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(Dickinson, TX, USA)

Just after the garden started

Just after the garden started

In the late 80's early 90's I had several successful seasons of organic gardening, but getting back to it a decade later has proven to be difficult. I added soil from my compost pile to the sand they put down before they sod new yards, i placed marigolds around the perimeter of the garden and planted things, from memory, where they would help each other with water consumption, shade, etc. in mind. Well about 8 crops never came up from seed, tomatoes barley produced anything and were quickly overcome with aphids, stink bugs, and horn worms. We had a bunch of cucumbers that were quite tasty until the white flies devoured the plants. One gigantic watermelon came up then rotted on the moist ground from a series of storms that swept through making it rain for 3 weeks almost straight through. I am going to have to go research some more and "re-learn" all of the techniques and discipline that I used to use back in the day.

MEG: I find it really helps defeat the predators to grow your seedlings to a good size in pots before planting them in the garden. Another trick you may have forgotten is to put your crops in early to avoid the worst of the bugs or weather. You should also test your soil - it may be lacking in important minerals! Best of luck.

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