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2020 Gardening Thread
« on: April 05, 2020, 06:38:37 PM »
It was sunny and 50 F today. It’s been dry-ish so it was time to turn over the garden. Today’s goal was to bury all the dried- out hops and clematis vines that have been sitting out all winter. I’m hoping that they’ll have decomposed enough by mid-May that they won’t tangle up in the rototiller when I want to plant.

In other news, Little Bit planted some tulips in the front of the house and they all seem to have survived the winter. Additionally, the new butterfly garden in the back appears to be sprouting milkweed. We’ll see what comes up.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2020, 06:46:02 PM »
25 bales in place. We altered the fenceline for more garden footprint. Planted 3 blueberry bushes and one blackberry bush. Also a mulberry tree, a plumb tree and another fruit cocktail tree. Bale conditioning to begin soon. Tomato and pepper seeds planted and are living in the window sill in little containers till planting time. Coming along.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2020, 07:00:40 PM »
, a plumb tree

Did you plant it straight? :razz:

Mrs. is starting to prep the raised beds and flower gardens. Have a few perennials come up in the front garden already. 

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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2020, 07:05:20 AM »
, a plumb tree

Did you plant it straight? :razz:

Mrs. is starting to prep the raised beds and flower gardens. Have a few perennials come up in the front garden already.

Luckily I was able to correct the auto correct which had it reading plumbing tree when I first posted it.  On that land, even perfectly straight looks all wonky.  I've taken to putting notsomuch effort into making sure everything is just so.  OK, I lied.  Yes it's perfectly straight.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2020, 10:34:28 AM »
"Plumb" - I love autocorrect!

Well, color me jealous of you guys and your spring time planting stories. I am still not sure when I'll be able to get into my garden (current date is April 19th - we'll see what the government has to say about that as we near it).

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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2020, 01:12:13 PM »
I have to really hand it to the local government officials. Somehow Basel Stadt and France came to an agreement to let us poor Swiss gardens have access to our gardens.

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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2020, 06:06:57 PM »
Beds are ready, so am I.  Too bad I can't get into any store to get the plants to fill it and it's pretty much too late to start from seed now.  I've got a long and varied veggie list for this year.  My new half wine barrels will be here Tuesday for the patio herb garden.  Returning from last year is the six chive plants, split from two last spring.  List below is so far, as I manage to get into the store, more will be added as I see them.

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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2020, 06:28:10 PM »
Straw bale garden day 6 of conditioning. We also have seedlings growing in window sills. Soon. Muahaha
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2020, 09:34:07 PM »
Bought seeds on Tuesday, on Thursday the Governor closed all garden centers. 
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2020, 11:11:08 AM »
Have two starter pots of seedlings going for tomatoes. Planted two tomato plants at beginning of SIP. My jalapeno plants are coming back strong from last year and I have a new pepper plant that is growing well. Hoping I can get a cucumber plant going strong but will see.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2020, 11:33:39 AM »
Weeded out the garden plot. Have sage, catnip, and chives as perennials. Trying to decide what else to plant.

New for this year: a potato container.

Neighbor built it over a year ago. M.Brane scrounged up some pavers to set it out on the lawn where it would get sun at least 6-8 hours a day. Just have to get topsoil and a slow-release fertilizer. You go vertical and mound up soil around the stem (hilling) and you can get a bunch of tubers from one plant apparently. I buy organic potatoes and have no problem getting sprouts.

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« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2020, 12:33:36 PM »
I'm tempted to put my seed starts out in the garden because it has been so warm for them, but I think I'll hold off a bit longer.

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« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2020, 12:34:15 PM »
Pictures when I get around to taking them.

The potato tower sounds intriguing Pictures will be welcome!
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« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2020, 05:25:40 PM »
Pictures when I get around to taking them.

The potato tower sounds intriguing Pictures will be welcome!

I also am interested in this...
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« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2020, 06:06:50 PM »
Pictures when I get around to taking them.

The potato tower sounds intriguing Pictures will be welcome!

I also am interested in this...

Well ok then.  :D

Here's the container. I will get dimensions and other details if you are interested. This is just what I remember from my quick internet research.

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Fill with soil up to two boards, plant seed potatoes, about a foot apart (I think four would be the limit for the container shown. Keep moist, but not wet. When you do water, water enough so that it runs out. When the plants sprout and reach a certain height, start mounding soil up around the stem. Keep going and add additional boards (see picture). You can harvest as you go... or do it all at once.

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« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2020, 09:18:03 PM »
We worked on prepping the garden yesterday. It's still a little too cool at night to put the plants out so they're under the grow-light in the spare room. We hope to be able to put them in the ground next weekend.

