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What'd you do lately for your garden?

For some of us, spring has already sprung, for others it'll be a while before the serious dirt play begins but all of us have something we can be doing to get ready. What are you working on right now in the garden? Triple secret bonus points will be awarded to replies that include pictures.

Mrs. HandsomeRyan helped me manually turn and rake out a roughly 5'x10' plot where I hope to test some grain crops this year. I'm a little behind schedule on planting but I think it'll be okay.

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Waiting on the rain today to settle everything in then it'll be planted as soon as the seed I ordered arrives.
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Yesterday, I laid the compost down on my 4x4 garden boxes (4). So excited ! I've got a few cooler weather crops in the ground, so I'm waiting for them to sprout.

My first tomato seedling poked a tiny leaf above dirt yesterday- so I'm looking forward to the rest!

I've got no pics, yet, but will as soon as I can get my camera out ;D

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I planted an experimental row of onions in a bed that I cleared out recently. However, this bed only gets direct sun from about 3:00 on, so I'm not sure how well it'll do.
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In my raised beds, I have added compost, added Azomite, turned them, and today I am going to mix in some coffee grounds care of Starbucks. I have some seeds in the ground but I'm still a few weeks away from adding transplants.

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Well, being the newbie I am (first year) I went ahead and planted another row of beets. Decided to go with the Cylindra type.
Along with placing some Nasturtim's thru out (Nigh and Day). Their edible flowers are great in salads.
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I've been doing this...
[img]http://i487.photobucket.com/albums/rr235/binchnunker/Garden%20Pics/DSC_0277.jpg[/img]
That 4x4 box is ther to show scale.

I still have to move that wood pile and put in the last post.
Also, we are still getting frosts and freezes now and then, its been a really cold spring this year, far colder than last year, and last year sucked too. 5 years ago we were in the 70's this year we are in the 30's nice.

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I'm harvesting my first Rattlesnake beans of the season, waiting on my Daikon to flower and set seed for the next generation, and trying vainly to keep my Chard in check. :()

I'm also waiting on my Cherokee Purple and Pineapple beefy tomatoes to ripen, and fighting some dreadful mold of some kind that seems to want to eat all of my cucurbits and tomatoes - boo-urns. :(

Tomorrow if the weather permits, I'll raise the roof on my hothouse to accomodate my taller bananas.

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I will take "lately" as in "last weekend". I planted a myriad of flower seedlings and seeds as well as a bunch of lettuce all over the place. You could also add in the beginning to harden off my tom's spread out grass clippings for mulch, pick even more rocks, kill grubs, make my garden even more pit bull proof, power raked some of my yard, seeded grass seed again, started more flowers starters and basil, upotted quite a bit, on and on it goes. :lol:

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Built 2 of 3 raised beds - 3'x8'x20" deep. These are set on 4"x8"x16" cement blocks to keep them from sitting in the ground and snow all winter. Hopefully, they will last longer. Plan to finish the 3rd one tomorrow. The most difficult part was levelling the blocks because of the slope of our property.

I transplanted 30 tomatoes, 21 peppers, 9 eggplant, many herbs including parsley, cilantro, garlic chives, lemon balm, bee balm (monarda/bergamot), greek oregano, tons of basil, sage and 3 dozen marigolds. I use small cell plugflats and then move things up.

It's been a busy week and weekend.

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I have planted dill, beets, spinach, carrots and onions. I also am trying to get an asparagus bed going, it's planted anyway. Today I built a double compost bin so I can get started with composting.

Here after a while, I plan to rip up the beets and carrots and replant them. The dill isn't coming up either, I really have bad luck with dill for some reason. I'm going to dot in some swiss chard in the blank spaces of the spinach too. Our weather has not been any help this year! :evil: We had snow yesterday and it is in the 70's today.

