by Renea Winchester
Only a few tools are needed in order to have a lush garden: A shovel, rake , hoe, and determination. So for those who do not own a tiller, or are inexperienced in how to prepare your own “little strip of ground,” let’s begin.
Here is a photo of my garden space. You’ll see it is overgrown with chickweed and various other types of satan-spawned weeds.
Before: Weed Covered
Step one: Manually remove as many weeds as possible by pulling them. Try to get the roots. The leaves can remain and be worked into the soil.
After removing as many weeds as possible the next step is to rake the area clean with a heavy metal rake.
As you can see in the second photo while the rake does not get the area completely clean, it does go a long
way in removing weeds.
Our next step will be to scatter wood-
ashes, used tea leaves and coffee grounds.
Wood ashes have been used for years in
gardens all over the country. However, do
not apply ashes in an area where you
are going to plant acid loving plants (such as
tomatoes, or blueberries); or in an area where you are planting potatoes.
Double dig the soil by plunging a shovel deep into the soil. Lift the shovel, turn it over and dump the soil onto the ground. Repeat these steps until all organic matter is incorporated. If you are not working any matter into the soil, keep turning the soil until the ground is broken and ready to rake.
After the soil has been turned, rake the earth. Remove any rocks, roots,
and pesky weeds that are reluctant to leave. The soil is now ready to plant.
After: New Ground Ready for Planting
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Renea Winchester is an award-winning author. Her book, In The Garden With Billy: Lessons About Life, Love & Tomatoes has been nominated for a SIBA award and GAYA award.