't have too! I hope this helps!
  • Michele Pappagallo
    on May 20, 2017

    I always use cardboard instead of the plastic weed barrier. Just lay a double thickness of cardboard over the entire area, wet it down really well, and then cover it with your garden soil. This will prevent weeds from growing, and it will eventually turn into compost in your soil. For critters...you can lay a layer of chicken wire on the ground to prevent burrowing animals from getting through, and then a small fence around the perimeter of the garden should help keep small animals out as well.
    • Dianna
      on May 22, 2017

      Hi Michelle, I like the idea of using cardboard and I'm thinking maybe newspapers will work too as 'Janet' suggested. I wanted to simply use landscape fabric but I'm uncertain about how it will break down in the soil around food items. How do I do the chicken wire on the ground? Do you mean 'under' the plants or just on top of the cardboard? I noticed our visiting deer came back again this year. Do you know if scarecrows will deter them? I was thinking of placing screening or chicken wire over the top of the garden and tie it to the standing fence somehow. I'm not sure how I will handle the deer, woodchucks and a huge skunk! Thank you and everyone for your help.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 22, 2017

    It will be fine around your vegetables.
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