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post #221 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. We're still a while from that, but at least we got the seeds in the ground on the weekend, before the weather got cold again.
post #222 of 295
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Originally Posted by Aubergine68 View Post
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....
Yep they self seed really well! I'm hoping to plant them again this year. We moved so we are starting over again. the kids love them and I don't make jelly or anything ( my mom does) I just grow them for the kids to snack on since they are SO easy to grow and the papers are fun for the kids to take off LOL
post #223 of 295
I have teeny asparagus shoots!!! : So I'm in the midst of weeding and all that. What do you guys use to mulch asparagus? Because all I've got in my little head is throwing down some compost, and getting little (I'm talking little) bark chips/shreds or something. I hate weeds. I hate bermuda grass. I hate them. And I only want to weed once, thankyouverymuch.

My garlic's coming up, too. :

So after I finish this asparagus bed, it's on to the blueberries and blackberries (and mulching them with compost and pine needles), then the other asparagus bed, and moving an entire 4'x12' bed of strawberries around. And finally planting the 6 new fruit trees, sprouting potatoes, getting the cattle panel trellises up, painting rocks red (to fake out birds I hope?), and transplanting all my pantry greenery. At last count I had 151 tomatoes alone. I'm such a sucker for garden crap. At least I'll have food I suppose, even if my sanity's a bit shaky.
post #224 of 295
hey mamas, I'm Sarah,,,maybe I can keep up with you all here...

just finished weeding and planting more strawberries, also put out some arugala starters and a lettuce...I know the feeling of wanting to pick the little leaves, I cant wait for Garden food again! :
post #225 of 295
gasp. a blue blueberry!


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post #226 of 295
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Originally Posted by lmonter View Post
I have teeny asparagus shoots!!! : So I'm in the midst of weeding and all that. What do you guys use to mulch asparagus? Because all I've got in my little head is throwing down some compost, and getting little (I'm talking little) bark chips/shreds or something. I hate weeds. I hate bermuda grass. I hate them. And I only want to weed once, thankyouverymuch.

My garlic's coming up, too. :

So after I finish this asparagus bed, it's on to the blueberries and blackberries (and mulching them with compost and pine needles), then the other asparagus bed, and moving an entire 4'x12' bed of strawberries around. And finally planting the 6 new fruit trees, sprouting potatoes, getting the cattle panel trellises up, painting rocks red (to fake out birds I hope?), and transplanting all my pantry greenery. At last count I had 151 tomatoes alone. I'm such a sucker for garden crap. At least I'll have food I suppose, even if my sanity's a bit shaky.
Yeah!: I'd just mulch with compost, but that's just me. Sanity? What's that?
post #227 of 295
Ok, I DESPERATELY need to plant tonight.

Potatoes, my new tomato starts (thanks again, FarmerCathy!) and direct sow some lettuce, etc. Plus I think I need to RE-sow my watermelon(third time's the charm!), and look diligently for any sign of my lemon cucumbers.

I got the yard mostly cleaned up, I still have some green waste in piles that I don't want to compost, but my yard is postage stamp sized compared to what I'm hearing about everybody else's.

Oh, and my other direct-sown lettuces, etc. are sprouting up! They seem to have been unaffected by birds. Wooo!
post #228 of 295
Cultivating, what zone are you in? I'm that people are already seeing results!
post #229 of 295
Lol, Zone 9, and my radishes and carrots (the turnips have gone missing...) that I direct sowed are maybe two weeks from being food-able! The carrots I will probably leave for another month+, but the radishes will be nice and tender!

California, what can I say?:
post #230 of 295
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Originally Posted by FarmerCathy View Post
Yeah!: I'd just mulch with compost, but that's just me. Sanity? What's that?
But compost lets things grow. Like I said, I don't wanna weed again (imagine that in a whiny voice). I've had a hard enough time doing it this first time - it ain't gonna happen again this year. Unless anybody wants to borrow some children for a while....
post #231 of 295
I'm just in the starting phase of this year's garden, but that is because I'm in the Pacific Northwest and it is just almost time to start planting stuff. I did plant a bunch of everbearing strawberry plants the other day and my seedlings (tomatoes, onions, squash) are happily growing at a family member's house.

