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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:)
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