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Frisco,Texas (North Texas)
nnarcisse
Sep 21, 2017 10:02 AM CST
Hello,

I have a large raised bed garden and i did not plant during the spring. The bed is full of weeds that I have already started uprooting. I would like to plant for the fall/winter. Any suggestions for quick nutrients? I don't believe I have enough time to wait too long. The soil has not received any nutrients since last year.

Thank you!
Name: J.R. Baca
Pueblo West Co. ( High Dessert (Zone 6a)
josebaca
Sep 21, 2017 3:33 PM CST
nnarcisse , hello and welcome;
I thought to give you advice on your dilemma and what you should use, but I know nothing about where you live ( you know, zone , soil type and average rainfall and that kind of stuff ) so I decided to check our members list and , Lo and Behold! there are about a dozen members that live in the same town, and at least twice as many within a half dozen miles. They can undoubtedly assist you better than those of us hundreds if not thousands of mile away. Though I'm an avid gardener and hang out with us kind of weirdos, I've yet to meet an NGA member in person. Lucky, lucky you!
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J.R.
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 21, 2017 8:50 PM CST
Hi and welcome! We amend our raised beds at the school garden here with alfalfa pellets (horse food) every fall and spring before starting a new garden. They give a mild nutrient boost, add micro-organisms and improve the soil's structure as well. Till them in, water well, then wait a day or two before you plant for the pellets to break down and absorb the water.

Buy at a local feed store in 50lb. bags and be sure they're selling you 100% alfalfa, not a hay mixture. Some pellets are sold as rabbit food and have stuff added to them. I use about 1/2 a bag for a 4ft. X 8ft. bed.

Compost is another can't miss amendment. Some counties have a composting program at the local landfill. Ours gives excellent compost away for free, but you have to go get it and load it yourself.
Elaine

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Sep 22, 2017 6:46 AM CST
How cold you get ? Any snow ? Or ground freeze ? And when ?
Hear coldest its been is 18% f.
Ground dosent freeze.
Fast stuff. Swiss chard. Radishes. Baby carrots. Lettuce. A few.
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Frisco,Texas (North Texas)
nnarcisse
Sep 22, 2017 8:46 AM CST
thank you all! I will definitely get the alfalfa pellets (horse food). I thought carrots only grew in the spring! I will plant Swiss chard. Radishes. Baby carrots. Lettuce.
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 22, 2017 10:15 AM CST
Broccoli might be a good one to try, as well. It can even tolerate some light frost so if it's just making heads when winter arrives, it will be fine.
Elaine

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Frisco,Texas (North Texas)
nnarcisse
Sep 22, 2017 1:29 PM CST
I just picked up alfafa pellets, compost and all the veggies to plant this weekend. I'm exited. thank you!

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