my daughter and i are going to be starting a garden in the begining of may we need any advice from the soil to the best way to grow certian things....

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Comment by d'Arqstar on April 16, 2009 at 8:14pm
LOL! That's kind of a tall order! LOL! It depends on the type soil you have what you may and may not want to add to it...if your soil is sandy you can add peat or vermiculite or perlite, if it's clay you may need sand and/or potash. Are you growing vegetables, flowers, herbs??? Some plants like acidic soil others do not. I'd be happy to help, but I'd need more information about your situation and what you hope to grow.
Comment by maatsshadow on April 16, 2009 at 9:27pm
well i really have no idea what kind of soil lol and we want to grow some veggies and we started the herbs in the house in those neat cups you can plant in the ground . im going so blindly in to this but i know we can make it work . how can i find out what kind of soil we have ? i know i can say that the grass is in pretty bad shape if thats any indication but we rent so i am limited to what i can do we were lucky to get permission to do the garden.
Comment by d'Arqstar on April 17, 2009 at 12:14am
LOL! Um....DIG where you're going to plant your garden. If the soil LOOKS heavy,compacted and yes...LIKE clay, it likely is. If it crumbles easily and drains quickly, it's likely sandy. Since you rent??? Ask your landlord what type of soil it is...THEY likely know and can save you the guessing if you've never done this before. OTHERWISE...dig up a scoop and take it to your local nursery or greenhouse. They'll be able to tell you what type it is and what you might need. Some herbs grow in clumps, some vine out, and some can take over your garden...just depends on which ones you started. As far as veggies go? Tomatos do best buried with their rootwads in the soil all the way up to the first bracht of leaves and you can even lay them down to root, they'll still grow upright. You'll need to pick of suckers as they grow (little leaves that form at the big leaf-stem junction) as these will sap your plant of energy and give you less produce. You'll need to support the plants as they get taller. Beans grow on bushes or the vining variety must be supported by poles. It's likely already a bit late for lettuce, but you could try if you've got the room. Squash grow best in mounds so the vines can run...carrots are pretty easy and do well in rows. Cucumbers and Zucchini do best in small mounded rows and can be planted amidst other veggies to provide shade for tender root crops. SHEESH! LOL! You can see howthis is a bit of a broad subject! LOL! First, your soil...then decide what plants, then go from the best advice I can give you. Feel free to ask if you need help or further assistance. There are little "tricks" with most any plant...MOST of us learned them the HARD way...trial and error! LOL!
Comment by d'Arqstar on April 17, 2009 at 12:16am
Um...that's pick OFF the suckers! LOL! Oops!
Comment by maatsshadow on April 17, 2009 at 1:42am
lol thankyou so much this will be very helpful. like you said soil first so thats what ill do this weekend . again thankyou!!
Comment by maatsshadow on April 19, 2009 at 2:24pm
thankyou very much i have gotten great info to start with i was pretty sick ths weekend so i didnt get out their to start getting it ready.


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