- Gardening Year: 2012
- Location: Mobile, AL (on the Gulf of Mexico)
- Planting By Color: White/Olive
Mobile, AL: My Garden Plan…noobie and trying!
My wife and I live in Mobile, AL and we are getting ready to start our first SFG. Until last year, we had never grown anything. Our neighbor gave us a couple of tomato plants and we just stuck them in two 5 gallon bucks on our patio. They didn’t get much attention, but the tomatoes were wonderful. I hadn’t tasted a ‘mater’ like that since I was a child. A few days ago we found ourselves talking about the tomato plants…and here we were!
Using companion planting guides, etc, etc, for the veggies we want, we have decided on doing two plots, one 4×8 and a 4×4. This will be going over our existing lawn. I have got to do some additional reading on these subjects; how deep the box should be, how to kill the grass and whether or not to use a weed barrier under the frame (bottom of the box)? …there is so much to learn!
Time constraints will prohibit me from doing Mel’s Mix for the soil. There is a farm close to our house that will sell me their compost in minimal quantities (a yard or two). This on-going compost pile is 17 years old and they work it with a large track-hoe.
After a long discussion on what I was doing, he recommended a 60% compost and 40% topsoil mix. When I inquired why the mix, he said the compost by itself would be too light (given the depth of my bed) and I could have plants that could possibly blow over (corn, etc). He said the topsoil mix would help hold everything together and it would still be a very light and airy soil. (he also concluded that that is what his wife uses on a small raised garden at the house).
We have greatly enjoyed reading all the info and I am in hopes of finding a few local folks that are doing a SFG. It would be nice to look at another project, first hand! Thanks again!