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Have you started planning your spring garden? What are you planting?

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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 18, 2012
    • I’ll be growing all the usual stuff, potatoes, green beans, onions, tomatoes, broccoli, and of course the garlic is already planted.  Hoping for a good carrot crop this year.




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      Nathalie Girard wrote Jan 19, 2012
    • ouf! I’ve been trying to make garden plans for the past two weeks but can’t seem to figure everything out. I know what I will plant- that is just about everything since my garden is about half an hectare, but where do I put what, that is the real question. I do not use pesticides or any chemical so I use the prevention techniques and make rotations on every parcel. I am new at this, never had a garden before last summer, so it is a bit complicated still. I also have to consider what needs plenty of sun, shade, etc.

      I love gardening and can’t wait to see everything grow. It is so exciting growing your own food in your backyard! I can’t wait to eat fresh rawsberries again! Last summer I picked over 5lbs per week!!! mmmmm yummy!  

      I am planting flower bulbs for the first time this year. I hope I did it right and  it works! There are plenty of wild flowers everywhere but it’s also nice to have daffodills and tulips here and there. Happy gardening everyone!




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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 19, 2012
    • Mavikaya, that’s wonderful!  I use no chemicals at all either.  I’ve been an organic garden for 25 years.

      If you have a good fertile soil, you really don’t need to worry about rotating crops every single year.  I have one spot where the only thing that will grow is tomatoes, so I grow tomatoes there every year.  I just make sure to take good care of that soil.  Never have any problems with them.

      I always save reading the new seed catalogs for the coldest night of the year.  That was last night.  I sat in bed and paged thru each one and dreamed of spring.




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      Butterflyrose wrote Jan 19, 2012
    • I’m the grower of  flowers-roses, purple queen, snapdragons, morning glory and gladiola  to name a few.

      My inside(year-round) gardening consists of ivy, cyclamen, peace lily, bamboo plants and Christmas cacti.

      Last year, I grew some cantaloupes and salad greens. I hope to expand and grow another fruit and a few more vegetables this year.

      An act of kindness is a gift given
      Butterflyrose

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      Nathalie Girard wrote Jan 19, 2012
    • I want to try peanuts and lentils this year!

      Tulip, do you add homemade compost or do you buy it? I am amazed that you plant your tomatoes at the same place each year without problems; this means I can probably be much more lenient than books suggest. My soil is amazingly rich. Some farmer came over this summer and almost cried when he saw our rawsberry plants over 7 feet high; and he told us he had never seen zuchinni plants so big, not even in greenhouses. We are very lucky to start gardening in such ideal conditions, especially in the mountain.




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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 19, 2012
    • Yes, I add homemade compost, and grass clippings for mulch.  I can’t say enough about the importance of mulch!  I now also have chicken manure to add to my compost pile, so that will help my poor soil a lot.

      I started my garden on the worst soil in town.  It’s taken me a long time, but it’s starting to show some improvement.

      Peanuts!  You’ll have to give us a progress report on those! My growing season is just not long enough to try them.

      I am hoping to harvest my first crop of asparagus this year.




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      Nathalie Girard wrote Jan 20, 2012
    • Asparagus! wow! that’s one of the hardest thing to grow I think!It’s seems complicated and long! I have some already growing here so I’ll try to do something with them, but not quite sure how long they’ve been there.They kind of popped out in an unexpected place in our garden last spring.

      thank you for your advice Tulip!




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      Marya1961 wrote Jan 26, 2012
    • We had good luck with our veggies last year..tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, orange peppers...we also add organic mulch to everything and it really flourishes...this year, broccoli, kale and turnips are being added.

      Tulip, the asparagus sounds awesome, let me know how you make out.

      Mavikaya, we have many squirrels in our yard that feed on peanuts that we give them...last year we had a few peanut plants coming up, but they did not grow to full capacity...this year, we will try it ourselves.

      Good Luck with your gardens!!




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