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Post  countrynaturals on 4/12/2018, 7:44 pm

@sanderson wrote:CN,  I was just going to contact you to see if everything is okay.  Haven't seen you around.  There are a few topics on soil blocks under the Search feature.  
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Post  Turan on 4/16/2018, 9:10 pm

I planted peas this weekend, two types of sugarsnaps and a circle of sweat pea flowers. I also threw some poppie and linaria seed around. In the greenhouse the lettuce is sprouting, no sign of peas yet, I hope i have watered enough.

This morning the sky was clear and it was near 60*! So I watered the greenhouse and left the door open. The wind came up while I was gone and tore the door apart. sigh No

Gotta figure how to fix that before it is tomato planting time. But the sprouts are just thinking of their first true leaf, so I have time.

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Post  sanderson on 4/17/2018, 2:22 am

Oh, no. I'm sorry you lost the door. You have the neatest green house.

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Post  Turan on 4/21/2018, 9:10 pm

It has been a gorgeous spring day. I am now sore Very Happy

DH reassembled and fixed the greenhouse door.  He added the nifty bungee cords as a better system to hold the doors open against wind.  I am so pleased.  I will be planting tomatoes in a couple weeks.



Remember the composted manure test?  I am still unsure.  These snow pea leaves look tiny and it has taken forever for things to sprout.  So I think I will spread it onto the pasture, but I will leave this growing and see how it develops further.



I got the broccoli and cabbage beds weeded.  Then I laid out the soaker hose and then covered with 6" of old hay, watered it well, and covered with the black plastic.  These two beds have a persistent problem with this really tasty ginger mint that I unwittingly planted many years ago.  Maybe this will help.  I uncovered the unplanted carrot bed and raked the tiny weed seedling in and then recovered, this time with some once-clear plastic.  I hope to planting carrots next week end.


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Post  sanderson on 4/22/2018, 2:27 am

Good job!  I tried the "radish" test and they developed true leaves.  So I used the compost for all the beds. Thank you for the suggestion of the "pea" test.

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Post  Turan on 5/1/2018, 7:02 pm

I planted carrots and parsnips today.  It is rather cloudy and cool and threatening snow tonight.  I read that carrots actually do best germinating if they get a cold shock first.  So here goes...
I was going to plant out the broccoli, but decided to leave them in the greenhouse for the night instead.  Tomorrow maybe.
DH put in a beg for rutabagas so I better get some started.  It would be nice to start some bokchoy too.  

The beans of the compost test are the plants looking hte most affected, they have no true leaves.  I got to remember to do this test.  How often when a crop fails is it because of trace herbicides in the compost? 

Daffodils are blooming.

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Post  sanderson on 5/4/2018, 5:37 pm

@Turan wrote:The beans of the compost test are the plants looking hte most affected, they have no true leaves.  I got to remember to do this test.  How often when a crop fails is it because of trace herbicides in the compost? 
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Post  Turan on 5/5/2018, 9:28 pm

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@Turan wrote:The beans of the compost test are the plants looking hte most affected, they have no true leaves.  I got to remember to do this test.  How often when a crop fails is it because of trace herbicides in the compost? 
Oh, no!
Well, that is what the test is for.  Forewarned is forearmed, or in this case, not put on the garden but into the field.

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Post  Turan on 5/5/2018, 9:44 pm

Ahh, I love spring. The temps are staying above 40 at night now.  
The last couple of days I got rutabagas and bokchoy started in soil blocks.  And I seeded pots with the Beit Alpha cucumbers and a heirloom variety called Home Made pickles Very Happy And a couple pots with butternut squash.  

I spent today doing bits of digging, popping dandelions out of where I want to put potatoes. They come out very easily, this is the area in deep mulch last year.  To maintain that I needed to cover it heavily last fall, but I didn't.  
I also put the strings for pole beans in the greenhouse and fixed one of hte soaker hoses.  Tomorrow I plant beans.  And fix more hose.  And maybe other stuff.

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You've been busy!

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Post  Turan on 5/8/2018, 8:38 pm

This is such a busy time of year, good thing the sunshine and garden make me a bit hyper happy

The potatoes area is dug and fluffed and the first layer is planted with 2 pounds of All Blue, a late season potato. There were 13 small potatoes (1/sq with a slight fudge to fit the 13th).  The plan is that in a month I will hill them with more fluffy soil mix and plant a similar amount of Satina in a second layer.  Josh did something like this one year.

The radishes are up in the carrot/ parsnip bed so I took the cover off.  Just got to keep it gently watered.  I sprinkled the top with sand because it does not crust so it is easy for those plants to sprout through.

Here are the garden beds.  I saw an asparagus spear starting to poke up! The peas are sprouting and the cole crops are settled in.



The greenhouse is mostly planted.  Tomatoes and peppers on the right, beans on the left.  Inside the cukes have sprouted, they and a butter nut squash will go the left as well.  Basil starts are planted on the left and a few marigold volunteers.



At last we have tulips and other flowers, I am glad even to see the dandelions! 


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Post  sanderson on 5/11/2018, 3:20 am

That's a lot of work you did. Layering potatoes sounds interesting.

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