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Soil Ph, weed barrier, sand? peat? 41°38'0.94"N x 83°27'16.74"W

Soil Ph, weed barrier, sand? peat? 41°38'0.94"N x 83°27'16.74"W
Posted by mrbhorman from Ohio/Midwest on 2010-03-10 11:42:00

O.k. I might have too many questions here, but I need to get my garden right this year. How can I check my soil Ph? At what Ph do I need to add lime and is there a ratio to help me determine how much? Can I put down a permeable barrier to prevent weeds, and just cut holes in it for my transplants? I have a lot of clay. Should I use sand, peat, or a combo of both? I'd like to grow with as organically as possible, but Miracle Gro is pretty amazing stuff, and I don't have enough compost for my entire garden yet. Any suggestions? Also thinking about making my garden bigger. Should I till my grass into the soil, or remove it before turning the ground for the first time? Thanks for any help.
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