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Flushing, NY
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Question by anthonypava
February 2, 1998
I have a house in Flushing, New York (approx. 7-10 miles east of New York City). Every year I plant a garden which consists mostly of Tomatoes, peppers, green beans, salad, eggplant, cucumbers and zucchini. I know this sounds like alot but I hardly getany fruit. My garden is only about 5 feet X 12 feet (some plants are in containers) but the real problem is that I get no sun and no matter how much i water (sprinkler), the ground seems to get hard. My garden is surrounded by my two story house, the garage and two gigantic Oak trees. I also have a grape vine at one end of the garden. Without cutting down the trees, is there anything I can do to make my yield better? Last year I planted Burpee salad seeds but nothing came up. It was one of my worstyears. What can be applied to the soil and what types of plants should I plant (my zucchini and eggplant although small did grow). Should I start from seed or just buy plants?
Also I seem not be able to grow grass. It looks more like moss. Could this be due to the fact that I have four huge Oak trees on my property or many azeleas (pardon my spelling), two small fruit trees and a Dogwood tree? What can I say, I am trying to have a plantation's worth of nature on my 50X100 lot (including house& garage).
Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Just an aside my hostas, impatients and many other flowers do grow so I can't be hopeless.

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February 2, 1998
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