Should I dig up weeds and loosen soil under raised bed?

fernwoodsOctober 3, 2008

I am building raised beds. I have read that having 18 inches of loosened soil makes vegetables grow much better. I will have about 10 inches in the raised bed. Should I dig up weedsand loosen soil under raised bed?

I sure don't want to do all that digging if it serves no purpose, but if it would eliminate weeds and make the plants grow better, I want to do it now before I fill the beds.

Is this a waste of time?

Should I just put down news paper and skip all the digging?

Would cardboard have chemicals that would be harmful if I want to be organic?

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If the weeds are a really tough, invasive type, I'd go with the cardboard. Otherwise, several thicknesses of newspaper should do the job.


Here is a link that might be useful: Annie's Kitchen Garden

    Bookmark   October 3, 2008 at 11:50PM
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Melissa Houser

I agree with Granny. One of the beautiful things about SFG is that you don't have to dig...and, once the beds are filled, soil 'tilling' can be done with your hand, one square at a time. :)

    Bookmark   October 4, 2008 at 1:03AM
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I agree with granny, too. One of the things I recently found out is that most newspapers use soy based inks now both in color and black and white, so probably would not hurt your veggies at all.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2008 at 4:42AM
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shellva(Camden 7b/8a)

I agree with the others. No dig and use cardboard. It's how I started all my box beds. It's how I start any garden bed for that matter, flower or vegetable.

I don't think there would be anything toxic in the cardboard but I would stick with the plain brown ones, no white, no shiny with pictures.

I take off as much tape too but I don't drive myself crazy about it. I have come across pieces of tape a year or so later. I just pull them up then and discard.


    Bookmark   October 4, 2008 at 7:41AM
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jbest123(Zone 5 PA)

If you will be planting anything like horseradish, rhubarb or asparagus spade in lots of compost where they are to be planted, before you place the boxes.


Here is a link that might be useful: Johns Journal

    Bookmark   October 4, 2008 at 8:38AM
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