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Well in order to do a path through my "bog" (run off from spring fed hole) I had to first open back up the flow area which was getting 'bogged' down (pun intended) with fallen limbs, trunks etc.
7 hours spend working on clearing the grass and limbs choking the free flow down to the marsh!
That should condense the water where it used to run and enable me to make my path once the surrounding area becomes more stable. It will be easier now to keep it maintained and natural.

Then to plant some natives next to the path that like saturated soil and will help with soil loss downgrade.

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In order to reduce duplication, three of us whose backyards are adjoining have created our own little gardening coop. Everyone has a plot or two. We planned what we would grow and how much we would need. This also helped one recently divorced neighbor who was having trouble taking care of her yard. Now we are creating a 25' by 25' plot to decrease her mowing area and grow food for all three families.

Seeds are on order. I hope this works out well!!!! I am very excited about it.

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2012 holds great excitement and anticipation for our garden.

It has literally been 6 very long years since we've had a real garden and I miss it! After traveling the country too often to have a garden we are finally in a place were we commit and invest in having one again.

Just finished placed our seed order (better late than not having a garden for 7 years). We'll be building about 900 sq feet of raised beds and this is the year I want to start doing compost tea. I can not wait to meander out back in the morning to pick greens and other wonderful things as we eat them.

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Have you seen the trick where you just use toilet or paper towel rolls to start plants? They eventually decompose after planting in your garden, just like the newspaper ones.

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I'm going to try making newspaper pots for plants I start in my AeroGarden to ease the transplanting shock when I plant them outdoors.

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Here is that link so you can just click on and it will open. emoticon That looks so simple to do. He suggests the fall , so I think I will try it come fall.

video.wpt2.org/video/1572896528

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Hmm. I hadn't thought about that. Maybe just a layer of hay/straw/grass clippings on top? It seems like once you water in that stuff, it sort of locks together and doesn't blow around. At least that hasn't been a problem for me when using them as a regular mulch. Leaves I would wonder about though. . . Maybe if they're chopped up or mowed over beforehand they're less likely to fly all over the place?

Here's a video about it from the Wisconsin Gardener: http://video.wpt2.org/video/1572896528

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Hmmmmmmmm I like the no weeding part. How do you keep the layers from blowing away? Sounds very interesting.



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TRAVELNISTA, lasagna gardening (aka deep mulch gardening) is basically just this: You put down a layer of cardboard or several sheets of newspaper to smother the grass or whatever where you want your garden, then you basically put layers (carbon, nitrogen) on that and plant into that. Initially you put down the layers (leaves, hay, grass clippings, etc) about knee-high, but they settle quite a bit. It results in very, very little weeding. There's also no tilling involved which I LOVE the idea of. I hate tilling. . . Bleck. Those two things alone make me very curious and excited to try it.


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Ok I will bite. What is a lasagna garden? emoticon



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I bought a hillside yard with lovely vegetation all over it, flowers, shrubbery and herbs mostly, but after a year of living here I noticed a pernicious weed creeping under every square foot of ground I had and winding itself around every thing it could to choke out its life, "Bind Weed." My husband and I are so busy and our yard is so big, that its really hard to fight it from coming back. It has been very difficult to garden fragile vegetables right in the ground, so this year we are going to try a raised bed or two.

For any suggestions on how to deal with bind weed, I would greatly appreciate them.

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My new projects include starting a lasagna garden by where a tree fell. Suddenly I have more sunlight in my yard! Yay! I should have done this in the fall, but oh well. It'll still work if I put it together in spring.

There are plenty of other ideas in my mind, much more than I could possibly get done, I'm sure, but that's the main thing.



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Well for us, we're starting blackberry and raspberry plants. We're going to make a new raised bed for cilantro, bell peppers and hot peppers (the last area we put these plants in just simply did not get enough sunlight!), and we're doing big amounts of winter squash. Delicata, some sort of heirloom japanese winter squash (can't recall the name at the moment), blue hubbard, and one other one I cannot recall either at this exact moment!


