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4/12/18 6:11 A

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I put in my first row of peas yesterday. emoticon

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The whole Northwest has been very wet... so I haven't played too much in the garden just yet. I did get most of my winter cover removed (last years plants stacked over to decay) and my plots "turned over" and mixed in alfalfa.

The asparagus "first spear" was harvested for Easter...some more coming along. Rhubarb is about 12" tall. Peas are about 3" tall, and the Walla Walla onions are in.
Last years' Kale is about to bloom, and the chard has bright new leaves. I also redid the strawberry bed...getting rid of some older plants, and putting in some alfalfa. Moved the very low cut surviving raspberries...so hope to have removed the diseased/infected portions. Time will tell on that one!

My 3 grafted fruit trees are in various stages of pre-bloom to bloomed out.

Most of my actual planting will wait until May (due to some schedule conflicts) emoticon patti

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4/7/18 2:50 P

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Farmers markets start next week so I'm going to be there. They usually have lots of plants in April thru the middle of May so i pick up already started ones.....I am so fail at starting plants indoors LOL

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4/4/18 8:26 P

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Last week, my husband and I started our tomato seeds under grow lights in the basement - 30 Better Boys and 30 seeds of Super Sweet Cherry Tomatoes. We also started 50 seeds of kohlrabi.

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Have to redo my garden this year - it is very small and hasn't been put together very well so......................we will see what I can grow - always fun to create!

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@NEWVINE depending on what you're planning to grow, you can always start some seeds indoors. I've started my tomatoes and eggplant inside and they're under grow lights currently.

I don't transplant the seedlings until around the end of May, too.

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4/4/18 10:37 A

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I can't plant anything until the end of May either. We are getting a lot of rain this week to melt the snow, but the ground needs warm nights. I have my list of seeds ready and will wait until the end of this month to buy them. I am ready for sunny days in the garden.

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3/31/18 11:21 A

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we had a mild snow storm so my garden is covered in snow again. i normally cant plant till the end of may

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Ground is still frozen in WI.



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3/30/18 10:38 A

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I have been enjoying my fresh lettuces from the garden. My peppers are probably going to be ready in another week or 2. Spinach doing great. Still waiting for Tomatoes (beefsteak and everglade) and cucumbers. Don't know if I'll plant anymore this season.

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3/29/18 10:01 P

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I've planted 1 Chili Pepper, 1 Red Bell Pepper and some Peppermint. They nearly drowned last night with all the rain but look pretty perky this afternoon.

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3/29/18 3:27 P

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I am planting beans, tomatoes & strawberries this year.Maybe some spinach. My chives & parsley survived the winter (even the snow & ice we got here in Houston)! I am trying to branch out into new vegetables & away from herbs like I have planted the last few years. I am switching from container gardening to in ground this year. I finally got the garden area cleared up & ready for planting.

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3/27/18 1:08 P

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I love having cucumbers, tomatoes and asparagus.



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3/26/18 11:16 P

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I've got some asparagus starting to come is as well... I haven't gotten around to starting any seeds inside yet...too much work

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WooHoo I HARVESTED my first veggies of the year...a few asparagus stalks, and some lower leaves from the spinach & romaine seedlings. Its a start!

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3/24/18 9:09 A

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Those mushrooms look so delicious!

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3/24/18 7:33 A

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We just had a foot of snow here, so there won't be any in ground planting for a while, though I did start a low tunnel last month to experiment with. I planted some cool weather seeds to see how they'd do. So far none have sprouted.

I do have a lot seeds started indoors under LED grow lights on a shelves. Several varieties of tomatoes including the Brad's Atomic Grape that was on the cover of the Bakers Creek catalog (I couldn't resist!). A few varieties of peppers, sweet and hot. Herbs. I ordered some Goji berry seeds...they are just babies right now but seem to be doing well. Swiss chard. Kale. Flowers. I will probably start some more today, but I am quickly running out of room!

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3/23/18 6:23 P

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I live in Michigan so waiting for warm weather, can't wait to get planting, gardening makes me so happy and is very important to my emotional health. I am always willing to try new things, this year want to get into growing mushrooms emoticon

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3/21/18 2:51 P

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So I entered this whole response about my gardens and the system told me not to use profanity and I lost the entire thing when I hit the back button. Apparently it took exception to a particular type of pepper I grew last year called Shish*to (replace the asterisk with an "i").

I am near the beach so my soil is basically sand and not suitable for gardening so I grown in containers. Last year I grew several kinds of peppers including devil serrano, jalapeno, Ethiopian brown, habanero, bhut jolokia, pepperoncini, and pimento. I also grew Sun gold and husky cherry tomatoes, eggplant, okra, and several herbs. I did well with all of it, especially the okra and peppers. Being in south Florida I basically have a year round growing season and have been harvesting romaine, kale, and shish*to peppers for a month now. I have other peppers growing again but they aren't at production stage yet. I'm getting ready to put in okra and radishes.

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3/21/18 7:39 A

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Can't wait to do my garden up!! I plan on doing greens, beans, broccoli, peppers and tomatoes



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3/21/18 12:03 A

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First batch of Shiitake mushrooms

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3/19/18 6:14 A

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I have my plant sprouting indore cannot wait until we get end of this cold Canadian winter .My plants look great 😊 emoticon

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3/18/18 1:54 P

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So far, I’ve planted blueberry bushes, pomegranate, lemon and lime trees. I planted to cilantro to graze on while I clean out the weeds from the cilantro and mint that are coming back this year. Planted some kale and collards that the cold snap hopefully didn’t kill. Plan is for tomatoes, bell peppers, poblano peppers, beans, Japanese eggplant, spinach, more herbs, sweet potatoes and carrots. I forgot to dig up the sweet potatoes from last year, so it’ll be interesting to see what they’ve done. Eventually, I’d like to plant more fruit trees, more veggies, and more flowers.

