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Post  timroy on 1/22/2013, 3:57 pm

Just beginning to design and build my first square foot garden and want to know if it is OK to place the boxes on top of my old garden soil?
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Post  camprn on 1/22/2013, 4:41 pm

timroy wrote:Just beginning to design and build my first square foot garden and want to know if it is OK to place the boxes on top of my old garden soil?
It sure is! glad you\'re here to the SFG Forum. I highly recommend reading the threads on the list at the 'hover' tab on the front page. Also, if you can go grab yourself a copy of the All New Square Foot Gardening book by Mel Bartholomew. There is a new edition coming out this week.

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Post  johnsonjlj on 1/24/2013, 8:33 pm

Timroy, welcome to the forum! When my husband and I were placing our beds, we built them, put them where we wanted them to be, used a can of spray paint to mark the corners and sides (we had 4'x16' beds), removed the beds and used a mantis tiller to loosen the soil, going out just a little on each side. We then removed any grass and weeds, placed the frames back into place (which settled nicely into the freshly tilled soil), put some of the Mel's Mix in, tilled it again, then finished filling the bed. It has worked well for us.
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Post  camprn on 1/24/2013, 8:55 pm

When I originally placed my boxes there was grass. I lifted the sod brick like and placed the boxes right on the dirt. Worked well for the most part. In an already established garden, that's even better. Timroy, did you have a chance to poke around the forum and do some reading?

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Post  cindre2000 on 1/24/2013, 11:16 pm

I have placed all my beds directly on the grass (no previous garden to place it on). I do use the higher quality weed cloth underneath. But I rarely have grass poke through.

The only issue I can think of arising from that placement is if you have heavily diseased soil in your old garden.
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Post  landarch on 1/25/2013, 10:48 pm

I did the same at camp...I dug the sod out from under my boxes. The only grass I see creeping into my boxes is around the edge since my walking aisles are still lawn. Each spring, I usually till the soil deep enough to destroy any grass roots that may have developed and I ususally don't see the grass creep in again until after the summer garden is done and the fall garden goes in.
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