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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 15, 2011

Q. Improving Soil

I’m ready to rotovate my rear garden and then cover it with approximately four inches of topsoil. My soil is quite heavy. Would it be advisable to cover the whole area first with compost?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 16, 2011
Certified Expert
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As long as the manure is well-rotted, it never hurts to add manure to the soil anywhere you will be growing plants. It will help condition the soil and will also add valuable nutrients.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 28, 2011

Q. Raising pH Levels in Dirt

How do I raise the pH level in dirt? Using a pH tester, I had a pH level between 6. 5 and 7. 0. Now the pH tester shows the level at 5 or lower. What do I use to raise the pH level back to where it was, and how do I raise the fertility of the dirt using the pH tester?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 1, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Here are some articles that will help you:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/lower-acid-soil.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/vegetable-garden-soil.htm

Fertility normally refers to macronutrients in the soil. A good all round chemical fertilizer will be a 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 fertilizer. From an organic perspective, adding organic material such as compost and rotted manure will help. This article has more information:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/vegetable-garden-soil.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 1, 2011

Q. What Is the Best/Easiest Thing to Till the Soil

What is best (and easiest) method for tilling the soil of a small vegetable garden?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 1, 2011
Certified Expert
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This is usually dependent on the are being tilled and the gardener's personal preference. However, many people opt for hand tilling for small garden plots, especially in raised beds. These articles should help with your decision: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-till-a-garden-tilling-your-soil.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/double-digging-soil.htm

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Asked by
jj on
March 5, 2011

Q. What Commercial Soil Is Best

I live in an area heavily wooded, with about 1″ of top soil over solid rock. To garden I must use 12″ square, 12 inch deep plastic pots. What kind of dirt do I use in these pots. Commercial stuff is available but has different names – potting soil, planting soil, gardening soil, etc.
What is best for my use???

Answered by
Heather on
March 7, 2011
Certified Expert
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You need a potting soil for containers. It will not compact and will keep the plants roots healthy.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 6, 2011

Q. Tilling

I live in Kansas City, MO and was wondering if I should till my 3-year-old vegetable garden or not. I did last year and we kinda let the garden go after it got overcome with weeds.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 7, 2011
Certified Expert
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It will not hurt to till your garden each year. In fact, it would do the garden some good. For weeds, you may want to practice better maintenance habits or consider using a weed barrier, such as mulch. This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-till-a-garden-tilling-your-soil.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 23, 2011

Q. pH in Soil

When you purchase bed building soil or garden building soil, what is the typical pH in these soils?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 24, 2011
Certified Expert
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They should typically be around 6.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 6, 2011

Q. Rototill Garden

When and how soon in spring should one rototill the garden?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 7, 2011
Certified Expert
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You can till when the soil is relatively dry and has warmed some. This article will help you determine when that is for your area:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-till-a-garden-tilling-your-soil.htm

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