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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #435 on: April 04, 2013, 02:09:29 PM »
a partial view of the garden in Jan. The wife drinking a stout and picking peas.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #436 on: April 04, 2013, 02:25:52 PM »
At N 45.5 and 2,000' I'm lucky to have mine tilled. We plant garlic in November, peas potatoes onion on Mom' s day, the rest of it on Dad's day.

I guess I have cascade, centennial, and Willamette showing up today. So I'll be putting that in as soon as its safe to.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #437 on: April 05, 2013, 05:55:25 AM »
Wow. Very nice Andrew!

I need to plant peas.  Today maybe. Anyone soak peas prior to planting, or just dry to the hole?
 
Vert!  I see an asparagus poking up.  Nice and white.  ever tried keeping them buried eurostyle?

Apricot looks to pop today.  Hoping for a nice harvest this year. No snow on the horizon yet.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #438 on: April 05, 2013, 12:21:54 PM »
I just plant my peas dry, but I do use an inocculant. I've only been at this house a few years and I'm still adding topsoil in a few areas. Once the garden is pretty well established and I've gotten a full rotation in I might stop the legume innoculant.

The cold start to the spring means I haven't been able to start prepping my garden. I did get 2 new apple trees and 6 more raspberry plants in the ground last weekend. I'm hoping to start my peas soon, but free time is at a premium for me right now and my next free weekend will be spent recovering from having my wisdom teeth out.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #439 on: April 05, 2013, 12:49:32 PM »
I soak my peas for 30 minutes in compost tea.  Just planted them last week.

No asparagus up yet, but the rhubarb plant is starting to pop.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #440 on: April 07, 2013, 05:35:23 AM »
Onions and garlic are in.  Asparagus are just starting to peek through the ground.  Peas will be next week.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #441 on: April 07, 2013, 07:50:19 PM »
Did teh first pea harvest last week. Another on the way. Artichokes are getting big, starting to stretch out. Corn is about 4 or 5 inches high, although the three plants my son started in a cup and put out in early march are almost 2 feet tall at this point.

Winter onions are almost done. Garlic started popping up last week.

Just had to chop down the above ground growth on the three perennial chard plants cause they were shading out other beds.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #442 on: April 09, 2013, 03:16:03 PM »
Apricot looks to pop today.  Hoping for a nice harvest this year. No snow on the horizon yet.

I knew I should not have typed that, or even thought about it out loud. ::)
Yep, snow and hard freeze tonight. 

I plucked my 3 spears of asparagus out of the garden this morning. 
Good thing I was able to stalk a couple pounds at my secret spot.  8)
Seems you need a n-ton of asparagus plants in the garden to get a meaningful harvest?

Got those peas in finally.  They had been soaking in a water glass for a week; germinated and had a nice little root poking.

Morticai:  Perennial chard? That sounds fantastic. Is it perennial because of where you live, or is it actually perennial?   The stuff I have here might be a bi-annual here if I let it.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #443 on: April 09, 2013, 05:07:11 PM »
The mosquitoes just drove me inside from the garden! >:( What an awful experience this early in the year...

This cilantro bush is a single plant. Or is it coriander now?



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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #444 on: April 10, 2013, 07:59:38 AM »
Apricot looks to pop today.  Hoping for a nice harvest this year. No snow on the horizon yet.

I knew I should not have typed that, or even thought about it out loud. ::)
Yep, snow and hard freeze tonight. 

I plucked my 3 spears of asparagus out of the garden this morning. 
Good thing I was able to stalk a couple pounds at my secret spot.  8)
Seems you need a n-ton of asparagus plants in the garden to get a meaningful harvest?

Got those peas in finally.  They had been soaking in a water glass for a week; germinated and had a nice little root poking.

Morticai:  Perennial chard? That sounds fantastic. Is it perennial because of where you live, or is it actually perennial?   The stuff I have here might be a bi-annual here if I let it.

Cheers.

mostlly just where I live I think. maybe twice a year I chop them down when they start to get so big that the leaves don't taste good raw. There were 4 or 5 chard plants around my yard when I moved in two years ago and I managed to get rid of one or two. the rest just grow back every year. they can get pretty massive. Altough I have one that is in a shady spot that produces nice small tender leaves pretty much year round unless we get a hard frost.

I do have a tree collard which is a kind of perennial collard/kale thing. it's new last season and is only about 2 feet tall now but will likely get up around 5 or 6 feet.

The mosquitoes just drove me inside from the garden! >:( What an awful experience this early in the year...

This cilantro bush is a single plant. Or is it coriander now?



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We made another mini hugel bed out of a log that was laying on the yard. buried it in compost and planted blackberries and raspberries on it.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #445 on: April 10, 2013, 08:11:51 AM »
I envy you folks with the long growing seasons.  Our grass turned green this week.  It might snow on Friday.  The trees will start getting a green hue in a few days.

Iowa is having a very cold Spring this year.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #446 on: April 10, 2013, 08:44:43 AM »
our grass just turned green this week too, and tree blossoms popped in the last couple days. 
it was 76 here yesterday but now 31 and everything is now covered with a quarter inch of ice.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #447 on: April 11, 2013, 09:19:04 PM »
The weeds are definitely the winning grower in my yard. I chopped down some weeds that were close to three feet tall.

In the actual garden I have a lone jalapeno that has flowered and started growing. The squash and one tomato plant have some blooms. Planted two nugget rhizomes last week, already have several inches of bine. My sterling is taking its time growing but mt. hood has about ten six inch bines. Planted two cascade rhizomes today so I am hopeful I'll see bines in a week or two.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #448 on: April 12, 2013, 09:03:26 AM »
Asparagus are just starting to peek through the ground. 

My asparagus (1yr old) is up and raring to go.  :)
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #449 on: April 12, 2013, 09:33:45 AM »
Asparagus are just starting to peek through the ground. 

My asparagus (1yr old) is up and raring to go.  :)

We are ready to start the harvest this weekend.  Enjoy, Ron.  How many crowns did you end up putting in?
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