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Post  jwbryson on 4/12/2011, 1:43 pm

I have two 4x4 boxes that I used for the first time last year with limited success. Long story short - I overplanted in one of them and the heat last summer was rough. I am fresh and ready to start anew this Spring, but I am not sure if there is any kind of "prep work" that I need to do to my soil before planting this year.

One of my boxes has a fair number of weeds coming through the top of the soil which are not large, but they are there, and there are also a couple of larger weeds that I will have to pull. My question is this -- how much prep work is required before I use these boxes again this year? Do I just till the soil and pull out the old roots from last years zukes, etc., or do I leave those in the mix?

I'm just not sure where to start this year and was looking for some feedback.

Thanks.
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Post  camprn on 4/12/2011, 2:03 pm

This is what I would do: pull out all the dead matter & old plants from last year. Use a cultivator tool to loosen any weeds actively growing and pull those out too, (this is a good time to start that compost pile).
If there are a few inches of space from the soil surface to the box lip, pour in a bag or 2 of compost and mix it in, rake to level the mix, put the grid on and plant your seeds or seedlings. Very Happy
The whole thing should take an hour or 2 at best. Wink Happy Gardening.
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Post  Furbalsmom on 4/12/2011, 4:46 pm

+1

Camprn gave you all you need to know!
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Post  jwbryson on 4/12/2011, 4:47 pm

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