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post #101 of 355
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Originally Posted by ian'smommaya View Post
joining you all. last year i had a nice little plot of veggies and a HUGE area for herbs and flowers.
www.flickr.com/photos/mayamade are here. it feels here like spring might never come. zone 4 after all. i am so looking forward to digging in the earth.
Beautiful garden!


For those looking for Canadian seed companies, the Harrowsmith almanac prints a huge list every year. I don't know if copies are still available at this time of year, but it's something to keep an eye out for next fall. I've found so many great companies through the almanac, it's hard to choose only a few to order from. Another idea is to join Seeds of Diversity Canada- a truly wonderful organization devoted to the preservation of heritage and open pollinated seed. They print an annual seed exchange catalogue for memebers only.

Not much going on in zone 2b over here... I started some leek seeds, and we were given some burr oak acorns (is that what they're called?) so we're starting a bunch to plant around the acreage this spring.
post #102 of 355
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Originally Posted by Theoretica View Post
Oh I : your garden!!!!

Ummm and the donkey kinda stole my heart too
omg! yes. my dad rescued him his herd mate died tho. saddest thing. but he is doing really well, gained 20 pounds and just loves his new herd.

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Originally Posted by tayndrewsmama View Post
Your garden is beautiful! :
thank you sooo much. d.s. dad helps me with the heavier work, stuff i couldnt do by myself, like building the firepit and trimming the trees.

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Originally Posted by Hibou View Post
Beautiful garden!


For those looking for Canadian seed companies, the Harrowsmith almanac prints a huge list every year. I don't know if copies are still available at this time of year, but it's something to keep an eye out for next fall. I've found so many great companies through the almanac, it's hard to choose only a few to order from. Another idea is to join Seeds of Diversity Canada- a truly wonderful organization devoted to the preservation of heritage and open pollinated seed. They print an annual seed exchange catalogue for memebers only.
thanks for the compliment and the seed catalog rec. very nice!
i dont know the other name for burr oak. there must be one though. sooo many plants have multiple names...
post #103 of 355
Oh, I have finally organized my seeds. We are growing in our yard and then just this year are expanding to community plot as well! Yay!

Here is what we are growing::

beans:
bush beans: royalty purple pod
pole beans: purple podded pole
runner beans: painted lady
long beans: chinese red noodle bean

beets:
yellow cylindrical, cylindra

cabbage:
early jersey wakefield

carrots:
st. valery, yellowstone

corn:
Dakota Black Popcorn

cucumbers:
chinese yellow, wautoma pickling

fruit:
ground cherry, wonderberrry , strawberries

greens:
various greens...loose leaf & head lettuce, mesclun, mache, mix

kohlrabi:
azur star

melons:
minnesota midget
onions:
LISBON BUNCHING
peas:
blauschokker shelling pea

peppers:
sweet chocolate, patio red marconi, tequila sunrise, + one hot

potatoes:
caribe

radish:
long scarlet, purple plum, sora

spinach:
red malabar spinach (asian vine 'spinach')

summer squash:
lemon squash

swiss chard:
five color silverbeet

purple tomatillo

tomatoes:
orange fleshed purple smudge, brandywine pink, green zebra, Riesentraube

turnip:
White Egg

winter squash:
white acorn, waltham butternut, baby blue hubbard, thelma sanders sweet potato

In Ground already:
raspberries, red currants, parsley, dill, chives, shallots, garlic

Herbs:
shisho, cilantro, several types of basil, anise hyssop, chamomile, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, borage, sage, etc.

I am just starting seeds this week in the basement...we have shop lights from Home Depot with warm/cool bulbs, and they are on chains. Super easy!
post #104 of 355
Scorch- Great list!



It's 47* here today and I am so itching to get in the dirt.

I ordered a few more things last night so will be adding lacinato kale, anna swartz hubbard squash, genovese basil, aunt molly's ground cherry, and garden huckleberry to my list.

I took a few pics of our backyard today. Not sure how much I'll be growing since it's a rental and the backyard is mostly shaded. Hoping the landlord lets me put 2 raised beds in the front of the house...

backyard, it's pretty narrow but goes all the way down to the fence (not very visible)

Backyard 1
Backyard 2

Where I hope to do the raised beds...

Front 1
Front 2

I'll do what I can here and then use all the space my sisters are willing to give me.
post #105 of 355
Ummm, it's been a week and a half since I seeded my leeks and onions and I have one tray that is more than half sprouted and the other two are not so good. I have no leeks up and only about 5 seeds up in the third tray. Did I do something wrong? I have the leeks on a heat mat.
post #106 of 355
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Originally Posted by Jenn_M View Post
Where I hope to do the raised beds...

