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New hatch complete over weekend, 20 new peeps, not as good as the last one 24 then, but all healthy, chirping and eating like crazy. Red raspberry patch planted last fall doing great. New growth from most every root. Should be good fall crop.



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So the Rain will STOP.....Supposed to rain all this next week ! ! ! AGAIN ! ! !
My eye balls are floating ! ! !

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Oh! Sorry! Never heard of that!

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Sorry, I can't do you tube but I found them on ebay. Some IP's only allow "x" amount so I don't go to you tube and videos or I might get zapped and be punished for it tomorrow.

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Xana . . . click on the seed blocker link below, my posting date of 4/19.

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I guess I still didn't understand what soil blocker are so I looked on Ebay. I didn't know such a thing existed. It says "push block maker down, turn, squeeze, and lift. Set filled block maker into a tray and release. Makes 2" square blocks for all vegetables, large-seeded flowers and herbs." Certainly not what I thought they were. Nice to learn something new.

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Great idea IMREIT. Very healthy when you make your own.

Soil blockers are like buying Tupperware; once past the initial purchase, they are free to use and you never have to buy pellets or peat pots again. That's what I want.

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i have an idea of something i want to try this year. i sometimes buy the green giant mixed veggie boxes. they will sometimes have a simple sauce or a combination of veggies i don't see in other brands. each box is about $1 and microwaves in a few minutes.

i am going to make my own combinations this summer. it would have less preservatives and be cheaper.

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That what I thought you meant but wasn't sure. We call them peat pellets or seed starter plugs. Little round disks of a hummus type material that a person uses to start the seeds in. We sometimes buy the peat pots to start the seeds in also as you don't have to take them out of the pot, just plants right in the pot.

We start many of our seeds in 4" or bigger pots and keep them inside until the danger of frost is gone. That way we have 12" or bigger plants when we set them out. Our 3 tomatoeplants had seven tomatoes on them when we planted them in the garden.



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Sorry, I mispoke, soil blocker not seed blocker. Soil blockers are to start seeds.

I used a friend's before and it is so wonderful; we put the blocks right on an old platter, it was so convenient. Eliminates the need for ANY containers at all.

In the meantime, I still make use of recyclables and newspaper pots, though.

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Your Soil Block looks interesting. I'm not one to Buy gadgets. So I would probably use a square container, lined with plastic wrap and make them that way. Use a large container and cut into squares with a long knife. Dump it on a tray and then Poke a hole in the top with a pencil or chop stick.

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Seed blocker
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What is a seed blocker?

I plan to look into growing asparagus.

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I want a seed blocker. It's on my wish list.

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I also use containers that plants come in from the nursery to start seeds, also yogurt cups with holes in bottom, also strawberry plastic clamshells and fresh mushroom containers. For tomatoes I've heard they don't take transplanting well, so I don't start them in seed containers; I put them in newspaper wrapped around a glass, can, or pot to make a homemade seed starter pot (see You Tube) that can be planted as is.

If the newspaper pots are for tomatos, i.e. you will be planting them as is, then make them thin-walled newspapers pots.

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Wife transplanted tomato plants from starting pot to individual cups, all but three died. I guess she was as rough on them as she is me.



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We have planted some seeds in small yogurt containers. Last year I canned 2 bushels of tomatoes from a local farm for the first time. We loved it and this year I want to can 8 bushels.

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We use the disposable plastic drink cups (cut to about 2" tall) or the containers that plants come in from the nursery to start our seeds with potting soil. Seeds like corn or beans should be soaked over night before starting.

Until the last signs of a freeze most of the plants are on the enclosed back porch (we finished enclosing it a few months ago) We have tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, watermelon and peppers.

Already planted in the garden ... cabbage, onions, strawberries, radishes and left over from winter is Kale. I cut it back after a bug attack and it is coming back nicely. Looks like maybe the bugs are gone but I will have to look closer to be sure.



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My Springtime Hopes and Dreams IS to Finally have some warmer weather so I can get out and get going ! ! !

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I'll try the carton on the windowsill. Tried egg cartons once before and it didn't work but that was because of me. A couple years ago when I tried germinating seeds, I read about the ones you should nick (cut slightly) because of hard casings. But those said so on the seed packets, as you said. Now the ones I'm reading say coffee filters work great too; better than paper towels.

Aldi's always carries cardboard egg cartons, by the way; and the eggs are huge, and, the price is better than most sales prices, usually $1.25 a carton. Unless you have your own chickens, you can't beat that.

