Starting a new garden
Okay, while we are still having nice weather, I am thinking about where my future veggie garden will be. I have a good sunny spot, handy to get to with good drainage that I think will be ideal. It is on a slight slope.
There is one issue, there are 2 large evergreen Western hemlock trees that live there now that will be coming down soon. The ground under those trees is dry and of course covered with needles so nothing grows there now.
We are having the stumps removed too, but I think with raised beds I can deal with any old roots in the ground. What I wonder about is the acidic soil and any other chemical changes that those big trees might cause that prevent even weeds from growing there. I assume it is mostly due to lack of water with the big tree there, just wondering if there is something else?
Would you recommend I rake away all the tree materials and lime the area this fall or ??
I also want to create a berry patch - blueberries, raspberries and strawberries at least in the general area of my small garden. Blue berries like acidic soil, but any other concerns with them?
I am in King county - so thought to do the basic preparations as soon as the trees are gone - before it gets wet.