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Neal McSpadden
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I just started working on my community garden plot today! 

It's not large, about 5'x10', but has a bit of slope.  The top of the slope was used in the garden last year, so the topsoil is several inches deep, but the soil at the bottom is a shallow layer of mulch on top of clay.  So of course, I put in mini-swales to rehydrate the lower slope.

Additionally, I planted my fig tree that spent the last year not getting enough light on my patio.  It's potted in a 5-gallon bucket, and since I have to be very concerned about shading out my neighbors, I dug a hole and buried the whole thing still inside the bucket.  The goal here is that the restricted root zone will keep the canopy fairly small.  I'll also do some summer pruning if  it becomes necessary.  As a nitrogen fixer, I also put a few pea seeds in the bucket with the tree, so hopefully that will address some of the limitations I've put on the tree.

The back of the plot is up against a fence, so I put some peas, indeterminate tomatoes, and cucumbers to climb the fence.  Otherwise, I just broadcast lots of different seed types and covered the whole thing with mulch to prevent the birds from taking all the seed.

Videos & photos coming soon.
 
Neal McSpadden
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Here's a quick vid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jK3W3bxkkw

I'm going to have to stop giving Paul crap about his videos being unsteady

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSo7UubngnY
 
Joel Hollingsworth
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Are there any seeds you decided not to plant because they're too small to push a leaf up above the mulch? If so, seed balls might be worth considering.
 
Neal McSpadden
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We'll find out!

But seriously, I have no idea how strongly sprouting the different varieties I have are.  I sowed way more seed than I'll end up needing, so it's just a wait and see game at this point.
 
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