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  • breakingcontact

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    Getting ready to plant my first garden here in Texas.

    Suggestions?

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    ray22

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    Would really depend on the type of soil you have but long leaf greens do well. Tomatoes and strawberries are a favorite of mine.
     

    Charlie

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    Asparagus takes a while to get started but nothing beats home garden asparagus, especially the fact you can break some off to eat and they'll regrow back to eatin' size in a week or less! Saute'ed in butter .................... hmmmm!
     

    mitchntx

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    The wife and I put this together last year.

    http://www.texasguntalk.com/forums/off-topic-chat/46309-busy-busy-week.html

    Had really good luck, although I the the placement was a bad choice.

    In May we had a tornado and hail storm come through and basically stripped a tree immediately west of the garden spot.
    Once the tree was removed, the garden spot was in full sun from about 1100 till 1900.

    Not good for tomatoes.

    But squash and peppers did well.
     

    Elbe

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    Get a soil test now from Texas A&M and then you know what you need to add to the soil to make it fertile. They make a little container where you collect a sample and send to their lab and they analyze it and mail you a report.
     

    breakingcontact

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    Get a soil test now from Texas A&M and then you know what you need to add to the soil to make it fertile. They make a little container where you collect a sample and send to their lab and they analyze it and mail you a report.

    Appreciate the suggestion. Im going to have to do some sort of raised bed or containers. We dont have much soil to speak of here.

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    Elbe

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    I had a container garden too, but tore out the grass below and rented a tiller to turn over the soil. After the container sides were in, I put in a mixture of bagged soil and mushroom compost, mixed with the existing soil.

    I made the mistake of planting too many different items in too small a space. Container gardens can't hold much.
     

    breakingcontact

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    Basically, I have a small sunny backyard with poor/shallow soil.

    So it will either be raised beds or containers for me.

    Mitch, awesome gun safe.

    How did the vertical garden work out for you?
     

    Sapper740

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    I assume vegetable, not ornamental? I use raised beds filled with compost from Denton County which mixes sterilized biosolids with mulch and compost. They call it Dyno Dirt for good reason, vegetables thrive in this nutrient rich soil. Mix in nematodes to kill the grubs which will appear and add Actino-Iron as a natural fungicide to prevent root rot. These are all natural methods to boost both quality and quantity of your crops. Next, get a copy of Neil Sperry's Complete Guide to Texas Gardening which is every Texas gardener's "Bible". My wife and I grow tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, Jalapenos, melons, squash, bell peppers and herbs every year and it's wonderful to have fresh veggies from the back yard. You'll need to put a chicken wire fence around the beds to keep the rabbits out and mosquito nets over the tomatoes to keep the birds off them when fruit appears.
     
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