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Re: How does your garden grow?

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:09 pm
by dirtmurphy
Normally I would post this under Daily Steps but since this is the growing section I'll post it here. I've been loading up seed trays the past couple of days. Here in the southern Appalachians it's time to start tomatoes, peppers, and greens. So far I've started 6 varieties each of peppers and tomatoes, 2 varieties each of beets and lettuces, one variety of arugula, and one of kale.

Re: How does your garden grow?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:34 pm
by Farside
Wow already?
Around my neck of the woods the soil is just thawed enough for planting cold hardy seeds around April 14 and frost danger doesn't pass until the middle of June.

Re: How does your garden grow?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:21 pm
by dirtmurphy
Hey Farside! These are indoor starts but yeah, it's time around here. I expect another hard freeze in March/April but our ground has thawed enough to plant peas already. The summer garden will go in the ground in May. I fuss about living in North Carolina but the growing seasons are pretty good. :D
I was thinking of you the other day. I'm getting ready to build a chicken tractor. I garden for some people who have big yards and some of them are amenable to having my chickens graze and fertilize their property.

Re: How does your garden grow?

Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:00 pm
by dirtmurphy
Just a quick update from NC. We just had our wettest winter following our wettest year ever. The ground is absolutely saturated. I'm about to give up on planting spring greens in the ground and try to grow them all in containers, but that's a lot of containers! During our walks we've noticed yards going acidic (moss, bare spots, wild onions). I just aerated and limed a yard today before the rain that's supposed to come this evening..
Fruit trees didn't take any horrible hits, so hopefully we can have a good harvest year this year. Agriculture is pretty big business in this area and we have a lot of orchards in the western mountains. I pruned raspberries and wineberries yesterday.
Although I haven't been able to put anything in the ground, I have been harvesting vermicompost and transplanting tomatoes and peppers every day for over a week in the greenhouse. I'm grateful to have one. I just wish it were bigger :D

Re: How does your garden grow?

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:05 pm
by dirtmurphy
So I went to the tailgate market yesterday (sold everything I brought, yay me!). Anyhow, the biggest conversation among the farmers is the persistent rainfall. Everyone is having a hard time planting. I talked to them about the GSM in a roundabout way. By the end some of them were brainstorming adaptation ideas. It's a good first step.

Re: How does your garden grow?

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 3:49 pm
by Farside
This weekend I planted onion sets, spinach, radishes, bok choi, and carrots. Some of the ground is still frozen but in general it went smoothly.

I applied sheep manure and bone meal on the beds that have onions, garlic, and carrots.

Indoors I started lettuce and kale.

Re: How does your garden grow?

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:15 pm
by Ice Age Prepper
We got quite a bit in the ground now but there is still a little more to plant. We put in 165 tatters, lots of different varieties of tomatoes and peppers. We have squash, and some greens planted as well. There will be some melons yet to plant as well as whatever experimental items my wife throws in. She loves to experiment and this being our first big garden on the farm,well, she has carte blanche to do what she wants. What profits we keep and improve upon and what doesn't gets the boot!

I am documenting our progress fairly regular on YT. Anyone wanting to check out what we are up to can look for the "Homestead Happenings," videos.

Now it is mostly about keeping away the birds and deer and rabbits and....

Re: How does your garden grow?

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 12:35 pm
by Farside
-2C this morning, but things are beginning to show signs of life. The black currants are in bud burst, with the haskaps close behind (they're late this year because they're new plants). The garlic is up, and the onions have started to pop up too. My rhubarb is also putting up new leaves.

Spinach and radish seedlings are appearing from the seed I sowed a month ago.

I harvested my first flush of oyster mushrooms of the year too, which makes it my first garden harvest for 2019. I'm super impressed with these things. Frozen solid in -40 weather and out in the open. The compost pile they lean against is still frozen in the middle and yet here they are popping out mushrooms. :P

Re: How does your garden grow?

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 6:17 pm
by Farside
1st part of a 4 part series on weeds and what they can tell us:

Re: How does your garden grow?

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 12:32 pm
by Farside
A few years ago I noticed some chives growing wild in a corner of the property, and last weekend I went over with a spade and transplanted them into my ribes guild that currently contains blackcurrant, jostaberry, asparagus, and rhubarb. This property has a lot of quackgrass, and keeping it at bay is a constant battle. So I planted these chives along the walkway border because they form a dense root mat that acts as a physical barrier to the grass runners that go under the ground and into the growing bed.

That's the theory. Let's see how well it works. The rhubarb is supposed to perform a similar function as well as shading the grass out. It's actually why it's in the guild in the first place.