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Let's plan our gardens
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Donna from Mo    Posted 01-07-2003 at 08:20:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What say we all get out the seed catalogues that have been coming in the mail, plan our gardens, and think about spring? I know it can't be far away, because my husband and I are already making plans for our first tractor swap-meet of the year at Adrian, Missouri, and also thinking about camping out at the I & I Historic farm days at Penfield. I can't wait!


Lynch in E.TX    Posted 01-07-2003 at 16:04:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I plant about 6 different types of tomato (two to 3 crops a year, grow until Nov. or Dec. starting in March))...7 or more types of peppers(1 real good crop)...lots of herbs...acorn squash...watermelon(Black Diamond is best)...cantalope(use Pecos seed; the absolute best)...corn (for us and the beasts)....pumpkin...parsley...chives...and a few types of cukes...Thats the spring and Summer,Fall stuff.
In the winter we grow onions, lettuce, cabbage, and sometimes potatoes. Lynch


Fawteen    Posted 01-07-2003 at 14:04:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I planted the lower third of my garden back to grass this fall. Haven't been able to grow anything in it but once since I turned it up 10 years ago. Can't figure out why, the soil test came back good. I've got two rows of raspberry canes in the same spot that do well tho.

The upper two-thirds does quite well. I planted two 25 foot rows of strawberries last spring, so I should be able to harvest from them this year.

I'll put in a couple of good rows of giant sunflowers just cuz I like them. If the birds don't get all the seeds before they dry, I'll harvest 'em for the chickens.

Last year I got some ornamental corn to grow, first time in many attempts that corn has done anything for me. (VERY short growing season here in Maine, and right on the coast, our nighttime temperatures get down in the 50's all summer long, usually. Raises heck with tomatoes too) I found that using LOTS of chicken manure helped a lot, must be the nitrogen. I'll try a little bigger patch of that this year.

The rest will be the usual, Yukon Gold and Russet potatoes, Scarlet Nantes carrots, Detroit Red beets, wax (yellow) beans, green beans, radishes, turnips, two or three kinds of lettuce and some kale (the chickens really like the fresh greens, as do the sheep and the llama) Snow peas and sweet peas, cucumbers, and maybe some pumpkins if I have room. And the rhubarb bed, of course. That patch has gone nuts the last several years, and other than mulching it in the fall is pretty much idjit proof.

Interspersed here and there, at the ends of rows or wherever the Spirit moves me, I put in some ornamental flowers: Asters, Zinnias, Marigolds and Nasturtiums for the color and the natural pest control, maybe some Morning Glory over by the fence. Tried Hollyhocks last year, they didn't come up, but I'm gonna try 'em again. We had a BIG bed of 'em under the kitchen window back on the farm, always did like 'em.

Applied for the Master Gardening program today, they often have a waiting list so I may not get into this year's program. I'll find out Friday.


Donna from Mo    Posted 01-07-2003 at 14:14:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am impressed! I've never even heard of half that stuff.


Fawteen - Really?    Posted 01-07-2003 at 14:17:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
All common as fleas around here, 'ceptin' maybe the Hollyhocks. What specifically did ya wonder about?


Donna from Mo    Posted 01-07-2003 at 14:27:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
OK, so I was exaggerating: I just never heard so many things mentioned in one sentence! You ought to get that master gardener thing, you surely spend a lot of time out there. I love seeing what folks are planning for the coming garden season.


Fawteen - Ah...    Posted 01-07-2003 at 14:31:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do have the occasional problem with "diarhhea of the mouth"...

I'm sure hoping I do get into the program, I think it'll be a blast.

Outside of planting, I usually spend an hour or two every other day or so weeding, watering and hoeing in the garden. If we catch a dry spell, I have a portable pump and a bunch of PVC piping I set up and water it from the stream that forms my back property line. That stream water is chockablock with nutrients, really makes things shoot up.


