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Growing on a slope in North Georgia

Posted by natdiamond SE ( on
Mon, Jun 28, 10 at 12:06

I live in very N. Georgia. Basically Chattanooga, Tn. I have a steep slope in my backyard. I cant afford to build a raised garden because it would just cost too much to fill and build a retaining wall to make it flat.
I would like to grow things I can eat. What stuff can I grow? I have tall trees around the perimeter of my yard, so I don't get FULL sun, but almost. I heard watermelons grow on slopes? Any help would be appreciated!

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RE: Growing on a slope in North Georgia

Don't many herbs like a rocky hillside sort of situation? It seems that I have seen this in magazines -- not REALLY rocky, but planted on the hillside with rocks around -- like a mini terrace.

RE: Growing on a slope in North Georgia

Thank you for your quick reply! However, I got the herb thing covered in my potted garden. I'm looking for vegetables and fruits to go in ground. And YES, rocky soil is exactly what I have. I need a pick just to plant a small plant!

RE: Growing on a slope in North Georgia

Fruit! I recently read that a few folks who grow fruits like apples and pears choose blight resistant varieties and grow them best on slopes. I have some slope areas in my yard, and fruit trees are slated for the planting!

RE: Growing on a slope in North Georgia

Strawberries love a good slope, and if the plant sends out runners you can get at least an additional 2 or 3 plants. I planted 3 strawberry plants this year; 2 are fruiting, and 1 has sent out 3 runners with at least 2 plant growing from each runner.
I would think that watermelon, cucumbers, squash, and pumpkin would do well on a mild slope. As long as the slope isn't too steep and the weight of the fruit don't pull the plant out of the soil.

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