New Vegetable Garden

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Old 03-02-16, 06:08 AM
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New Vegetable Garden

So, we bought a house last year, previous owners told us they had had a very successful vegetable garden, but in the process of preparing to sell they let it go and it became overrun. With that said, I am ready to get it back in shape for my first vegetable garden - I have been doing my research but I still wanted to check and see if anyone had any tips of how to get this back under control and what steps I should take to get it back to being in shape enough to plant.

And I am looking for ideas on a simple fence to put around it to keep my dog and rabbits out - was thinking just some wood post with chicken wire, but open to all ideas!

Any information would be greatly appreciated, Thank you!
 
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How over grown is it? just weeds and such or is it heavier vegetation?
pics would help us better understand what you have - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...your-post.html
 
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It is not terribly over grown, just weeds and grass, I cut it back a lot last fall, it was probably about a foot tall prior to cutting it down.
 
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If you ask around, there will be someone in your area who can rototill your ground. Do this as soon as the ground is dry enough. Its often best done in the fall. Other than tilling, you probably don't have to do anything else.
 
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Ya, plowing or tilling the ground is best. Doing it in the fall helps the vegetation to rot and turn back to soil. If it's a small plot [and you have lots of energy] you could even turn it over with a shovel.
 
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It isn't too large, I'd say about 12'x6' - I've also been told to test the soil, would it be beneficial in this case to till the soil, let it settle for a week or so, then test it and till again?
 
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It's never a bad idea to have the soil tested, tilling an extra time or two doesn't hurt either.
 
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If the garden is that small, I would not waste my time testing it. If it was 50x50 it would make sense. 12x6 would be about 8 tomato plants in my garden.
 
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