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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2020, 09:29:03 PM »
Since the owner's family is selling I am likely not having a garden this season. Shit. At least the produce section is the only part of the grocery store well stocked.
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« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2020, 01:36:36 AM »
Pictures when I get around to taking them.

The potato tower sounds intriguing Pictures will be welcome!

I also am interested in this...

Well ok then.  :D

Here's the container. This is just what I remember from my quick internet research.

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« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2020, 06:58:47 AM »
Since the owner's family is selling I am likely not having a garden this season. Shit. At least the produce section is the only part of the grocery store well stocked.

"Will work for veggies". 

I'll give you 5 large zucchinis, 7 large cucumbers and 2 lbs of roma tomatoes to change the oil in my quad.   ;D
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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2020, 07:47:45 AM »
At $100 per hour those are some expensive veggies. And I hate quads to boot.
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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2020, 09:02:50 AM »
Started my second round of seeds yesterday...tomatoes (cherry, Black Krim, Big Rainbow, and Delicious); yellow, purple, and red bell peppers; basil; zucchini, yellow, patty pan, and spaghetti squash; spinach and red romaine; cucumbers and Mexican sour gherkins (cucamelons...google them!); and some flowers.

Last week I ordered strawberry plants for bed #1. CB has beds 1-3 cleaned out; we need to add some more soil to them. We need to construct beds 4 and 5 and fill them. Planting weekend is the weekend of May 23rd! (Last frost around here is approx. May 15th. I'm building in a week's cushion because goodness know everything else about this year is pretty effed up so far!)

The apple trees are looking good. Haven't peeped on the cherry trees yet. I'd like to add two peach trees this year. Need to peep in on the berry bushes along the fence row. I think we lost our blueberry bushes (they were tiny and our neighborhood deer are NOT tiny). Probably need to replace those, too.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2020, 08:47:42 AM »
Tilled my garden then dumped in a compost.  Once it soaks/dries, I'll till it again.  We also sprayed a few areas in preparation for flower patches- my daughter is really interested in growing some flowers.  Good enough!

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« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2020, 08:55:39 AM »
Soon....
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« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2020, 09:36:21 AM »
I love how proud these daffodils look when shot from such a low angle

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The other day I did "the hard work" of shifting the compost around. Ugh. At least I did it early in the morning, so it wasn't too hot out. And I found that I had a guest!

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« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2020, 09:57:42 AM »
Just my potted plants again this year.

I have my two remaining jalapeno plants from last year that are doing well.

I bought two tomato plants that are also doing well and beginning to flower for our first produce of the year. For the first time since high school, I decided to grow something from seeds, so more tomatoes it is! I have multiple seedlings that I just transferred to their prospective pots yesterday. We are past the freeze so I am fairly confident they will make it but no promises.

I need to get a cucumber plant but last year's didn't do well and I'm not sure I have a big enough pot for it. With moving next summer, I don't think I want to buy anymore big pots.

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« Reply #25 on: April 22, 2020, 07:36:19 AM »
We got some plants in the ground yesterday. This plot is all tomatoes and peppers.

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« Reply #26 on: April 24, 2020, 04:05:58 PM »
Planted the potatoes, tomatoes, and squash this week.... just in time for the 100F weather we're having today. Thank goodness I watered this morning.

And boom just like that. Fire season.
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« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2020, 03:04:44 AM »
Yesterday was a surprise. Dan went with me to the garden (one benefit of being somewhat restricted in our movements is that he sees the garden now as a "nice place to relax outside"  :D  )

I was just going to prep the bed for transplanting my cucumbers and pumpkins today, but when he looked like he might be helpful, I asked him to get the tomato stakes out of storage and put them in the tomato bed.

A few minutes later he starts to question my methods, and goes on about density, how the other gardeners do it, blah, blah, blah. So there and then, he became The Tomato Master and he will be in charge of all tomatoes this year.  :pope:
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« Reply #28 on: April 25, 2020, 12:09:44 PM »
The weather has been shite here all week.  Nothing to be done in the garden. :-\
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« Reply #29 on: April 25, 2020, 12:17:16 PM »
This is a sample of the weather we've been having for the last month or so:

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« Reply #30 on: April 25, 2020, 01:01:01 PM »
new pets! you should celebrate.

I planted a rhubarb crown, after (the long deceased) dog killed the last one by sunbathing on it.

I then walked through the woods. so much wild garlic, ready for picking.
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« Reply #31 on: April 25, 2020, 01:47:24 PM »
I did a little research and decided that those aphids needed some companions. So I went back to the garden, found 5 ladybugs and put them, some leaves and a whole lotta aphids in a box. Going to see if I can propagate an army of ladybugs to take back to the garden.

