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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

Prep Now

During Dixie Classic Fair time back in October I discussed the increasing interest in the Edible Landscape. As a follow-up I have added links to various publications, by item, courtesy of NC State, NC A&T State University, and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. This information is university research information designed to give residents of North Carolina unbiased, non-commercial, tried and true, information on the specific area of interest. In many cases the information is THE specific pamphlet provided by the county extension offices throughout North Carolina.

If you want to grow your own vegetables, herbs, small fruits, tree fruits or nuts, check out the links below. Please feel free to bookmark this page, save it to your computer, print it off, or employ any method you prefer to keep as future reference.

The reason for providing this information at this time is simple. It is a good time to plan for the 2010 vegetable garden, get soil tests done and add lime if necessary. Remember: it takes months for lime to fully activate and improve the soil PH to levels that will optimize production. Liming now is better than waiting until seeding or transplanting in spring. The soil test results will tell you whether lime or other amendments are required or not. You can also identify what you want to grow. If possible try to rotate vegetable crops for improved performance. Crop rotation is essential for reducing plant diseases and the plant pest populations that buildup in the soil over time. It is also a good time to plant fruit and nut trees.

In simple terms it is better to be prepared. Now that those tempting plant and seed catalogs have arrived, you'll have the satisfaction in knowing you won't or shouldn't have to rush at planting time.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if there are questions.

Home Vegetable Gardens

Growing Herbs
Small Fruits (Links to fruits of interest)
Tree Fruits (Please note: Many fruiting tress require a second variety planted in close proximity for proper pollination and fruiting)
Fruit & Nuts
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