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4:27 PM 2/24/2018

Today I added compost from the compost pile to one raised bed and planted green peas (60 days to harvest), a row of radishes (22 days to harvest), and carrots (68 days to harvest). I'm going to have to treat one of the raised beds for ants before I plant anything. I flooded it out a while back but I think the ants can tread water because it doesn't seem to have phased them. I've also tried grits and Borax.

We got the material to make another raised bed and I think I'll try potatoes in it this year instead of in the buckets.

Dug up an August Beauty Gardenia and planted it somewhere else.

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Wow, so I have been thinking about planting a few things this year, tomatoes', peppers maybe some cantaloupe and/or watermelon. Oh and cucumbers...THINKING about it, but man o man, I must be way behind cause you already have things in the ground. It has been like 25 years since i last tried veggie gardening, so maybe I should do some research on this.

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Mary keep thinking. There is time for us yet--We all plant according to our zones. Bestofour is in a warmer climate than say you and I.
I am literally in between zone 6a & zone 6b. if I had to pick I would pick 6a.

I have planted potatoes on March 17th, and done so in shorts....but I have also waited until April.

I plant my flowers after or around Mother's Day...but at least after May 5th. (of course a number of bulbs are planted in the fall & so do not count in that comment)

Yes do some research on it...things like spinach/lettuce/green onions/radishes are cool weather crops & are planted early. directions are often on the back of seed packets or on the internet. Plants like tomatoes/green peppers/cucumbers can be planted after all danger of frost is past. That way you can avoid having to cover them when a frost is predicted.


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Thanks for the advice. I think i will look at the internet and see what is planted in my zone and when. I want to try it but I don't want to kill myself doing it. I also might need to think of a way to keep squirrels out of things. Deer can't get to it because I will plant inside a privacy fence, but the squirrels could have a hay day. Not sure if they would, but not sure if they wouldn't.

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That's right Mary. Green peas, carrots, and leafy greens can be planted here early. Not so sure about the radishes but if they don't make it I'll just throw out more radish seeds. I won't plant anything else til sometime in May.

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The raised bed is still NOT put together and I'm sick of mentioning it. I also don't have straw bales yet. Over the years I've said a million times I want a pick up truck but I've never gotten one. I think that's about to happen and then I'll pick up my own stuff. I'm sick to death of dealing with a man. If the rain ever stops, which isn't looking good at this point, I'm going to put my raised bed together myself even if I have to go to Lowe's and buy my own tools.

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And that is why I have learned to do most everything for myself. I hope it goes well Sheri.


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I will have to adopt that philosophy, Sunny. U am sure I have said but I will not be gardening this year---next year I will try in the red clay soil of Missouri.

Sheri, can you hire out the things you want done. I could not but since you work/worked, you should be able to use your own money to do that, right?


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Great idea Junie.


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I do hire things out a lot, which was my plan about this raised bed, but Johnny said more than once that he'd do it. I should have known better because he is working his plumbing job and doing a lot at the church. The person who was doing some work for me is using drugs again and I'm sort of afraid of having him here. He's never stolen anything or hurt anybody but I have a strange feeling about him lately so I'm being cautious. It's something I should be able to do myself if the board lengths are correct.

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Originally Posted by Bestofour
The person who was doing some work for me is using drugs again and I'm sort of afraid of having him here. He's never stolen anything or hurt anybody but I have a strange feeling about him lately so I'm being cautious


I'd be cautious as well....drug use has taken over everywhere it seems. Here they'd steal anything to sell for a pill.


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Johnny brought home some new pallets and straw bales for the squash. Still no raised bed. If it"s nice weather wise I"ll work on it myself tomorrow.

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I'm dizzy today so I won't be building anything.

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Bestofour #398720 Apr 4th, 2018 at 12:42 PM
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Blood Pressure issues ?


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Not blood pressure. I think sinus issues.

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sorry for that but at least the sinus issues will go away...eventually.


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Well drug boy called Johnny again and Johnny told him to be here today between 9 and 10. Johnny told me to give him something to do that he couldn't mess up. Right. Johnny called him at 10 and he said he over slept and that it wouldn't take him long to get here. Johnny told him I had to be somewhere around 1. He called twice saying he was 15 minutes away. Liar lair pants on fire. I was getting ready to leave when he showed up. I took him out to the flag pole and told him to "get the shovel and turn the dirt over around the pole and add in the 2 bags of soil because I am planning on planting sunflower seeds there. (I took him to the soil and showed him) Below is what I came home too. He was gone and I just happened to walk out there. He had dug a trench 2 feet deep and poured the bags of dirt in the trench. The dug out dirt was thrown all over the place. These pictures are after I started filling the trench back up because I thought it was going to rain. I put the shovel against the pole to give a visual aid to the depth. If the flag pole hadn't been cemented in it would have fallen over.

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Oh, Sheri, that is sad.


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Oh my, I am SO very sorry.....he is NOT coming back, right????


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I hope not but if I know Johnny he will be. But I won't be asking him to help me. Johnny will have to give him some type of job and then redo it himself. I'm so glad I put what dirt I could find back in that hole because it's rained all day today and what he didn't throw all over the place would have been dried mud.

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Gracious ! I am so sorry. I do like your plan though, I must say.


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Time to fire his lazy butt...I can't imagine leaving such a mess.

Is there no one that you can hire through your church? There must be a reliable girl or boy that they could recommend. flwr


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I totally agree Sunny. I'm definitely out.

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Originally Posted by Bestofour
I totally agree Sunny. I'm definitely out.


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Mr. Rape has shown back up and is going to build the raised bed. I love him.

Johnny put dirt around the ditch and if the wind will ever die down I will put out the sunflower seeds.

I started Cherokee purple tomatoes in the little green house. I will direct sow squash and cukes.

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I am definitely going to miss homegrown tomatoes this year. Do you put your Cherokee Purple tomatoes directly into the ground or do you use bales or pots??? I love the taste, but I have trouble growing them.

YAY for Mr. Rape !! and yay for new raised beds !!


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I start tomatoes from seed because it takes too long for them to get to a decent size once it"s warm enough to put a seed in the ground. It"s my favorite tomato.

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I like the flavor but I have a hard time successfully growing them. I always start with a plant.


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Maybe when you move you can try with seeds again cuz I have plenty to send you.

Today I set up the straw bales and started the fertilization process and set up the drip hoses.

I don"t know how to write in between the pictures but one is of Mr. Rape. He was playing with his bluegrass group at a festival today and we went.

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Very cool, Sheri!


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yes very cool..but which one is Mr Rape?

If I move soon enough to start seeds, I will take you up on that offer, Sheri.


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