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#632289 - 21/03/20 03:08 PM Time for a vegetable garden?
Pickles Offline
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I'm really considering getting one setup at my new house.

Does anybody have experience in growing their own vegetables?

Some advice needed because I have red clay soil which holds water because it clumps together. I know I'll need to put some good manure / topsoil on the surface.

I have a variety of herbs growing - mint, parsley, basil, cilantro but I want to grow some carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, squash, zucchini and spring onions. I used to grow strawberries and potatoes back in UK in large trash cans which where successful, I may try that here too.

I also have banana trees which did start sprouting bananas late last year however it was too late (October) when we started to get our first frost and they died off. Those trees had only ever produced bananas 1 time before in 20 or so years because I spoke to the previous owner when the bananas started growing last year. Hopefully they start producing again but earlier this year so we can harvest them.

Any help would be appreciated from knowledgeable folk?


#632292 - 21/03/20 03:56 PM Re: Time for a vegetable garden? [Re: Pickles]
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Itís something Iíd like to do but havenít got a big enough garden.

Would building raised beds help? Would lift anything away from the clay soil.


#632295 - 21/03/20 06:04 PM Re: Time for a vegetable garden? [Re: Pickles]
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Good idea wilkij, thanks.

Raised beds would be good for some vegetables but probably not all.

I have plenty of land to do this but I've also got plenty of critters who'll no doubt try and take advantage of my veg garden -
Deer, wild rabbits, possum, ground hogs, raccoons, chipmunks etc...
I'll have to fortify it with some mesh / chicken wire fencing.

With all the uncertainty I think this could be a real benefit. I'm currently digging over some of my land and will get some manure / topsoil and seeds and i'll setup an irrigation system which should be easy enough, I am on well water.


#632332 - 23/03/20 11:05 PM Re: Time for a vegetable garden? [Re: Pickles]
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