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Wow who knew?emoticonI just found this link for How to Make a Hanging Herb Garden Using Recycled Soda Bottles:

www.urbanorganicgardener.com/2009/08/start
ing-a-hanging-herb-garden-using-recycl
ed-soda-bottles/


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The grow light bulbs I purchased from a man on ebay and they were cheap! When you get to that point, I can share the link with you. Also, you might want to try bottle gardening. You can take soda bottles, and with a little renovation, you can put them end to end and grow things in them with the top bottle being the waterer. If you go on YouTube and type in Urban Survival or bottle gardening, you can keep them in a sunny window or even outside hanging somewhere. Also, those shoe caddy's we used to hang on doors...you can plant stuff in those and hang them along a fence or something.


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emoticonso much! Your "winter" garden sounds marvelous! emoticon



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Hey Yvonne...I'm in Zone 8 (Central Georgia). We built a hoop house and enclosed it. Put one of those heaters in there that looks like a small radiator (oil filled about $36 at Home Depot) and some grow light bulbs. I think I have a total of $120 in the whole thing and it is 12x10. I have okra, squash, cucumbers, green peppers, hot peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, herbs all growing in there. All started with heirloom organic seeds non-GMO. :)

Google search $50 greenhouse or something like that. It will bring up the plans.


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I understand that it will extend your growing season. My question was to find out what Zone she is in that she has tomato, cucumber, and pepper plants already growing outside.

I currently still have my fall crop of kale and spinach growing without a hoop house but not warn enough to sustain tomatoes, cukes, or peppers. It may push me towards purchasing a hoop system myself.



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TRAVELNISTA Regardless of where you live, a hoop house can extend your growing season. A few extra weeks can make a big difference.



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ARABIGAL where do you live that you already have that many plants growing in your hoop greenhouse? I have been thinking about getting one but I think NJ still maybe too cold this time of year.



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I have a 4000 sq. ft. garden and have since extended 2 raised beds which are 64 sq. ft each. I plan to put some eggplant in them since they are not protected from the rabbits like my garden is. I also started heirloom everything in my new hoop house/greenhouse we built this fall. I have something like 46 tomatoes growing in there not including cucumbers, lettuce and peppers.


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This year I will be adding a 2nd raised garden bed. Still trying to decide what veggies will be going in this one.



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What I have is a Ryobi electric weedeater. It has interchangable heads that you can buy including the cultivator. It works fine on the loose soil of the raised beds, but would probably not work well in compacted or heavy soils.



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I g otta get me one of those lightweight illers. We use shovels and hoes.

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I do use a light weight cultivator on my raised beds in the spring. I mulch my beds in the fall with shredded leaves then apply compost to them in the spring. The cultivator is enough to work the leaves and compost into the loose soil of my raised beds.



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Have you tried raised bed gardening? NO tiller needed.

I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

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This year I will most likely be doing most the work by myself and it will be hard but I am up for it. When I have to get the garden ready with the rotory tiller it will be fun because it is heavy and if I can only do 1 row at a time so be it. I will let you know how I make out.

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This year I want to grow my own salad. Lettuce, tomatos, peas. carrots, radishes, peppers, and rhubarb. I grew pumpkins last year and plan too again.It took me four years to get them right. Plus, right now i'm looking into Bonsai Trees and how to start them from seed. I may start a few Cherry, Maple, and Pine next fall. Wish me luck on that. It sounds complicated.

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It is good to be,back after several months hiatus,let me say first.

My plans for 2012 is modestly, simoly restoring my garden. Smalleras I moved from a much larger space to an efficiency with a patio behind a larger house with no ground. It is very suitable for containers.


My garden in 2011 was disastrous very little produced aming my veggies because of the extreme & early heat starrting in Feb continuing through Noc that killed almost everything but 2 flowering plants.

I want veggies & herbs that enjoy eating but also lovely flowers. The good part of this comoact spa?ce it is a very sunny area si I want ti take advantage of the good sun!

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I'm starting an "old woman acre." I'm 49, and so I want to plant an area that I'll be able to tend and harvest when I'm much older! I'm planting an acre with asparagus, rhubarb, blackberries, and raspberries. This year I'm just plowing it up and planting cover crop. Next year I'll plow that and then get the plants in the ground. It'll take at least two years to harvest much, but after that, each year it will get more productive.

I sell most of this stuff at local farmers markets.


