With our Spring-like weather of late, you are probably anxious to start preparing your Spring vegetable beds! Our weather in North Texas can be a bit unpredictable but it looks like our area is likely safe from any risk of frost after around March 21st. Temps in the 70s for the last half of March should make conditions perfect to get the vegetable garden started. The first thing to do is prepare your garden area!
Here are some tips for Preparing Your Spring Vegetable Beds:
Lay out the size of your garden area.
Remember vegetable plants like full sun.
Think about the sun. The sun tracks east to west and if we plan our rows to run east to west our vegetables should get the sun all day. Vegetables need the sun to grow and produce. If you run the rows north and south some of the taller growing vegetables will shade out the shorter growing vegetables.
Remove any weeds and grasses: Organic option includes using 20% vinegar. It will take a few sunny warm days for the vinegar to kill off the weeds and grass.
Another non-selective option for the vinegar is using a Glyphosate product such as Killzall or Round-Up.
These type products will kill anything green and growing and not hurt the soil, so you may plant in a few days after the weeds and grass are gone.
Work the soil by tilling or breaking up the surface up with a shovel.
After breaking up the surface a few inches, work in Cotton Burr compost or a well-decomposed compost. (We offer Cotton Burr Compost, Mushroom Compost, and Organic Compost at our stores). How much to add is up to you. The more you can add, the better the garden will be. Only use compost that has been composted for a period of time. Never use freshly started compost or non-composted leaves. Green compost will rob nitrogen from the soil. This robbing of the nitrogen will leave your vegetables very unhappy. Well composted compost will add great organic matter and good microorganisms to help make happy and healthy plants.
One option to digging up the area is a raised bed. There are several raised bed kits on the market, or you can do it yourself with landscape timbers or concrete blocks.
Fill in the raised bed with a good raised bed mix such as Soil Mender Raised Bed Mix. A good raised bed mix will have everything in the mix you need for planting your vegetables.
Visit us at Russell Feed & Supply for seed, compost, bedding soil and, of course, locally-sourced high-quality vegetable starter plants. Our eight Russell Feed locations have everything you need to get your garden growing right!