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We just bought our house in a pretty rural town and I would love to have my own organic veggie garden but we have horrible red dirt here. Where do I begin? Do I do container gardens or do I dig up my back yard and put in good dirt? Please help me! Oh yeah and money is a big issue I need a cheap way to go. Thanks<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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Choose a spot for your garden, till it up. Start composting your vegetable waste, spread it over that area whenever it's ready, over and over. See if any local farmers have barn chips to share, spread that over your garden. Just work it slowly. It won't be perfect this year or next, but as you cultivate the soil slowly and inexpensively, it will gradually become healthier and healthier. In the fall you could plant some green manure to till under next spring.
 

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Thanks, does it need to be sunny or shading? And what about gardening for now?
 

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Try this site:<br><br><a href="http://www.squarefootgardening.com/" target="_blank">http://www.squarefootgardening.com/</a><br><br>
You don't need good dirt at all!
 

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I don't till anything - we have nasty adobe clay most places, so I decide where the garden should be, dump a couple of feet of animal manure mixed w/bedding all over it (any or all of the following: horse, sheep, goat, poultry manure, mixed w/hay, straw, shavings), water the heck out of it (2-3 months to break down (or more) preferred), then enclose it w/some chicken wire to keep out rabbits, & plant stuff in it. Sun is best (read Square Foot Gardening for some excellent tips). See if any local livestock owners would like you to take a pickup or trailor & remove some manure for them.
 

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Thanks for the ideas guys, I'll check out that website right now.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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squarefootgardening.com is sooo awesome!
 

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I saw your post and knew straight away that you lived close by. Don't you love that red dirt. Gets everywhere.<br>
doing a lasagna garden would help your soil. If you want to plant this year I'd do container.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I saw your post and knew straight away that you lived close by. Don't you love that red dirt. Gets everywhere.<br>
doing a lasagna garden would help your soil. If you want to plant this year I'd do container.</div>
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Where r u from?
 

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Smartville 20 miles East of Marysviile off of hwy 20. Your about an hour and a half from me.
 
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