We live in a suburban neighborhood so our gardening space is limited. We just have a small front yard garden with raised beds. We were thrilled with how much we got from such a small space last year and tripled the amount of beds for this year : I can't wait to have little baby plants actually growing in those new beds! :

I'm planning on going shopping for blueberry plants soon at a specialty nursery, my kids are blueberry addicts so I'm planning to buy a whole bunch. Not sure which varieties we will go with yet.
post #232 of 295
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Originally Posted by celestialdreamer View Post
We live in a suburban neighborhood so our gardening space is limited. We just have a small front yard garden with raised beds. We were thrilled with how much we got from such a small space last year and tripled the amount of beds for this year : I can't wait to have little baby plants actually growing in those new beds! :

I'm planning on going shopping for blueberry plants soon at a specialty nursery, my kids are blueberry addicts so I'm planning to buy a whole bunch. Not sure which varieties we will go with yet.
Isn't it neat? Sometimes people think I'm a farm with all I do, yet it's just my backyard (well, except two apple trees in the side yard).

Which side of the Cascades are you on? There's Raintree I believe over in Morton, and there's various other local nurseries every which way. My grandma got her now-ginormous blueberry bushes from a now-defunct nursery in Chehalis - the bushes were at least 4-5 feet wide and 5-7 feet tall last I saw (unless my cousins yanked them out since then). So for bang-for-your-buck, I still recommend high-bush varieties. Growing vertical and all.
post #233 of 295
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Originally Posted by Aubergine68 View Post
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....
Where would one get Ground Cherry seeds? These sound neat! Would I still have time for starting/planting them? I'm in zone 8-9 I think.
post #234 of 295
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Originally Posted by lmonter View Post
But compost lets things grow. Like I said, I don't wanna weed again (imagine that in a whiny voice). I've had a hard enough time doing it this first time - it ain't gonna happen again this year. Unless anybody wants to borrow some children for a while....
Hehe! I don't know what else you could mulch with, but what your thinking sounds good. Leaves are the only other thing I could think of, but its not the right time of year for those. You could probably find a tree co. that will give you wood chips for free.

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Originally Posted by AllisonK View Post
Where would one get Ground Cherry seeds? These sound neat! Would I still have time for starting/planting them? I'm in zone 8-9 I think.
http://rareseeds.com/seeds/Garden-Berries
post #235 of 295
Some people mulch with straw, don't they? I have no idea if it's specifically the best thing for asparagus, but...
post #236 of 295
Well boo! Only one pea is coming up!

I'm going to have to soak some again and plant radishes in the next couple days...
post #237 of 295
Jumping in...I think I'm in Zone 8....Northern California at about 4000 ft in the Sierras.

Everythings finally thawed out and we are having a tiny little heat wave. I'm tempted to plant...(as if my beds are even built) but it could still freeze here.

Anyone want to encourage me to "man up" and build my raised beds myself? I don't think dh is ever going to do it. He's totally books for weeks! I want to get some food in the ground!!!

We're going to do zucchini, tomatoe, some lettuce and spinach, and we're going to go for peppers again this year, though we didn't get too many last year. (different house...we left the garden behind, sniff, sniff)
post #238 of 295
anyone got echinacea going? My starts are going really slow, my tomatoes too...

Anyone want an open packet of walla walla sweet onion seed from 08 (Ed Hume) I'll be happy to send it free including postage.
post #239 of 295
Anyone have any extra ground cherry seeds they want to part with? Just a few as I don't have much space left. (I'd pay shipping) A packet is way more seeds than I need and its $7.50!! I really want to try some but not for that much.
post #240 of 295
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Originally Posted by AllisonK View Post
Anyone have any extra ground cherry seeds they want to part with? Just a few as I don't have much space left. (I'd pay shipping) A packet is way more seeds than I need and its $7.50!! I really want to try some but not for that much.
$7.50 is the big bag. It's $1.50 for the small packet. Probably still be better to trade somebody though anyway since you'd have to pay shipping on $1.50 which is a minumum of $3.50 I think.
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