The first step to making your vegetable garden is sodbusting.
There are no two ways about it: Removing or smothering the lawn (or other vegetation) to make your vegetable garden takes a bit of work.
Cover the lawn with a removable covering such as a tarp for four or more weeks, which kills the lawn by blocking sunlight.
Alternatively, cover it with a biodegradable covering such as newspaper or cardboard topped with layers of finished compost, lawn clippings and leaves. Finish with a layer of garden soil on top of the organic materials.
The effect of this layering is to smother the underlying grass — but unlike the tarp technique, this method also builds the soil.
We believe composting is the ticket to good garden soil. Making a new garden can be an opportunity for both composting and incorporating compost.
If you decide to try the above approach, just skip the next section and never lift sod again.