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3/5/18 7:29 P

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I cant wait to plant the big garden....i noticed this year though how hearty the Kale is. even with a Feb month end snow bath here in WA the Kale is thriving. I had some in my protein shake a few hours ago.....amazing stuff and so good for you



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I can only garden in containers, so I have limited space and can't grow too many things.

Last year I grew some sungold cherry tomatoes, glacier tomatoes, and celebrity tomatoes. I also attempted to grow some cucumbers. The tomatoes came out fantastic (I STILL have a gallon-size ziploc bag in the freezer full of sungolds that I need to make into a sauce at some point.) The cucumbers didn't do so well. I don't think I had the soil properly amended.

This year I plan to grow some black krim pole tomatoes, and give eggplants a try in the container. Probably the long purple variety.

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3/4/18 11:29 P

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Thankfully the Kitchen Wolves keep those pesky squirrels and the deer away. However, sooner or later you'll hear me moaning about having to deskunk one of the shepherds. Happens every year and usually in the middle of the night.

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3/4/18 7:58 P

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I'm also fighting with the squirrels, those cute bushy tails are deceiving! They always strip my pecan tree, but they did not bother my other plants last year, maybe it was the hoop enclosures I had over my garden boxes. Give raised beds a try. I think your idea of mesh coverings will be your answer.



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3/4/18 6:37 P

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I'm smack dab in the middle of the country--Oklahoma. Have lived in California, Oregon and Maine and have had gardens in all. My best garden was in Oregon, but I try each year to have tomatoes, lettuces, kale, squash and peas. I grow a few other things too--but not always successfully. My biggest problem is the squirrels! We have so many here on our grounds. I have a pear tree in the front yard--but NEVER get one because the squirrels eat the pears while they are still green. I had some great looking tomato plants--and tomatoes--but before they could ripen, the squirrels came in and harvested. I did get a few but it was a lot of work to do so. This year I am planning to erect some 1 inch by 1 inch mesh fencing around my plants. I hope this will do it. I miss having fresh produce from the garden!

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NDCAROL interesting...but I doubt there's any *science* that proves it so! Too many variables...for example: is your city water source a hard water, or soft water... is your rain an acid-type rain in an industrial area?

We're pretty lucky out here in the NW for the most part... our water sources are natural reservoirs or ground filtered water wells of soft water, and our rain is close to the Pacific ocean moisture loads. And because we *usually* get a fair amount of rain (last summer was somewhat of an exception), our gardens get a pretty well balanced amount of water from each. I don't worry about the small amount of chemicals that are added into the city water... but that's just my perspective.
May your garden grow bountifully!
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3/4/18 10:18 A

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Predicting drought in ND again this year. Last year's garden really suffered. I think that real rain is much better for gardens than city water.

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Wow ladies! I would love to have your skills. Great job x2 ! emoticon

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I just blogged about this!
I am a lapsed master gardener in SW Tennessee. A few years ago we bought a 45 acre Hybrid Bermuda sod farm so mostly that's whats growing! Now we lease the outer 40 acres to a farmer. Right now he has winter wheat planted. And he'll get another crop in - usually soybeans or cotton. The inner 5 acres around the house are mine to plant; Such a daunting prospect, but as I said its mostly grass.

This year I'm trying to broaden our horizons and branch out from the usual tomatoes, bell and banana peppers, cucumbers, yellow squash etc.

I have an established asparagus bed still not showing any signs of life-but it won't be long. I've st up lights inside so I can get a jump on the season and little seedlings ready to go in the ground as soon as the weather co-operates (Spinach, Broccoli, Romaine, Green and Red Cabbage). Expecting one night of sub-freezing temps this week so I'll see what the forecast looks like after that. In the meantime, my seedlings are getting hardened off. Outside, exposed to sunlight, wind, dog noses etc during the day and covered with plastic bins to protect them from the overnight chill. It gets easier once they're in the ground.

Then comes the warmer season stuff...the aforementioned usual suspects (tomatoes, bell and banana peppers, cucumbers, yellow squash ) potatoes, green beans, onions, garlic, and though I don't care for them, my husband will insist on a selection of melons. Probably a few things that are slipping my mind at the moment.

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I'm out in the NW coastal area near Portland Or... still have some beets in the ground, some Chard and Kale.... Survivors!!

Most successful and will be replanted: green beans, snap peas, walla walla sweet onions, zucchini, lettuces, spinach, basil, small tomatoes (Sweet 100 are my favorites!), large tomatoes (Mortgage Lifter), those beets, chard and kale. My Broccoli was "so-so" but will try again! The previous year both Corn and Cauliflower were "busts"... so those didn't get planted last year.
I also have perennials...rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries, raspberries (although these got some cane insects...will see if they survive.) Concord grapes, Oregano, Thyme, Sage and Chives. Three multi-grafted semi drawf fruit trees: apples, plums and cherry---are in their 4th season. Maybe cherries this year?! The apples and plums produced nicely last year!!
Can you tell I LOVE to play in the Garden...?! I'm fortunate to have a medium sized yard to cram different things into, and a partner in Life who lets me!!
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What do you plan on planting this summer?
What did you plant last year, and what were your most successful crops?

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