Shawn Berry wrote:
I'm new to the site. I won't clog my post with backstory, but the curious can find it on my profile. ANYWAYS, I've moved to a new place last fall and finally got some area to garden. It's quite sandy (receded river bank) and very shady; mature California oaks and Sycamore and I'm in a canyon to boot. Basically, nowhere in the yard gets more than 3-5 hours of direct sunlight a day. Yet as I observed the spring cycle, "weeds" came up fine. I've done some little test areas with lettuces and a few other greens but things are growing slow. SO, I was thinking...should I just go ahead and plant a cover crop? Is it too late in the season for that? (Los Angeles area) Should I just plant vegetables with mixed in compost to the soil? Should I do a soil test? I am trying to focus on being resourceful.
Hm, I guess my ultimate goal is learning how to do things in proper sequence to maximize any soil building while also trying to grow food. Suggestions?