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My garden is up and growing well. We have been eating a lot of things for a couple of weeks and are only a couple of weeks from eating cucumbers and squash. Some tomatoes should be ripe in three weeks. I usually have ripe tomatoes within a week from my first cucumber of the season if I plant them on the same day. I posted some pics here.

http://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=34351

Since my garden is growing and little is left to do except harvest and regular maintenance, I've turned my attention to trying some other interesting things in my garden.

Today, I dug some holes into my compost pile and filled the holes with soil. I then ran drip irrigation emmiters to each hole and planted some bush cucumber seed. I think the cucumbers will do well if the compost pile doesn't get to hot. The moisture in the compost pile should at least help it compost making it ready for use in my beds this fall.

I've been doing a little work on some straw bales I began treating last fall for planting. I have swiss chard, a few onions, spinach, and cherry tomatoes planted in the straw bales and they all seem to be doing well.

I ran drip irrigation to my dwarf tomato containers so I want forget to water them in the mid summer heat. Everything is on a timer, so it should work pretty well. I'm really looking forward to tasting some of the tomato varieties from the new dwarf varieties. I've never eaten a white or green when ripe tomato, so it should be interesting.

I just like to keep it interesting. I'll post some more photos as things progress.

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Nothing today. It snowed. :evil:

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harvested radishes last night :) . been hardening off the tomatos for planting next week. planted basil, cilantro and rosemary last weekend.

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added Rosemary to my herb section, got some flowers to attract beneficial insects and put put the eggplants I have been hardening off.

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Well, I wanted to put out more onions, but I have to till my garden to do that and I got a lot of rain, so now I'm debating on whether or not that's such a good idea :?.
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garden5 wrote:Well, I wanted to put out more onions, but I have to till my garden to do that and I got a lot of rain, so now I'm debating on whether or not that's such a good idea :?.
I feel ya on that one!

I finally got soil in my new beds with a layer of free "compost" on top. I put that in quotes because they called it compost but was still hot with fresh manure. It was free...I cant complain. I tilled it in today and things were still wet. I REALLY need to get my onions, carrots and potatoes planted!

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Planted some tomatoes here...
[img]http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g338/brianillinois/3tom2.jpg[/img]

and here...
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Made a dozen combination veg/flower or herb/flower containers like this...
[img]http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g338/brianillinois/red2.jpg[/img]

and this...
[img]http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g338/brianillinois/ger.jpg[/img]

Made window containers for my shed like this...
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Brought some young tomatoes outdoors periodically, like these...
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and these...
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Planted these zucchini and cucumbers...
[img]http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g338/brianillinois/cuke.jpg[/img]

And stared for a while at this, my first-ever asparagus spear...
[img]http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g338/brianillinois/aspar.jpg[/img]

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I was able to get the tomatoes planted Wednesday. Also planted bush blue lake beans, crookneck squash , zucchini and a couple mammoth Jalapenos. I plan to get the cucumber and okra seed in the ground today along with some more zucchini and a variety of hot pepper plants I am going to purchase at our local Farmer's Exchange. I'll get some pics up soon.

Edit: Here is my first attempt at a pic. As you can see, lots more to be done.

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Started onions, leeks, cauliflower, broccoli, broccoflower, oregano, marjoram, cutting celery, red okra, ground cherry, tomatoes, eggplants, hot peppers, etc. from seeds in winter/early spring.

Early sown peas, favabeans, spinach, carrots, lettuce, parsnips, beets, Swiss chard, turnips, arugula, mustard greens, Red Russian Kale, etc. are all coming up.

Garlic planted last fall as well as self sowing lettuce, dill, cilantro/coriander, red and green shiso, etc. are growing....

Started my annual experimental mini rice paddy with Hmong Sticky rice seeds direct sown and backup seeds sown in a container (already starting to grow).

Planted 5 kinds of potatoes (2 more varieties plus some extras out of the pantry/last yrs varieties still waiting to go in the ground), almost ready to plant out the tomato plants. A few more weeks and the overwintered hot and sweet pepper plants can go outside as well as various seed-grown citrus trees, avocado trees, pomegranate trees, chestnut trees, and mango tree, as well as pineapple plants grown from pineapple tops, etc., etc....

