Starting a garden from scratch in Kansas

ScottsiegreenLee(5b)May 13, 2013

Hello everyone!
I just joined GW the other day. I am starting a flower and shrub garden from scratch and have been looking all over the net for info maybe someone could help me. I have a 10' by 7 space that was covered in Bermuda grass and weeds. I try to stay away from chemicals as much as possible, so I cut the grass super low and tilled the heck out of it. I went through and pick out clumps of weeds and grass and roots as best I could. Can I start planting? Would spraying be necessary? If I dont spray will I just be dealing with pulling weeds more often? Can I just lay down some seed mat/newspapers and then mulch and plant? Any advice would be wonderful!! I am new to flower gardening but have been growing a vegetable plot for four years. Thanks in advance!

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AustinGarden(6B)

Hey! Thanks for joining! Always glad to have new members :)

Anyways, it's probably ok to plant. I think danger of frost has passed. It would be ok to spray if things got really bad. Otherwise, I think you'd be ok. If you can catch aphids in a small colony, blow them off with steam. NEVER EVER EVER USE CHEMICALS ON FOOD CROPS! Weed mat definitely helps, newspaper is just fine too. I would also recommend running out to Walmart, Home Depot, etc. and buying Preen Weed Preventer and Plant Fertilizer. Be sure to apply BEFORE mulch. It really works out well for me. I really hope you have a great garden! I hope you post some pics too, before and after would be nice.

Happy Planting!
~AustinGarden

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 9:10PM
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SaBro(z5b swMO)

It is discouraging news but once you have Bermuda grass, you will never be rid of it. Tilling just spreads it because the pieces root. I have it in my yard and fight it constantly to keep it out of my beds.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 1:19PM
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SaBro(z5b swMO)

It is discouraging news but once you have Bermuda grass, you will never be rid of it. Tilling just spreads it because the pieces root. I have it in my yard and fight it constantly to keep it out of my beds.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 1:20PM
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