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Where to start......
#70807 December 16th, 2006 at 02:56 AM
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We will be moving in January and I will be growing a garden this year. I have not done this in quite some time. I grew tomatoes successfully this year and always had a garden growing up, but am at a loss as far as how to really do this. Any suggestions are welcomed as well as planting suggestions(grouping, different plants, etc) Here is my new garden-to-be:

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It is roughly a quarter acre or so. I think it was a garden at one time because of the way it has been cleared and the location to the house. I am soooooo excited!! grinnnn

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#70808 December 16th, 2006 at 03:17 AM
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Woooohoooo Tonya......tomatoes are good...how about corn and radishes?
The size of that garden, you wont need veggies at the store!!!!

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#70809 December 16th, 2006 at 03:24 AM
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That's what I'm hoping for, Penny!! thumbup

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#70810 December 16th, 2006 at 03:26 AM
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The size of that garden.....i just hope not critters come and munch on your food!!!!

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#70811 December 16th, 2006 at 03:27 AM
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I'm hoping to do tomatoes, potatoes, corn, beans, peppers, carrotts, lettuce, onions, cucumbers, squash, radishes, garlic.....I know there is more, but.... laugh laugh

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#70812 December 16th, 2006 at 03:30 AM
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There is only so much room.....wait, you have the room.....you will need a lap top to keep up on here with a gardent that size...you will always be out there.

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#70813 December 16th, 2006 at 03:35 AM
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With all the mowing I will be doing- I'll need something...I am trying to find a pic from the road looking back. I'm not getting anything done today laugh laugh laugh laugh

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#70814 December 16th, 2006 at 03:36 AM
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Is that the neighbors house then in the back????

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#70815 December 16th, 2006 at 03:49 AM
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The house you are seeing is actually across the road. The neighbor I mentioned is to the left of the garden in that pic. The house you saw is a rental and is usually vacant from what I've heard.

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#70816 December 16th, 2006 at 03:52 AM
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It will be nice to have someone close by....maybe they have a rider tractor to cut the grass with, that you can use for awhile...barter with veggies laugh laugh laugh thumbup

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#70817 December 16th, 2006 at 04:13 AM
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This is standing at the back corner of the house looking towards the back of the property- the property line is the tree line in the very back! grinnnn

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How do you like Doug's new home?? lala

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#70818 December 16th, 2006 at 04:14 AM
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Wow.....that is alot of property there!!!!

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#70819 December 16th, 2006 at 04:17 AM
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I'm really going to get something done now....like a shower! laugh laugh See ya later on! wavey

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#70820 December 16th, 2006 at 04:20 AM
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#70821 December 18th, 2006 at 11:04 PM
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OK- Now...any suggestions for which crops should be planted along side each other, or any "prep" suggestions?? Sorry- Seems I hijacked my own topic! laugh laugh

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#70822 December 18th, 2006 at 11:45 PM
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Even though you have ample space to work with, I would start out small with a few raised planters near the house. It's so easy to over do it, and exceed the fun/joy of gardening. It can become a real chore if the plot is a long way from the house and there's a lot of work awaiting you each day. There's nothing like taking a few short steps out the door and being able to snip/snip a salad together. Check out Square Foot Gardening for tips, techniques and plant spacing.

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#70823 December 19th, 2006 at 04:23 AM
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The garden is right off the side of the house, so rather than raised beds I am doing a portion of the whole "plot" I do plan on having probably 20 tomato plants(we had 9 this year and nowhere near enough tomatoes- we love them!), but I also want to grow a few things like potatoes, onions, and peppers for sure- the rest may have to wait until next year. Oh! and lettuce! thumbup

Thanks for the link, BTW- I bookmarked it!

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#70824 December 19th, 2006 at 06:08 AM
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I just saw this post shocked
Can you get to the property and do anything to it now, or do you have to wait until the dots are dotted and t's are crossed...
**I apologize, I read the first couple of posts,
and will finish reading tonight**

If you can get to it now, rototill it up now..cover with any type of covering, cardboard or chopped leaves.. or even better after freshly tilled, find a cover crop to seed like red clover and till it in in the spring...

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#70825 December 19th, 2006 at 09:33 PM
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We can go to the property and all, but I can't get any tiller rental places to answer the phone to let me know how much it would be to till it for me eek (we are going to buy a tiller with the money from closing! kissies

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#70826 December 19th, 2006 at 09:54 PM
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Tonya, google lasagna gardening and see if that will help you out...

Here is a link to get you started...

Dianna

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#70827 December 19th, 2006 at 10:29 PM
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I think there's even more here about
lasgna gardening...
Do a forum search for those words or even cardboard...

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#70828 December 19th, 2006 at 10:43 PM
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Thanks guys!

Now- any suggestions on plant grouping? Like which ones are planted together or which ones can't be planted together? I am soooo excited! grinnnn

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#70829 December 19th, 2006 at 10:54 PM
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I think there's some info on that too,
if you do a forum search on the words
Companion Gardening..
I know Njoynit had asked that question
and there should be some other posts as well...

I am verrrrrrrry excited for you...
I wish I had that much land to garden.

Also, if you find two pictures, one from Triss's garden and one from Comfrey's gardens', I think there's great shots of awesome fences..
*and that's a great idea if you can afford it,
cause mine got mutilated from woodchucks this year.. eek eek
*if you can't find them, cause I don't remember what posts' they had posted them under, but maybe you can entice them in here and ask them to repost those pictures...*

And Longy has some good ideas' too, with bails of hay around them too...*breaks down the soil under it, and is used as a make shift fence around the perimeter.. and then he breaks the bails I think and either shakes it on top of the soil in the fall time or uses it in the compost..
*and I have a post somewher'es about gardening inside a bail of hay*

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#70830 December 21st, 2006 at 12:18 AM
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So far- I can't find the pics of Triss' or Comfrey's fences....

I also have not really had time to search the other stuff..... 'Tis the season to be too busy, I guess! laugh laugh

Maybe once I get moved! thumbup

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#70831 December 22nd, 2006 at 03:50 AM
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I cant wait to see what you've got planned for the garden~~~~!!!

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