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Mid-Atlantic March update 2011

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Post  Megan 3/15/2011, 7:20 pm

Thanks Trish. As for the motorcycle, it is out of the house and back in the parking lot. The trees did not come out on schedule but he got it out of the back yard. (He'd been reluctant to try to move it due to sharp broken branches on the ground, but I guess he cleared it enough to get the bike out.) We do have a shed but I don't think it's big enough to fit the bike (plus it's a major push down the sidewalk to get it out of the back yard and around to the front where the road is.)
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Post  Megan 3/15/2011, 7:22 pm

SQFTBIX wrote:Megan,
When I get the chance, I will share some photos. While I have been attempting to get this project completed, we have had several medical issues with our extended family that have taken our focus away. Added to that is the whole college search for our son who graduating this Spring. But, maybe if the weather cooperates, I can get some "in process" pictures on Sunday. Smile

Thanks, SQFTBIX. I hope all goes well as possible with your challenges. So far, it looks like the weather will cooperate this weekend! Smile
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Post  Megan 3/19/2011, 7:10 pm

The trees are out! Wow. It took them a good seven hours or so, but they are gone... and there's quite a lot of sun back there now. The neighbors just west of us have two big trees in their backyard that will give some afternoon shade, but seems like morning and midday sun will be nearly unimpeded. I'm so happy! Tomorrow starts the cleanup phase... and I've got my eye on a 150-gallon stock tank, too.
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Post  Furbalsmom 3/20/2011, 4:12 am

Wonderful news about the trees.

Now you can really determine how much sun each area will get. Good luck with clean up. Now, you can get those beds in place. Enjoy!
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Post  Megan 3/20/2011, 8:34 am

Well, I just finished doing the math. I am going to need:

9 @ 8ft 2x6 lumber
8 @ 10ft 2x6 lumber
wooden stakes for bed leveling
countersink drill bit
exterior screws
3 @ 3.9 cu ft bales peat moss
6 @ 4 cu ft bags coarse vermiculite
4 @ 4 cu ft compost, different kinds (possibly 5, but I'm hoping to rely on my own compost from last year for the last 5 cu ft.) This will put me a little over on compost, but the leftover be used to refresh the front yard gardens.
1/2" PVC for covered wagons... still need to figure out how much of that I'll need.
Oh, and a big tarp!

Plus the irrigation system....and probably a half-dozen other things.
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Post  Megan 3/20/2011, 9:38 am

Megan wrote:Well, I just finished doing the math. I am going to need:

9 @ 8ft 2x6 lumber
8 @ 10ft 2x6 lumber
wooden stakes for bed leveling
countersink drill bit
exterior screws
3 @ 3.9 cu ft bales peat moss
6 @ 4 cu ft bags coarse vermiculite
4 @ 4 cu ft compost, different kinds (possibly 5, but I'm hoping to rely on my own compost from last year for the last 5 cu ft.) This will put me a little over on compost, but the leftover be used to refresh the front yard gardens.
1/2" PVC for covered wagons... still need to figure out how much of that I'll need.
Oh, and a big tarp!

Plus the irrigation system....and probably a half-dozen other things.

typo... 4 @ 5 cu ft compost... doh!
Megan
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Post  Weatherkid 3/20/2011, 10:12 pm

Yesterday I spent about 3 1/2 hours transplanting all these plants. We got them from Lowes. Last night there was a light frost (30°F) but today I checked and all the plants are doing fine.

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Oh, I planted spinach about a week and a half ago... and no sign of them. Any thoughts?
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Post  Megan 3/20/2011, 10:15 pm

Beautiful!!! As for your spinach... it's only March. You have PLENTY of time. Very Happy If you are direct-seeding (as I did last year, and plan to do again) they will only sprout when the soil gets warm enough for them to want to sprout. You can always try sprouting some inside if you are feeling impatient (and I'm certainly getting that way) but since I have to re-build boxes in my back yard, I am cutting corners wherever else I can.

Also... we are nice and warm now, but I am fully expecting another blast of winter in April....
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Post  Furbalsmom 3/21/2011, 4:08 am

Weatherkid, your garden looks great. cheers

As for your spinach, most varieties I have say the germination is anywhere from 6 up to 21 days to germinate, so not to worry. The cooler your soil is, the longer it will take to germinate, so give it some more time.
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