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  1. Removing Turf
  2. Vegetable Seedlings
  3. When is the Best Time to Plant Garden in Northwest GA?
  4. Turning the Soil to Prepare for Spring Planting
  5. Koi Ponds to Flower Beds
  6. Removing Mostly Dry Grass from Tilled Garden
  7. Last Frost Date
Asked by Anonymous on November 10, 2010
Removing Turf

I am toying with the idea of turning my front lawn into a vegetable/fruit patch. My question is if I just turn it over for the winter, will it rot down in time for planting in the spring?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You should be ok, but it will be a good idea to mulch the ground heavily with several layers of newspaper (just lay them down after the plants are planted and put normal mulch over it if you want something more visually appealing). The grass blades will have decomposed by next year, but some roots will live and the newspaper will make sure they do not regrow their blades.

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Asked by Anonymous on December 2, 2010
Vegetable Seedlings

I’ve had a vegetable garden for a couple years now and every year I improve it. I was wondering if there are certain vegetables I can start growing indoors in early spring to plant as seedlings in early summer? Would I get better results if I did this?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Most vegetables can be started indoors in spring. The only things that do not do well started in spring indoors is really anything that grows quickly, like carrots or radishes. These are best planted in the ground.

Starting indoors allows you to grow a greater variety of plants more cheaply and also can give them a head start on growing.

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Asked by leannbishop03 on December 28, 2010
When Is the Best Time to Plant Garden in Northwest GA?

What type of plants do you plant at this time?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

According to the USDA plant hardiness zone map for your state, you are in Zones 7-8. Here is a guide that may be of help to you when planting gardens in this area: http://www.thevegetablegarden.info/resources/planting-schedules/zones-7-8-planting-schedule

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Asked by RLWolfe on January 17, 2011
Turning the Soil to Prepare for Spring Planting

I plan to plan a backyard garden in 2011. I don’t have any real power tools for plowing or breaking up the soil. I will have to spade it up vs using a tiller. When whould I start? I have been told that I need to spade up the ground during the winter to allow the elements to brake down the soil since I don’t have a tiller. Is that true? and if so . . . when should I start digging up the garden spot?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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Asked by patty73717 on January 24, 2011
Koi Ponds to Flower Beds

We bought a house with 4 koi ponds including a stream. We have given the koi away and drained the ponds. I would like to make them into flower beds. What do I need to do? Thanks

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

If they have liners, you should remove the liners, though if you will only be planting annuals in these beds this is not as important but the liners will still need to be punctured to allow for drainage. After the liners are removed, you only need to fill the ponds with good soil and they will be ready to plant.

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patty73717

Thank you Heather!! I have removed the liners and can't wait to start planting!

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Asked by Anonymous on February 20, 2011
Removing Mostly Dry Grass From Tilled Garden

How much is necessary to remove grass from a tilled garden, since I am doing it by hand? The garden is about 30 x 25.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It is not really necessary, but if you do not remove it, it may cause a weed problem later. You can leave it, but put down landscape cloth or mulch heavily with newspapers to keep the weeds down.

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Asked by Anonymous on March 1, 2011
Last Frost Date

I am trying to determine the last frost date so I can start planting seeds indoors. I’m sure I could ask an old timer, but was looking for a date online. I live in Vermilion Bay, Ontario, Canada.

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Nikki
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