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post #591 of 616 Old 04-14-2014, 10:14 AM
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We want to start a garden this year. We have a good open spot picked out. It will be about 20x60. My question to all you gardeners is: After it is tilled what do you do to prep the soil? My dad had a great garden when I was a kid but of course my only part of it was picking the veggies. What types of fertilizers do you use etc. Thanks!!!!

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We use organic mushroom compost and worm castings and I'm composting manure. Take a soil sample to your local ag office and have them do a test to see what you need. This year we added lime too.
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I like cotton burr compost and rice hulls for soil amendments. As for fertilizer I like anything from the Espoma line of fertilizers. I find they are easy to use and it is very hard to harm the plants with them.

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Where's the photos??

Here is the outside bed, 118 broccoli plants! Ha ha ha!!!
We started most of them but they were looking puny so we bought some more... Now ours are looking better than the ones we bought, go figure.
Onions in, corn in, green beans in, potatoes in, now all we have to do is get the tomatoes and squash in the greenhouse. Doing sunflowers around the outside garden fence, and carrots... Must get in the carrots!
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Baby broccoli so cute!!
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post #596 of 616 Old 04-27-2014, 02:09 AM
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Hoop house is neat. what keeps it from becoming a kite with the wind ? do you have two garden areas, one under the hoop and then one where your broccoli is planted ?
that will be a lot of broccoli do you sell it at Farmers markets ?
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Hmmm? Welllll WE LOVE BROCCOLI! Ha ha!
We eat it twice a day. So go through about 8 and more pounds a week... :)

The hoop house has big "hoops" that are about 4 feet apart. Each one is pounded in the ground almost two feet on each end. Then there are 4X4 posts on the outside of each end to keep it steady. It's rock solid. The cover is a bit tricky...
In a bad storm it could be damaged or destroyed, but it's not too expensive to replace. I'll let you know Monday if we survive the tornado weather... :(

I plan on doing markets in the future. Was going to this year but we were behind on construction. Next year for sure and if I have any bumper crops I'll sell on the local square. The main goal is to COMPLETELY become independent and never have to buy pesticide ridden produce again... I did good last year but have a looong ways to go.

Buy the time I'm done with this place the whole yard will be a produce garden, LOL!!!
That picture is the outside garden, then we have the hoop house, a tiny slow growing orchard, and my strawberry bed.
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Hoop house is DONE! Woo hoo!
Got tilled today! Photos coming soon... :)
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Wow that is a big green house.
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At the moment my garden is just starting.
I retired and returned home to care for my elderly mother. The house and gardens had got to much for her an my father so, to say it was a mess is an understatement! Dad was a hoarder so there was all sorts of things in the garden which took me months to clear.
Just last week I finished clearing the last bed, it was a flower/shrub bed but is going to be more veggies. I have wired it to grow beans up. I have planted rhubarb, raspberries, loganberries, Tay berries, around the perimeter, also three mini fruit trees, cherry, plum and apple, I built some cold frames from junk that was here, planted out spuds, beets, spinach, rocket and a few other things. No room for a greenhouse and a shed so the shed won as I needed storage. I have many large sheets of glass so, I am looking at a way to fix them in one area to make a three sided protective area for peppers, tomatoes and gherkins.

We have had ideal weather, sunny and rain. Certainly the weeds are showing through though not quite as bad as I was expecting them to.

I sacrificed half the veggie patch to make a car standing for four cars. About the only thing I could do as there is never anywhere to park around the area. I had access from the private road to the property but it meant inconveniencing the neighbours which is why I made the area for four cars.

When things are up a bit higher I will send before and after pictures.
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Tap tap... Hello...?

Where are the photos Foxhunter??? :)

Today I picked, snapped, blanched, and froze 20 pounds of green beans! I'm tuckered out! And that's only the first round!
Got about 9 squash and zucchini, they are just getting started...
Picked a bunch of broccoli side shoots, they didn't do as well as I'd have liked. Only got 15 or so pounds.
The potatoes are dying out so it's time to dig those...
Tomatoes have tons of nice greenies... Must fry some.
The greenhouse got its final till today after adding tons of compost the last two weeks. Have over 80 tomato babies to go in it, more squash and zucchini, carrots, onion babies, garlic, okra, peppers, and sweet potatoes. Will do the cold stuff when that's all harvested.
Corn looks like crud, we got hit by a late frost and lost half of it so more will go in the greenhouse too.

Lost all my fruit to the frost and the black locust blooms so only got wildflower honey, but it's DIVINE anyways!

Hope your gardens are thriving and you're getting bucket loads!!!
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