It's Time To Start Planning The Garden

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  1. Sheldon Scott

    Sheldon Scott Very Well-Known Member
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    I got the asparagus bed cleaned weeded and fertilized. Weeded 3 more raised beds. I need to weed the rest and fill them back to the top with compost.

    I have listed 6 crops to plant so far that will take all but 2 of the raised beds.
     
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    I have an old bookshelf very much like the one in the video that I am going to use for my vegetable garden this year.:) Plus, I'm going to do a couple of hanging baskets for my gardening too.



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    I would be worried about the chemicals in the wood on that bookcase.
     
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    I've thought about that actually Shirley...but decided to try it anyway.
     
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    Fabulous Sheldon, I would so love to have my own. They have patches here in town you can grow your own, and I'm thinking about splitting it with my neighbor Colleen. She knows a lot more about it than I, and I can always come ask you;) Last night I was reading of the all the benefits of Ginger, and how easy it is to grow. Here's some of the things I would want/hope to be able to grow:

    leaf lettuce, greener the better
    green onions
    red onions
    squash/zuccini/acorn (I wonder if acorn is hard to grow?? Love that stuff!)
    tomatoes
    bell-peppers (yellow/orange)
    PS oops, love asparagus, got to have that one!

    I know not to go too big of course, first time around, maybe just a couple of the easier ones;)
     
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    I have 2 raised gardens that I built a few years ago..
    I used 2X4 non treated wood so that it doesn't contain any preservatives in the wood..
    I used 16 foot long pieces and cut 3 feet of the end making my raised gardens 13 feet long X 3 feet wide..
    I made the boxes 24 inches tall and then capped them with a 2X6 top making the top like a seat..
    I then filled up the boxes with black earth.. I also add some homemade compost each year before planting..

    My problem is the growing season up here is very short.. We NEVER plant before the first week-end in June and not far after Labour Day week-end we get frost..
     
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    Very nice Steve. My beds are only 12" deep, I wish I'd made them deeper but watering becomes a problem with deeper beds.
     
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    Sheldon..
    Not that I water that often, but I have one of those sprinklers that go round and round that I position on the grass away and it just does both raised gardens as well as some of our important flower gardens..

    I find that in the late spring when the earth has thawed, I turn the gardens with my pitch fork, remove as much of the old roots and weeds as possible, add some mulch and I also add some more black earth as it seems to settle down..
    I do not plant the same veggie in the same spot every year.. I mix it up..
    I can only plant veggies that grow fast as our growing season is short..
    Here is a list of what we plant.. These seem to grow pretty fast up here..

    Tomatoes (yellow grape) plants (4)
    Tomatoes (red early girl) plants (2)
    Zucchini plants .... They come 4 to a container
    Green beans by seeds (about 10) I put them on a trellis to grow
    Carrots by seeds (about 50).... They can remain in the ground after the frost
    Parsnips by seeds (about 25)... They can remain in the ground after the frost
    Lettuce (leaf) by seed (about 12 as they keep on growing after picking)
    Sweet peas by plants (about 10) I put them on a trellis to grow
    Onions (yellow) bulbs (about 150) I pick them early and they are green onions..
    Cucumbers (English) by plant (2)

    We get quite a decent return from our 2 raised gardens..
     
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    What I was referring to about the watering @Steve North is that in raised beds the water drains away from the roots. Potatoes and deep rooted plants like tomatoes and asparagus are fine but vegetables like onions, beets, turnips, and such have a hard time getting enough water. Even in my 12 inch beds I have to water them often.
     
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    Sheldon.. Absolutely they need water and with a raised garden, the water seems to sink down making the top a bit dry.. I have one of those pulsating circular sprinklers that I leave on the grass near the gardens and all I have to do is turn on the water from the tap on the side of the house..
     
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    I do well with onions in my raised gardens, but I water them a lot. Carrots haven't done so well; they grow but they are the tiniest carrots imaginable.
     
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    Tiny carrots are "in"...I pay extra for them. Almost bought a bag of small carrots that were different colors the other day...red, orange, purple and I think yellow.
     
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    I bought 20 bags of composted manure yesterday to mix with the chopped leaves I've added to the beds to get them ready to plant. Potatoes and onions can be planted as soon as the beds are ready.
     
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    No, my raised beds aren't quite ready for planting yet.
     
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    While waiting for these I'll go to the feed store and get onions and potatoes. I have tomato, cucumber and radish seeds from last year.

     
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    I started tomato and cucumber seeds in the areo garden Friday. Haven't got the seeds I ordered yet. Sunday I planted 5 pounds of potatoes in two of the raised beds. I've got 2 bundles of onions, just waiting for a sudden burst of energy so I can plant them.
     
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    I planted one bundle of onions this afternoon. Filled one 3 x 12 bed.
     
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    It all looks good except the yellow squash, just not a big fan of it.

    That watermelon is making me drool! Probably my favorite fruit.
     
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    Yellow crookneck is my favorite, I'm not a fan of zucchini I'm anxious for the watermelon too.
     
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    I prefer the zucchini over the yellow squash....but it's one of the veggies that I've had my fill of...like kale.
     
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    The only thing I have coming up here in Canada is a patch of chives about an inch high. Thinking baked potatoes with sour cream and chives by the weekend.
     
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    We have decided that this year, we are going to focus on the plants that are perennial, like fruits and berries. The peach trees have been loaded with blossoms each year; but the fruit never sets, except for a few peaches, and most of those never get any larger than a golf ball, or ripen enough to eat, even by the end of summer.
    The plan is to add more nutrients to the soil, and cultivate around the bushes and young trees, and then make sure that they are well watered this summer. If we need it, we will put a bird screen over the strawberries . Last year we would see green berries; but seldom a ripe one; so something was eating them as soon as they began to ripen. We feed the birds; so it makes sense that they thought that fruit was just part of the buffet.
    We have been working out in the yard, and I weeded out the strawberry patch, and Bobby took the leaf blower and got the leaves out that had accumulated over the fall and winter months.
    I was elated to discover that we already have a strawberry that is in bloom !
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    Potatoes and beets are up. I saw two spears of asparagus yesterday. I planted 3 tomato plants and 2 cucumbers that I started in the aerogarden. I have 4 eggplants and 3 watermelons in the aerogarden that have sprouted.
     
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    I still have to get the Aerogarden started; but I have been going through my seeds leftover from last year, and started some lettuce outside and some in a container t hat we can keep on the front deck for easy harvesting, and hopefully keep those pesky squirrels from eating them this year.
    My new little Black and Decker battery-operated cultivator came today, and I took it out and tried it. It is not very powerful, and it won't actually break up soil like a regular tiller does; but once I have the ground worked over with the larger tiller, then I should be able to use the little one around the plants and keep the weeds pulled and the dirt softer.
    We have that clay soil here, and in the summer, it can get really hard-packed where you can not even dig with a shovel unless you water it thoroughly first. I am hoping that with the little cultivator I can keep the ground from compacting so much, and I can work nutrients into the ground better that way, too.
     
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