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We are starting to get the garden area ready for next spring. We live in Arkansas and although we have looked on the Univ of Arkansas for suggested varieties of fruits and veggies, I thought I would get feed back from some of you in this area. What varieties have you found that work for you? What doesn't seem to work? We are zone 7.

Any suggestions or comments are always welcome.

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Coming from MI to southern MO we found there is a big difference in gardening and what you can grow. Tomatoes will literally cook on the vine down here whereas we were happy to have them ripening in late august up north. You basically can grow a spring garden and a fall garden--without an irrigation system or deep mulch a summer garden will go all to heck!! We get most of our tomato seeds from Totally Tomatoes and always search out varieties that mention growing well in heat or humidity. You need varities with enough leaves to cover the poor 'maters. Early Girl, Viva Italia,Delicious, work well for us--staking is important as sprawled on the ground they sunscald or cook. Haven't had much luck with the heirlooms d/t disease. Of course all the peppers,okra,corn love the heat. Rocks,well,what can you say?? They grow over the winter....we've hauled enough from our acre garden to put 3' out all around our 24' pool!! To think we bought rock to build a fireplace in MI!!!! Best thing you can do is pick your site, get is worked up,find someone with manure you can haul and cover that puppy deep.....soil isn't luscious loam like we had up North. It needs lots of attention. A fall cover crop of rye helps alot and easy to do. Remember that you rarely will get frost until Nov. and if you do it is a one nite thing so you can easily cover up a late garden. We have green beans just starting to bear as we always plant late garden with beans,beets,green onions,lettuce,spinach; anything that loves cooler weather. Best thing about the south is spring comes early and it is beautiful. DEE
 
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