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Alright, I decided to give it a shot at one of these garden threads.

I'm in zone 5 with average frost (depending on what site you look at) between April 30 and May 31.

One of the things I am going to be doing for my own records is keeping track of how long it takes to grow something, from the seed planting date, transplanting date, first harvest date, and last harvest date.

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Plants started:

Rhubarb
Victoria: Planted 02/15 inside. First seedlings 02/20
Onion
Ailsa Craig: Planted 02/16 inside. First seedlings 02/20
Weathersfield Red: Planted 02/16 inside.
Cabbage
Golden Acre: Planted 02/18 inside.
Mammoth Red Rock: Planted 02/16 inside.
Broccoli
Early Green: Planted 02/18 inside. First seedlings: 02/20
Calabrese: Planted 02/18 inside.
Cauliflower
Snowball X: Planted 02/18 inside.
Tomatoes
Several kinds: Planted 03/02 inside.
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dealfinder 500 glad to see you are starting your own garden site. I appreciate your imput on my gardening and other things on my site and look forward to the opportunity to post on your site.

This year is the first year that I have been serious about starting a garden journal. Hope to be able to use it as a referance in the future.
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Just started mine too.
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dealfinder 500 glad to see you are starting your own garden site. I appreciate your imput on my gardening and other things on my site and look forward to the opportunity to post on your site.

This year is the first year that I have been serious about starting a garden journal. Hope to be able to use it as a referance in the future.
Well, thanks! I always enjoy reading your thread. Every year I garden I always start out meaning to keep a garden journal. This year I'm going to stick to it! Earlier this week I got up real early one morning and couldn't go back to sleep, so I started working on my garden plan. I took an excel spreadsheet and, using each "box" as 1'x1', I planned out my rows and where I will plant what. I made a little calculator where I just input how many inches they recommend to space the plants out, and then how long my row is, and it tells me how many plants I need for that row.

This year I'm using Pro Mix as my seed starting medium. It's mostly peat moss with perlite and vermiculite, and it's supposed to contain some beneficial bacteria, glomus intraradices. I got 3.8cu feet of it, which weighs over 60lbs. I got a large tote to put it in, and I filled the tote and had enough left for about 1/2 another tote!

I learned last year that when using these soil-less growing mediums, you have to make sure that you get it moist first, and keep an eye on them because they can dry out quick.
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When it gets lighter out I will go take some pictures of the garden. Right now the chickens have the run of it. I finally finished their new coop in December. I need to put up another fence so that they have their own run, which I'll do in another month when it's a little warmer.

One of the things that has helped me a ton with my garden is working on the soil. This year will be my fourth year with the garden and I have dumped countless bags of leaves, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc., into it. I don't usually buy fertilizers for it. I just keep adding organic material to it. When there's nothing growing, if I get milk that starts to sour I just pour that all over the garden to add calcium. My chickens make a lot of fertilizer for me - that's one of the reasons they have the run of the garden now. They poop all over it, shred my leaves, and hopefully they will get any weeds that start to sprout.In the fall and the winter the chicken bedding goes right out to the garden. In the spring and summer it goes into the compost pile.

Two years ago someone enlightened me to the use of newspapers as mulch. By the end of the season they have pretty much disintegrated, adding more organic material to the soil. There are several people that save their newspapers for me, and a small private school that lets me raid their cardboard dumpster.

I have found that doing those things have really improved my soil. Just yesterday I dug a very small hole about 1' deep. There were HUGE earthworms in there. That's the sign of some good dirt!
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Yay! Always good to see another garden threader joining us
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Started brassica's this morning:

Two varieties of cabbage, two varieties of broccoli, and cauliflower.
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Here are some pictures.

Right now the garden is the chicken pen. I'm going to put up a new fence for them right next to the garden.

All the boxes are full of newspaper. I will use this as mulch between my rows.

Here are three of my apple trees. I planted these last year. I put tires around them to both help me remember where they are and to protect them from voles.


