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Old 03-01-2016, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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How big is your garden area? Sounds nice, but also a lot of work. You must be young with lots of energy
I'm only young compared to Methuselah, LOL but I do have lots of energy. I'm excited about food! It is in my best interest to stay healthy, so I do lift weights and try to stay fit, but honestly that was not work! My garden is about 24' x 24'. About 2/3 is raised beds and the other are paths. The raised beds make it easy because there is no tilling.

Since I discovered cold-hardy vegetables it has gotten way easier. The pea supports are bamboo poles and clothesline so they were not hard to put up...(which reminds me I'm going to have to dig a post for my real clothesline UGH).

The real work is the rest of my yard. I'm getting tons of seedlings this year again from the DNR. I'm attempting to reclaim my abused land from the junk dumped on it and invasives. This involves TONS of work, digging holes, removing rocks, amending soil, carting debris away and removing unwanted plants. The veggie garden is a cake-walk in comparison to that. Plus, God willing, it will produce lots of food.
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Old 03-06-2016, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Covington County, Alabama
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Almost time to get the okra and squash planted. Antsy.
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Old 03-07-2016, 04:37 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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Almost time to get the okra and squash planted. Antsy.

I bought okra seed yesterday and planted several tomato plants; gardening in SWFL is a bit strange for this man from the NEast. I pulled some of the last carrots yesterday and some turnips to begin to switch the garden over from my winter to my summer garden.
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Old 03-07-2016, 06:33 AM
 
Location: S.E. US
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Y'all are inspiring me to reclaim my garden. I was going to give up. Last year I sowed a part of it with flowers that butterflies/bees love, and let it grow with abandon. I enjoyed that and so did they.

There's a lot of 'abandon' there now. Will have to clean it up and put in some veggies again.
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Old 03-08-2016, 01:57 AM
 
Location: Covington County, Alabama
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Okra seed coming the 16th. 300 3 gallon pots going in. No nematodes in potting soil. Did well last year. Squash in 5 gallon buckets from Lowes. I freeze the okra seed over night and they germinate almost in a day. Better than soaking in warm water.
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Old 03-08-2016, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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Okra seed coming the 16th. 300 3 gallon pots going in. No nematodes in potting soil. Did well last year. Squash in 5 gallon buckets from Lowes. I freeze the okra seed over night and they germinate almost in a day. Better than soaking in warm water.
Thanks for the tip about freezing the okra seed.....does it work for other seeds that are slow to germinate? That sure beats the advice to cut a notch in the seed to hasten germination.
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Covington County, Alabama
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Bean and Pea (cow pea) seeds can be soaked to hasten germination but not really necessary. Never done any others. Soaking the beans and peas is more tricky than soaking okra. I did both last year and the freezing was a tad bit faster.
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Old 03-10-2016, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I did not start seeds this year, but I happily scored some tarragon seeds today at Lowe's, so I'll get that going ASAP. Tarragon never seems to be available in the plants.
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Old 03-10-2016, 05:20 PM
 
Location: New York
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Got two 8lb bags of potting soil for $0.50 the other day, they were discounted because the bags were busted open. I should've got more, but I didn't think I'd need them.

Cilantro finally sprouted, and Basil already getting some black spots.
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Old 03-11-2016, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Got two 8lb bags of potting soil for $0.50 the other day, they were discounted because the bags were busted open. I should've got more, but I didn't think I'd need them.

Cilantro finally sprouted, and Basil already getting some black spots.
Home Depot will discount any bags of mulch or soil that have broken open. It could even be 50%.
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