Was out sowing two kinds of corn -- Double Red Sweet and Stowell's Evergreen -- and two kinds of onion seedlings from early Feb sowing -- Red Wethersfield and Sweet Yellow Spanish. one more corn variety -- Buhl -- needs to go in a bed that is still squishy and waiting to dry out on the other side of the house. One more mid Feb?/last sowing of onion seedlings as well as last of the 2 varieties of leek seedlings -- American Flag and French Carantain -- waiting to be planted. Sowed last row of snap peas.

Started two varieties of melons -- Jenny Linde and Rocky Ford -- as well as
Dills Atlantic Giant pumpkin as backup/early starter. All growing unexpectedly well. Planning to start peanuts next.

My earliest strawberries are all flowering so I fed them and cleaned up the bed (some have tiny green berries already) and harvested first handful of Purple Passion Asparagus. My apple trees are in full bloom.... I left some things out, but I think I'll stop now... :roll: :wink:

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Spring is here but the rain will not stop. Tornados and thunder storms just keep coming. My garden is under water so I am waiting. I wish my garden had a flush level like a toilet.

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Wow, it looks like many of you guys have your gardens well under way. It looks like Gumbo, much like myself, has his well under water.
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applestar,

That Rocky Ford watermelon is an old variety. Seems like I used to buy those from farmers and fill my truck with them and cantaloupes, and tomatoes for resale. That was when I was a kid. Thats how I know it is an old variety. It was a good variety though.

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Beating the heat in Florida

I really wanted bonus brownie points for pictures, but it is dark and I am tired. Well I know nobody wants to hear it from up north, but it has been unseasonably warm here - 80-90's most days. I have already harvested the last of my beans (rattlesnake and Fordhook) and have them all packed in the freezer. Even made dilly beans. I also have been picking alot of tomato's, peppers and cucumbers. I transplanted some smaller tomatos into larger pots this past weekend. I also foolishly planted corn - I know it will not go anywhere :lol: - kinda like a science experimint, my daughter insisted I try again. I did get this cool bean tower 8) and put it together - I love it, and got some more beans in the ground as quick as I could. Harvested all my broccoli, it was literally bolting so quick from the heat, same with my dill and last of the lettuce. I did manage with Jat Ul help to harvest some seed which I have never done and was so thrilled how nice that was. I already have eggplant growing, and lots of hot peppers - again thanks to the forum, I did not realize hot peppers took longer, so I am glad I got the patience bug on that one - I probably wouldhave ripped them out. I am for the most part, happy, butttttt the intense heat really scares me, as well as the lack of sunstantial rain, Afraid I will lose alot to it. I also have put tulle around all my tomatos and aluminum foil around all the bases of each tomato plant and so far I have had no worms at all. Keeping fingers crossed. I also started my Okra. Been busy! :D Hoping it warms up for you all, and I hope those horrible storms stop up there. I can't imagine how scary that is.
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Brian, thanks for showing asparagus coming up ! I have never seen that before. A container/patio gardener can only dream of having a real garden.
I love the vegetable/flower containers. I can relate to that.
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Avonnow wrote: . . . Re: Beating the heat in Florida . . .
I am not sure why anyone would not want to know that someone is harvesting garden vegetables, somewhere. I notice that Florida gardeners drop off the forums somewhat when the northern gardeners are struggling with difficult spring conditions. I'd like to hear about what the season might turn out to be for me and what it has turned out to be - for southern gardeners. Provides us with hopes and dreams there too!

(The gardeners in the Southwest are also dealing with a lack of rain. Mother Nature seems to be working at cross purposes to most of us.)

It must have rained a half inch here today and the Weather Service says that we might be looking at a half inch of snow in the morning. In the garden, I got snow, snap, and shell peas planted on Saturday but did both the garden and me a favor and stayed out of it today. Hopefully, I can move a little soil around on Wednesday.

Here's something for you to think about, Avonnow :wink: : My garden soil drains really quickly. That's because, it is built on glacial till.

