Starting A Garden

Laying Down Plastic

Anonymous added on April 1, 2014 | Answered

I am starting my first organic vegetable garden. I have boxed off a 12 x 12 area. I wonder if I can put down plastic before filling in with compost and soil (8 inches) or will the plastic interfere with the plants. Thank you.

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Answered on April 1, 2014

Yes, you can use black plastic but this could cause drainage and aeration issues. I would recommend using something in the bottom that allows air (and water) to pass through, such as landscape fabric or moist newspaper. You can then put your compost/soil over top. The newspaper will eventually break down and further add nutrients to the soil. Here is additional infomration that should help:,

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