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My daughter's exboyfriend found Laura on Craigslist, she was advertising as wanting a garden plot to work. I'm truly hoping it turns out for both of us, but even if they cop out on us it will be started and I should be able to do some of the work! I used to have such beautiful yards when I did them by myself--it was great exercise until I ruined my feet and everything went downhill from there. I hope to work myself back to that point!


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I don't know which to tackle this year!! I have long list of want to do it. New beds. Wildflower field. Deer/wildlife nutritional plot. Planted walking trail through my woodland/bog. Blueberry hedge row for birds out front. Covered Blueberry plot for my own consumption ending with a small water hole at the lower end.

New compost bin area, screened to keep varmits out. My last one the skunks took a good like to. Even to sleeping in the depression on top!!!!

Perhaps the blueberry plot for myself this year and a screened frame to save me the berries.

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Gee, It must be nice to find all that help. Last spring I built a raise bed (about 90 square feet) and filled it by myself. This winter I have been working on building a cold frame, doesn't look like I will have it done to use this spring but will be great for this fall. Wish I could find some of those volenteers, I'd be willing to share the crops.



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I, too, am going to try organic gardening with some strong young help! I'm letting them do pretty much what they want, as long as they do the labor! lol Purplepansy, it sounds like you're doing the same thing, good luck!


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OUTSTANDING!

I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

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I am ecstatic!!! I even spelled ecstatic right!! I met a young lady who was interested in gardening in my yard---I have a beautiful yard and largish garden plot and now I have some strong young people to work it!! I hope, anyway.....I think they'll come through for me because they've worked on organic farms in my area here before---a good sign and if they provide the labor I will provide the materials, and they can teach me organic gardening at the same time! A win/win situation if I've ever met one!!


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Good for you Peppermint06. Take lots of pictures of the process!

I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

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I am going to try growing veggies for the first time. Planning out what to grow, but I think I will try tomatoes, peppers and some herbs.


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What a great project!



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We have a new neighborhood community garden, and DH and I have taken on starting the composting program there.

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I would love to start a compost pile using pallets. AND I'd LOVE to do THIS to the ends:

lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-turn-a-pallet-
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I have seen women looking at jewelry ads with a misty eye and one hand resting on the heart, and I only know what they're feeling because that's how I read the seed catalogs in January.

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We moved to illinois from California. It's winter now and poor compost has to stay above ground! We are looking forward to making our first garden here. It will all be new to us. Glad to learn about building cages to protect plants from squirrels. I love them but don't want my garden to feed them or hurt them.

Any suggestions for a first time midwest gardener will be much appreciated.

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Now if I could transplant my neighbors cats as easily I'd be thrilled!

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Plant sprayed wilted and died, the one next to it made it through the season. Repeated, same problem. I don't have the recipe anymore because clearly I tossed it out. I made cages and never looked back. Plus, it doesn't make squirrels miserable; I have a soft spot for the critters we are displacing and just pay my dues. I also feed them in a far corner of the property so they congregate there and not on my veggies; that works pretty well and we're all happy, lisving in harmony. :)

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I've never had a problem with the pepper spray, what kind of problems have you had?




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Careful with the hot pepper spray for the squirrels as it can kill plants if applied too liberally. I have made a cage out of wood, zip ties and chicken wire with 2"x1" lumber to put over my 4' x 4' beds. It keeps the unwanted animals out.

Here is an example of it fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com/wp-content/upl
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For corn perhaps this version: 3.bp.blogspot.com/_dANBwg_2dqo/SdgsDXWPUwI
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See Square Foot Gardening books for instructions.

ETA: I also like this better because it doesn't harm the squirrels.

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At the very least, spray the cobs and the area around it. It needs to be applied at least once a week and after rains. You can add a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid to the spray to help it cling to the plant.



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Thanks for the info to keep squirrels out.
Using hot peppers to spray. I will definately try.

And... I was wondering how to use it:
Do I spray the partially mature corn cobbs only?
Do I spray the stalk - to keep the squirrels from climbing the stalks?
How often will I need to spray?



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The one I had worked well but was not large enough so I built a bigger bin.



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Does anyone have one of those black compost containers? We'd like to compost but have SO many wild animals we "share" space with we were thinking a closed container might be a better option for us....just wondering how you like yours and what your experience with it is...

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Thanks for the lead on the dwarf fruit trees. That sounds like an experiment that is right up my alley! Yippee!!

