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I refer to this plot as my tiny in the ground clay patch.

It started as an experiment in 2008 when my darling boyfriend brought home corn and pumpkin seeds (after my main container garden was already planned out and in the beginning stages of planting). Thanks honey, but what am I gonna do with these? He convinced our landlord to let us dig up a little bit of the lawn, so we pulled up the sod, loosened the soil, added some compost, and planted away. The corn did great, but the pumpkins (and zucchini I later added) were very stunted. At the end of the season I threw some used container soil and horse manure on the bed, hoping it will help lighten it up and add some nutrients.

Plans for 2009;
This year, we’re going to double dig, add a bunch of compost and probably expand about a foot wider. I have big plans for this little clay patch! Broccoli, lettuce, beets, peas and onions in the spring, then zucchini, summer squash, a few watermelons, a few pumpkins, a few canteloupe and a lot of corn. I also want to experiment with some of my extra seedlings (providing I have extras): peppers, basil, swiss chard. Ah, the possibilities….

An outdoor organic garden located in Richmond, VT, United States, hdvt80's Backyard garden [archived] currently contains 0 plants.

This is a Vegetable garden that is known to be in USDA Hardiness Zone 5. It has mainly Clay soil and receives Full Sun light.

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TropicanaRoses

TropicanaRoses

Folia Helper

United States7

You have a lot of things in this garden, for as small as it is! I’m impressed. I word of caution, in case you are unaware! The first year that I grew squash, they did not do very much, and were very small. The next year, they grew quite a bit larger than I thought they would! They grew to be about 3 to 3 1/2 feet wide, and close to, if not 3 feet tall. If they do well, they will require a lot of space. The vining plants do better if you can either keep the grass away, or trellis them. :) Looks like you have a good start! I can’t wait to hear how they do!

Posted on 12 Jun 09 (about 10 years ago)

thanks TropicanaRoses! i have grown squash in containers, so i know it can get a little unruly. the plant in the clay last year was rather small, but relatively productive. over the winter i agonized about trying to fit both a zucchini and summer squash into a 4X3ft maybe 5X3 square, and decided to go with only the zucchini and let it sprawl. but of course, my zucchini refuses to sprout….
what do you mean “keep the grass away”? i weed the bed the pumpkins and watermelon are planted in, but the location was specifically chosen so the vines could sprawl over the hill on the grass. the pumpkins did okay last year, even on the grass. i’ve been toying with the idea of putting some mulch or weedblock on the grassy hill the vines will be growing down, see if that helps them do better…

Posted on 12 Jun 09 (about 10 years ago)
TropicanaRoses

TropicanaRoses

Folia Helper

United States7

I was reading someone else’s posting a day or two ago about how their vines got lost in the grass because they could not mow where they were. I do SFG gardening, and in his book, Mel says to make a trellis for the vines to go up, because it keeps them off the grass, helps to protect the fruit against rot, and makes them easier to harvest. I believe he says at one point to do it even with non vining squash for the same reasons.

Posted on 12 Jun 09 (about 10 years ago)

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