Organic edible gardening in Glens Falls, NY

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of working with a fun young couple in Glens Falls, NY (in the capital region) to co-create their first organic edible garden. The couple happen to be newlyweds and new homeowners, and joy permeates their property in a palpable way. It feels like all the edible gardening here will do very well. We started with a standard non-permanent raised bed, filled it with organic soil, organic herbs and vegetables and used traditional companion planting strategy that takes so much of the guesswork out of growing organic produce.

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The south side of their home has sandy soil so we decided to plant a flat of 48 June-bearing strawberries. These will tolerate the dry soil and sunny exposure. Organic gardening is often just about working with what is already there, playing the hand nature deals you.

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Along the back property line we planted a native Lowbush Blueberry, a native Flowering Raspberry and an Everbearing Raspberry. These will make a nice edible garden border and by leaving the area a little messy we encourage habitat development of wildlife. This is a smart perennial organic produce system; planting perennial edible gardens ensures fruits for smoothies, juice and pies in future years.

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