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Sounds like a lovely tour, serenetabbe! I'll have way too much work in my garden and house to go touring, but I'd appreciate pictures.........

DH is OUT OF CONTROL with these seedlings. We got 100% germination on the celery, so there are about........... 30? He just planted 20 basil plants, and we still have a second variety we want to plant. I was planning on 2 or 3 basil plants, not 10 times that much! I keep trying to convince him to anticipate 100% germination, but he always overplants. Oh well. I guess I'll just have to give lots of plants away so we have less to put in the ground. Already gave away some tomato plants, so we're going to give each tomato recipient a basil plant to go with the tomato. :

T-5 days until we own our own homestead! :
post #202 of 295
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Originally Posted by serenetabbie View Post
Heather, I keep threatening to go visit everyone! I would have such an awesome time if I could tour the country via MDC gardens I figure I could start in Lancaster, then work my way over to Lanna, then head west to Cathy's. It should only take all summer and I am sure DH won't mind in the least.
Well, then you'll just have to give up gardening for a summer. Or have someone at home take care of it. I know I wish I could visit everyone too.
post #203 of 295
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Originally Posted by smeisnotapirate View Post
T-5 days until we own our own homestead! :
Oh so exciting! Congratulations!
post #204 of 295

i'd like to join too!

i am anticipating a lean year for money, plus we've already been broke and haven't been able to afford the fresh organic produce we're accustomed to, so i have a very ambitious garden planned for this year!

growing now:

common sage
white sage
thyme
mint
cilantro
sunflowers
dandelions
miners lettuce

will plant soon (mostly heirlooms):
chia
basil
4 varieties of tomatoes, all heirlooms
green beans
kale
dill
eggplant
summer and winter squashes
tomatillo
peppers; hot, mild and sweet
arugula
echinacea
calendula
chamomile
pumpkin
peas, several varieties
lettuces
radishes
cantaloupe
honeydew
watermelon
lavender
aloe
cucumber
celery
cabbages
epazote
lemongrass
ginger
chives

more to come too!
post #205 of 295
yea! I finally got out in my garden this morning for about an hour. Planted a few flowers.

My veggie garden is kind of trucking along - my green beans have all kinds of flowers on them.

My tomatoes are growing tall and producing flowers but then - nothing.

I'll have to go get some compost I suppose. My soil is pretty much sand.

Should I Ph test it? (I am guessing thats a factor in producing fruit?)
post #206 of 295
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*sigh* I guess photo tours will have to do then Cathy, since I am not walking away from the garden this year

I have SO much to do. It was so nice out yesterday I took the kids over to the local tourist hot spot for the Earth Day celebration & then to DH's work for lunch. We had a great time, but... you all know nature waits for no woman! I got the flower beds mostly raked out, then went over to the barn and picked up a bunch of manure for the low price of free after helping bed the horses down. Wow that was a lot of work... those horses are shedding like crazy! Anyhow, my poor seedlings are still waiting to be re-potted and now I have buckets of manure to spread on the garden too, and here I sit. I am finding myself longing for that lull in between planting and harvesting where all I have to do is weed, water and watch!
post #207 of 295
I'll join in!!

I have planted:
Potatoes
Onions
Snap peas ( though these so far aren't doing well :P )
Lettuce mix ( free earth bound seeds packet)
Carrots

Ive got about a 15x8 spot I'm gardening and adding more plants soon.

I'm so excited to see pictures of others gardens as this season goes along

Does anyone here plant ground cherries?
post #208 of 295
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Does anyone here plant ground cherries?[/QUOTE]

I do!

I started a thread about them last year.

This year, I'm waiting to see if they come up on their own before planting more. I did save seeds. I hear they self-seed like crazy....
post #209 of 295
We planted a few things yesterday. Yay! Of course, they are calling for possible snow this week. Oh well, we planted cool loving plants. The feeling of having my hands in the dirt was so fantastic!

Sugar snap peas
lettuce (4 types)
spinach
beets
carrots

are in so far.

Would it be okay to plant swiss chard seeds now? I haven't planted them before, and I wasn't sure if they would die if they got frosted. We're sure to have frost for up to a month yet.
post #210 of 295
I would. When we lived in Phoenix, my chard got frosted regularly. I think once the leaves actually froze. Now, I planted it in Oct and would have it for 2-3 years, so I don't know how seedlings would do. But I'd think fine. I planted my chard this year in Jan or Feb (great record-keeping I do!). I'm not sure it got frosted this year, but my 4-year-old plants have been frosted many times!

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Would it be okay to plant swiss chard seeds now? I haven't planted them before, and I wasn't sure if they would die if they got frosted. We're sure to have frost for up to a month yet.
post #211 of 295
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Originally Posted by ScarletBegonias View Post
i am anticipating a lean year for money, plus we've already been broke and haven't been able to afford the fresh organic produce we're accustomed to, so i have a very ambitious garden planned for this year!
Looks like you have a good start.

