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Beginning a new veg garden

Columbus, OH

I'm new to this site and I think it's wonderful! I am going to begin growing a vegetable garden on a site that at one time was a crop field of probably corn. It now is over-grown with weeds and brush. I am going to till the soil and add amendments. My questions are 1) should I choose a low place that can be a bit wet or higher ground that I may have to irrigate somehow in summer, and 2) what exactly should I add to the soil?

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Spirit, welcome! Before you add anything nutrient-wise, you should probably have your soil tested. Nearly every town has a state extension office that can give you a soil sample kit and instructions for collecting your sample(s), which are then sent to your state land-grant university's ag department for testing. Here in Tennessee, they'll even email you the results (fast and you can print them off, copy and paste them into a garden journal, etc.)

Fertilizers can help temporarily put back whatever your soil is missing, but if it's been over-farmed in the past, one of the best things you can do is add back organic matter - lots the first year and then a new layer every year - over time, it will not only replenish the nutrients but improve its texture - and organic matter will help your soil strike the right balance between drainage and moisture-retention.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

how wet is wet? if it's too wet early, you can't really work in it.

Columbus, OH

In answer to your how wet is wet.... It is next to a spring fed pond and depending on the amount of rain, it could have standing water at times.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

i'd be afraid that would be too wet. At the least, it sounds like it would slow you getting started in spring.

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