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Post  dianamarie03 on 4/3/2011, 8:20 pm

Today I got a lot of work done! Leveled the ground and placed my boxes with weed fabric underneath. Got my Mel's Mix made and filled up two of my three boxes. Now I just have to mix up the last of my mix and fill the third box and then set up my two trellises and hoop house and high rise on one of my boxes and add grids. It sounds like a lot of work but after getting most of the mixed stirred up it sounds like easy work from here on out! Here's the plan for this year, critiques are welcome and appreciated of course! Pictures to follow as soon as I finish filling third box.

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Post  PNG_Grandma on 4/3/2011, 8:28 pm

Good Job!! I'm anxious to see the pictures! okay
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Post  Furbalsmom on 4/3/2011, 10:44 pm

Very nice DianaMarie

Whatchagonna put in box two when the radishes, lettuces and broccoli have matured? Maybe some bush beans, swiss chard for a summer crop. Perhaps broccoli from seed for a fall crop. Just want to keep those squares producing.
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Post  quiltbea on 4/4/2011, 12:00 am

I like your plans.

As for radishes, I don't give a square or 2 to them any more. They can grow anywhere between larger plants and are harvested before the larger plants need the space or the soil. I'd give those spaces to other things, possibly bush beans or turnip or leeks, whatever tickles your taste buds.

Is the blueberry a patio variety because they are usually perennials and grow quite large, the regular ones.

Good plan tho. Good luck and post pictures.

How about a larger pot with several herbs all around it with a taller one in the middle? That's a great thing to have near your kitchen door so you can snip off fresh herbs in a few seconds for your dinner.

I found that cherry tomatoes do well in a large pot on the patio with a stake. Again, a great addition to a dinner if the mood sways you.

Have fun.
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Post  dianamarie03 on 4/4/2011, 9:34 am

Thanks for you input. I'm still trying to decide what to replace the cool weather crops with. I did some bush beans a few years ago (I did sfg but didn't do MM, what a nightmare in my clay and rock soil!) and they turned out very fibrous and tasteless. I'm not sure if it was the variety I got, the growing conditions, or if I just let them grow too long. Maybe if anyone can suggest a good kind I will try again. I might also take the suggestion to try swiss chard, and perhaps some more broccoli for fall if the first time goes well.

Quiltbea that's a good idea on the radishes. To be honest we don't really care for radishes Shocked but I like to plant them so my kids (6 and 3) can start to see something growing quickly and with good results. Plus, our neighbor absolutely loves them, so we will be happy to share them. I think it's a good lesson for my boys Smile

I haven't grown my own blueberries before but we always had them growing at my grandparents and they had a highbush variety. I know they can get pretty big but I have a nice place for them on my patio. I have 4 bushes planned, and the nursery nearby has really nice 3 year old bushes that are a good size already and should bear a pretty good crop this year. I'm so excited about the blueberries, they are my birthday gift to myself! I want to try blackberries too, but we are having a fence installed this spring and I think I'll wait till next year and plant them along the back fence line at the rear of our property. Mmmm, I love fresh berries.

And I just emptied out a few large pots from houseplants that didn't make it, so I might use some of those for an herb garden. Great suggestion! Thanks so much for your ideas everyone!
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