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2/28/13 11:36 P

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Thanks for the welcome and the goodie.

Quick summary of my knowledge of gardening:

* What I know about gardening is perhaps useful as compost! emoticon

Forgot about the pests issue. Here, in Southern NH, we have skunks, racoons, giant snapping turtles, turkeys (not just the political ones ;-)), opossums, Eastern rattlers, mice, chipmunks (they gnaw the phone, cable, and electrical cables), squirrels, tree frogs, coyotes, deer, and Fisher cats (martins/weasels). Suggestions.

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2/19/13 9:25 P

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Thank you all for the warm welcome! It's fun to hear about everyone's gardens. I love the idea of pumpkins in the corn. We do have raccoons and deer that get into everything. Last year we invested in an automatic sprinkler that is motion activated. Wish we'd bought it years ago! Of course it was fun every morning we forgot to turn it off and wandered into the garden - that only happened a few times before we started remembering. emoticon

We can plant our tomatoes around the last part of April or 1st part of May. I will transplant them into bigger pots as they get too big. I do get a little excited and start too early on some things, but it's all fun.

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2/18/13 5:32 P

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Hi, welcome to the team.
Its great you've already got your son started on gardening. My parents started me out with gardening!
I'm excited to get my seeds started for this year. Just started artichokes today. Something new for me and will have to give them winter protection but figured it was worth a try.
If you already have tomatoes coming up, you must be able to set things out earlier than I can, envy envy.

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2/18/13 4:29 P

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2/18/13 9:33 A

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2/17/13 3:55 P

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Welcome to the group. As to the pumpkin seeds, try planting them with the corn - either among the corn rows or at the end of the rows, then train the plants to vine inside the corn patch. Pumpkin vines can help protect your corn crop from raccoons, if that is an issue. We have a 3600 square foot plot we garden in and plant 1/4 of it to corn. That works out to 1 row of pumpkins, then 3 rows of corn, a row of pumpkins in the middle, 3 more rows of corn, and 1 last row of pumpkins. We also plant one or two pumpkin seeds at the ends of each corn row. Raccoons either don't like the smell of pumpkin vines, don't like them because they are scratchy, or they don't go in since they can't see what is in the patch. Raccoons feed on the ground, so even though they climb up the stalks to get the corn, while they are on the ground eating the vines and large leaves prevent them from seeing if anything else is in the corn patch. Sometimes they do raid the patch, like they did last year for us, but usually they only seem to get the unprotected stalks that the vines haven't surrounded.

We also have other ways to try and deter the raccoons from even entering the plots, but every bit helps.
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2/17/13 2:19 P

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Welcome to the team!
Looks like you have a pretty big garden planned. Enough to get most of your food from the garden. I'm cutting down my planting in the spring a bit, we are in WA, quite cold in the winter and I overwintered some leafy greens in a tunnel for the first time.
I also planted some blackberries, two hazelnut trees and two plum trees and some rhubarb so hoping to have a bigger harvest and less work this year.


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2/17/13 1:53 P

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I'm so excited to find this group! I've really enjoyed reading about everyone's gardens. It's that time of year when I'm dying to get outside in the sun and get my hands in some dirt.

We are trying to get healthy as a family and have always had a garden. We just need to focus more on eating all the wonderful things out of our garden. And we're hoping for a better year than last year! Everything just dried up and we couldn't keep it going.

This is going to be a really fun year because our son is 3 and is going to be able to do so much more! He has always been picking fresh tomatoes off the vines ever since he could find a way to get to them, so he's pretty excited to see baby tomato plants starting to sprout here inside.

I've been sick for a couple weeks now and am using some of the time to draw up the planting plans for this year's garden, plant seeds inside and start planning! We have a 3,000 sq ft garden and this year we are planting tomatoes, potatoes, chard, kale, romaine, carrots, radishes, corn, watermelon, squash - butternut, zucchini, yellow and patty pan, sweet peppers, jalapenos, okra, peas, green beans, beets, kohlrobi, and my son picked out some pumpkin seeds we're trying to fit in. I'm also wanting to try some chamomile and horehound in my herb garden this year. I love trying new things. A lot of my herb garden died in the drought last year, so I have to replant quite a bit too.

Another new thing we started trying to do last summer is compost using a rolling bin style on a stand. So far we haven't had a lot of luck. Hopefully, this year will be better.

Stay well everyone!

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