Shawn Berry

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since May 19, 2009
Life, et., al.
Sylmar, CA (Los Angeles area)
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Hey Gary...looks like you might of posted a link that is to your local drive, no?
10 years ago
Ok, so I really am a noobie. I have read a few things about inoculant but I don't really know what it means or whether I should do it with the cowpeas I ordered. Is there a post or an article that someone can direct me too? I hate asking questions that have probably already been answered. Sometimes I have the time to search the forums before I ask, but other times (-like now when I'm trying to post this before the rest of the work-hive wonders where all the keyboard clacking is coming from) I only have a couple minutes to ask the question. Soil refresher: Sandy (receded riverbed) almost complete shade. Heavy cover from fall leaves, mostly Sycamore, and some other broad, maple-looking leaf I haven't Identified yet. (last fall I collected and started composting them, but I don't know what kind of long-term effect they have had on the soil before I got there). I ordered a soil test but of course I get a note that afternoon saying that kit was backordered a couple weeks. Cowpeas will be here over the weekend. I've looked up my growing zone as specifically as possible...so far the best guess is 8-11.

TC, thanks for your input - and everyone. I appreciate it as I go forward.
10 years ago
Hmm..yah..no such luck here in La la land. 
10 years ago
Alright, I'm going to go with the cow peas to start with. Going to search online for a seller today unless someone has a good reference they'd like to post. Thanks for the feedback everyone. Looking forward to getting more input as I begin to get into the adventure - and I'll be reading through in the coming days and weeks.

Shawn
10 years ago
Hello all,

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?

Thanks!
10 years ago