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nate on
April 13, 2011

Q. How Important Is It to Have a Soil Test Before Planting a Garden

How important is it to have a soil test before planting a garden?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 13, 2011
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If you are unsure of the fertility of pH level of your soil, then having it tested can help find any nutrient deficiencies and other issues that may affect healthy plant growth. Local extension services in your area, from a local university or through a local Master Gardener program, will typically do soil tests for free or low cost.

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Anonymous on
April 14, 2011

Q. Veggie Garden

After you till your ground for your garden, what can you do with the grass that is left behind? How can we get rid of the grass? I’m at a loss. This is my first garden done on my own.

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Nikki on
April 15, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 16, 2011

Q. Underground Cable Wires

I started digging the ground (a 20 foot by 20 foot garden).  I dug up almost all of it until I started to hit a cable wire underground (yea, crazy). Anyway, I’ve been real careful about where I’m digging now. It’s harder for me to dig a garden like I used to when I was 20 years old. I’m 41 now with four ruptured disks, sciatica in the left leg, and an arthritic lower back. Any pointers for growing a healthy garden?

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Nikki on
April 16, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 21, 2011

Q. Tilling Neglected Garden

I have a garden that came with the house. The garden has not been used in years and is overwhelmed with weeds and grass. I would like to turn it into an actual garden. How should I go about this?

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Anonymous on
April 23, 2011

Q. Tilling for a New Garden

I just got a new tiller and I thought it would cut everything to dust. I have been raking grass for the last two days and even though they are cut up, should I rake out all the loose grass? And some of the grass seems to still be in the ground, so I tilled again and it seems all the grass doesn’t get destroyed. Now this is my first time using a tiller and I just want to be sure.

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Nikki on
April 24, 2011
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January 11, 2019
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Anonymous on
April 26, 2011

Q. Seeds Versus Starter Plants

Which is most appropriate for a late April vegetable garden in the Oregon Willamette Valley? Is there still time to start with seeds in a covered box hot house, or should I buy starter plants?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 26, 2011
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I would recommend just getting seedlings at this time. You could start seeds, but you would be a bit behind.

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Asked by
Beckie on
April 27, 2011

Q. When to Plant

Yes, I am writing a small section in a little newsletter about gardening and I have had so many different answers on when to plant in the northwest. I live in Washington state, Puyallup to be exact, and I want to plant vegetable and flowers; but because of cold weather here right now, I am unsure of when to plant. I was told not until after May. Others say now, but I need to know more. Thank you, Beckie

Answered by
Heather on
May 2, 2011
Certified Expert
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It varies depending on the plants you are planting, but for most plants, you want to wait until after your last frost date. The last frost date for Puyallup, WA is about mid May, somewhere between the 13 and the 17. Last frost dates are calculated off historical average last frosts dates for your area.

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