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I have a new not-so-garden project now and I think I'll have a couple in the next couple of weeks. Lowe's has out their bare root "ultra" dwarf fruit trees now, so I bought a dwarf Bing cherry tree for a large Cosco planter. I have 4 of them that I've had palms in for the past few years. But I got tired of hauling them back into the house every winter, so 2 years ago, 2 of them died outside, and this winter I think has killed off the other 2. So I'm going to buy some more "ultra" dwarf fruit trees and put them in. I'll have to re-pot them all as I had put Crocosmia and Gladiolus and winter hardy verbena and such around them when I planted the palms and I want to keep the ornamentals. So I'll have to dump at least half of the soil out to get the palms out but salvage the bulbs and plants. I've been wanting some super duper dwarf fruit trees for my yard for years but didn't like the prices, but Lowe's has several kinds and varieties for under $20, so I'm going to go for it this year!


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Squirrels and most mammal pests don't like hot peppers. You can make a spray out of hot peppers by grinding a couple of them in your blender (the seeds and membrane will do) with water. Let it steep for and hour or so, then strain it. Spray it on any plants that they bother. You can also use cayenne pepper.
PS a litle cayenne mixed in with you bird seed will keep the squirrels out of the bird feeders too.



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Our new garden spot will be outfitted with not only a fence (chicken wire) but netting all across the top to keep the squirrels out. We have issues with the deer and armadillo's getting fat on everything...I turn the dog out on the Deer but the Armadillo's can carry a form of rabies and I won't let the dog out when they are about at night....

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My plans in the garden for 2012...?

Well... now that I learned it's been the squirrels who ate all our beautiful corn while we were gone on vacation... emoticon
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I need to figure how to keep them out... anyone got any ideas.. please E-mail them to me.
This will be my goal in additition to one i use every year.. and that is...
PLANT SOMETHING I NEVER PLANTED BEFORE.
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Thanks Gabby, hope your right! :) We just worried because they were actually grown here in Phoenix so the plants were acclimated to Arizona. The heat part is great because it still gets quite hot where we are in Missouri....and although the winters are generally mild the last few have been "record breakers" for snowfall and cold temps....we'll see when we get back there this Spring.

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I think from the way you describe taking care of them they'll be fine. I think it's harder to grow roses in the heat. I'll bet if you look up the varietites you'll find that your zone is included in the range.






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We're hopeful that 3 "transplants" of roses last year will of made the winter in Missouri and bloom this year. They were beautiful plants that we had here in Arizona and took with us when we moved to Missouri. They were so stressed from 2 very hot and low rainfall Summers in Tucson. Each winter we'd return and I'd spend the next 5 months building them back up again. We started with 8 and over the course of the last 4 years lost 5 of them. While I'm fully aware they were grown and "tempered" for the heat here in AZ they had to make it through some very cold/freezing temps too. We took them by air, wrapped in wet newspapers with their root balls in wet sawdust. We rested them for 48 hours in buckets with added root start hormones and planted them last April. They did very, very well all Summer and 2 of them even bloomed....but getting them through this first winter is certainly in the back of our minds. I planted them up against the house on the South side so they would not be in the open and get the cold north winds during the winter.....I wrapped burlap around the entire plants, wound around some stakes to help keep the frost/freeze off of them....keeping fingers crossed!

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@gardengirl - I was going to say "transplant" but I'm chicken also when it comes to moving big bushes. I also only did half of my peonies last year because I wanted to be sure that I didn't cut them in too many pieces or planted them too deep. If they come up and bloom this year I'll do the rest.

@waterfelon - I haven't had a surplus the last couple of years because of bad growing seasons and a brand new garden but when I did have a surplus I used to donate it to the local soup kitchen. They even appreciated a few heirloom tomatoes. I also plant vegetables among ornamentals. When I lived in the city, I used to plant cherry tomatoes in my front yard along the side walk with a sign to encourage people to pick and sample them. Occasionally the plants would be pulled out of the ground and disappear but I always hoped someone took them to plant in their own yard.

There's an oriental eggplant that has purple stalks that's really beautiful among the flowers.

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I think the experimenting is part of what makes gardening enjoyable. I'm toying with the idea of changing some of my backyard landscaping but not sure I'm brave enough to tear healthy stuff out!