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Placed a tarp on my non raised bed area to prevent soil saturation due to a never ending supply of rain.
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"What'd you do lately for your garden?"

Just watch it get snowed on.
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Hey Jal, I saw a forecast of snow that was set for higher elevations in Utah, I feel for you.
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1. harvested lettuce, carrots, chard, and radishes. I had to replant more radishes because they go fast.
2. hand pollinated my squash because the pollinators haven't arrived yet.
3. removed my Romaine lettuce because it had bolted. I replanted more carrots in the lettuce space.
4. trimmed all the branches from the lower parts of my tomato plants to prevent soil contact and resulting disease.
5. started training my cucumber plants up the trellis.
6. thinned some branches from the tomato plants in cages. It was simply to crowded in the cages.
7. carefully placed thinned and pulled vegetation in my compost bin to prevent damaging the new "muncher" (twenty cent pack) cucumber plants growing in the compost pile.

I have a lot of large tomatoes hanging on the vines, but I have been watching my cucumbers because I usually can harvest cucumbers about one week before I can harvest ripe tomatoes. I do have some early tomatoes which should be ripe in a few days.

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Went home during lunch and uppotted my Zucchini plants into bigger pots, with nice, fresh (non fertilized) soil mixed in with compost. Waiting around for mid-may so I can finally plant them!

Also checked on my onions and lettuces- with the temps in the 70s now, everything's sprouting like a mad man.

Also picked up some banana sweet peppers for planting, since I wanted to try an adventerous pepper plant this year!

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Starting to help my pea plants begin their journay on their trellis. And thinning my radishes.
Planted two Borage plants in the garden.
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With all the rain my water table is 3"-5" below the surface of the area I have planned for my new corn patch, so I was turning sod and digging yet another drainage trench today.

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watching the beans and squash sprout.

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I added some compost & watered, kind of been an ongoing story here in my neck of the DFW area. It seems like every neighborhood but mine gets nice rains, and I come home from work to see that it has passed by my street again. Drives me crazy but it gives me something to do out there. I'm scared to see my water bill though... :shock:

I need to get my compost pile up to par with greens, my brown to green ratio is about 100:1 right now since we're coming off winter and I've only mowed once. I did find about 18 inches of really nice compost today though, I was super happy about that. :D

My neighbor gave me some hearty plants to put around my house where I need something - right now it's bare dirt and I need something green! If I could get my dog to quit digging them up, I'm sure they would do great. I guess we'll test the heartiness for real.
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Terrible cell phone pic showing a little bit of the veggie garden being planted.

I'm already dreaming about some fried green tomatoes and salsa verde! I also noticed the mint in a pot on my porch is starting to grow pretty well so it won't be long before I'll be enjoying mojitos on the deck after weeding the garden each night. Exciting times!
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Handsomeryan wrote:[img]http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/garden2.jpg[/img]

Terrible cell phone pic showing a little bit of the veggie garden being planted.

I'm already dreaming about some fried green tomatoes and salsa verde! I also noticed the mint in a pot on my porch is starting to grow pretty well so it won't be long before I'll be enjoying mojitos on the deck after weeding the garden each night. Exciting times!

I made a few gallons worth of salsa verde last fall that was put up in quart and pint jars. Not by design, but more of a necessity since we had a few days of below freezing weather and my tomato plants bit the dust. I picked 7 gallons of green tomatoes, fried a few, bread and butter pickled some and made salsa verde out of the rest.

Not much on mojitos but I do like to use several leaves of my mint when brewing a gallon of iced tea. My daughter thinks that is the best stuff she's ever drank.

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I need to get some pictures today and post them on here, you guys are really putting some good information out there!

Also, I'm going to have to search for some recipe's because I'm thinking I'll have a lot of excess fruit and vegetables this year so I'll need some good canning/pickling/freezing tips. My goal is to be eating from my garden all through the winter this year.

Luckily in Texas we have enough summer to have two good crops.
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