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    I would like to start a garden, but I don't know the first thing about it
    and it seems so overwhelming and time consuming, I never bothered to try and
    learn. Where would I put it, which direction in the yard should it be, on
    the east side, west side? How do I test the soil to see what I need to add,
    what is compost, what do I use to fertilize, etc. I have three kids and
    don't know if I would ever have the time to learn, but I would like to get
    started small and go from there, maybe some pot gardens. Is there a
    specific place that can teach a novice, or should I just google and see what
    I find?





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    Try the Master Gardeners website. They have regional and local chapters, so you
    may want to search by your state. I know that they have classes, demonstrations,
    answer questions and give tips specifically for the area you are in, like best
    varieties to plant, soil conditioning ect.. I did a search and found 150,000
    hits on MSN. Good luck, gardening is fun and it's nice to see the results of
    your labors.
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    Melissa -- there was a discussion on gardening on the list a while back - you
    could try to search the archives . .

    For a 'hands on' learning you could try your local extension service -- they are
    great for information on a lot of different things. Our extension service has a
    Master Gardener program where people take the classes, get certified and go into
    the community to help people just like you

    Maybe just starting small with some containers would be a good idea. You can
    grow most things in containers -- just pick a veggie or two and go from there


    Good Luck!

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    Excellent information. Thank you so much for all of the sites and info on
    starting a garden. I am kind of in the same boat as Melissa. Continuing to watch
    this thread...

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    ok check it out . if the kids are big enough then put thim to work . put
    your garden where it will have full sun for most of the day. honestly i dont
    realy think it matters what side of the house you put it on as long as it gets
    sun on that side . turn your dirt . dont waist your money on testing kits
    unless your gonna start a farm. just get some mrcl gro. time releace . your
    dirt needs plenty of nitro. potassium calcium and there was something else i
    thank it was magnesium . but the mrcl gro. will cover all of this and it
    should say 10-10-10 and every thing should be fine follow the directions on it
    so you dont burn out your plants . another thing is if your dirt is kind of
    clay . the put some peatmoss. so that it will drain and the plants can pull
    nutrients from it also you can take your yard leaves, grass clippings and till
    it in the dirt. about 3 inches thick over the garden is good and till it all
    in . all of this is compost . they say its
    supose to be rotted but i bet it will do this just fine after tilled .
    lol.... honestly weather your dirt is clay or not your should put this in any
    way. cause its realy good for your plants and it keeps your dirt rich. when
    your done with that. then your dirt is prity much ready for your plants . let
    me know if you have any questions or any thing i will be happy to help you out.

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    how do you know there are not "bad" things in the soil
    the people that sold me my home -- their kids used to sell drugs -- also there
    was signs of truck or cars being diven on the property.

    I have had the property for 4 years ...

    each year I plan to test but delay due to other priorities

    any comments ??
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    how do you know there are not "bad" things in the soil
    the people that sold me my home -- their kids used to sell drugs -- also there
    was signs of truck or cars being diven on the property.

    I have had the property for 4 years ...

    each year I plan to test but delay due to other priorities

    any comments ??
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    If it's been 4 years, you -should- be fine, but a test is never
    remiss. You could also get some fill dirt, and rotatill the land
    where you want the garden, adding in the new clean dirt, and perhaps
    some potting soil to the land.
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