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« on: February 20, 2012 06:27:25 PM »

What are your plans for your garden in 2012?

I've just planted the sugar snap peas in the containers on my porch.  I also seeded a couple containers with lettuce seeds.  With any luck, I'll have starts quite soon.  I hope it's not too cold ... but it's been nice and I've got some lids for the containers for when it gets below freezing (as, of course, it has tonight.)

In a couple weeks, I'll start my blue lake bush and golden wax beans, my basil, cilantro, and parsley, and my tomato and zucchini indoors.  I'll try to transplant those end of April/beginning of May unless it gets really nice out earlier (which with this winter, who knows!)

And I'm going to try to do a fall crop of more peas and lettuce and perhaps some kale.  We'll see how it goes!


What will your gardens look like this year?
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2012 01:28:53 AM »

In a couple of weeks I'm going to be really busy.

I've already got some broad beans in the ground, I plan on planting a container full of lettuce (it lasted us from April til July last year!). Also we're going to plant runner and french beans, sweetcorn, beetroot, turnips, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, chillis, potatoes, parsnips and carrots.

I'll also be creating a herb bed this year too.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2012 04:57:34 AM »

I've been starting seeds every two weeks already.  I'll need to pot up tomatoes this week, then need to find a place to put them.  All of the seeds we ordered are here.  We're going to try a few new kinds of pumpkins this year.  With this crazy weather, I want to go plant stuff already!
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2012 05:22:40 AM »

Antidigger - your plan sounds great!  How big is your container of lettuce?

MW - I think I'll see how my lettuce grows and then follow your lead and start some more in a couple weeks, too!  And I totally get you.  It's going to be near 70 this week, which makes me just want to start my summer crops, too!
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2012 03:53:10 PM »

Not really that big. About 2 feet long and 10" wide, but it's one of those self watering ones. I put 2 rows of cut and come again in, fed it well, and hid it from the slugs. I suspect it did so well because the slugs couldn't find it.
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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012 08:41:44 AM »

I haven't ever used the self-watering ones.  Did you buy it or make it?
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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2012 03:56:14 PM »

I bought it I confess Embarrassed. Although I did adjust it a little (the funnel tubing was useless so I used a fizzy pop bottle instead). They are brilliant: perfect for when I'm away all weekend during a heatwave!
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2012 06:38:47 AM »

I have gotten a plot at the community gardens, but it is a plot that has been untended for some years and is heavily shaded on one side. Since it is 40x40', there is still enough area with part sun that hopefully some things will grow there. Some large trees (some dead, some alive) need to be cut out of one corner before I can start cleaning up the rest of the plot. Yesterday we cut down some of the trees, but the remaining trees are too big to do without a bunch of people and a chain saw.

I am hoping to put in some raspberries and blackberries, a dwarf cherry tree (there are no restrictions on planting trees or cane fruit), a leek bed, some rhubarb and artichokes, and then several beds of dye plants.  On the shady side I will put in a compost heap and an area of native full shade plants, like ferns, mayapples, and jack in the pulpit.
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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2012 07:50:24 AM »

Oooh, that sounds fabulous, ptarmic wumpus!  I'm jealous of your berries!  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2012 09:13:01 AM »

Jack in the Pulpit is one of my favorites. 
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