help me plz

@Pekachu (1114)
United States
January 7, 2007 1:28pm CST
I love gardening but i moved into this house with a huge tree in the back yard i tried to grow veggies but it didnt work tell me what to do plz i wanna grow veggies cant cut the tree down
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@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I have the same problem, I have a sweet gum tree in my backyard and the sap kills anything I try to grow near it. You can do box gardening in the front yard. You can build the boxes yourself or do what I do. This is called tabletop gardening. You get an old table or just an outside table, then either make some boxesor use old drawers from a chest. Prepare each drawer with your potting soil and plant your garden in them. They are mobile now and can stay on the table or be moved to different parts of the yard. I have done this for flowers but it should work for anything else too.
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@Pekachu (1114)
• United States
12 Jan 07
oh i love this idea using old drawers im gonna start watching for people throwing out the dressers thank you
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I usually plant a container garden. I use buckets for veggies so they can have good root growth. You can paint them and decorate them to your liking. I always try to paint my tomato buckets black with bright designs, because they like the heat and the dark color absorbs it better. You can use all kinds of things to plant flowers in. Try planting in an old pair of shoes and placing them on your steps, or a cacuts in an old cowboy boot. Have fun and get creative...lol Check out www.containergardeningtips.com Have fun, good luck with your garden.
@Pekachu (1114)
• United States
15 Jan 07
great ideas thank you
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Actually, I don't think you can do much of a food garden if the tree shades out most of the yard. How about a flower garden? There are tons of flowers and greenery that grow well in the shade. Maybe you could stick a few containers of veggies on the fringes where the sun isn't blocked out. I usually do cherry tomatoes in containers even though I have a sunny area for food gardening. They seem to like it and they look good.
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@Pekachu (1114)
• United States
15 Jan 07
yes I will definately try the flowers and greenery and try planting veggies in pots and other things i really like growing my own veggies
@angelicEmu (1311)
7 Jan 07
It might be that the soil in your garden is the wrong type for the veggies you want to grow. I'd recommend getting a book on gardening out of the library, as that should tell you how to prepare your garden beds, and put the right drainage/acidity levels/nutrients into the soil, and how far from the tree to plant your veggies too. If all else fails, you could try growing your veggies in some big pots in the garden (there are plenty of books on how to do this too). Good luck, and happy gardening!
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