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Hi Carol. Sometimes it's good to geminate your seeds in papertowels to see if they are still viable and not to old. Other times, it's because the seed shells are really tough and need to be softened so they can sprout. NOT All seed can with stand this as they are very fragile and need to be started in starting mix. I follow the directions on the packages.
When I start my seeds in starting mix, I use a cardboard egg carton. Put the mix and seeds in each section and water. The cardboard holds water so I don't have to water so often and when ready to be planted out doors, I just rip a part each section and plant the carton section in the ground so the roots don't get disturbed.
Hope this helps....

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I've been reading about seed starting, germinating them in paper towels. They say it makes a big difference on growth and viability. I am a novice so I have no idea why.

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I've started planting seeds indoors. . I have little tomato, eggplant, petunia plants coming. My marigolds are coming up that I planted Sunday.

I'm getting impatient with my impatient seeds. Only one has come up so far. Any suggestion for getting the impatient seeds to come would be greatly appreciated.

Happy gardening!

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Good Morning. Well, Is Spring REALLY Here ???? We got 4" of snow yesterday...Very pretty BUT.....
While in No Carolina, I bought Vedalia onion starts, Mr. Stripey Tomato plants and a slew of azaleas. Hope they all make it till I get the weather to plant them ! ! !

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Peas broke through the ground, so all in the garden doing well.



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emoticon Team Buddies,

It warms my heart to see so many people already working/playing in their gardens. It is far too cold to do much of anything here but I am 'biting at the bit' to get out there and get started.

My ex gifted my daughter with a full size tiller and we have four rows that need to be tilled. We're going to plant corn, oats, wheat and quinoa in them. This will be a first for rows on this land.

I have planted a garden every year since we moved here and each year it keeps growing bigger and better than the one before.

This year we are increasing my raised beds which, I might add, I made myself. It's a wonder what a little wood and nails will become. LOL. I made 6 last year (5ft x 5ft) and this year we plan on doubling that. The amount of veggies that I grow may seem astounding but there is never any leftovers. I can, pickle, dry, or freeze everything.

My usual veggies are:
tomatoes - roma, cherry, and big boys
peppers - sweet and hot
beans - string, lima, pinto, black, scarlett runner
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peas
squash - zucchini, acorn, butternut and yellow crookneck
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beets
onions - spanish, white and red
spinach
mustard greens
collards
kale
lettuce - mesclun mix, butternut and iceberg
carrots
eggplant
broccoli
brussel sprouts (love these but don't have much luck)
cabbage

My usual fruits are:
watermelon
cantaloupe
rhubarb
my strawberry row
my wild berries that abound everywhere: raspberry, mulberry, elderberry.

I'm sure there's more that I just haven't remembered. So you can see why I'm so anxious to get out there and get busy growing.

We are going to start an asparagus bed this year. I know it won't be ready for harvesting for 3 years but I have always dreamed of my own asparagus. I hate to buy it at the store because it's so expensive so I only buy it on special occasions like Thanksgiving.

We have also got my new herb garden to fill in. I am so ready to get started.


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On February 27th I planted tomato, eggplant, impatient seeds. A week latter I planted petunia seeds. Yesterday I planted different kinds of pepper seed, marigold & some more impatient seeds.

I've little tomato, eggplant, petunia plants growing. I was worried about the impatient seeds so I planted more yesterday.

I have more planting of the seeds to do this week.




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We just got a compost bin to put in our yard. We live in a small neighborhood, and the compost heap is not the most attractive thing. I am anxious for my dh to move it into the right place so we can start feeding it.
Although I am recovering from surgery, I bought a good handful of seed packs for our itty bitty raised bed garden. My plantings of kale from last summer survived the winter, but I am not sure how it will do. There are a few carrots still working at growing too.

Our yard is tiny, we have a fish pond and our fish survived, so we are working a little around that.

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24 baby chicks will start new hatch this week and these will be moving out of the house to the brooder.



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I garden in a community garden so I am hoping that spring warms up and the rototillers will be able to get the soil ready by mid-April. Then I plan to haul in some compost and put up the mesh fence to keep out the grazers, both 2 legged and 4. I am started lots of seeds indoors and will plant hardier seeds directly into the garden from mid-April through end of May. I am planting lots of flowers in and around my vegetable garden this year as well to encourage good bugs and deter the bad ones. I am very excited!!

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12 baby chicks this morning, 23 eggs left. will have to get chichen house finished in the next 3 weeks.