Edit: The site's not letting me upload the pictures, so I'll have to try again later.
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I use newspaper when I build a new huggle row. We have so many free news papers in our area. So just before the next printing comes out I will get quit a few free papers to work into my garden.

I hit the stores for cardboard too. But I don't do that as much as I use to.
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Pictures:

The first three show you the layout of the garden. It's currently the chicken pen.
The 4th picture is of some of my apple trees. I put tires around them so that I can easily find them and to keep the voles away.
The last picture is of my pile of newspapers that I will use as mulch in the rows, along with Mr. Rooster and one of the guineas.
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I got seedlings!!!

There were 4 rhubarb seedlings and maybe 12 of the early green broccoli. That's impressive for the broccoli - I only planted it two days ago!
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Awesome!

Btw: You seem to have a great view. I am slightly jealous haha.
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Seedlings of every variety have come up. The broccoli are doing great, some of them are over 2 inches! About 1/2 of the rhubarb have come up. The cauliflower is lagging, with maybe 4 out of 12 plants coming up.

One of the onions has about 20 seedlings poking up, the other kind has only 3 or 4.

I've taken the plastic covers off of them all now.
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My younger cousin came over today after church and we worked on a redneck seed starting setup. I'll admit, it's not the fanciest, but it works.
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My younger cousin came over today after church and we worked on a redneck seed starting setup. I'll admit, it's not the fanciest, but it works.
Well, that's all I do, and I keep the light as close as I can. Looks just fine.
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Boy dose your set up look great.

I am definately looking foreward to your future posts.
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My seedlings seem to be doing well. Especially the broccoli and the rhubarb.

My cousin spent the night last night and was over all day today. So we started tomato plants.

18 Rutger's
12 Hawaiian Pineapple (I tried these last year and they were really neat)
12 Purple Prince
12 Hillbilly
12 Sungold


I still have some more kinds I plan on planting shortly.
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It's beautiful out today! A little over 50 is what the thermometer reads! But there's still some snow and ice here and there :-( It's supposed to get back down in the 20's at the end of next week.

The rhubarb and most of the brassicas are about ready to be transplanted into larger containers. I am going to use foam cups because they are cheap (1 or 2 cents) and you can easily write on them. I'll do the transplanting either tomorrow or next weekend - whenever my younger cousin ends up coming over again. He'll enjoy doing that with me.

Planting time will be here before I know it, so I've got to start making some headway on the chicken fence. I decided to do it in a larger area that goes a bit into the trees - previously I had thought that that would allow something to climb up the other trees and move to the branches of one of the fenced in trees, and then into the run... but realistically, if something is going to do that to get in, then it's not like a 4-foot fence is going to stop it - it can probably climb the fence just as easy as the tree.

So I'll need to get at least two more rolls of fencing. A strong teen at church is going to come help me put the fence posts in (this is making me feel old!), probably in another week or two once the ground has warmed some.

I got a 3lb bag of kennebec seed potatoes. I discovered my 50lb bag of red potatoes that I got last fall at a farmers market have started to go soft and sprout, so I'll use those for my red potatoes. I also picked up a thing of elephant garlic and some asparagus crowns. I'm still looking for horseradish. I planted one last year but believe it or not I think I killed it! Or it may have already been dead when I got it.

My chickens had a nice surprise today. Yesterday a guy from work calls me (I was sick the past two days, so I hadn't been there) and tells me that he put a huge trash bag of hot dog buns on my desk. They had a hot dog lunch to raise money for a charity, and I guess they were going to throw out all the leftover buns (not sure why someone just didn't take them home?) and he said he grabbed them for me. I rewarded him today with a jar of my pickles that he loves so much! No good deed goes unrewarded! I'll bet you there were nearly 100 buns. And now a lot more people at work know I have chickens and I had several more ask me for eggs! I guess my egg business is going to pick up! I'm already thinking about trying to hatch out my own chicks this spring. I don't really make anything on the eggs, but if I can get it to pay for my feed costs I'll be happy.
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