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?
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.
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?
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.
What type of plants do you plant at this time?
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: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/gardening-by-zone/zone-7/zone-7-vegetable-planting.htm
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?
The best time to work soil is in the spring when it has dried out some. If you work it in the winter or early spring, you can actually compress the soil because it is too wet, and this makes it hard to grow in.
There are many methods you can use to make a bed and not all of them involve hard labor like digging. Here are a few articles on different ways to make a bed:
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
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.
Thank you Heather!! I have removed the liners and can't wait to start planting!
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.
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.
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.
The following article should be of some help to you: