where are the TN gardeners?

Little_Red_Hen(z7TN)December 20, 2005

I didn't see a TN forum; are they here?

I just moved to east TN from FL and am preparing to put in my garden. This hard clay has me a bit intimidated! I'll have a good amount of leaf litter/food compost. I'm assuming I should also work in some manure. What about lime? Should I raise the bed? It's on a slight slope, will get good sun from about 9:30- 3 and filtered light before and after that.

In FL I mulched my bed heavily for weeds. Should I plan on doing that here as well? I figured I could start onions in early spring...end of Feb? When can I start the summer veggies?

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ShadyGrove5(z6b TN)

There is a TN forum. I would make you a link, but I'm not that great at it. Do a search on the main GardenWeb page or just click on the state in the alphabetical listing. Lots of East Tn gardeners will be glad to help you out.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 12:01AM
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Here's a link to the TN forum:

Here is a link that might be useful: Gardening in TN

    Bookmark   December 24, 2005 at 10:53PM
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decolady01(7a/6b AL/TN)

Little Red Hen, welcome to Tennessee. At our farm in Lincoln County the last frost date is around 17 April. If I put out tomato plants before that I nearly always have to cover them some nights.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2006 at 1:39PM
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greenhollow2(Mid Tn z6 maybe 7)

Hey we do have gardeners in Tn...

That clay is abundant, we put most of our veggies in raised beds. It's a whole lot easier and less water.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2006 at 11:19PM
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Hi, Little Red Hen, and welcome to Tennessee. I use a product called Dakota Peat to amend my nasty clay soil. I also use mushroom compost, a fine-textured mulch called soil conditioner, and whatever else I have on hand, but I think the Dakota peat really helps. You'll probably have to get it somewhere other than Lowe's or Home Depot, but it's definitely worth it. Good luck in your new climate!

    Bookmark   January 26, 2006 at 4:43PM
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