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Wyatt’s Fall Veggie Vlog: Part 1 – Prepping a Veggie Garden Bed


Beautiful Fall weather is ahead and it’s time to get started planting veggies! I’ve decided to expand my veggie garden at home and invite you all to follow me this season for some of my best tips, successes, and failures to overcome. I’ll be posting video updates here in the Garden News and on Gill social media pages. 

Part 1 – Prepping a Veggie Garden Bed 

A bountiful veggie garden starts with the soil! Check out my time-lapse video of creating a new veggie bed, and read my tips below for additional info and a recap:

A couple of things I didn’t mention in the video that are very helpful: 
  1. If the ground is dry and hard, you can water the area thoroughly for 2-3 days before turning the soil. This will loosen it up and make it a lot easier.
  2. Get rid of all grass and weeds before prepping the bed. Pull them out making sure you get the roots. 
  3. The fork tool I’m using in the video is actually called a spading fork, not a pitchfork. Great tool to use!

Video recap: 

  • Amend your soil with compost. Whether you are using an existing garden or starting a new bed it is important to use compost every season. Compost should be tilled (by hand and/or with a tiller) into the top 6-8 inches of soil. Compost helps build the soil structure and has great benefits for your plants including stronger root growth.
  • Create a barrier. I like to edge the garden with bricks or timbers, but you can use bendaboard, stone, steel edging, logs, etc. This stops weeds from creeping into the garden and helps keep things organized. 
  • Top dress with mulch. Mulching is greatly beneficial to a healthy veggie garden. Mulch helps keep the weeds down, helps retain moisture in the soil, and when you use natural mulches like Hardwood or Pine Straw, they break down in the top layer of dirt building your soil structure even more. 

Happy gardening!


Reader Interactions


  1. Susan says

    I used mulch to control the weeds and YIKES it attracted the “role poly”
    Bugs and they had a feast on all the young vegetarian. where did I go wrong ? They almost ate all my beets ????

    • Wyatt says

      Role polys are a common bug when there is decomposing material in the area. We carry an organic bait called Sluggo Plus that will control Role polys.


  2. Gloria Fernandez-VanZante says

    I used mulch on my vegetable bed and it helped keep the weeds out. I may have a couple right now in some bare spots where the mulch has broken down, and I am looking forward to raking the bed out, adding more compost, and loosening the soil before I plant for the fall.

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