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Bnb on
March 12, 2011

Q. Tilling First Time in Grassy Lawn

Just want to know the what’s and how’s.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 14, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 19, 2011

Q. Planning a Garden

How do I go about planning my garden? What directions should the rows go? I live in zone 6 or 7. What should I be concerned about as I plan my garden?


Answered by
roseman on
March 19, 2011
A.

Figure out which way your garden area drains. Then when you plant your garden you can have your rows go in the direction of natural flow. Pay attention to the angles of the sun on your garden. Then plan to plant taller plants such that they will not over shade the lower plantings, yet maybe give some of the more sun/heat sensitive plantings some shade relief. Check your soils texture and amend it with some good compost as needed. Also check your soils pH in three or four different spots and see how it comes in as far as pH level. Then look up the optimum pH level for the plants you are planting. This can go a long way in great garden production whether it be blooms or veggies!

Stan

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Asked by
Nicoleg1981 on
March 29, 2011

Q. Using Space in a Square Foot Garden

I have built a square foot garden and am now planning what will go in each spot. I have read that you can double up spots – when one plant is harvested, you can then replace it with something different. What I am wondering is, how do I know when it’s time to pull a plant out of the ground, if ever? I live near Boston, Ma, which is zone 5 or 6, and hope to do both spring/fall veggies and summer veggies.

Answered by
Heather on
March 30, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

There are different plant combination you can use for succession planting. This article will help you with this. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/succession-planting-garden.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 30, 2011

Q. When To Start Planting

I live in southern Mississippi and will be attempting to start my own vegetable and fruit garden. When should I start planting?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 31, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Now is a good time to start. Certainly your cooler weather crops can go in (peas, cabbage, lettuce, etc.) and most likely the others as well, as long as your last frost date has passed.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 2, 2011

Q. How Long Do You Wait To Plant a Garden After Tilling?

I have just finished tilling my garden. How long do I have to wait to plant seeds?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 3, 2011
Certified Expert
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You can plant immediately after tilling.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 8, 2011

Q. Separating Vegetables from Chemicals

I want to plant a garden where there has been tree seedlings planted for a small tree farm. There have been chemicals previously used for weeds, fertilizer, etc. Can I put down plastic, to seal off the ground chemicals, then put new soil on top (6-12 inches), and safely grow vegetables?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 9, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Pesticides and herbicides have a break down period where they break down and are no longer present in the soil. Most likely, this time has passed for that area, so I would recommend making a dedication to organic gardening in that space going forward, as the chemicals that were in that space are no longer an issue.

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