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where are the TN gardeners?

Posted by Little_Red_Hen z7TN (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 20, 05 at 14:27

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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RE: where are the TN gardeners?

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.

RE: where are the TN gardeners?

Here's a link to the TN forum:

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

RE: where are the TN gardeners?

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.

RE: where are the TN gardeners?

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.

RE: where are the TN gardeners?

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!

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