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« on: February 17, 2006 03:21:38 PM »

I live in a rented house (in south Texas) who's backyard has been completely neglected over the years. We cleared out all of the hackberry and bamboo (or at least what we could find... that stuff is like zombies: comes back from the dead). Under all of that mess were flower beds!

As spring is rapidly approaching, we are getting very excited to have our own little garden. Unfortunately, these beds are in bad shape. I need to turn over all the soil and add new stuff to make it ready for my little plants-- but this is much harder than I thought it would be. After about one hour with a shovel, I was ready to call it quits.

Do y'all have any advice as to how to make the space easier to work with? The ground is very hard- will watering it make it more mailable, or just make a muddy mess? Should I go after it with a pick-ax, or just teach my dog to dig holes? Is pure elbow grease the only way to make it happen?

thanks for any advice!
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2006 04:30:41 PM »

Rent a rear tine roto tiller.  After you get the beds worked up, start working compost into the soil, until you have the consistency you want.  After you have the bed planted, remember to mulch.  Grass clippings are good, because they will decompose, adding to your good soil.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2006 05:53:15 PM »

well, I've got a few tips
  • Cover the area with black tarp, to keep moisture in and kill weeds for a couple weeks
  • save your kitchen scraps and blend them, thats right BLEND, and pour on your garden, it makes for nicer soil!
  • Turn it over in wet weather, it makes it easier, and the rain feels nice and cool when your working hard
  • and, yes, elbow grease really Is the only way, but it pays off in the end!
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