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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/1/2019, 10:48 am

Well, another year in the history books, mates! Seed catalogs accumulating here, along with some early bird online incentives in my inbox!  Not ready to do any real planning as of yet.  Walked out to my backyard lake yesterday to get a mental plan; my legacy boxes are in a terrible location, but will fall apart if looked at too long...going to put a succession plan together for their eventual demise.  

For this year, a new box; either another 4x4 or another 3x7 after committing that one to the strawberries.  Getting pencil and paper out...

What’s going on in your heads, Midwesterners?   study happy hi
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Post  OhioGardener on 1/1/2019, 11:59 am

Went out this morning to look at my beds to see if anything needs to done, and everything looks good to go! The cover crops are growing nicely - it hasn't been cold long enough for them to go dormant yet - and I could see holes of evidence that the night crawlers have been coming up to get to the coffee grounds scattered on top of the soil. Anxiously awaiting late March when I will be redoing the soil of the beds to add charged Biochar to the top 6".

I, too, have a large collection of seed catalogs, but already have all of the seeds for spring planting - I have a lot more seeds than square feet to plant them! Ha!
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/4/2019, 7:50 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:Went out this morning to look at my beds to see if anything needs to done, and everything looks good to go! The cover crops are growing nicely - it hasn't been cold long enough for them to go dormant yet - and I could see holes of evidence that the night crawlers have been coming up to get to the coffee grounds scattered on top of the soil. Anxiously awaiting late March when I will be redoing the soil of the beds to add charged Biochar to the top 6".

I, too, have a large collection of seed catalogs, but already have all of the seeds for spring planting - I have a lot more seeds than square feet to plant them! Ha!
We had some cold, but it was brief and not really cold...what’s biochar?

I dont need any seeds either, OG, just dreaming!  Maybe a pickling cuke type.  Wasn’t hugely impressed with the “Early Opener” tomato, neither early nor an opener.  Had brandywines before any of them!
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Post  OhioGardener on 1/4/2019, 8:17 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:We had some cold, but it was brief and not really cold...what’s biochar?

I don't need any seeds either, OG, just dreaming!  Maybe a pickling cuke type.

SR, Biochar is pure charcoal that is added to the soil to retain moisture and provide a home for microbes, etc..  I experimented with adding it to one raised bed this past summer, and had better results than I expected, so I am going to add it to all beds next spring and hope for a repeat of the results. There is a whole thread on it here: Biochar


I am going to try these Cool Customer Pickling Cucumbers this year from Johnny's Select Seeds.  The description sounds too good not the try them! Ha!
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Post  OhioGardener on 1/6/2019, 11:45 am

The lettuce is looking nice on its 15th day from seeding under the grow lights. There is a mixture of Black Seeded Simpson and Oak Leaf seedlings. In another week or so I will be thinning them down to a couple plants per pot, and eating the thinnings....  Very Happy 

The Spinach is just coming up, but it is looking good so far.

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Post  trolleydriver on 1/6/2019, 5:36 pm

Those are looking real good OG.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/6/2019, 5:56 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:
SR, Biochar is pure charcoal that is added to the soil to retain moisture and provide a home for microbes, etc..  I experimented with adding it to one raised bed this past summer, and had better results than I expected, so I am going to add it to all beds next spring and hope for a repeat of the results. There is a whole thread on it here: Biochar


I am going to try these Cool Customer Pickling Cucumbers this year from Johnny's Select Seeds.  The description sounds too good not the try them! Ha!
Will check them out!  So, no composing, just directly on the beds?
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Post  OhioGardener on 1/6/2019, 7:37 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Will check them out!  So, no composing, just directly on the beds?

Still composting, and topping off beds with it as much as possible.  The Biochar is a one-time soil amendment to enrich microbe life of the soil - one of my latest experiments.

