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5/19/11 3:58 P

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I had the same experience more than 20 years ago. I developed a beautiful garden (this was in Australia) and then the home sold to a young man. He must of liked the look of the place when he bought it, but he had no knowledge of or interest in the upkeep needed (which was fairly minimal). The neighbor who lived directly across the street kept me informed of the destruction he was wreaking on the landscape and the neighbor who had to watch what was happening was more upset than I was.


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5/19/11 3:42 P

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I know how you feel. You don't mind leaving all your hard work if someone else appreciates it but...I moved two years ago and the people who moved in don't know a weed from a perennial and wacked everything down. They cut down my apple and peach trees and approx 30 rose bushes in addition to all my perennials. I cried when I saw the yard again! It used to look like a park but now when I drive by all I see are overgrown weeds!
Our town offers free compost which I took advantage of one year but never again! They must chop up a lot of diseased trees because I ended up with bugs I never had before. Especially destructive were the iris borers. Before I realized I had them, they destroyed 20 plants, I'm sure I had an isolated experience, but it has really made me leary. We can't compost ourselves so I buy bags of worm castings from a place that raises worms for bait and compost/manure from Lowe's.






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5/19/11 2:51 P

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I have been pleasantly surprised with how quickly the soil has improved at the place I moved just over a year ago. One year ago, I could not force a shovel into the soil more than about 1.5 inches using all my weight. To plant anything, I had to use a post-hole digger to make a hole! Over last summer, I spread lots of free tree litter (free from tree trimming companies, but really hard labor to get all the beds covered). I covered all the beds with anywhere from six to fifteen inches of this organic matter. I also used alfalfa pellets whenever I planted anything. The soil is so much better now. I hope the next person likes gardening because I have moved. I don't mind not reaping the benefit of my work, but I would like to think somebody will enjoy it!


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5/19/11 11:34 A

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Welcome to the team TRAVELNISTA

I have really poor soil also, mostly hard clay. I have raised beds. My DH built mine but I notice that even my supermarket is selling raised bed kits now. I did buy an extra one this year from Gardeners Supply company. Actually, they're metal brackets and you buy the limber to slip into it. When you have a raised bed you can improve on what's in your ground. I use a blend of topsoil, manure and compost all of which you can buy from your local big box home improvement store.

If raised beds aren't an option for you, then you have to try to find varieties that say they are good for containers like a bush variety of cucumber or compact zucchini. Summer squash takesd up a lot of space so it's usually one plant per BIG container. It's hard to tell when you're looking at a seed packet so go online to Burpee or whatever seeds are available where you shop and read about the different varieties. They will usually say whether they're good for containers because so many people are choosing that option now.

Here's a link for Better Homes and Gardens with great vegetable container ideas:
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I've been gardening for 45 years - I started helping my grandfather when I was young. I've been organic gardening for the last 20 and start all my plants from seeds; so if you have any questions please feel free to ask!






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5/19/11 10:37 A

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Hi! and welcome... emoticon

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5/19/11 9:27 A

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Hi, welcome to the team.
There is one thing you will discover about gardeners, we love to share our gardening information and tricks! So don't be afraid to ask.

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My husband is more of a gardener than I am. Neither of us would be considered expert gardeners, and I don't know much about container gardening. However, I like the idea. One really nice thing about container gardens is that you do not walk on the soil that the plants are using.

I would not have thought of it as a solution to poor soil, but I can see how it would be helpful as you would have less soil to worry about.

Can you start a compost bin or compost pile? That is a great way to enrich your soil. Mind you it takes awhile! It won't do you a lot of good this year, but next year you can add some nice leaf mold to your soil. (You may want two bins or piles. One for leaf mold and one for regular compost.)

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5/18/11 11:12 P

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Like anything, it takes time & patience. Patience is the hardest thing for me! But, I love crawling around in my gardens! And honestly, nothing taste better than food from your garden, that you work hard for. I don't care how small my strawberries or tomatoes are, they taste amazing & it's so satisfying! You will do great! Make sure you add a little love to your garden, they really do feel it!

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5/18/11 9:46 P

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emoticon this team was recommended to someone in another team I am on and thought I would investigate. I have really poor soil so i need to do container gardening. Last year was my first try and I am going to dabble again this year to see if I can do better.

Last year's garden consisted of tomato plants, basil, cucumbers, zucchini, and red pepper all in big container pots. Not so successful. Tomatoes and basil did great. Zucchini I harvested one the size of my pinky, harvested 2 red peppers, and 2 cucumbers - pitiful. Hope to learn on here and this year will be better.



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