Greetings and Salutations!

MrsHolland(7)October 17, 2013

Hello, everyone.

I am not new to NC, I have been here since late 2007, however, I am a complete newbie to gardening. I have messed a little with some houseplants - did you know if you don't water them they DIE? Who'dathunkit!

My family just purchased a piece of property outside of Sanford, NC with 4 acres, and we are in process of planning our first garden. No, I am not crazy - I have to do something to keep my 19, 17 and 10 year old boys busy!

Any advice anyone could offer before I just jump in headlong would be appreciated.

We have a very generous neighbor with a tiller that is going to break up the ground for us, and after that, well, the game is afoot!

Have a wonderful day and I look forward to meeting everyone!

Mary

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alex_7b(7b/8a)

Is the soil there sand or red clay?

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 8:54AM
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ncrescue

Vegetable or flower garden?

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 8:36AM
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lsst(7b)

Get a soil analysis done from your local extension office.
The cost is less than a bag of fertilizer you may not need.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2013 at 3:50PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Oh boy what I could accomplish with three hole-diggers !!
Teenagers no less...bribe them with food and put the 10 yr.
old in charge, LOL.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 1:28PM
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chas045(7b)

I would guess her soil is sandy. Unfortunately I only know about clay since I am in the Piedmont. I suspect a ton of mulch works with either though. Yes, you can get soil tests and they don't cost much, and at many times are free, but not right now. Call or visit the Lee county agricultural extension agents. They will be Very helpful.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ag extension.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 3:16PM
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