You all help get me out of my dark thoughts. Thank you!
While I haven't gotten any catalogues yet, I did get a subscription (3 yrs!) for Better Homes & Gardens. Should start up soon. My Garden Gate magazine comes, uninterrupted, thanks to my partner.
I have a 'greenhouse' shelving unit just waiting to be set up! I bought it on clearance at the end of the last growing season.
As for trees causing light issues...have you thought about having the trees thinned or 'limbed up'? You may get enough light for a garden if you can do this. If you have a sunny spot, you can plant in a pot on wheels and move the pot to follow the sun.
Also, planting sugar snap peas where you've had a 'heavy nitrogen feeder' previously can restore the nitrogen. The roots actually infuse the soil with the nitrogen that the peas produce. Also, when putting your garden to 'sleep' at the end of the season, cut up the vegetation (as long as it's not diseased) and turn the soil and let it sit dormant for the winter. The best thing about the peas is you can plant an early crop, then when you plant other vines, they can use the same supports, then plant a late season crop when the others are winding down. Leave the plants in place or just cut them to the ground, leaving the roots over winter.
I plant in small raised beds and have used sugar snap pea plantings to help the soil for the past several years and it has been working wonderfully. You could also plant a 'cover crop' of clover. The roots of clover do the same as the peas...'fixing' nitrogen in the soil.
Crop rotation is important. It cuts down on diseases and pests that can overwinter. It keeps the soil from being totally depleted. Try composting from the kitchen. Any vegetable scraps can be tossed into the garden. Coffee grounds and tea bags too. Chop up banana peels before tossing them. Rinse out egg shells and toss them into the compost pile too. Feed your garden all winter and it will feed you all summer.
You can start early with radishes and lettuces. Beets are an early crop too and the greens are good in salads while you wait for the beets to mature. So, if you're an impatient gardener like me, you can get an early start, direct seeded into the ground! Then, after a day of planting the next crop, you can be enjoying a nice salad with the lettuce and beet greens!
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