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Old 04-17-2008, 05:28 PM
Location: Between Belmont & Cramerton, North Carolina
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This will be my first garden in North Carolina. How did these veggies grow for you in previous years?

- Tomatoes
- Onions
- Potatoes
- Lettuce
- Red peppers
- Corn
- Watermelons
- Parsley
- Garlic

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Old 04-17-2008, 07:05 PM
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I have only done tomatoes, peppers and parsley (and other herbs). If your area is heavily red clay, you need to till the area well and stir in a WHOLE LOT of manure, compost or some sort of soil conditioner. You want to cut the clay as much as possible, several inches down, to make it more drainable. I use a time-release granular food mixed in the soil as well, such as Osmocote, and it works well for me as directed on the container. Mulch after you plant to hold moisture and hold off weeds (riiiight...lol)

My tomato and pepper bushes were huge, they grew too tall to fit in the cages anymore. The problem you will run into is irrigation, after you get everything established. You HAVE to water, sometimes twice a day, once the summer cranks up good. The herbs do well and get very big, as long as you start them and maintain them all summer. The veggies, my big problem was, I got busy as the summer progressed, and didn't get to water them like I should have. I didn't get as much crop as I would have liked, but I think it was my own fault.

Hope this helps!
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:05 PM
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We have a big rosemary bush in our backyard. My wife is also planting a variety of veggies including corn!
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:15 PM
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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I'm putting my transplants outside for good this weekend. Got to harden them up.

I really think we had our last good shot of cold air this week. Temps at night shouldn't bottom out lower than the upper 40's from now on (normal lows are in the 50's).
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:24 AM
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Our tomatoes and peppers do well here in the summer. We also have squash and zucchini and it goes crazy! I love having fresh veggies in the summer - you will enjoy gardening here. I'm so glad my husband has a green thumb - I wish I did.

I did do an herb pot with parsley and cilantro last year and it did pretty well. For herbs, I generally use my Aero-Garden - it's black thumb proof and a great purchase!
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:56 PM
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I have a friend in Weddington who is looking for compost. Any recommendations?
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Old 03-09-2009, 10:30 PM
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Default Yummy!

My spinach and radishes are up in the raised bed, and herbs wintered quite well.

Have already sown beets, purple carrots, swiss chard, and brussel sprouts (sowed those in mid- to late Feb). Going to sow mesclun in containers tomorrow.

The hard red clay we have is a back breaker! It is very fertile, but almost impenetrable and does not drain well. Have someone till it deeply and add tons of organic material. Or do raised beds and containers.

Have fun!!!
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:09 PM
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We had great luck with tomatoes, corn & lettuce last year. We also got one watermelon, but my wife said it was inedible. Hopefully we'll have better luck this year.
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:13 PM
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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This will be my first garden here. With everything that I have to do, I'm not going to double-dig the compost in, just dig it in or get a tiller, besides, I'm moving the garden in the fall anyway.

I've been gardening in clay all of my adult life, so I'll just get some bags of compost from Lowes & prep the ground.....
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Old 03-09-2009, 11:24 PM
Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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The one thing I had to learn when I decided to have what my fil called a sheet sized garden was to put some dirt between the seed and the plant food. I burned the seeds up the first time I planted. I grew up on a farm in the mountains of North Carolina and the dirt was a lot richer and not so much clay. Composting is good, but if you put a little distance between the seed and the food you will be all right anyway. I had neighbors that put sand in with the clay to separate it. I used compost. Charlotte clay makes better bricks than it does gardens. LOL

BTW--Sam's in Matthews had a very reasonable compost bin. I bought one last year and should have some for use this spring. This is a new experience for me.

Another hint: If you plant corn and vine type green beans together, you don't have to stake the beans. They will run up the corn stalks. My mother taught me that years ago.

When I was in Charlotte the cucumbers did the best, and the tomatoes were all right. I didn't have much success with pepper but that was probably just me. I don't really have a green thumb. It was amazing how much came out of that little "sheet size" garden. The green beans did good too, but for the smaller size garden you do need to use the vine kind of green beans. There was just not enough space for the lower kind.

Lettuce and radishes did well too, but the lettuce was very time consuming because it was the leaf kind. You need to plant that early. Now is the time to plant lettuce, onions and green peas. My neighbor says to wait until after Good Friday for other things.

When we came to Union County I tried a bigger garden and found the bugs attacked potatoes but squash grew really well.

A natural debugger is to plant marigold flowers between each row. I have never done this but have read that it works.

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