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Gardening 2014

Discussion in 'Food and Drink' started by Toothpick, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    We have to have some green thumbs here right?

    This year the plan is peppers, cucumbers for pickling, tomatoes and maybe watermelons. I've got limited space off my patio that I can plant so I'm going to make the most of it. I'm sure some more veggies will be added.

    Got the peppers started. Red & green bell, habanero, Jalapeno, banana, and chili. Might be a few others. I had a lot of seeds from last year.

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  2. beginish

    beginish Silver Contributor Founding Member

    We were getting the raised bed ready today. A staple this year will be several kale and chard plants. You just cut off the mature outer leaves as you need them, and they keep growing. The kale can keep going during winter as well.
     
  3. MotoMike

    MotoMike Founding Member

    We have a backyard garden that is in its third year of soil improvement. Because of an ongoing and interminable construction project, I won't be starting seeds, but depending on the kindness of friends who do. that and visits to the nursery. this is the first year I can harvest from my asparagus patch, so I'm excited about that. Started some radishes in the cold frame though. We just got rid of our snow a few weeks ago. tentatively planning Tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, kohlrabi, zucchini, pickling cukes, carrots, kale, beans and snap peas, sweet corn and and I don't know what else.
     
  4. butch

    butch Professional Craftsman Founding Member

    i built 4 6x6 raised beds this year. onions are in bush beans are in but look like crap so i might be replanting. pees looking good. put the tators in but er are now calling for 2 days of cold nights (27f) and i need to cover them all or risk frost so we will see. the good thing is that i have half the seeds left due to wanting to plant twice (everything is short seaasons )
     
  5. Lucretia

    Lucretia Founding Member

    So far this year I just have 4 little SunGold tomato plants in pots. The weather forecast is for a warmer than average summer, so I might need to start a couple slicers. I tried a bunch of different types last year but the weather didn't cooperate, so most of the tomatoes weren't that great--even Brandywines were kind of flavorless. I did have a "Cherry Brandywine" that make little 2-3" fruit that were great in spite of the weather...might need to start some today.

    As far as the ornamentals go, tulips are in full swing now, and the dogwoods blossoms are just starting to unfurl. Some of the roses are getting buds, and the tree peonies will start blooming in the next week or so. The grass is even green. Pretty time of year!
     
  6. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    I noticed 2 zucchini plants sprouting already! noticed them yesterday. 3 days in the tray and a couple sprouts.

    I better get started on plowing up my little patch.
     
  7. You guys are killing me!! We just got a new dusting of snow here in Massachusetts.
     
  8. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  9. Lucretia

    Lucretia Founding Member

    Does it help to know that the grass is growing so fast it needs to be mowed at least twice a week?
     
  10. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    If only I had grass! I've been staring at this since I moved in back in December. It's a new development but they are taking their time about planting grass. They did try though but since it's on a hill it all washed away.

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  11. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  12. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    Tell that to the developer! He's cheap and I'm just a renter. I got about 2-3 feet I can till up around my patio. I plan on mixing Miracle-Gro soil in as I till.
    All the soil around here is red clay.
     
  13. Lucretia

    Lucretia Founding Member

    The grass here looks its best this time of year. In a few months it will be dry and brown. I have my green paint ready to keep the weed police at bay.

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  14. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    They grow by the hour!
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  15. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

    Jason to stop the erosion you could buy a sheet of sod or two and cut it up into plugs, plant them around your patio to get some traction for the grassseeds you can plant in the fall.
     
  16. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    Thanks for the tip but I'm not going to invest the time and money on grass here. I rent and don't "own" any yard space. It's all common ground and the owners responsibility to plant grass.
     
  17. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    Got some transplanting done. Had to upgrade to bigger pots. Also put one in the ground as a test. Oh and did some herbs too.
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    Look at all that's coming up!
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  18. Andrew

    Andrew Have Pen Will Travel Founding Member

    I thought you were going to till in some miracle-gro soil?
     
  19. Toothpick

    Toothpick #2 since day #1 Founding Member

    I thought I was too. The guy I was going to borrow the tiller from has been painting peoples front porches around here all week (landlord) and I didn't feel like bothering him. Plus I'm pretty lazy.

    So I decided to buy the miracle-gro for the transplanting in to bigger pots. And then When I transfer to the ground I'll have the miracle-gro rootball and I'll just toss some extra in to the hole I dig. That's what I did with the one I put in the ground today.

    I likely won't even need to transplant to bigger pots. I'll just go right from the tray to the ground at which point I'll fill in the hole with the miracle-gro.
     
  20. Andrew

    Andrew Have Pen Will Travel Founding Member

    Gotcha. It'll be like each plant is surrounded by a clay pot once they're in the ground. I'm from east Tennessee and am very familiar with that red clay.
     

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