William Moss from CBS this Morning and HGTV prepare a Raised Bed Garden for planting with Patti Moreno, the Garden Girl. Visit http://www.wemoss.org and http://www.urbansustainableliving.com
Patty Moreno: Hi. I’m Patty Moreno, the Garden Girl. William Moss: And I’m William Moss and today, we’re going to talk about preparing a seed bed. The first thing you want to do is have a good location with 68 hours of sunlight. And we’ve got that. Patty Moreno: It’s March and I just can’t wait to get out in the garden right when it turns spring and it gets a little bit warm and I have to be outside without freezing. And the best thing to do right now is to prepare that bed for planting. William Moss: Exactly. So the first thing you want to do is to start clearing some of the debris that’s left from last year. I think this was a three sister’s bed if I’m correct. Patty Moreno: Yes. William Moss: Right. So we got in even some in some old corn stalks and some whole bean thing. And we want to just clear out this garden debris now. All the plants had any of this stuff that’s sitting a lot in the garden. You don’t want in there at this point. Patty Moreno: We’re not going to let this go to waste, though. We’re going to take anything that we’re pulling out right now and top it immediately into our compos bin. We’re going to let it work for us. So I had corn, beans and squash in here. William Moss: Okay. Patty Moreno: And it did really well. It was so fun. William Moss: And it’s just a great setup. Patty Moreno: Now, this soil has been compacting down all winter. And what I love doing first is just taking a pit fork and loosening the soil. Why make it difficult on our selves when we want to turn it, but loosen it up, so that we can easily put that shovel in and turn this a little. Bring that soil from the bottom up to the top. William Moss: What we’re doing here is we’re the soil stay nice and loose. So the most be able to grow down and all through out the soil. Patty Moreno: Set my pit fork here, too. And I’m just getting it in and look at how rich the soil is so far. William Moss: Uh-hmm. Patty Moreno: Alright. So, you’re going to keep turning. Should I grab the shovel now? William Moss: Sure. As a matter of fact, I’m going to go over here and start shoveling in some and there’s a lot of compos now. Patty Moreno: Alright. William Moss: So that would be newer. Patty Moreno: Yeah. William Moss: I have to start. Patty Moreno: I love using rabbit manure, obviously. For me, it’s free. So, guys, get rabbit, but you can faceable apply it right away. You don’t have to let it compos, so it’s not going to burn the roof of any of your plants on anything. And you can provide nutrients right away for them. Look at all those worms that we have in the compos. That is such a good sign that we’ve got some nutrient-rich compos. Those worms have been helping breakdown the rabbit manure. They leave us rich, warm casting. And that’s a great fertilizer, too. So anyway you look at it, if you see worms. That means you’ve got good soil. I think we’re pretty good here so far. What do you think? William Moss: Yeah, this was great. I bet it’s time for us to just to smooth everything out and grate it. Patty Moreno: Alright. William Moss: Now we’re trying to do is to smooth out the top of the surface, so we can get a good see the soil content. Patty Moreno: This is looking really good. William Moss: That is great. Patty Moreno: Great. I think we’re done. I think we’ve amended the soil. We’ve turned it. It’s nice and fluffy. And this said is ready for seeding. William Moss: I’m William Moss. Patty Moreno: I’m Patty Moreno, the Garden Girl. William Moss: And that’s how you prepare a seed bed.