What's the biggest challenge to gardening in southern tenn.?

novice_2009(zone 6b)April 4, 2009

Just wondering what you all have found to be the biggest challenge to growing in our area. Clay soils? Best way to break them up- will sand and tilling work? Weather changing quickly? The seasons? Please let me know any area specific problems you've faced, and, if u can, how u fixed them. Thanks!!!!!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
transplanted_in_tn

For us, definitely the hard clay soil. We moved here from Wisconsin, where no matter where you dig a hole, the soil is rich and black. Last year we tilled 4 beds, but as soon as the rain hit it, it turned back into red cement. So I tilled the areas again and put raised beds there instead. We're on top of a hill, though, and the people across the street apparently have good soil. I guess when they built this subdivision, they shaved all of our topsoil off to use as fill for the houses that sit lower.

Other than that, (and bugs & grubs, which ya' get everywhere) the only other problem is the June-August period when you can have some really hot, dry patches. The aforementioned raised beds were about 300 feet from the house, so it made watering... inconvenient.

So, for us anyways, the soil was the biggie, so now we just make raised beds (and closer to the house). :)

    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 8:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
atokadawn(7)

Water weeds!!!!! If they take off you fight them forever! The clay soil we amend with compost and lots od working.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 10:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
columbiastock(Z7)

The hot summer months, July and August. Last year we were afraid the city may stop us from watering gardens (vegetables and flower). We save all the water we can, rain and rinse water from washing off vegetables, etc. Hopefully this spring the rains will bring the water tables up for everyone.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 2:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
novice_2009(zone 6b)

Yea, late July and August get so hot and humid. Hopefully, this year we won't have droughts, and if all this spring rain is an indicator- i'm hopeful!!!! I like your conservative methods columbiastock!

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 4:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tn_veggie_gardner(7)

Spider Mites are The Devil! lol

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 9:01PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ladybug37091(z7 Tennessee)

The rock! I have been picking rock for years! You can amend the clay but when you have to hook up a tractor and chain to pull out rocks it is a drag.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 11:10AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
nashvillegardener_06

Well, today I'm thinking the biggest challenge is having warm weather in March and the big zap freeze in April!!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 1:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tn_veggie_gardner(7)

hahaha...yea, I was wearing shorts yesterday & today i'm wearing jeans and a hoodie. Luckily, for gardening sake, all of my plants are still portable in their 16 oz cups and spent the night indoors. Only my Garlic Chives stayed out and they can handle the cold quite well.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 2:54PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
conniemcghee

Yeah, nights like last night are for sure one of the biggest challenges! Do I cover, what should I cover, when should I cover.

Clay soil, yep, that's another one. Man, at our other house our front bed consisted of the gummiest, chunkiest, solid red clay you ever saw. Seriously, it was the consistency of dried chewing gum. AWFUL! Had to replace every bit of the dirt in that bed.

Other than that, though, I really think we live in a pretty good zone for gardening, don't you guys? :) I can grow most things I want to, it seems like...

    Bookmark   April 7, 2009 at 2:30PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
New to Knoxville
I'm new to Knoxville TN and new to gardening in general....
freshvegetables
Growing Grapes in Tennessee
In hopes of getting some conversation going in our...
brandon7 TN_zone
Williamson County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Garden Expo
Williamson County Master Gardner Association Invites...
bbhillarts
groundcovers in SW Tennessee
I had lots of Lamium, creeping Thyme, mints in Illinois...
ryseryse_2004
Amaryllis in Tennessee
Can Amaryllis stay in the ground near Nashville TN?...
ryseryse_2004
Sponsored Products
Campania International Gulf Planter - Set of 2 - 8704-0102
$559.99 | Hayneedle
Square Iron Surface Bolt
Signature Hardware
Double Candleholder by Menu
$169.95 | Lumens
Rochelle 25 Inch High Outdoor Three-Light Wall Light Fixture -Black Copper
$112.10 | Bellacor
Modern Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Artistic Weavers Rugs Garden View Terra Cotta 8
Home Depot
Trendscape Path & Landscape Lights Twin Head Grape Lighting Bronze Solar LED
$34.97 | Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™