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« Reply #32 on: April 25, 2020, 02:02:22 PM »
Just picked up another pepper plant. Hopefully, I will drowning in tomatoes and peppers this season.
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« Reply #33 on: April 25, 2020, 02:19:26 PM »
I did a little research and decided that those aphids needed some companions. So I went back to the garden, found 5 ladybugs and put them, some leaves and a whole lotta aphids in a box. Going to see if I can propagate an army of ladybugs to take back to the garden.

FWIW, I have no idea what I'm doing, so if anyone has any experience, I'm all ears!

Lady bird larvae eat more aphids than the adults. wasps eat tons (literally, millions of tons) of greenfly.
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« Reply #34 on: April 25, 2020, 02:19:54 PM »
Just picked up another pepper plant. Hopefully, I will drowning in tomatoes and peppers this season.

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« Reply #35 on: April 25, 2020, 11:56:14 PM »
Been thinking of building elevated beds. Our entire back yard is lower than street level and is all clay, so it's always wet - too wet. :(

I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out how I could trench and drain either out to the storm sewer on the street - can't do it without pumping, or doing something way shady and illegal under the ground out front, or draining it into the woods. Even if I could do that into the common land, I can't afford to have someone do it, and I don't know nearly enough to ensure it's all done the right way.

So yeah - elevated beds for tomatoes and berries and such. Better than nothing.
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« Reply #36 on: April 26, 2020, 02:24:17 AM »
^^^

Raised beds will be easier on your back, as well.  AND you get the benefit of good soil right away  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #37 on: April 26, 2020, 07:02:54 AM »
Soil is one place where I luck out. Gods bless the glaciers! The weather may be cold and rainy until mid-May, but I never have to worry about soil.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #38 on: April 26, 2020, 09:30:48 AM »
Been thinking of building elevated beds. Our entire back yard is lower than street level and is all clay, so it's always wet - too wet. :(

I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out how I could trench and drain either out to the storm sewer on the street - can't do it without pumping, or doing something way shady and illegal under the ground out front, or draining it into the woods. Even if I could do that into the common land, I can't afford to have someone do it, and I don't know nearly enough to ensure it's all done the right way.

So yeah - elevated beds for tomatoes and berries and such. Better than nothing.

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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #39 on: April 26, 2020, 12:15:48 PM »
In my ever-expanding quest to understand my garden and its inhabitants, today I studied my ladybugs. Much to my surprise, they were busy.... um, "getting busy"  8)

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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #40 on: April 26, 2020, 12:28:06 PM »
^^^

Raised beds will be easier on your back, as well.  AND you get the benefit of good soil right away  :thumbsup:

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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #41 on: April 27, 2020, 09:10:07 PM »
Soil is one place where I luck out. Gods bless the glaciers! The weather may be cold and rainy until mid-May, but I never have to worry about soil.

Same here.  Well drained, great soil.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #42 on: April 28, 2020, 07:17:27 AM »
Soil is one place where I luck out. Gods bless the glaciers! The weather may be cold and rainy until mid-May, but I never have to worry about soil.

Same here.  Well drained, great soil.

I also compost all my food scraps to keep the soil in good shape.  I cannot believe how much that cuts down on what goes to the curb.  Our family generally has one bag of garbage, and usually not full, per week.   :pope:
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #43 on: April 28, 2020, 11:50:27 AM »
I also compost all my food scraps to keep the soil in good shape.  I cannot believe how much that cuts down on what goes to the curb.  Our family generally has one bag of garbage, and usually not full, per week.   :pope:

Oh, same here. I can't imaging how much more garbage we'd have without being able to compost (and recycle!).
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #44 on: April 28, 2020, 10:08:51 PM »
Same here- sits in a barrel and I add it to the garden a couple times a year.  I also often add composted manure.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #45 on: May 18, 2020, 01:19:39 PM »
I have potatoes sprouting!

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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #47 on: May 18, 2020, 04:13:00 PM »
I have my first tomato coming in.

Fair amount of jalapeños flowering and some on the cayenne pepper too.
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #48 on: May 18, 2020, 07:23:39 PM »
The local farmer who uses my school as a CSA drop-off site sold seedlings this year. They weren’t any more expensive than going to the place I usually go, so I decided to try them out. And it was a good excuse to take a trip out to the country with the kids on Saturday. I looked at the forecast and decided to hold off on planting until mid-week here.

It’s a good thing I did because I have a pond in my backyard right now. We got 7” of rain last night. 🤯
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Re: 2020 Gardening Thread
« Reply #49 on: May 19, 2020, 01:29:32 PM »
Our garden is not doing well. With all the rain we've had the last several years, our trees have really filled out and are blocking most of the sunlight. I just don't think we're getting enough sun to it. We used to have annual droughts here, now it's practically a tropical jungle.