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amit, My Garden (4621)

Styles: Contemporary, Courtyards and small terraces, English cottage, Formal, Organic, Wildflower, Wildlife

Soil types: Clay

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained

Soil pH: Alkaline

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: South

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)

My garden is a polyculture landscape—vegetables, ornamentals, edible trees and shrubs—located in Zone 5. Organic best practices are the goal, accomplished through a combination of research, preparation, implementation timetables, and monthly evaluations. The native soil is clay medium that requires constant amendment to create consistent drainage, accomplished by growing deep-rooting green manures composed of grains, grasses, and legumes planted within the rotation schema. Soils in the growing beds, varying in depth between 8-12 inches, begin life as a mix of compost and soilless media that increase in humus and soil biota each year. Much of the compost is produced on-site in a variety of composting bins. The garden requires about 7 cubic yards to be self-sustaining and currently produces about six. The largest bin processes about 3.5 cubic yards, with a worm bin processing another two.

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