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New garden project
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oslo in nc    Posted 11-16-2004 at 00:42:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Previous posts started this so i'm really interested in persuing a good, and easy healthy garden project. Part of my yard has pleanty of sunshine, soil isn't the best. mostly clay. What I want to do is make it as easy to tend as possible. I would like to, rather than having a garden plot, I would like to make it as easy to work as possible. I'm going to buy top soil and leaf mulch. I want to containerize as much as possible. I'm basically lazy so I would appreciate any advice or sites to go to. I'm new at this but I have decided that I want to get really good healthy foods for my wife and I to eat. WE have a long growing season in North Carolina and I want to take advantage of the long growing season. I'm starting from scratch, but I want to grow herbs, and vegetables that will make us healthier. We have the usual aches and pains and I believe good nutrition will make a big difference for our remaining years. If any of you fine folks have tricks or techniques that work I would appreciate knowing what they are. I'm planning on building a raised garden bed. The higher off the ground the better. An earlier post mentioned cherry concentrate was good for many ailments. I am looking for those items. Garlic, we love, is going to be planted. Any websites that you know of would be appreciated and any short cuts, such as watering techniques would help. I want to build a seed starter green house, so if any of you have some suggestions on the type of construction would be appreciated. I want to stagger the planting such as tomatoes so that I can have a continuous crop rather than a bumper crop.

I appologize for the long post. I have a busted ankle and and going stir crazy and have taken the pain medicine which makes it difficult to think clearly.

Ps: This is one of the best sites I have ever been on. You all are by far the nicest group of people that I've read. I hope my being on hear adds to it.

You are the salt of the earth but hopefully not in my garden.

Paul D.

Betty    Posted 11-16-2004 at 05:59:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Great that you have picked gardening as a hobby. Moved on this land in 61, heavy clay soil. been using horse manure - which is free- but let it mulch out over winter- then put it on the garden. really loosens up the clay soil. neighbors thought i was crazy, but got all of them using it now. you will get some oats, etc, but in the compost pile they are great. I can and freeze, preserve everything. herbs -dried and frozen. canned almost 300 qts of good food. Making a canning kitchen and installing a wood cook stove. with gas prices going up, going to keep utilities down. but canning is really fun. make apple butter, hot mustard and lots and lots of hot peppers. trade these items for almost anything. firewood, electric work, etc. 76 yr old female gardener. got lots of garlic planted already. and love the sunflowers. good luck on your project. if anyone would like recipe for hot mustard, ask me. Before y2k, canned 800 qts of stuff. ate good that yr.LOL

mark/mn    Posted 11-16-2004 at 12:07:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
We use horse manure too, can't beat it. When
we put in plants I till some into the row before
sticking the plants in and it seems to give
them a good jump start.

My dad is in S.C and he's been getting horse
manure to tune up his clayish dirt.

Patria    Posted 11-16-2004 at 05:06:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good Morning, oslo.

Here's my second favorite gardening forum.

oh and apology not accepted.

bulldinkie    Posted 11-16-2004 at 04:25:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Raised beds are great.I have a kitchen garden they called them kitchen gardens years ago.Its 8 wooden raised beds .They are about 6' long and 4'wide.Its amazing what you can get in them I stock mine full.Compost is fabulous if you can get ahold of some.I have used brick between the boxes.Its closed in by used corn crib wood made into picket fence Its a real joy to garden in there.Things grow great in there.

Sid    Posted 11-16-2004 at 00:57:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you go to the left of this page and look under channels and click on gardening you will find what I believe to be some good info about what you are looking for. I think you are on the right track and hope you find your efforts to be well worthwhile. good food is a lot cheaper than meds and doesn't have a lot of the side effects.

oslo again    Posted 11-16-2004 at 01:01:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Sid I'll look there tomorrow. By the way I know why I'm up this late but what is your excuse? Have a good night and thanks again.

Paul D.

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