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Old 04-21-2013, 11:01 AM  
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Gardening questions

Joie and I have decided to begin a garden. This is my 1st real attempt at gardening and I really don't have a clue as to how to prepare the soil. I walking the grounds to determine the spot for garden when I noticed a lot of critters in the ground. Exactly what these bugs are is undetermined but they do not look like grubs. Will these critters affect the garden? If so, what can be done?

Can I still get the soil prepared for this year? Several flowers have popped up this year across the yard that had been planted by previous owners. While the local hardware store clerk was trying sell me products I don't need and telling me that I won't have a garden because the critters would kill anything that tried to grow (except said flowers apparently) I wondered why previous annuals can survive but a vegetable garden will not? Do I need to treat the ground for bugs?

Should I add ash to the garden site? Does adding ash make a big difference is the garden? Is there a difference between charcoal ash and wood ash from a fire pit?

After preparing the soil how long before I plant vegetables? I am only trying tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and strawberries (maybe) this year.

What say you, Planeteers? Do I have a chance to garden this year?
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:48 PM   #16
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Spade up several little gardens here and there. Ones you don't go back to next year can become flower beds so you have less to mow.
I was wondering why I had 20 different flower beds around this little yard.
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:56 PM   #17
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What are the secrets to creating and working raised garden beds??

If it ever quits snowing, want to surprise my WI born wife with one or two.

Dumb, city slicker questions...do I have to remove the grass before I put the liner down? Won't the liner and new dirt kill the grass?

What is the best width? 3ft or 4ft?

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Old 04-21-2013, 02:15 PM   #18
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I just went out and dug into the ground. Whatever bugs I had seen before are gone. Had some earthworms but the robins took care of them quickly. The ground was pretty moist. Should I let the soil dry out some?
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I just went out and dug into the ground. Whatever bugs I had seen before are gone. Had some earthworms but the robins took care of them quickly. The ground was pretty moist. Should I let the soil dry out some?
Now you dug, PLANT! Just get it done and learn. Follow the directions on the seed packets.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:29 PM   #21
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I do not have a tiller. If I use a tiller I will rent one since I can't drop $400 anytime soon. A raised bed is an option.
Raised beds is your answer.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:00 PM   #22
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Now you dug, PLANT! Just get it done and learn. Follow the directions on the seed packets.
The clumps are huge and wet. No planting today. I will continue to work with it so the seeds or seedlings will have a chance to grow upright.
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:27 AM   #25
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How much compost do you need? I'm currently sitting on about 5000 cubic yards. We sell it by the semi load?

You know the business I want to be in??

Selling cow poop to Home Depot in 25 lb bags. For all the city slickers.

Wife bought some several years and I was stunned.

She paid $$$ for cow poop!!

What a great business model! Go to farms, ask for free poop, throw in bags, and deliver.

Printing money.
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