Front 1
Front 2
I think the spots next to the front door are just dying to have raised beds there!
post #107 of 355
Anyone else growing onions?


I just got 100 to plant and I have never planted them before. :
post #108 of 355
ok, I am so wanting to get a great garden going this year. I have an awesome yard, tons of room and a whole lot next door with some raised beds already there. I really want to do a bunch of flowers around the house too. I don't even know where to start. LOL
post #109 of 355
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Originally Posted by Thystle View Post
Anyone else growing onions?


I just got 100 to plant and I have never planted them before. :
I'm growing onions for the first time. I have about 60 seeds waiting to sprout, 30 red and 30 yellow.

Everyone keeps telling me how hard they are to grow so we'll see...
post #110 of 355
i grew them last year, but i don't think our season is long enough to get big big onions. we just ended up with very small onions. and tbh i think a lot of them went to the wild bunnies that live in our yard. like a lot of our veggies do.
post #111 of 355
I always grow onions from sets. The white ones do better than the red ones for me.
post #112 of 355
I believe I'm in Zone 5a but its hard to tell? 4b-5b overlap our area. (southern Maine, Biddeford/Saco area) This will be my first attempt at a garden since I was a little kid growing up on the farm! Eeek!

Am I right in the zones?
post #113 of 355

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Originally Posted by kathirynne View Post
All of the planting guides I have read say that I can plant peas, leafy greens, root veges and lettuces as soon as the soil is workable.

The gardening calendars say that lettuces should be planted in early April, but I was outside in the garden yesterday to dig up the last of the "overwintering" carrots : and I just moved aside my mulch and dug the carrots out with a hand trowel. The ground was not frozen at all.

Does that mean it's workable? Can I plant out my peas this weekend?

Anyone?
post #114 of 355
I'm going to vote 'go for it', but then again I'm notorious for wanting to get started while there's a foot of snow on the ground.

I think the bigger issue is how much frost you'll have yet?
post #115 of 355
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Originally Posted by kathirynne View Post
Anyone?
I thought I responded to this but it must have just been in my head...lol.

If the ground is not frozen, digable and it's not soaked (like it would be after it has just unfroze) then go ahead and plant. Here our last frost date is June 1st and I usually plant all the cold hardy stuff (onions, potatoes, peas, radishes, beets, lettuce..) as soon as the snow is gone and the soil is workable. This usually happens at the beginning of April in a normal year.

We always have light frosts after that but I've never had issues. The cold hardy stuff doesn't care.
post #116 of 355
Hi! Just reading through the posts now. We are in zone 5. We are starting our first garden this summer. We have had a few small experiments but nothing major. This year will be the first real garden.

We are also getting chickens and I showed my DH the chicken coop garden and he thought it was a really good idea. Since we will be building the run once the snow melts this will be easy to incorporate. It will just involve a bigger run.

I found a book on gardening specifically designed for our state. It gave dates of when to have started various seeds inside and what ones to not start inside. It was really helpful. I can post the list if anyone is interested. Some the book says to start this month but all the ones I will be starting the book said to start them on 4/1.

Out of everything I plan on having in the garden this year the only thing I really want to work is the cheese pumpkin. A friend gave me one of hers last year along with this amazing pumpkin bread recipe. It was fabulous! And not something you can pick up at a local store. The seeds I found at fedco. I am looking for any good pumpkin growing tips.

Speaking of Lowes - our local one has nothing for seed starting as of 3/3. The farms stores do and I have not been in Home Depot yet.
post #117 of 355
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Originally Posted by Thystle View Post
Anyone else growing onions?


I just got 100 to plant and I have never planted them before. :

Oooh me! I've never planted them before either!
post #118 of 355
our last frost date is mid to end of may. so i would plant yet even if the soil is workable, but like a pp said its when your chance of frost is over and if you have any of those mini green houses in case of frost...
post #119 of 355
This year we'll be planting:

* Sweetie tomatoes
* Roma tomatoes
* Snap peas
* Shell peas
* Green beans
* Cattle beans
* Cayenne peppers
* Corn
* Spaghetti Squash
* Ugly gourds
* Carrots
* Potatoes
* Pumpkins
* Basil
* Chard
* Spinach
* Melon
* Strawberries
* Raspberries

We've got this years chickens ordered already; a doe has been bred and we're planning on getting two pigs (1st time for pigs) this year. Can't wait to get started. Probably another 5 weeks to wait until I start my seedlings.
post #120 of 355
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Originally Posted by ian'smommaya View Post
our last frost date is mid to end of may. so i would plant yet even if the soil is workable, but like a pp said its when your chance of frost is over and if you have any of those mini green houses in case of frost...

Our last frost is the beginning of May but peas and cold hardy stuff can go out way before that.
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