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Old 04-02-2013, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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April 2, 2013. Cold Blustery day in the 40s with wind making it feel like low 30s.

Potatoes went in. I am forgeting about corn this year since I dont have room and it didnt do well in that spot. I used both Front yard garden beds for Potatoes. LOL Hoping for lots of Potatoes. I did a soil test and it came back PH of 7.5. I added some firewood ash to lower the PH a little.




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Old 04-02-2013, 04:35 PM
 
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Roof view of Backyard garden from 2 weeks ago.
I wish I had an extra time lapse camera I can capture each day with.

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Old 04-04-2013, 05:38 AM
 
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Onions are in even though we have NW blustery winds again April 3rd with Highs only in the 40s and night time into upper 20s.

The place I usually get free compost from says the town wont be giving it out until the temperature is right. So I haven't added anything into the soil yet.

might be a short growing season this year if this pattern keeps up.


Sandy, Cement soil that compacts easily is VERY challenging
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:35 AM
 
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Good video I came across posting here for reminder and info for you all on soil type.


How to determine your soil type - Armstrong Garden Centers - YouTube
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:25 PM
 
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Nice. You folks in CT are quite a bit ahead of us poor slobs in Northern MA and Southern NH. It is sooooooo cold here still.

I only have a tiny bit of space to garden in now so I'm kind of jealous but I will do what I can with what little I have. We have the sandy soil too. Near the ocean. So far I've been out pulling up the grass that always comes up first. If it warms up I'll get out there with a trowel and really dig it out and then rake it all smooth. I should have started tomatoes inside by now but with this past winter and all the blizzards and no spring in sight, I can't get motivated.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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So yesterday I made a trip to the farm again. Free Horse Manure! Aged. I threw some on the garden be and tilled it. I figure it's still a month+ before I plant anything in there yet.

Thats one big mound!




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Old 04-25-2013, 04:31 PM
 
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Time to update a bit. Having a dry cool month here.

Very bummed about my seds not germinating well this year. 3 times I had % germination rate. Mostly all under 30%. I planted 72 seeds and only 30 come up.

Anyway - Here's the tomatoe plants inside waiting for some warm weather.




Hot & Bell Peppers

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Old 05-04-2013, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Well... here we are May 4th.

Since March 20th only 1.24" of rain has fallen. (45 days)
Since March 1st only 3.62" has fallen. We should of had over 8 inches by now!

3rd Driest April on record. Doesnt really affect anything other than the Onions, lettuce and herbs in the ground and pots outside. Temps have been perfet Spring like. 50s/60s during the day and 30s/40s at night. So we still have cold days/nights at times.

Added Bone meal to both back Beds
Planted my Kale, Spinach, Beats and String Beans on 5.1.13


Hardening of process started now.

Tomatoes:


Cucumbers & Collards:



Roof View of Backyard Beds.



Potatoes in front bed
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:48 AM
 
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Wow, this is coming along so great!!! And I have to say, I love your yard a lot more than the one behind you with just a big swimming pool!
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:46 AM
 
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Wow, this is coming along so great!!! And I have to say, I love your yard a lot more than the one behind you with just a big swimming pool!

Haha. Thanks! I appreciate that. Me too! in fact there was a big debate between getting a pool and having a garden... The garden keeps winning each year and getting bigger by the foot. LOL

Do you see the white fence that came down on the other side? Well the woman that owns that house with the pool owns the fence. She doesnt have money to put up a new fence after each hurricane knocked it down. Legally she needs to since she has the pool. I made a joke, I have to have a fence around my garden to keep the animals out, she has to have a fence around her pool to keep the kids out. LOL
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