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Post  recoush 3/1/2014, 9:18 am

This year changing it up using Toilet paper tubes for seed starting, a deli tray to hold them in place. They are available at party stores going to use a heat mat and lights. Going to build 3 SQF frames with grids and add a grid and stepping planks to the middle of the raised beds to get that 2 foot reach in the middle. May lose a little space but from what I have read should gain a lot of SQF space. 
 
Planting Peppers hot and sweet Zucchini golden Lettuce (1st time) lemon & bee balm and some other bee loving plants tomatoes, lupine, cornflower, spinach, squash, columbine, butterfly weed, mountain fire pieris. Most of the flowers are for a new item this year Mason Bees last year was dismal in part due to the decline of our pollinators the bees.
 

New process for this year started mason bee condos with blue orchard and leaf cutter mason bees. Crossing fingers the weather starts warming up. 


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Post  quiltbea 3/1/2014, 12:30 pm

recoush.... glad you\'re here   Its always nice to see a new face on the forum.  Where are you located? 

Sounds like you have a good plan.  You'll have to post pics of your new garden once its up and running.  Good luck to you.
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Post  CapeCoddess 3/1/2014, 1:07 pm

Hi recoush...welcome to the forum!

Are you putting mountain fire pieris in your SFG?  How much space will you give it?  Will you leave it there or transplant it later?


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Post  Kelejan 3/1/2014, 3:07 pm

glad you\'re here  recoush:  happy hi 

I like what you are doing for the bees. This year I am also going to plant many more flowers just for the bees.  I had a birthday last week and I asked my friends for flower seeds. I had a lovely response.
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Post  sanderson 3/1/2014, 3:18 pm

Recoush, Welcome to the Forum!  glad you\'re here 

Could you make your Font a little larger for those of us who need glasses?? Thanks!
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Post  recoush 3/1/2014, 6:59 pm

Thanks everyone has to see may have some photos of the raised bed from last year.

The fire mountain Pieris is new this year, have (2) 3 years old plants the bees are supposed to like them. From what I read they grow to be very large so plan to put them behind the Raised bed in corner. To make some room by the fence may have to move the Peonies.

I am in zone 5a in Illinois looking forward to spring march 21st and frost free by April 30th counting you farmer’s almanac and so are my bees.

The plan as they say is evolving at the moment plan to buy 3 of these large ones at Sams club and see how I can position them around the raised bed so be a big a SQF garden

The SQF boxes found some at Sams Club, What weird is it says 60x60X6” Can’t find the item on the internet so must be a special (all others are 42x42) which is what got me thinking about my raised bed as it would be easy to make a grid and put a walkway down the middle. Have the 2 foot reach as mentioned to the left and right halves already have a drip system though it barley works
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Post  quiltbea 3/1/2014, 11:17 pm

I'm in zone 5a but my last frost date is May 15th.  I know we get some frosty nites between the 1st and the 15th.
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Post  recoush 3/2/2014, 8:16 am

Maybe due to being on the Lake Michigan side?

Farmers
April 27th

About is a bit earlier
april 15th  Shocked 

Victory seeds
may 1st

Zone 5
Average dates Last Frost = 30 Mar / 30 Apr
Average dates First Frost = 30 Sep / 30 Oct

Sorry guess its just zone 5 some place read 5a likely the berries site can’t find that chart now
apologies
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Post  camprn 3/2/2014, 8:20 am

Kelejan, happy birthday! I'm glad you got flowers!

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Post  recoush 3/2/2014, 8:32 am

thank you
That one says 5A
May 1st / May 10th  Very Happy
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Post  quiltbea 3/2/2014, 12:38 pm

A gardeners microclimate (their particular yard) can be different from their neighbor's down the street.  Placement of buildings and trees to block wind, breezes over the water, sun bouncing back from a close building, whether on a hill or in a valley area.  We all have to really figure out what happens in our own gardens. 
I've been journalling mine for 4 years noting daily high and lo temps, last frosts, last heavy frost, first frosts in the fall and so forth.  That helps when I make out my new garden plan the following year. 

For a new gardener, you can go by the charts the first year but be ready with extra blankets and towels to cover crops if needed in a hurry, and write things down.  Mine is a small spiral notebk 5.5 x 4 inches and it lasts the whole season with pages to spare for special notes on crops and placement plans of boxes.  Note: the commercial frost covers protect down to 28F, so be ready with extra covers if its going to be colder.

Keep records and enjoy the experience.
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Post  Kelejan 3/2/2014, 3:34 pm

camprn wrote:Kelejan, happy birthday! I'm glad you got flowers!

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Thank you, camprn. I had a great birthday.  Very Happy
I have sent for the Catalogue from the site address you provided.
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