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    Not a Gardener, what can I plant?

    First of all let me make this perfectly clear - I am not a gardener and have never played one on TV either. But here lately, for some strange reason, I have had a hanger'n to try one. So, if I were to try just a little one, just to see how I liked it - what can I still plant with success?

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    For instant gratitude, I'd plant zucchini and cucumber. They will still put out a good crop even late. If you like pickles, put in about 5 cucumber plants. I can send you an easy canning recipe so you can keep all the cucs you harvest.
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    I do like pickles and for that matter cucumbers raw with ranch. I can try some of those. I'll get the recipe, assuming I get something to pickle. I'd like three or four items..... two down.
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    For some quick results, plant some radishes and/or leaf lettuce. Both are easy and you'll have something to eat in 30 days. You can even grow them in containers filled with potting soil. I grow lettuce in flower boxes on my back deck so that it's close to the grill. That way I can pick lettuce while flippin' burgers.

    Cukes, squashes and green beans will take a little longer but are easy too.
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    How critical is it for a garden to be level? The place I want to put it is on a slight slope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 316 View Post
    How critical is it for a garden to be level? The place I want to put it is on a slight slope.

    Not critical at all. People have been farming on slopes for centuries. It makes it harder to till the soil to get things going but the plants don't care.
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    Oh, this ain't that much of a slope - probably have to go 20' to get a one foot drop.

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    That little slope will be no problem. Just need a place with plenty of sunlight and decent soil (no hard clay). If soil needs help, just get a scoop of mushroom mulch and till it in. Always remember, those plants that make fruit and veggies need plenty of water (veggies are mostly water by volume). This year in TN we are not having any problem with that.

    Good luck and PM me if you need any recipes, gardening help or canning advise.
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    Potatoes are another one that's hard to go wrong with. I like planting them in tires or barrels, as they grow they need more dirt on top of them. Just add more dirt to the barrel, or another tire to the stack and pile dirt in. When it's time to harvest, just tip the barrel or tire stack over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 316 View Post
    How critical is it for a garden to be level? The place I want to put it is on a slight slope.
    The biggest problem will be when watering. You'll want to run a hose at a trickle or use a soaker hose to keep the water from running off of the high end too quickly. Otherwise, not a problem.

    I'd definitely go with the zucchini. It is about time to put in tomato plants for the fall garden too. Radishes do not like the heat, so not sure how well they would do this late in your part of OK. Swiss Chard does well, and stays around, even through the winter here. And the more you harvest it, the more it produces. If you like greens, that is a winner. 2-3 plants is all you should need for 1-2 people to enjoy every week. And it needs to be cooked the day it is picked, (you pick the outer leaves, just leaving the inner 3-4 leaves, each time), as it wilts quickly, once picked.

    If you like okra, plan to put in a row or two of that next Spring. It likes the heat, but likes to get sprouted good first, before the heat sets in.
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