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Oh, how I'd love to have a couple hens. They're illegal here. But my spinach and peas are in the ground, and I'm just starting again to harvest collards from past year's plants which seem to be immortal.

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I want you all to be my neighbors so I can benefit from your extras! Tee hee.
One downside to retiring is that I won't be there this summer when my buddies bring me extra rhubarb, cucumbers, asparagus, tomtatoes. They all know I will reciprocate with a jar of jam or some pickles...

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Paul, You such a Good Do-It-Yourselfer ! ! !
I wish I had more time and motivation to get up and do more....

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I have planted cabbage, broccoli and onions, that are looking good, peas have not popped through the ground. Starting to think the seed may have rotted. I will dig up some and see if nothing by the weekend. Early start doesn't always work.

Hatched my first chick, it pecked out yesterday afternoon 3 days early, doing good for a premi.



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All you potato planters (or for any in the ground veggies, carrots, radishes,garlic,etc.) DO NOT use Manure ! ! ! The bacteria lasts a long time and can get on and into your veggies. Stick with compost.
I'm sure most of you know that ...lol

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We've thought about planting potatoes in the compost heap - I like the trash can idea.

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Since our ground can get hard in the heat of the summer we are going to try potatoes in the old recycling bins. We have a "wet" spot in the garden that I think we can place them and put some straw bales around them to keep the sun from over heating the dirt. Fingers crossed.

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Not sure why, CAROLS_JOURNEY, but your post cracked me up!

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You can plant potatoes in a trash can if you drill holes in the bottom . . .
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First I need to get my clean up work done. I do hope to get my onion and leek starts planted this weekend. They don't mind if it's cold and rainy.

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I forgot to mention I planted Moss Rose seeds (Portulaca grandiflora). Moss rose is very hardy, with pretty, colorful blooms, and trails over the edges of rock walls, or in my case trails over the edges of patio pots, and will grow where most things won't like in the cracks of terraces etc. www.ehow.com/how_6766_grow-moss-rose
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I plant seeds on St. Patrick's Day, because it coincides with 8 weeks before last frost for my zone. I don't have 6 hours of sunlight so they are not garden seeds. Except bell peppers and jalapenos, which I already had so might as plant them and experiment with them. But I do plant flowers even if they are full sun, they still make it okay.

I planted:

Herbs for the Windowsill:
curly parsley (my favorite)
Italian flat parsley
cilantro
common thyme
rosemary
garlic chives
sweet basil
heirloom lemon basil
I want to plant mint in it's own pot, but I have to buy seed.

Flowers for Container Gardening:
Last year's Easter Lily Bulbs
Violas (Johnny Jump Ups)
Marigolds - saved seeds
Marigolds, French Dwarf Double Mixed Colors
Marigolds, Hero Mixed Colors
Cosmos
Petunias Royal Blue (purple picture)
Dwarf Border Mix Sunflower
Sweet Pea Bicolor Flowers
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Two Wildflower Mixes, Cottage Garden and Hummingbird

2 years ago in the after-season-clearance at a home improvement store, I bought plastic Grower Starter Kits. They are 72-cells with plastic dome and carrying tray. The next time I went back, which was not soon, I was surprised they had more of them out even cheaper than the first time (must have found a palette in the back . . . ). So I ended up with 5 Grower Starter Kits. I also saved, had given to me, and bought at Goodwill, other pots and containers, like a herb pot that looks like a small version of a strawberry pot with "windows" sticking out of it; it holds 4 herbs. Yogurt cups, from when I used to buy the unhealthy yogurt, I put drainage holes in the bottoms with a hot fork. I have a few nursery pots, and a few cheap plastic nursery six packs and the trays to hold them in. All the reused containers I washed prior to St. Patrick's Day, and rinsed in bleach to kill the fungus per You Tube instructions. I'm doing everything on the cheap as I'm unemployed; for example I moved existing normal house lamps over them, and put a small heater with a fan in the vicinity; no grow lights, no heating pads. The only thing I had to buy this year was a little soil.

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We have too small a yard to garden, but we are faithful attendees of our local farmers markets. Since we are retiring in June, My DH has signed up to do a worker share at a nearby CSA, so we'll have a box of veggies each week from that. I seem to have a lot more jam and pickles left this year than I did last. I'm not sure if I made more or gave less away...

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The season has changed (well, in terms of the calendar, anyway...)! What are you planting or planning for this time of year?

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