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Old 04-01-2010, 11:53 PM
 
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Any and all suggestions for a better garden are welcomed.
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Old 04-02-2010, 09:12 AM
 
Location: NC, USA
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Without knowing what you have at present, nor your location, one can not give an intelligent response.----Water, seed, fertilizer, lime and a liberal application of Hoe.
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:33 AM
 
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Any and all suggestions for a better garden are welcomed.
Depending on how technical you want to get, you could pick up a cheapo soil tester kit to find out if it's lacking (PH is too much one way or the other). OR you can dump sterilized manure, miracle grow garden soil, and till it till the cows don't know the difference. I've got clay soil, still need to add more vermiculite and sand so it doesn't compact and harden. My sis 2 states away has sandy soil that won't hold water. She needs more humus and clay. Essentially we need to swap out 200 cubic yards of our respective yards & fedex is a bit costly lol.

Do you know what growing zone you're in? USDA Hardiness Zone Maps

Do you know what you want to plant?

Are you ambitious or would you rather stick with container gardening just now?

Another option some take are purchasing ready started plants and placing them in the ground. I've had good luck with bonnie plants (box stores and local feed seed stores carry them) which seem hearty enough stands to tolerate novice gardeners like myself.

Anything is possible. Some things are more impossible than others-- like growing lemons in Alaska, it could never yield the work you put into it because you're arguing with nature. Planting snap peas in july likely won't work out.
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Old 04-10-2010, 07:50 PM
 
Location: alabama
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Any and all suggestions for a better garden are welcomed.

organic matter...composted plants, composted manure., very old sawdust or wood chips.

If you are lucky enough to find some rabbit manure you can use it right away.

Mulch with organic material...but add a little nitrogen fertilizer to aid in decomposition, to keep the mulch from stealing nutrients from your plants.

manure is great for softening clay soils.

If it is new ground don't expect too much the first year...build your soil.

good luck
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