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My main garden project this year is to get a greenhouse built. I had spent some time the past few years converting some of my garden space into ornamental landscaping as I was growing way too much food for just me (DD still lives at home but isn't home much so she feeds herself), so I took several raised beds out and landscaped, especially in the front yard. The last 2 years I've been trying to find a balance between the 2 so I've been putting in edibles around the ornamentals and this year I'm going to continue that process. After I get the greenhouse built, I'm going to fix up the side yard with more raised beds to have more food but harvest spread out over a longer period of time.

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I'm interested in starting a worm bin and hope to make a worm bag system. Thanks for the useful information, 1234MOM!


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Amanda, the pics of your farm babies are absolutely adorable! LOVE the goats...I remember having goats on the farm when I was a youngster...so cute....Farm life was tough, but those are some of my happiest memories!

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We've been working on a farm Mission 101 list since July 2010 (101 goals to complete in 1001 days). I did a New Year's update here, if anyone is interested:

ahavah-ehyeh.livejournal.com/348583.html

I also finally got our website online (gratefulstead.com/), and we have a fan page on facebook that's been growing by leaps and bounds!

Our main spring goals to start on will be ordering new chickens and possibly moving into meat rabbits.

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This is the worm composter I've been using for two years now:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Worm-bin-bag-for-indoor-vermicomposting-and-easy-s/

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Any good web site/info on how to start a worm bin, maintain it and use the goodies?

Thx



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Start another worm bin. My populations have died out twice. Maybe the third time will be a charm?

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Improve my soil


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Changing my entire garden this year switching from row garden to square foot garden. Going from 2500 square ft of garden to 5 4ftx4ft boxes. Looking forward to see the results.


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Try the Charentais. Here is a link to the catalog of seedsavers.org Scroll down to the melons

www.seedsavers.org/pdf/2012CatalogWebDownl
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I'm looking for a really good cantaloupe to to grow. Any suggestions?

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I do square foot gardening with my twist. I did one 4ft x 4ft last year and will be increasing it to four 4x4s. I also look for seeds of vegetable we cannot find in store for variety as much as possible. Last year I grew a variety of Japanese cukes that were awesome. In 60 days, I'll be getting the supplies. For now I have to plan the layout. emoticon



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Late this fall some of my neighbors did some remodeling. I got enogh wood from one and some old windows from another, so I am building a cold frame. I hope to have it done in time for some early planting this spring.



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The last two years we have had a community garden space, in addition to the limited sunny areas we have at home. Last year our City community plot went from a 10x10 plot to 20x20 - so four times the planting area. This year we are lucky to have a new neighborhood garden starting, so we will have two large plots - eight times the space we had two years ago. Already we are planning the gardens out, and ordering seed. Before long it will be time to get out the lights and start the seeds inside.

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I'm actually moving my garden to an area that I used to call the "dog run" which is a fenced of section of my yard, that we built as a dog run....but I don't believe the dogs EVER really used it!, infact, I actually closed the gate so the dog CAN'T get in it! Then, I'm going to plant flowers & grass where my garden WAS, since I spent last summer fighting the grass from growing there!
I will definately grow pumpkins again. I want to grow tomatoes & tons of peppers again, ALL kinds! Every year I try strawberries, grapes & blueberries...this year, I'm planning on having luck! And believe it or not, I have decided to try to grow an apple tree....I'm starting it from a seed in my kitchen! I will let everyone know how it does!

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My biggest change from last year is to start early with a bigger cold frame and to plant more seasonal varieties, mostly leafy greens and root veggies that do well in colder climates. While I love tomatoes, peppers and water melons they don't do too well here because of our short growing season. I'll still do a few tomatoes in the sunniest spots.
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The dead of winter usually has me dreaming of my garden and coming up with new ideas. Anyone already planning any new projects?

I'm definitely moving my herb garden to just outside my back door. It's 3 degrees here today and I didn't relish the thought of trecking 25 feet to dig out some parsely for soup!

Beyond the fenced portion of our back yard is a bunch of weeds and poison ivy before the trees start. It's probably 55w x15 deep. I'd really love to clear it and plant wildflowers or a patch of sunflowers. Although past experience has taught me that the sunflowers don't stand a chance with the wildlife eating them as seedlings.






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