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Old 02-28-2007, 07:53 AM   #1
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Planning your garden?

What are yall doing for your garden so far? Going to plant anything different this year?

While it is way too early for me to start the bulk of my vegetable and flower plants, I do start a few things in February, namely celery and parsley. For the second year, I am starting seeds for onion plants and those are growing very well, in fact I will set them outside today for a breath of fresh air. I have had disappointing results with onions over the years. We usually start them from seed in the garden, but they do not get very big. I do not like onion sets due to the very limited, one !, variety available. So two years ago I bought onion plants from my seed vendor. Very, very expensive, and I thought, I can make my own plants! So I did, and it worked kinda well. I did not start enough plants last year.

For the other vegetable plants I start, I usually wait until two weeks AFTER the last possible time to start the plants. I start a couple hundred of the little buggers and it is very labor intensive, so I start the process as close to planting out time as I can.

Hows your plans going?

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Old 02-28-2007, 08:01 AM   #2
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Wow , where do you have room for "couple hundred of those little buggers" ? LOL
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:16 AM   #3
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Well, my sweet peas have been coming on really strong, and my little lettuces, the only thing is we are probably moving so not sure what to do with the sweet peas. Probably give them to the landords wife if she is still talking to us! I love having things sprouting, makes me feel kind of hopeful. Probably like it as much as when the flowers then the fruits come, my other two gardening year highlights. My mother's garden in May/June is surely what heaven looks like, old fashioned roses everywhere, and all the cottage garden annuals out. English cottage gardens make me pleased to be English (which makes for the things hich embarass me!)
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:16 AM   #4
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:17 AM   #5
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DH designed and built our house. The south side of the house has a greenhouse which also functions as a mud room and air lock entry. It is 8 feet wide by 25 feet long and has a long bench in front of the windows. I start the plants in pots in trays which hold (15) 2 inch square pots. The pots are big enough that I do not need to transplant anything.

You can build a green house to be either a solar collector or a food producing structure, but not ideally both. Ours is a food producing green house.
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Old 02-28-2007, 05:44 PM   #6
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I have to rip out pretty much everything I have and start over this year (just grasses and flowers).

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Old 02-28-2007, 05:50 PM   #7
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I always start my tomatoes, peppers, & eggplants inside - mostly heirloom types. Cold weather greens, Asian stuff, broccoli raab, Swiss chard, etc., I usually start outside in my cold frame, but will sometimes jumpstart inside first depending on how much room I have.

I'm a big fan of wide-row "intensive" gardening rather than the regular narrow row system. I manage to squeeze tons of stuff into a smaller amount of space, & find I get much larger crops to boot.

I grow everything & anything that interests me, & always try something new every year.
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Old 02-28-2007, 06:21 PM   #8
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At this point I have been through the garden with the tractor twice...just trying to open it up a bit. Is still early.
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:34 AM   #9
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We built a greenhouse on the front of our house. I start the plants on shelving units with rollers so I can roll them into the greenhouse during the sunny days and into the house if the nights are sill freezing. I know I'm jumping the gun here in MI but I've started eggplants and rainbow peppers which are supposed to turn different colors through their growing stages. I just can't wait for Spring!
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:39 AM   #10
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Wow silentmeow, you have an enviable set up with the rollers on the shelving units. I have to lug each individual tray of plants in and out and in and out every day, weather permitting, to harden off my plants.

Hey YT, is that netting on the first bed? Trying to keep something out?? You have a nice looking garden!
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