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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:26 am 
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Our vegetable garden is located in an area that previously supported tree growth. Prior to 1956 it was part of a tree farm. 1957-2002 owned by non gardeners whose daughter had a horse. Our garden is located where we tore down a shed, and removed weedy second growth trees. Does this type of soil have any specific needs? We have used horse manure, compost, and cover crops for several years.

We see irregular growth patterns that raise questions about how the soil is responding.
Example: Bed supports cabbage and broccoli, but brussel sprouts don't thrive.
Does the previous tree cover require a longer approach to vegetable garden fertility?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:28 pm 
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It sounds like this garden area benefited from benign neglect. If you do regular soil amendments (see some of the guides for things like bed preparation) and your garden will be fine.

I don't know if my garden will grow Brussels sprouts either because I don't like them. :)

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As to whether the soil needs special amendments, only a good soil test would tell. In Texas everyone seems to like Texas Plant and Soil Labs. Everywhere else in the world they use Logan Labs in Ohio. I think you get more for what you pay at Logan Labs. Used to be the other way around at TPSL but they changed their pricing several years ago.

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