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Posted April 24, 2015 - 03:36 PM

What do you put in the garden to enrich it. I don't do much of any thing because I am not a professional gardener, I just dig it and plant it. Do you take the sod off or dig it in, or plow it under for next years planting. Do you rotate gardens or crops in the same garden? Noel
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Posted April 24, 2015 - 03:39 PM

I till the sod under and I use compost. I rotate squash and most other plants it just good garden practice control disease. 


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 04:09 PM

I always till the garden after putting the compost in it. I till every fall and twice in the spring to get it ready for planting. We put the veggies in different locations every year. That way the wife says it has a chance to use different nutrients from other parts of the garden. I don't use much except Miricle Grow on the garden. We sometimes use a weed inhibiter.  Good luck.                                                                                                                                                               Roger


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 04:39 PM

You should always rotate your crop annually otherwise you run the risk of increasing diseases and pests in your soil and ultimately your crop. If you think about it logically, you are growing vegetables that is using the soil to provide its nutrients so I would put something back into the soil to replenish it. Applying well rotted manure or well seasoned compost helps improves micro organisms to your soil which helps with drainage, fertility and improve soil density and its ability to retain moisture.

The same principles can be carried across the whole gardening spectrum from vegetable growing to roses to ornamental gardening.
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Posted April 24, 2015 - 04:46 PM

Tell you what Noel you ship me 5lb of P.E.I. mussel's and I will you what the other's didn't.  That is I'm lying I'll say anything for those . Alright yea their advise is spot on darn.


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 04:55 PM

Thanks HankG. Yes the mussels are popular. Would you like some PEI potatoes with the mussels. Noel

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Posted April 24, 2015 - 05:08 PM

I use grass clippings and leaves. I don't bother composting first. I use the grass clippings for weed control between the rows. In the fall, I spread the leaves and till them in. I haven't used fertilizer for several years now.


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 07:01 PM

I have done that with the grass clippings in between the rows before, it works well. Thanks, Noel.

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Posted April 24, 2015 - 07:11 PM

Grass between the rows, leaves when they fall get till'd unda.  Have not fertilized yet, but this spring I have a pile of 2 & 3 yr old chicken manure I'm going to spread.  Looking forward to seeing how well that does.  I'm only going to spread it on half the garden, if it works good, the whole garden next year.


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 07:12 PM

My old home in Sardina, Ohio I had a small garden by the trailer, plowed and tilled with the walk behind Speedex but I planted it tight with hangers on posts and the fence so everything was hand cultivated and spaded. Mulch and grass clipping was used between the rows. I laid down a few 2 x 6 boards to walk on when it rained a lot. Everything but the corn was grown on raised beds.


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 07:23 PM

I guess i'm lucky, the local dump makes excellent compost, it looks just like black loam. they will give you all you want just for a donation to our local food bank. I usually just add some cow manure and some lime. this year I have some seeds from a 1800 lb giant pumpkin, cant wait, I just started them inside along with some other veggies and herbs
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Posted April 24, 2015 - 07:25 PM

Nice to see what the difference will be with the half garden done with the chicken manure. Noel
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Posted April 24, 2015 - 07:27 PM

Trowel, neat idea with the boards. Thanks, Noel.

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Posted April 24, 2015 - 07:31 PM

  winter rye grass.  my neighbor plants it every fall and lets it grow in the early spring before I till the garden for him.  natures way of keeping the nutrients in the ground.  his garden is beautiful every year.


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Posted April 24, 2015 - 07:33 PM

Great idea with the donations, Farmer John. I have have heard that if you inject milk into the pumpkin, they will grow bigger. They have the giant pumpkins here too. Noel.




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