I put in 4 rows today.

Cucumber
butternut squash, 3 different kinds of gourds
lettuce
summer squash

Can't believe it going to be 95 here tom. Whew!
post #212 of 295
when is my stuff going to make food?!?!?! I am SOOOOOOO impatient!
post #213 of 295
Hi, jumping in here. We have a new raised garden bed area that is 12' x 4'. I am growing only or at least probably only food there. What sort of soil should I fill it with? I have a compost bin and some is very wet but probably finished, and some is not, and I think my DH stirred it together... anyway it's probably 4 cubic feet anyway so I'm going to need a lot of something. Suggestions?
post #214 of 295
I have in:

2 tomato volunteers (many to follow but I neglected to start the seeds yet)
tomatillos
corn (about a third of what will be planted)
bush beans
leeks
carrots
onions
broccoli
peas (harvesting right now)
beets (harvesting right now)
garlic (hard and soft neck)
celery (maybe planted too late, we'll see)
kohlrabi (picked over by migratory birds.. not sure it will do much)
artichoke (harvesting right now)
strawberries (just beginning to harvest)

This week will be planting:
more corn
tomatoes (thinking I'm going to direct seed)
pole beans
more beets
mesclun lettuce mix
green onions
more carrots
post #215 of 295
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Originally Posted by transformed View Post
when is my stuff going to make food?!?!?! I am SOOOOOOO impatient!
Aren't we all. I see little lettuce that are about an inch and a half tall. I'm so excited! Also little beets. Mmmm...

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Originally Posted by mamayarn View Post
Hi, jumping in here. We have a new raised garden bed area that is 12' x 4'. I am growing only or at least probably only food there. What sort of soil should I fill it with? I have a compost bin and some is very wet but probably finished, and some is not, and I think my DH stirred it together... anyway it's probably 4 cubic feet anyway so I'm going to need a lot of something. Suggestions?
If you have a truck or can borrow one you should be able to get a yard of compost from a local gravel yard. Here I can get it for about $20.
post #216 of 295
Just thought some of you might be interested in what my FL garden looks like now:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...reiu9el005.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...reiu9el004.jpg

leftmost beds have eggplant, basil (too small to see), pole limas, and tomatoes, middle beds have Tuscan kale and fennel (leftover winter plants), summer squash and watermelon, rightmost beds have bush beans, carrots (leftover winter plants) cukes and winter squash...

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...reiu9el005.jpg

Containers...tomatoes (STILL DISEASED--agh), a pepper, lemon verbena, hardy kiwi, lime tree. basil...
post #217 of 295
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Originally Posted by loraxc View Post
Just thought some of you might be interested in what my FL garden looks like now:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1212831208

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...&id=1212831208

leftmost beds have eggplant, basil (too small to see), pole limas, and tomatoes, middle beds have Tuscan kale and fennel (leftover winter plants), summer squash and watermelon, rightmost beds have bush beans, carrots (leftover winter plants) cukes and winter squash...
Jealous! This is what my garden looks like.

T-3 days until we own our little farm and I can get this stuff in the ground! :
post #218 of 295
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Originally Posted by loraxc View Post
Just thought some of you might be interested in what my FL garden looks like now:

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...reiu9el005.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...reiu9el003.jpg

leftmost beds have eggplant, basil (too small to see), pole limas, and tomatoes, middle beds have Tuscan kale and fennel (leftover winter plants), summer squash and watermelon, rightmost beds have bush beans, carrots (leftover winter plants) cukes and winter squash...

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y10...reiu9el005.jpg

Containers...tomatoes (STILL DISEASED--agh), a pepper, lemon verbena, hardy kiwi, lime tree. basil...
Love the dino kale. Yum! Your tomatoes don't look that bad. I wouldn't worry about them too much.

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Originally Posted by smeisnotapirate View Post
Jealous! This is what my garden looks like.

T-3 days until we own our little farm and I can get this stuff in the ground! :
A new garden to start is so exciting! You should make a plan where you want everything and how your going to set it up.
post #219 of 295
MY FIRST TOMATO!!!!!!!!!!! I just found one finally! Its like smaller than a little teeny tiny berry but its there! Woot!!!!!!



Looks like a nitrogen deficiancy. For weeks they have bee producing a flower or 2 but then they just dissapeared. About a week ago I put coffee on all of the plants and they have exploded with flowers and a TOMATo!!!!!!!

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post #220 of 295
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Originally Posted by FarmerCathy View Post
Aren't we all. I see little lettuce that are about an inch and a half tall. I'm so excited! Also little beets. Mmmm...
I remember one year when the spinach and lettuce leaves were about the size of my thumbnail, thinking If I would pick all of these little leaves, I think I could have enough for a little salad just for me. I resisted the temptation, and waited a couple weeks longer until our whole family could have a salad together, and then we had lots of salads to eat after that.
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