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My mom used the same area for her garden for about 25 years. Periodic major dumpings of horse manure alternating with cow manure. I've inherited the homestead. Can I expect the soil in her garden to still be okay or can it get "old" and "worn out"??

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How ,

how good a producer was her garden over those 25 yrs.(that'll tell you something )Sounds like there should be a good top soil base from the manures she worked in , (did she keep notes on what /where she planted ...this would give you an idea where to start (crop rotation),could check ph of soil(horse manures tend to be acidic) but other than that you should be alright...sounds to me she did it right ....

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Nice to hear from you.

Hope the weather is treating you well.

Stop around more often.

Thanks,
Elsie ./.

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howdy Elsie ,

Just a little bit more snow than I like this year but nothing major , sorta' like the winters we used to get here !!! Hope all is well with you and family !!!!

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We all are just fine. Just freezing here in Ohio. Was -7* to -14* F here this morning with out wind chill, if you can believe that. That is cold by anyone's standards, maybe not Larry's but that is cold here for Ohio. We have had a whole winter's of snow here in Ohio where we live. A whole season's worth and still have 60 more days of this stuff left.

Kids are fine, hubbie is fine and grand babies are just fine also. Oldest son in the Army now. Say a prayer for this young man. He has been stationed state side at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas Thank God, not over seas.. That is 1610 miles away from home and I miss them already.

Thanks for asking,
Elsie ./.

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Elsie...

that's cold in anyones book and here I'm cussin' 19º ... Elsie it's a mothers right to miss their children ,especially when one joins the military and I'll certainly lift a prayer up for him !!! Tell that fine young man that an old vet is certainly proud and grateful for his service to his Country !!!!!!!! El Paso that's right on the the border (Juarez)tell him to stay on his toes ....

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I'm praying for him too.

And may God keep him safe! :)

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Well thanks guys

I'll let Patrick know.

Thanks,
Elsie ./.

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Speaking of garden soil,

I checked the root cellar excavation site today to see if I could dig more dirt for my raised beds, but if was far too muddy still, as even though the bottom is gravel to give good drainage, the melting snow from the snow drifts left in the cavity made quite a quagmire!,,,,Now it's on forecast that we may get more snow, but still quite a while till spring planting when I need the rest of my raised beds filled and more of the tires for raised beds.

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Tires for gardens Larry

There's cause for concern using tires for borders due to leaching of zinc and other metals into the soil. It's OK for ornamentals but you don't want to grow edibles in them.

Just for some info for you.

Thanks,
Elsie ./.

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All depends,

most of the danger from the leaching is when the tires are shredded or at least cut, also the same can be said of treated wood, especially when the wood rots, to have a raised bed that will last you have to take some risk, and the tires as well as being free to me will break down slower and will be only used a few years each for edibles, then small trees or bushes, the best article I found on it said short term use as raised beds is fine for even veggies.

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