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I said I wasn’t going to garden again but I can’t stand not too so here goes.




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For some reason I couldn’t add an explanation to the pictures in the post with the pictures.


The first is where I’ll plant cucumbers. The straw bales are for squash and the raised bed for tomatoes. There’s another raised bed not shown for okra. Everything is minimized since it’s just me.




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I think first you write up a post then you can add a photo..but not real sure !..try doing it like that next time..but the way you did it works just fine too, Sheri !


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That's it...after seeing those pictures I am moving in with Bestofour. haha


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Originally Posted by Sunflowers
That's it...after seeing those pictures I am moving in with Bestofour. haha

What would you do with all your time that you’d save from not having to shovel snow?




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My whole yard would be a garden. lol


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I started seeds indoors today; squash, cucumbers, okra, and put some carrot seeds in the window boxes. I think I'll start some tomato seeds tomorrow.




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Sheri, you are making me hungry for fresh veggies.I

I am envious of you. It will be quite awhile before I get to start any veggies...such as it will be.....However, my SIL has begun some onions for me in his garden though. I cannot wait !


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What kind of carrots do you grow in window boxes??


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Carrots in a window box! Never thought of that. That's one way to keep the soil light.

The kids and I planted some seeds last week (melons, peppers, cucamelons, cucumbers) Today I noticed all the cucumbers are up and 1 pot of cucamelons. It looks like one melon is starting to push its way up too. I love starting seeds, so much potential.

My Hubby got me a greenhouse (plastic covered - 4 x 5 ft) several months ago for my birthday, so we got it set up last weekend. Now we just need the weather to stop dropping below 0C. Not sure when it's safe to put some stuff out there. It just has my potato bags in it, hoping to thaw out the soil.


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Sunny I’m not sure what the name of the carrots is. They’re regular size and orange. I’d like to grow some colored ones but can’t find seeds. The carrot tops add a lot to the flower boxes.

Good for you on the greenhouse Shani.




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I didn't think that carrots would grow well in bagged soil, I think that might be a nice idea to add some to the grands flower pots. Thanks for the idea.


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They grow fine in potting soil. I've grown them in straw bales without soil. They're very crisp coming from the straw bales.




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Good to know, Sheri...thanks !


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I might try some straw gardening this year, we have the extra straw here since we sold our cattle. We used to use it for bedding.

The kids have grown Thumbelina carrots in pots before. They are just an inch long though.


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Sunny, if you do so, let us know how yours works for you.


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I have a friend in Indiana who digs a very shallow trench, maybe 1/4 in deep, plants seed potatoes, covers with the left dirt, but then continues to cover with straw when the plants start growing. Gets lots of potatoes this way and it isn't as much work as trying to cover with dirt.




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Originally Posted by Bestofour
I have a friend in Indiana who digs a very shallow trench, maybe 1/4 in deep, plants seed potatoes, covers with the left dirt, but then continues to cover with straw when the plants start growing. Gets lots of potatoes this way and it isn't as much work as trying to cover with dirt.

Sounds very interesting, Sheri !


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Originally Posted by Bestofour
I have a friend in Indiana who digs a very shallow trench, maybe 1/4 in deep, plants seed potatoes, covers with the left dirt, but then continues to cover with straw when the plants start growing. Gets lots of potatoes this way and it isn't as much work as trying to cover with dirt.
That's a Ruth Stout garden. I watched a documentary on Youtube about her. She grew her whole garden this way, it was amazing. I plan to try that this year now that we have some left over straw.


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I'll see if I can find her on YouTube.




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Thanks Sunny. Great video.




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I started some squash and cucumber seeds in cups March 30th and left them on the kitchen counter in a pan of water. When I came home today I found that the cukes germinated and grew almost 2 inches. The squash haven't done a thing yet. It's too cold to put these cucumbers outside.




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Sounds like you are moving right along, Sheri. Do not worry..one day you will wake up and all of this cold weather will be gone.


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Planted potatoes.




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Great. What kind?


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Yukon gold are nice potatoes. Good for you, Sheri.


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MMMmmm, they make the best french fries.


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In the past I’ve planted red also but not this year. I’m not sure if all the work is worth it for just me.

Planted sunflower seeds today.




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You have to eat too, Sheri. If you have a cool place to keep the potatoes at, keep them in boxes, single layered, not touching, they could keep until well after the new year.

PS I used to keep mine in bread totes like a bread truck uses, or in cardboard boxes that I layered with newspaper...
Did I mention I put them in boxes in divided by be size ,? 'cause I did.


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I weeded the daylilies again!!! Where do the weeds come from???!!! Repotted a cone flower, got weeds out of one of the raised beds. Getting ready to plant vegetables this weekend.




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If only our plants grew like the weeds. lol


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Today I planted tomatoes, cucumbers, some okra but I'll plant a few more seeds, and squash. Also put up a barricade to keep the deer from eating my sunflowers. Hope it works.




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Sounds great. I bought my seeds....that will have to be my share for awhile. lol


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I bought some scarlet bean seeds today and basil seeds.




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Oh..would you please keep us informed about the scarlet beans ?


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Scarlet beans are so pretty when they bloom but I find the beans have to be picked very small to taste the best.


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Thanks Sunny. I’ve never grown them so I had no idea. Do they get tough if left on the vine too long?




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Yes, they get tough and stringy very quickly....but they are the most beautiful bloom in the vegetable garden. You'll be amazed at how bright and pretty the blooms are in 'real life'. You can also leave them to get the bean seeds inside for eating(I have cooked them is stir fry's)...they have a 'nutty' flavor I find.


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