This is my first ever attempt at growing my own food. This journal won't be too in depth...I just figured I mine as well document my first try at gardening and give you guys something to read and look at.
I'm starting out pretty late here. I'm in PA so around Mother's days is when most people start putting plants in ground. This past weekend I only started to get my garden area prepared, but I'll just work with what I got for now and next season I'll plan ahead more. Practice makes perfect I suppose. Anyways, I took up the sod and tilled the soil about 12 inches deep all around. For now the space I'm using is roughly 8' x 12'1/2" (100sqft)...I'm thinking about taking out some nearby bushes and extending it out, but I'm still working out the details.
I have pretty shitty clay soil so today I went out and got some local free compost from my township. I added that but only had enough to fill up half the soil. I'll go back either tomorrow or Wednesday to get some more. I'll keep going back and add more and more since every where I've been reading is saying get as much organic material into the soil as possible.
Here's some pics I took while adding the compost...
Going from right to left I dug 12 inch deep trenches about a shovel widths across and added in several inches of compost.
Then once I did that I added a few more inches over the top and mixed that into the topsoil and this is what it turned out to....
I'm definitely liking that darker color and it's a lot fluffier on the compost-amended side. And like I said, I'll be doing the other half in the next day or 2 and then I will continue to add more and more compost until I plant.
I sent out a soil sample to Penn State for it to be tested...I'm waiting on results to go buy fertilizers. I'm not exactly sure how to go about fertilizing. You guys think I should just add stuff into individual holes as I plant and put specific things that support each plant in as I plant them? Or should I just mix a couple different fertilizers (which ones depend on my test results) into the whole bed just like I did with the compost?
Also, I plan on getting some good topsoil too, to add on when I go to plant cause I think my current soil is way to dead to support very healthy plants.
Any and all suggestions/comments/questions are welcomed
Edited by budsmokn420, 08 May 2012 - 01:42 AM.