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    Posted April 26, 2012 by
    joanniebalon
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    Charlottesville, Virginia
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    From garden to table

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    Two tiny crops

     

    We live in West Central Virginia, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the soil of choice is clay. Nothing grows in clay, except a few brave earthworms that dig tunnels through if finding who knows what to eat.

     

    So for us mere humans to eat we must have better soll to grow edible crops in. For this little challenge I bought one bag of humus and one bag of sand. and dumped them near the southern wall of our house. It is only about a 4 ft by 2 1/2 ft area. I threw down radish and carrot seeds added water and have been daily praying and watering for my great crop of radishes and carrots.

     

    Radishes are probably the easier edible crop to grow. Guaranteed "no fail". Well so far so good.

     

    I think the carrot seeds are still germinating and trying to find their way up through the soil. They demand a certain level of patience.

     

    That is my robust gardening for this year. There is one annual and a few perennials among this small area also. The reason besides the soil why I cannot grow anything else is deer, rabbit, hedgehogs chipmunks and squirrels seem to enjoy many of the same vegetables as us humans. I don't like to spray plants with anythings, so the rest of the edible greens come from the store. Whose to know what they were sprayed with or how they were handled. I will take my chances

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