The weather was so nice today that I was able to pull back the straw mulch and add some compost with Biochar to the one bed that does not have a cover crop on it. I was amazed how many earthworms there were when I turned the compost and Biochar into the soil - I thought they would have gone down deeper in the ground with the cold weather, but apparently it hasn't been too cold for them.  There was at least one, and usually several worms in every shovelful of soil that I turned over.  This one bed did not get a cover crop because it will be used for planting onions in mid-April, and the cover crop would not have had time to get its spring growth.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/7/2019, 9:20 pm

Interesting!   I am trying to figure out what to do...  I have a bunch of coffee grounds (mine) and miscellaneous kitchen offing’s.  Frozen solid.  Hmmm
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Post  OhioGardener on 1/8/2019, 9:53 am

Anyone besides me ready for spring?  Very Happy 

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/9/2019, 6:31 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:Anyone besides me ready for spring?  Very Happy 

"Gardeners, I think, dream bigger than emperors."
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Understatement of the year!!!!  Well, the year is early, right?   bounce
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Post  sanderson on 1/11/2019, 2:32 am

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Post  OhioGardener on 1/11/2019, 7:12 am

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."   ~ Chinese Proverb
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/11/2019, 8:10 pm

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Post  OhioGardener on 1/12/2019, 11:31 am

Today snow, yesterday this....   Ready for Spring!

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/12/2019, 5:11 pm

You have robins????  Not here.  Snowing like crazy.  But it’s January in Ohio, ya know? It has been a strange season as far as abrupt changes.
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Post  OhioGardener on 1/12/2019, 7:24 pm

SR, we have a pair of Robins that stay here year around.  They have 2 or 3 nests of babies in the apple tree each summer, and in spring all of the ones that were raised here return to make their nests as well. Sometimes they become a little of a pest in digging for worms in the raised beds, but we love having them here.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/12/2019, 10:11 pm

@OhioGardener wrote:SR, we have a pair of Robins that stay here year around.  They have 2 or 3 nests of babies in the apple tree each summer, and in spring all of the ones that were raised here return to make their nests as well. Sometimes they become a little of a pest in digging for worms in the raised beds, but we love having them here.
My sister lives in Columbus, and she says a lot of the robins don’t leave there anymore, weather patterns, and the fact that there are so many developments with ornamental fruit trees that they can rely on for food over the winter.  Not here.  We will see them in  early spring.
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Post  Dan in Ct on 1/13/2019, 8:30 am

Scorpio Rising, I used to think the same thing until about 10 years ago when I saw hundreds of robins flocked together early in the morning in January near a local shopping area. At The Crazy Half Acre I never see more than a few flocked together feeding on the plentiful earthworms here beginning in March. I am wondering if it is a migratory thing, there aren't the enough food sources along the trek route to make the trek or the robins just got lazy, toughened up a little and stay cation. There maybe be grant money in it. Now I am wondering how far south they originally migrated?
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Post  OhioGardener on 1/13/2019, 12:06 pm

No Robins in sight today.....8" of heavy, wet, white stuff...

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/13/2019, 1:13 pm

@Dan in Ct wrote:Scorpio Rising, I used to think the same thing until about 10 years ago when I saw hundreds of robins flocked together early in the morning in January near a local shopping area. At The Crazy Half Acre I never see more than a few flocked together feeding on the plentiful earthworms here beginning in March. I am wondering if it is a migratory thing, there aren't the enough food sources along the trek route to make the trek or the robins just got lazy, toughened up a little and stay cation. There maybe be grant money in it. Now I am wondering how far south they originally migrated?
Interesting, Dan.  You know, the Canada geese used to do the same thing, leave here, go wherever they go.  But because of the no-till farming practices, some now overwinter here, and a lot of them do in the urban areas where there are lots of ponds and food sources.  Maybe the global weather changes also play into it?  

OG, we got about 5” here, yes, wet, packable snow.  It’s pretty!
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Post  sanderson on 1/16/2019, 2:38 am

Robins one day, snow the next. You guys get some wide swings in weather.

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Post  OhioGardener on 1/16/2019, 8:19 am

@sanderson wrote:Robins one day, snow the next.  You guys get some wide swings in weather.

Yes, yes we do! 

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 1/16/2019, 7:35 pm

Dang!  Great visual, OG!!!  Lol!lol!
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Post  sanderson on 1/16/2019, 10:50 pm

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