Gardening in a spot where 3 50 foot Pines have been removed
Good afternoon! I lost 3 large pine trees during the March wind storm. Now that there is sun exposure, I would like to start a vegetable garden next to the site, and replace with a dogwood tree. I realize that the soil is very acidic. Do you have any recommendations for how to treat the soil and begin again? Thank you for any suggestions!
This sounds like a great plan!
The area is not necessarily over-acidic. The only way to really know what your site conditions are, and how to improve them is to have a soil test done. They are not expensive and do not take very long. It's worth it, because if you note that you want to make a vegetable garden there, the results will suggest how to improve your soil.
Here is our soil testing page that has all the info you need including how to take a sample, and a list of regional labs you can send it to for the analysis:
Were the roots ground out and the chips and sawdust removed? If there is a lot of fresh wood chips/material, it may be better to wait until next season until they age and break down a bit. As they break down, they can rob Nitrogen from the soil.
A raised bed is also a possibility.
Here is our vegetable page, which has a great deal of information to get you going:
By all means, know that we are here to help, each step of the way.