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Hello and welcome to my space in gardenstew! I am growing a few vegetables in my backyard for past five years now. I have had success with beans, tomatoes, okra, corn, eggplants, peppers, zucchini and squash; However, the journey was quite challenging because I had no one to turn to for my questions except internet search. In our neighborhood all the people have big backyards but everyone except me is growing grass on it. The taste of fresh veggies inspires me to try and grow new vegetables each year and as a result I end up adding one more raised bed in my garden every Spring. So far I have three 8'x 4' raised beds (due to the clay soil) and one 8'x 9'(my first garden) planting area in my backyard.
When I started at first I had no idea how much soil type plays role on gardening. It took me years to add the organic matter and condition the soil as per my plants' liking. Last year I got the best yield from my first garden with just water only! This year I am trying my hand in potatoes and onions and I do not want to waste my time in trial and error when I know there is help available. So, I am here to share my experience and learn from your experiences and looking forward to grow more organic vegetables for my family and friends. My husband is building three little raised bed for my garden from the recycled wood pallets and I can hardly wait to plant in them. I shall post the pictures soon. Happy Gardening Everyone! :)
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GF, you'll find several gardeners on the Stew who favor 'organic' methods and I think many who though they may not practice organic methods religiously, they are quite knowledgeable and all are willing to advise..
Welcome to the Stew and can't wait to see your garden. Sounds like you already have lots of experience. A healthy garden is healthy soil. I am sure you will find going organic easily done.
Will be following your adventures Green Fingers!
Henery,Jewell, and Frank I have to be honest with you, I started my first garden with miraclegrow. However, for the past three seasons I am avoiding the artificial fertilizers and pesticides on my vegetables. I still give the roses and other flowers in my front yard a drink of miracle grow every now and then but that is all. I don't know if that will qualify me as an organic gardener but I am slowly progressing towards 100% organic goal for my flower beds as well. I will share the pictures soon!