Vegetables and Fruit forum: New Veggie Gardener

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Jan 25, 2015 5:28 PM CST
I recently joined at the recommendation of my friend Jo-Ann. While I have a good sized orchard & grow a lot of berries, I've not really done a lot of vegetable gardening. Jo-Ann is going to help me start a small garden for me & my family. Mostly tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers & squash. I'm going to try to start small, maybe 4 raised beds.

Wish me luck!
Name: Arlene
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Jan 25, 2015 9:19 PM CST
Welcome! Millie, and good luck! Good to start small and gain confidence. I don't know how many you're going to be feeding but it doesn't usually take a whole lot. I remember when my son planted 9 bush beans. I chuckled because we always grew rows. But those nine bean plants were plenty for himself and his wife!
Name: Tom
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Jan 26, 2015 4:07 AM CST
Welcome! and good luck. Starting small is good. It's hard to keep up with too much at one time.
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Jan 26, 2015 5:27 AM CST
I'm so anxious to get started! My hubby & I have started planning the raised beds. Probably will be 4x8 made with 2 rows cinder blocks. My base soil is pretty good, but there's grass there right now. Renting a machine to take out the grass is the first step. I have access to some aged cow manure & some broken down leaves. I'll probably have to get some good soil delivered. I'll try to go as organic as possible, but in the humid south with all our bugs & diseases, it may not be completely possible. I've learned that from my orchard.

Anyway, thanks for the welcome.

Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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Jan 26, 2015 8:33 AM CST
You may have time to just kill that grass with cardboard. I do it in the fall when I am planning new beds. Weed wack the grass down short, rip down cardboard boxes and completely cover the area, hose it down, then top that with manure, or compost, and let it sit for a few months. Then you can just turn it all over and add whatever other amendments you need. The grass is dead and the cardboard has composted itself, it also attracts worms cause they love that cardboard.

Sure beats de-sodding!!
Name: Mary Stella
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Jan 26, 2015 10:04 AM CST
Read up on using concrete block for your walls. They leach stuff into the soil I have read. I had three 4x8 beds made from 4x4's that will probably last forever. I am into my third summer this year. And I also plant small amounts for DH and myself. One or two squash, lots of lettuce (three different kinds), peas, beans, spinach, pak-choi. The warmer weather vegies like peppers and tomatoes seem to elude me. I need to keep one bed covered (there have hoops over top) to try to raise the temp inside. Last year the aphids ate my tomatoes. Sad So this year I am only going to plant one in an E-bucket. Squash, broccoli, pak choi will go in pots to save the raised beds for other things. Good luck on your raised beds. It is really a lot of fun.
Name: Caroline Scott
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Jan 26, 2015 10:14 AM CST
Good Luck with your raised beds and vegetable growing.
There is lots of help for you here on the ATP if you need it.
Name: Sandy B.
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Jan 26, 2015 10:36 AM CST
Welcome to ATP, Millie ! You'll probably be surprised by how much you can actually grow in those raised beds -- if you aren't already familiar with it, you might want to check out "Square Foot Gardening," which offers good advice for plant spacing in beds, as opposed to the more traditional method of planting in rows. There are lots of websites and articles about it, as well as the book by Mel Bartholomew (not sure of that spelling). I hope you have a great gardening season! Smiling
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