What are the best edible plants to plant in poor soil with minimal sun?
Are there any edible plants who don't mind horrible dirt (not worthy of being called soil) and minimal, 1-2 hours sun per day?
Plants or veggies? I've never failed with potatoes...and kale has always grown no matter the weather. If you're asking about plants other than veggies I have no clue.
Thanks Bill, anything is a start. We just found a little farm land, but it's dirt. Trying to get any ideas to get started!
You might also try garlic and beets....and I've seen beans grow in almost sandy conditions. In fact, I have yet to have a bad bean crop no matter what the soil was like.
Beans, I had good success just planting those in our yard this year. Good idea!
You could always try some herbs too. It's going to be hard to grow anything where it only gets two hours of sunlight. Mint is a pretty tough plant, just be careful that it doesn't take over! Like Bill mentioned, kale does well in shadier spots and maybe some lettuce too. Great thing about gardening/farming is you get to experiment and find what works best!
Also, since the soil is bad, ever consider adding compost to it? Or even building a raised bed in that location. Hope that helps! Good luck!
It's a new acre covered in grass so everything is going to be step by step. Just want to get things started where I can. Mint is awesome and I love how it can take over an area. Compost and raised beds later, but mint could go in at the start. Thanks
I think it will depend on the chemical nature of the dirt.Whether organic or inorganic.If it is organic,it will decompose after a certain period and add humus to the soil which is actually good for the plants that you are going to plant.If inorganic, I would advice you to think of something like sorting the dirt out as the effect on plants will be negative. There are plants which will do well under short light exposure.Vegetables like spinach.
Peanuts are fun to grow, especially for the kids to see. We had some nice loose soil in Waseca, MN where the person who owned the house before us grew EVERYTHING including peanuts!!! Hard clay doesn't work for peanuts. Is the soil horrible because it's clay? Be sure to get a ph tester so you know what you're working with and then research what acidic level the plants you want to grow need. You can always amend the soil. Sounds like fun and the raised beds sound GREAT!
Watercress and spinach, i don't buy compost, just use the soil in my garden and plant the roots not seeds. They grewsprouts of leaves on 2nd day
Hi peeples, Since you have compacted soil, and raised beds are too much to take on now, how about growing some leafy green in a few containers? You will need potting soil, but the watering is easier and will get to the roots for better growth. Some options: lettuce, chard, spinach, kale, bok choy, parsley, cilantro,& arugula. Containers can also be easily moved to sunnier spots. Good luck and happy gardening:)
by Liz Elias 18 months ago
I have zero idea how this happened! If I still lived in Pacifica, I'd understand it completely. There, we had such miserable, rocky soil that I could've gone into business selling ballast for ships!! I even had a carrot come up once that was 3-pronged, with a rock in the...
by Douglas and Nikki Siclari 5 years ago
What are the best edible plants to plant in Georgia red clay?I am trying to figure out what vegetables and perhaps fruits are best planted in red clay. I have tried to cultivate the soil and such but there seems to be many problems with plants adapting to the soil and actually producing fruit or...
by becca7176 8 years ago
I live in South Florida and I am having the hardest time getting my vegetable garden to grow. We've already had to completely had to redo it twice, first due to weeds, second due to an unseasonably cold winter. Now we've got everything in a large box to keep the weeds out and summer's...
by Jennifer Arnett 6 years ago
Why are coffee grounds good for your garden?I was at a coffee shop and they have a sign that offered free coffee grounds for the garden. Why do coffee grounds make good compost?
by Naima Manal 3 years ago
What are some tips on preparing garden soil organically in the winter for planting in the spring?
by anne manning 6 years ago
What can I do to get my raised vegetable garden filled with compost to produce well?I have a raised veg garden just over i/2 metre in height. It was constructed last Nov & filled with compost from the local landfill compost plant. I planted it & have been very disappointed in the...
Copyright © 2019 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|