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new garden, how to get started?

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aischa
Joined: 4/11/2010
Location: florida
Posts: 6
Posted: Apr/11/2010 2:21 PM PST

I just recently bought an old cabin with lot's of room for a veggie garden.

I have raised veggies before, my problem here now is the soil. The garden does not have enough greens etc. to start a compost pile right now. The property lacks good soil, I have gotten some horse manure, which I can use as a fertilizer to get started. The soil here in Florida is pretty light and sandy, so for the first year the soil needs a lot of help.

How would I go about enriching it? I am an organic gardener, so no chemicals and such.
Anybody can offer advice?
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Joined: 8/18/2007
Location: Omaha
Posts: 330
Posted: Apr/17/2010 8:50 AM PST

I'd post something on Craigslist or Freecycle asking for compostable materials so you can get that compost pile going. Another thing I do sometimes is empty the shredders at work and at home.

As for sandy soil, I don't know. I have the opposite problem.
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Joined: 4/16/2010
Location: Rixeyville, VA
Posts: 340
Posted: Jun/04/2010 10:30 AM PST

You could try some "spot composting." That's where you take your kitchen wastes and just bury them in the garden where, some weeks/months later, you just plant directly into the composted kitchen waste. Especially good for this are potato peelings and banana peels.
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