Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Tree roots sap the moisture and nutrients from a garden. I would site a new garden as far away from trees as possible. Right in the middle of a clearing for example. And, no closer to trees than the height of the tree. So if the nearby trees are 50 feet tall, then I wouldn't put a garden within 50 feet of them. I concur with James regarding getting maximum sun exposure.
Emily Smith wrote:We're looking at new properties, and things being what they are, likely a small garden will be all I can manage for now. If I have a clearing in the middle of tall, mature hardwoods, do I want a plot off to a particular side? Downhill? Uphill?
Property 1 is raw, long (236ish ft. x 811ish ft.), western facing slope at about 30 degrees. 5 acres--the world is your oyster. But you have to build a 4 bedroom, 2000 sq. ft. house on it...
Property 2 has about 1/2 an acre cleared, but part of it slopes 45 degrees, west by northwest. There are high and low spots that are relatively level, though. It has an small existing plot at the highest point, which is the southeast corner.
Property 3 has a little .1 acre clearing on the eastern side, relatively level, high ground. There's also about .5 acres in the back, that is on a lake, but pretty gently sloping.
We're in Georgia, so I think we typically want morning sun and afternoon shade, right? So isn't putting plots along the northwestern side of a woods-edged clearing best?
Is low ground a big deal as long as drainage continues downhill?
So for #1, I'd want to terrace a plot in the middle?
For #2 a plot in the northwest part of the clearing (which is also downhill)?
For #3, it's harder to tell. The little clearing seems pretty shaded, so maybe the northern edge of the property? It would get eastern sun for sure, but maybe a little western shade.
Am I thinking about all of this right, or do I have it all backwards? I welcome any input!
But you have to build a 4 bedroom, 2000 sq. ft. house on it...