- Jun 15, 2022
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- Houston, Tx
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So… I have a couple options. Right now I JUST built this nice plant rack for a bunch of 5gal fabric pots. And the wife (currently away for the summer) saw a picture and said “ditch it! There’s no room to sit!” Which of course she’s right… soooooo I have this ugly front yard….. and our HOA is in massive debt and has no power over us (nor should they for the state of this neighborhood, but that’s another story). I could just set this rack up there. OR… I could dig up all these ugly bushes and turn it into an in-ground/raised bed same height as the one in the back… that way I could at least use a decent amount of the compost and maybe try to sell some. Pictures!Let's put it this way. Last year I grew 8 cherry tomatoes. Granted they weren't black cherry but cherrys all the same. I grew them where they received about 4 hours of direct sunlight as an experiment and they made maybe, at most, a handful of tomatoes each. I had thought that perhaps I could extend the growing season on them by placing them in a shaded area. They were grown in super rich garden soil that I put into fabric containers. This year I put them into all day sun and before the hail storm destroyed them they had at least a pint of tomatoes on each plant and if had survived would have produced at minimum a half gallon of fruit each. This shows how important sunlight is. You will probably get a few tomatoes but not enough to be worth the costs you have incurred. Is there anywhere else on your property to install a raised bed. If not a raised bed is there room for 5-10 gallon fabric containers?
The black mounds are just potatoes covered in compost because I have 1.5 yards of it
So this yard faces north-northeast. It gets the full morning sun then is shaded after noon-ish (I’ll nail down the exact time before I do anything drastic).