Tom A    Posted 01-07-2003 at 12:11:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Gonna start my onions, eggplant, and peppers inside real soon. We'll plant about 4 or 5 varieties of tomatoes, about 60 plants altogether. Kennebec and Red Pontiac potatoes, about 300 foot of row. Gonna try cabbage again and see if I can beat the groundhogs and deer to them for once...and beets, turnips, little bit of sweetcorn, blue hubbard squash, cushaw pumpkins, peas, and beans. Hopefully the asparagus will produce good this year--this is year 3, so I hope to get a lot of cutting off the bed. And I'm gonna plant that darn rhubarb again and see if it'll grow for me this time. Finally, about 1/4 acre of Reid's yellow dent corn for the critters.

Can't wait to go play in the dirt!!! yippeee


Gary, Mt. Hermon, La.    Posted 01-07-2003 at 11:11:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well Donna, I'm gonna plant virtually the same things I've been planting every year. Gonna start off with Silver Queen White corn, Funks G90 Hybrid yellow/white mix, Blue Lake bush green beans, yellow wax beans, tomatos, (turnips- real soon), beetz, cucumbers, Scalloped white squash, Crook neck Yellow squash, lima(butter beans)and okra. I think I'm gonna plant some potatos soon too and am gonna try with some garlic and onions. Then in mid summer when most all thats done, I'll start with the bean crops. We can talk about that later.


kraig WY    Posted 01-07-2003 at 09:02:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well if you people back east wasn't so stingy with your rain we might be able to have a garden. The long range weather guessers are prediction a continuation of our drought so all I got to look foward to is hauling water and fighting fires. Gonna have to eat my critters cause I can't afford to feed them.


glen sw wi    Posted 01-07-2003 at 11:57:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You need a spring outside the back door that runs all year. When my wife was alive we had a big garden and used the free water for the garden in the dry seasons. Have another spring on the other side of the hill that the neighbor wants to use to water his garden. Works out fine, since I don't need a garden anymore and I get more free fresh vegies than I can use from him.


Donna from Mo    Posted 01-07-2003 at 09:10:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Rain? what's that? We had perhaps two decent rains all last summer, and recently had a record dry spell broken only by a measly 2/10 inch of rain. Don't blame it on THIS area of Missouri, it's those hillbillies down in the southern part that are being stingy with rain and snow.



Ron/PA    Posted 01-07-2003 at 08:34:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Last year I gave away most of the produce from the garden out back, I ate well and so did my friends.
If the guy that planted it ever finds out I'm in deep stuff!
Our garden is planned before we finish harvesting the last one, my appetite outweighs my common sense.
enjoy
Ron


Donna from Mo    Posted 01-07-2003 at 08:38:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Since I went to work 3 years ago, I mainly plant tomatoes and peppers. Even with no rain, I gave away tomatoes by the bushel.


Bambi    Posted 01-07-2003 at 08:48:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am soooo far ahead of myself this year! I drew a color coded plot plan of my garden for this year, made a timeline of what gets planted when and in what rotation and have my seed orders already written up. Am I excited about my garden this year? Well, uh, YEAH! Last year I had a great crop of everything except celery root, which never got bigger than a golf ball. Am going to plant all root (tubers) in wood boxes this year so I can add lots of sand and nutrients that would otherwise affect the soil in the main garden. I got a greenhouse for Christmas this year (yeah, my man IS the best), so I can start all my seeds at the end of Feb, then I can plant seeds for replacements of things like lettuce which we pick throughout the summer. The greenhouse will also extend my growing seasona nd there are some things I can be growing all year. I also get to start raising chickens this year, so I will have little helpers eating bugs from the garden. Slugs and bugs beware! Ok, yeah, I am a bit bonkers about my garden. BUT...I am learning how to grow enough food and put it up so we can eat our own produce all year round! No more nuked food from the market! Whew....that's it for now.


Gar, Mt, Hermon, La.    Posted 01-07-2003 at 11:41:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm an avid gardner also, and have not bought vegetables from the store since I started gardening seriously in 1983. Once you start eating home grown veggies ALL the time you will never want to eat those others.


Donna from Mo    Posted 01-07-2003 at 08:53:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, those chickens can be great at helping you get rid of your rotten tomatoes too! When I retire, I'm going to have chickens again. Till then, I just listen to the neighbor's rooster crow.


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