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3/25/13 2:44 A

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Just too prove I am a cults. I was taking kitchen scraps out to the garden. In Yamhill tripped down in too my garden. Nice deep purple shin. Just a little blood out of my hand. Guess I will have to be more careful when I get in there to weed.



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3/24/13 4:43 P

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easy.. it is good to get your soil tested from your extension service. sometimes the soil is really bad.. if so, it is a good idea to do raised beds where you bring in the soil.. you can email me, i've prepared a lot of veggie gardens... the sod can just go into a pile and cover with leaves to make a flower bed somewhere.. that is all good for compost.. for the lawn or gardens.. just set aside that you can let rest... put all your leaves on there and it makes really good soil... cheers, how fun!

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Dig for Years. Take bushes and old berries to dump. Cross boe works better than The stuff you get at Lowe's or Home depot I Hate using it but after open heart digging has not been my forty

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1/13/13 3:58 P

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LINDAM.1 if you ever find a way to eradicate blackberries, I want to hear about it. The birds propagate them faster than I can pull them out and the thorns shred my ankle all summer long.

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Have you heard of lasagna gardening? I've done it in my garden as well as in raised beds (my asparagus is doing wonderfully). It kills the grass and gives all veggies a great start.

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8/28/12 5:32 P

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I have more than grass. Blackberries, trees, ivy,


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In terms of getting rid of grass, I have heard of laying newspaper over the grass, watering it to make it sorta seal together, and then building raised beds over it with the newspaper keeping the grass from coming up in the bed. What I did to convert my yard (most of the back and lots of the front) was I cut with a straight spade about a foot deep all along the outline of the plot and then to divide the plot into 1-foot-wide strips. Then I basically rolled the grass up (like laying sod but in reverse) and rolled it back out roots up in the full sun in the driveway to burn the roots before throwing it all in the compost pile. Some beds I then surrounded with bricks, stone pavers, or untreated wood. Either way, I filled in the plot to either level with the grass or up to the top of the boundary with compost, which I have a LOT of because I steal my neighbors' leaves in the fall when they rake them up and put them out for the city to landfill.

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9/26/11 11:18 A

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For food self-fufficiency gardening, get booklets from Bountiful Gardens in Willits, CA. These people go around the world, teaching whole villages to be self-sufficient in food, including their fertilizers. Interesting twist: they garden vegetarian-style, growing compost plants for fertilizer instead of using manures--maybe because manure is used for cooking fuel in many areas.

I like to use manure tea all during the growing season--it's like a liquid lawn food fertilizer, but has more trace minerals and won't bother the natural composting going on the good ground all of the time.

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Speaking from experience here!
First, go to a farm supply company. They tend to have tons of free pallets to give away.
Take those apart and put together in whatever shape you feel like doing. We went with rectangles.
Next, lay out those exactly how you'd like them. You can put them straight on the grass or dirt. Now fill with dirt, manure, compost. Make sure to test the soil to determine the PH and also to advise you what components you might need to add. Remember to grow anything you need good soil filled with a lot of organic material.
Many times you get get reduced or free fill dirt along with manure from farms or ranches. Horse ranches in particular seem to be more than happy to part with their manure.
Look on Craigslist.

Next, figure out what you want to plant and the best place to plant it. (full sun, shady, tendency to be wet, tendency to be dry, etc)
Plant it and watch it grow!

Look at my blog for photos. I've been documenting our progress this year.

AND MOST OF ALL! HAVE FUN!

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8/29/11 12:42 P

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I just saw that book at our local book store...going to stop and pick it up! Thanks for the info!
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8/29/11 8:10 A

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Hi,

search "lasagna gardening" for a less intensive method. you could always start with a few pots or a small 4x8 bed while your "lasagna" was cooking!

Good luck and it really is all trial and error. Have fun!





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AWESOME! Thanks for the advise and suggestions. I'll keep you posted

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Well, you just dig up the grass and toss it! hehe

Gardening seems overwhelming when you are new to it--I can attest to that. My advice is to start small with what you feel is manageable for you.

SparkPeople has a very large gardening section with great tips to get started. I think you'll find a lot of good advice for your venture here:

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Good luck! Keep us all posted on how it goes.

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Hoping to get some help and or suggestions. Hubby and I are looking at turning our backyard into a veggie garden, but not sure how to get rid of the grass. We don't have a large lot but trying to drop off the grid. Thanks! emoticon

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