- Aug 9, 2019
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I feel like I've been hijacking other people's threads so I'll start my own. This will also help me to see the progress of my garden. We are a family of 4, living on sand mountain in Alabama zone 7A. We moved here 4 years ago. The garden used to be grass and weeds. And it's all clay! Red clay! We started prepping the area in 2016 with lots of leaves, wood chips and clippings and hay. The dirt seems to be eating all the organic matter tho. But it is improving. The first year we grew potatoes and few herbs. In 2017 we tilleded up a larger area and made raised beds with logs and that was a disaster. We had epic amount of rain and the weeds grew and overtook the garden. We harvested some things but most things were choked by the weeds. In 2018 we took the logs out and made raised rows and we had a great garden and I was able to preserve some things for later use. 2019 was a great year. We had kept the chickens in the garden over winter so we had to reshape the raised rows. The only thing that didnt do well were beans and tomatoes. But I learned and am staying ahead of the issues this year. Now 2020 started out rough with late frost, crazy windy days, aphids, and moles. But it's getting better. I'll try to post some pics in the posts. I'm praying this will be the best year yet. I work in the garden anywhere from 2-4 hours a day. This includes taking care of our 3 ducks, over 40 chickens and 2 goats, 2 dogs and a cat. And 2 kids ages 7 and 5.