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Getting your garden ready for the spring
« on: February 12, 2017, 08:57:51 AM »
How is this going for everyone? I am behind right now and had a bad outbreak of poison something or another while cleaning up a long a fence row. I am also in the middle of a major fence expansion to expand my garden

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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2017, 12:01:58 PM »
I went outside and looked at stuff yesterday.  That was the extent of my 'getting ready for spring'.   In a couple of weeks, I'll turn the soil in the raised beds to mix in the compost and leaves.   Then plant a few rows of radishes, kale and arugula.   Then loads of peas.    But that's all 'plan' and not action right now.
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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2017, 12:08:57 PM »
I have mulched and weeded my blueberries and to an extend in my blackberries. I have built my first raised bed for herbs and flowering perennials. I will hopefully build some more this week and I am going to order in some strawberry plants. I also have half my garden cleared and ready to be tilled but I have hired someone to get it ready. I will take over once it is time to till and mulch. I am to far behind but working. We have things blooming out this year, the year without winter. 

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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2017, 09:59:13 PM »
Weve tilled up and starting to have our high fence built around our garden tomorrow.  $2900 quote for a dang high fence!  100ft X 60ft.  Gotta keep the deer off..  we got flats of tomatoes, chili peguin, squash, and jalrpenos in..  about 96 plants of each i think...

Got in seeds today for carrots, corn, and a hand full of other jazz.  I gotta get the potatoe garden going too, red potatoes, and sweet taters.  Cant find onions yet.

So we are about to go nuts planting for a few weekends soon.

Gotta order a bunch of star jasmen to plant around the high fence to grow up in it all real thick, thata take two years to get them going real good..

My wifes a horticulture specialist...  we tend to go overboard.  But then she cans everything and makes sauces and all.... a years worth...

Just talked about getting blackberries to get vines started too

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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2017, 01:11:50 PM »
My wife's garden if full of winter leaf plants and herbs. Cabbage, Lettuce, Broccoli, Basil and a few others that I cannot remember. Most of it is close to or has been harvested. Almost time to clear and plant her spring garden.
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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2017, 02:42:35 PM »
You guys in the south are killing me with your garden stories.  I'm SO ready for spring.   

That said,  I heard some sandhill cranes go over today - about a month early.   Also some red-wing blackbirds and meadowlarks have been singing.   6-8 weeks early.   

Got lots of sap running out of the trees today.   Hopefully we'll get a great run this week.
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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2017, 07:28:20 PM »
Ill have to try to post pics when we get our garden fence built this week.  Just bought materials today..

Roll of 8 ft wire 330 ft $455.55
Pipe - $740
100 bags of concrete - $400
Gate hinges - $12

Still lacking a gate...  havent found one yet.
Gotta buy a bunch of star jasmin now too to get it planted asap

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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2017, 01:17:38 AM »
Sniper back a few years ago I was having trouble with deer, a fellow to me this and it worked,  beat up a couple of eggs add a cup or two of Dawn dishwashing liquid in a two gal garden sprayer and fill with water, shake good and spray.  If it rains you will need to repeat and I sprayed every couple of weeks anyway.  You spray the grass, bushes and so forth around your garden.        I have used electric fence also, one strand about 18 inches and another around 36 inches from the ground.  When a deer gets into it sometimes they will tare the wire down for a few post.

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I haven't decided which place I am going to plant this year, may do a couple.  If I get some new ground ready, and can find some non GMO soy bean seeds I might plant some for a food plat for deer for this fall.  Our deer season 2016-17 ends Wednesday  the 15.  Will open again in Oct.

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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2017, 07:30:31 AM »
I will post a pic o my fence when it is done. My Asparagus should be breaking ground any day now. Left over from my all garden are collards and cabbage. My blueberries are bloomed out and some of my blackberries are starting to put out also.

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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2017, 03:42:35 PM »
I've been playing with my tractor and garden tiller. Man those tillers sure make the ground look good. I planted some more sugar cane a week or so ago. I'm putting my white dutch clover in the ground this evening. In a couple of weeks I'll be planting, burdock, curly dock, lobelia, maybe some more plantain, Echinacea, Queen Ann's lace, and some more good medicinal herbs. Plus I have a ton of tree seeds I want to attempt to get started.
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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2017, 10:46:54 AM »
What kind of tree seeds? I am thinking of putting in a couple Dunstan Chestnuts, a Sugar Maple, Mulberry, and maybe a couple more blueberry bushes a long with some herbs and flowering perennials in my expansion.

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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2017, 04:09:46 PM »
Tulip Popular, sugar maple, Chinese umbrella, walnut, white oak, and white pine.
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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2017, 05:03:33 PM »
Tulip Popular, sugar maple, Chinese umbrella, walnut, white oak, and white pine.

Are those good bee trees or just trees you like?

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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2017, 08:18:00 AM »
The first three are for the bees, the last three are more medicinal to me than for bees.
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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2017, 09:10:39 AM »
I will be for sure planting some of those trees. The expansion is going to be all fruit, nut, and bee friendly species with some flowers mixed in. I am adding grapes and strawberries for sure as I have already bought them. 

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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2017, 05:09:42 PM »
Fence is almost done and just put my first grape in the ground. I am so ready for this growing season.  Do bees like grapes?

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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2017, 12:40:29 AM »
I have some tomato plants I may set out next week.  They are about two feet or better high and have several blooms.  Getting time maybe to put them in the ground.

Good luck to you all with your gardens


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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2017, 08:17:00 AM »
bw, I've always heard the bees would work them but I've never saw it first hand.
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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2017, 12:59:50 PM »
Our high fence around our garden is coming along, they are welding up braces and painting it all today.  Then next week stretching the wire.  My wife is chomping at the bits to get to planting.

She just bought her a hand push seed planter to plant rows

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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2017, 01:24:29 PM »
Spring time is my favorite time of the year for this reason. Now besides food I worry about planting things for bees. I worry about those bees just like I do about my pets pretty much.

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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2017, 05:43:47 AM »
Spring time is my favorite time of the year for this reason. Now besides food I worry about planting things for bees. I worry about those bees just like I do about my pets pretty much.
How many acres are you planting for your bees. That is what it takes to help your bees. No need to worry about them. They will travel from 2 to 5 miles to find food. If you are in a residential area, your. Neighbors have probably planted what they need. If you really want to help them, plant nectar producing trees.

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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2017, 07:40:25 AM »
I am in the middle of the country. I am fruit trees and other trees for them. I am thinking about lining my barb wire fence that was just built with some type of bee friendly bush. I really wish I could find something that bloomed in July or August

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Re: Getting your garden ready for the spring
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2017, 08:19:17 AM »
I probably have total just over an acre of fruit trees, wild flowers, and planted perennials I have improved upon for my bees.