Monday, January 22, 2007

Establishing the Ideal Vegetable Garden

Step1 Choose an area in which will receive 5-7 hours of sunlight per day.

Step 2 Remove grass, weeds debris from the proposed site. This should be done by good old fashion blood, sweat and tears (digging, raking and hoeing). It is a good idea to uses a systemic grass and weed killer such as Round-Up, before cultivating. This will take a few weeks to kill all the vegetation, but it does do a good job, without contaminating the soil.

Step 3 Work the soil to a depth of 10-12" using a shovel or roto-tiller. Step 4 Now its time to improve the soil condition. We recommend using a 2 part mix of of which 1 part consisting of an equal combination of Peat Moss, Perlite, Vermiculite and the other part being the existing soil.

Step 5 Wet the soil for 3 days prior to planting to allow the conditioning to take affect. Do not skip this step.

Step 6 Now its time to plant. We recommend staggering planting times. This will allow you to harvest crops over a longer period of time.

Step 7 Fertilize every two weeks with Jack's Classic Water Soluble Fertilizer

Step 8 It is a good idea to add lime in the fall at the rate of 6- 8 lbs. per 100 sq. ft., to rejuvenate the soil.

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