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gt2003
08-07-2012, 08:53 PM
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Here's my cleared out garden. I just moved in here so I don't have any idea of the history of it. All I know is it was a weed infested mess but isn't now. It's about 8 1/2 ft wide by 30 ft long. The plan is to plant broccoli, brussel sprouts, garlic and cilantro. My main question is, what else do I need to do to prepare? I do have some 29-0-5 slow release fertilizer I can add or I can go out and get whatever I need. As I understand it, I need to get this stuff in the ground ASAP. So, give me some feedback. I'm also going to plant some onions come February or so. Just looking for advice so I can get a good, solid start on my 1st garden EVER! Where should I go from here? I'm in south eastern Oklahoma. Thanks!

SmokyOkie
08-07-2012, 09:59 PM
It might be a good idea to sterilize the soil for both weed seeds and other pathogens.

Just measure and buy a roll of black visqueen. cover the garden and weight it down. Leave it for a couple weeks and the temps will fix you up.

Take 4" deep soil samples in a good cross section and take them to the county extension office. They will send them to OSU for analysis. they will tell you what you need to add if anything.

You really shouldn't use any soil augmentation until you know what you need.

As to the Brussels sprouts, plant them as early as you can.

Butt Lover's
08-08-2012, 10:28 AM
Take Tim's advise and get a soil sample. They will have all kinds of info at the extension office. If you add something that you don't need it will really throw your soil out of balance. I'm guessing they are going to tell you to add P & K and compost, but you won't know for sure till they check it.

gt2003
08-08-2012, 12:31 PM
Just so happens I work near the county extension office in Muskogee. I'll bag up some samples and take them to them. Thanks!

Just ordered 2 broccoli plants and 2 brussel sprout plants today. Gotta get 'em "buried" soon!

SmokyOkie
08-08-2012, 02:18 PM
Bookmark these links Greg. They'll come in handy and make you an expert in no time.

http://osufacts.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-1092/HLA-6004web.pdf

http://osufacts.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-1114/HLA-6009web.pdf

gt2003
08-09-2012, 06:43 AM
Thanks gentlemen. I've got the soil sample bagged up and will be taking it in today. I'm hoping it's as simple as compost and a few minerals. I'll be off and growing in no time!

SmokyOkie
08-09-2012, 10:12 AM
It will likely need fertilizer to some degree.

Compost NEVER hurts, but be careful about mushroom mulch. It can bee too high in N.

gt2003
08-09-2012, 11:06 AM
I found some "ladybug revitalizer compost" at Harps with 5 different compost ingredients ( This unique blend of humus, cow, horse, and turkey manure composts also has a trace of granite sand, ground rice hulls, and humates to provide a wide variety of beneficial fungal and bacterialmicroorganisms). I read some really good reviews about it online. But, I'm holding off for now to see what specific things the soil needs. The cooperative extension service said I should get my results in about a week. So, looks like things will be coming into focus soon.

What is a decent material to use for shade cloth? With the intense heat I don't want my garden to burn up!

Primo
08-09-2012, 06:44 PM
peas will put nitrogen back in the soil for next season .get a dirt sample and take to your nearest ag center and have it tested to see what it needs .