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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #615 on: March 03, 2014, 12:43:15 PM »
Here in the Central Plains you should have started your flowers early last month and be starting the vegie (tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli and such) right now.  According to Rich Joran (ISU Horticulturist) on the Friday Hort-Day call in show.   ;)

I don't have a garden anymore so it's all lost on me.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #616 on: March 03, 2014, 03:54:51 PM »
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Lot of good eating there still though the florets get a bit fibrous at this stage.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #617 on: March 03, 2014, 04:13:35 PM »
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Lot of good eating there still though the florets get a bit fibrous at this stage.

yup that's more or less what my broccolies look like. the chickens go nuts for the overgrown florets and flowers though.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #618 on: March 03, 2014, 06:37:08 PM »
My only plan is to dramatically increase my hot pepper patch for making hot sauce.  Other than that, no big garden plans for this year (besides the usual corn, tomatoes, etc).  Should be planting something in about 4 months when the 3.5 feet of snow finally melt.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #619 on: March 04, 2014, 07:44:40 AM »
Oh yea. I was looking at morticai's green yard and I got a little antsy, so I build a cold frame hot box this weekend.
It is a little overbuilt ::), but hey, I did not have to buy anything to make it.

Seeded in some greens, cilantro, a few carrots and beets chucked in.








I ordered some new potato seed last week.

Thinking of expanding the "orchard"...giving another attempt at hugelculture...and perhaps caving and buying some actual soil.  I should probably try and grow and make that salsa roja they sell in bulk at the store.  Man I can go through that stuff!

Cheers to spring.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #620 on: March 04, 2014, 08:34:01 AM »
nice looking cold frame. you're gonna have to open that thing up midday to keep from cooking your seeds!
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #621 on: March 04, 2014, 10:32:45 AM »
Oh yea. I was looking at morticai's green yard and I got a little antsy, so I build a cold frame hot box this weekend.
It is a little overbuilt ::), but hey, I did not have to buy anything to make it.

Seeded in some greens, cilantro, a few carrots and beets chucked in.








I ordered some new potato seed last week.

Thinking of expanding the "orchard"...giving another attempt at hugelculture...and perhaps caving and buying some actual soil.  I should probably try and grow and make that salsa roja they sell in bulk at the store.  Man I can go through that stuff!

Cheers to spring.

Sweet looking Grow Box!  8)

Another thing now on my list of projects.  ;)
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #622 on: March 04, 2014, 11:02:02 AM »
Ahhh. This would do for herbs in the winter I think. And a head start with the peppers and tomatoes.

Overbuilt? I say quality and craftsmanship took place.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #623 on: March 04, 2014, 11:36:31 AM »
I'm excited to finally start a garden this year!

Too bad I'm like udubdawg and it's freezing cold with snow on the ground. But we are trying to encourage spring to come. We bought a lawnmower and started planning out the layout of the backyard/garden/orchard. C'mon spring!!!  ;D
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #624 on: March 04, 2014, 12:04:07 PM »
nice looking cold frame. you're gonna have to open that thing up midday to keep from cooking your seeds!

He just needs a temp controller and a fan.   :D

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #625 on: March 04, 2014, 06:55:46 PM »
Bummed that its 4 degrees F in March but generally psyched about this year. I will get my soil tested for the first time, should have done that years ago, and am going to remineralize it. On the other hand my bees didn't make it so Will be buying two packages this year. Started leek and celeriac seedlings 1.5 weeks ago. Leeks are mostly sprouted. Going to start a couple new hops vines, which will make 5. So far in central mass most luck with cascade and galena. Willamette surviving but not thriving, bad luck with hallertau :(
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #626 on: March 04, 2014, 06:57:26 PM »
Bummed that its 4 degrees F in March but generally psyched about this year. I will get my soil tested for the first time, should have done that years ago, and am going to remineralize it. On the other hand my bees didn't make it so Will be buying two packages this year. Started leek and celeriac seedlings 1.5 weeks ago. Leeks are mostly sprouted. Going to start a couple new hops vines, which will make 5. So far in central mass most luck with cascade and galena. Willamette surviving but not thriving, bad luck with hallertau :(
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #627 on: March 05, 2014, 06:51:04 AM »
Heading to HD to pick up materials for the wife's new greenhouse. Going to be 12x12 with a gambrel roof, polycarbonate panels. She's stoked. I get a new compound miter saw out of the deal. Maybe a tomato or two

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #628 on: March 05, 2014, 07:19:25 AM »
I've decided I'm going to take it easy this year and only buy plants and not start from seed. I get too busy and forget to water or transplant so they aren't as healthy as I would like come may. I also have 3 feet of snow over my garden right now so it'll be a little bit before I plant.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #629 on: March 05, 2014, 07:46:15 AM »
Heading to HD to pick up materials for the wife's new greenhouse. Going to be 12x12 with a gambrel roof, polycarbonate panels. She's stoked. I get a new compound miter saw out of the deal. Maybe a tomato or two

Jim, checkout wranglerstar on YouTube. He has a great series of videos on building a greenhouse.

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