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4/10/12 7:31 A

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I'm trying to grow potatoes in large buckets this year. So far, 3 weeks into to this, they are growing great!

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4/9/12 5:25 P

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I've tilled my garden and have spread grass clippings and M Grow on my garden. I will till it once or twice more before planting, but I have had radish seeds sown for about three weeks. They are doing great and I should have some ready to eat before long.

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4/9/12 2:56 P

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I've been so busy I haven't done anything in the veggie beds yet.

I have, however, cleared out the perinnial beds, got the ivy under control, raked up pine needles and planted some woodland phlox in my shade garden. I also cleaned up the two big front beds, trimmed the shrubs, and plugged in some hot pink phlox in the lower level of the big flower bed around the old Mountain Ash tree. Surprise lilies are up, buds all over the rose bushes, purple columbines are starting to bloom and the honeysuckle tree is just covered with blossoms.

Spring is definitely in the air!

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4/9/12 10:05 A

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I really wish that I would have installed a soaker system when I built my boxes! Great planning on your part with everything. I started seeds and now they're long overdue to be transplanted into bigger pots. I let them get too leggy. The cold snap depressed me and I lost motivation. I planted a bed when it was 80 degrees and this week it's supposed to snow. At least they were all cold weather vegetables and the bed is covered! I haven't even gone out to check on it - I hate cold weather!

I have to redo the bed on the side of the house this year. Last fall I transplanted all the peonies that had been there for 20 years (or more) and now I have to amend the soil and probably plant hydrangeas along with some of the peonies.






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4/9/12 8:06 A

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I harvested my first 3 spears of asparagus last week!
Most of my cool weather veggies are up and doing well.

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4/9/12 7:01 A

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I planted the vegetable garden yesterday. It's pretty sheltered and we've also been having warmer than average temps.

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Wow, you are on top of things! I have some help with my garden this year, at least I hope I do. I'm thinking about raised beds because our top soil is so thin here. I have to start slow to see how much I can do! I can't wait to get out in my yard/garden---I have flowers and vegetables and herbs to plant! Come on, sunshine!

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Well Laurie and Al have harvested the first rhubarb of the year, obviously very early for Wisconsin. Due to the relatively mild winter and the hot March weather, there was a flourish of early growth of plants and trees. This week has been more normal temperature wise. The asparagus trench has been dug and leaves put into the elevated planting beds. I've also installed a good irrigation distribution system, and only need a few parts to complete the project. That and using the PVC glue to join all the pieces. I still have a soaker hose system to install, but I decided to use a similar principle that I learned from EarthBox: an up-tube in the corner feeds a soaker hose buried down about 6 inches. I also bought my seeds early and created an inventory spreadsheet which will help me keep track of everything. I still have a few items to buy, and enough info to get me started with my 200 sq ft garden. I used alphabet markers that I bought from a clearance store. Now I know how many plants I can put in, when to plant them, how long to harvest, and what goes in later.

I have a good head start on a very productive garden: edible flowers, 3 sisters, tomato, onion, lettuce, radish, pumpkin, and peas. Of course I have other household projects and events to plan, and will post some pictures later. Much work was done last year in preparation for the bumper crop, and I look forward to harvesting, freezing and canning this year.

I hope all of your gardens will be fruitful, and look forward to seeing your pictures too!

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