Planting oer rop in heavy ulhed garden

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After celebrating my children’s 15th birthday with our annual Halloween party, we celebrated my daughter’s 21st birthday with a little gathering of friends (including my parents and my sister), watching old movies and playing some games. One of the things that my daughter mentioned was that she didn’t really want to go out to the bar later in the evening with her friends. When she was asked what she did want to do, she indicated that she was interested in planting something in her backyard (note, not a “secret garden” as she calls it). She expressed some trepidation at the idea of getting dirty in the garden, fearing that she might get it all over her and knowing that her mom’s flowers look like a disaster area after a light rain.

There was a lot of interest in the idea. What does she want to plant? Where? How? Soil conditions and a time frame? Even when, where and how to plant in the middle of a bitumen parking lot.

The discussion reminded me of two years ago when my daughter and my son were 18 and 15 years old. They wanted to start a home garden for some of the produce that was sold at the farmers market, but this was done before we moved into the townhouse and had the backyard. As a result, the soil was rock hard from a combination of backfill and heavy gravel mulch.

They attempted to follow some planting guidelines they found online, but the one that caused most concern was the need for relatively large holes to plant in, which required something like a 4” or 6” spade. As in our townhouse backyard, there were no stones and the bare earth consisted of a pile of mulch and mud.

They consulted with some friends, who found the dirt at a local farmers market garden, and we did some digging. Using a potato fork, they scooped up some of the soil to see if it would work. After trying it a couple of times, my daughter proclaimed that the soil was rock hard and so they picked some mulch out from the site, which she set aside. It was a considerable amount of mulch. Then, using a hand shovel, we dug into the fill and removed the soil. There was a lot of mixed fill, some hard clay and stones. Despite the hardness of the soil, after about two hours of digging and the removal of the mix, the soil had not crumbled and the difference between it and the bare earth was minimal.

We got our soil tested, and discovered that the top 5” of soil were quite hard with varying degrees of clay. The middle 5” was loose, sandy clay with one spot of quite fine gravel. After putting in some straw mulch, we put some sort of compost in the holes. It was a medium hard clayish mix. In the end, the area was very hard to get into with the spade, so it was more of a case of putting in the seeds and leaving them to grow.

I recall that I researched some of the arguments between whether to add fertilizer or not when planting a seed. The person in the link was advocating the need for fertilizer in wet climates, whereas the others were saying that in wet climates, fertilizer was detrimental to seed germination. We purchased fertilizer to fertilize our garden at the farm market, but decided to give it a try and see what happened. Over the next week or so, we were a bit disappointed. The seed germination was slow. But, over time, the seedlings developed into strong healthy plants. I think we were successful because we just didn’t get frustrated and just tried to see what was going on in the soil, watering and observing from time to time.

So, my question for my daughter is how she went about it. The question that really intrigued me was the gravel (read: sand). What was she able to do to make this soil suitable for plants? I would expect the best from someone with experience. One thing I did know was that she had a fresh container of growing soil that would be ready to receive the seed in a month or two. How did she get the soil to be conducive to growing?

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