What did you do in the garden today?

Acre4Me

Free Ranging
Nov 12, 2017
3,605
7,883
517
Western Ohio
Here's the situation. 99 packets of seeds from the Sandhill late winter sale, which was buy 1 packet and we will send you another packet of same category - our choice - for free. Sandhill overfills the packets bc its easier than counting. Last year All the Sandhill seeds germinated very well. These are all packed for 2019, but with proper storage, I'm not worried. Packets generally cost between $1.50-3.00 each, so good prices. Of course, some of what they sent I'm not too interested in, but most of them I will try out. The packets in the clear plastic bag are the ones my 4-H kid picked out for the gardening book project.

Screen Shot 2020-02-27 at 8.19.22 AM.png


And, I also ordered a few more seed packets from Seed Savers, which should arrive in a few days.
 

Wee Farmer Sarah

Free Ranging
Oct 8, 2018
2,635
14,062
692
North Central Massachusetts
Good morning gardeners. Heavy rains going on now. The ice is finally gone and now lovely mud. That's OK. I didn't get a chance to get to the feed store yesterday to order chicks. I'll wait until Monday. I'm planning on covering the bed where I'll be planting peas with plastic in a week or two to warm up the soil so I can work it a bit. I want to wait another week before planting more leeks, then I'll likely be starting all that I want to start indoors around the same time. If the weather remains dry over this weekend I will start gathering the wood for that last large raised bed. Ideally, it would be nice to have it completed and filled with dirt by the end of March. It just depends on the weather. With all this concern over the coronavirus I think I should make sure I have enough supplies on hand to take care of my flock. For me personally, I usually have enough of pretty much everything to carry me for a month or two. But I don't usually carry a surplus of chicken feed. I was surprised to learn there had been around 500 people in quarantine in Massachusetts. Around half of them have been released now. And to be clear, only one person has actually been diagnosed with it. So that is a bit comforting. I'm headed to the dentist later this morning and hope I'm able to pick up the remaining garden supplies I need, some pine shavings for the chickens and some wood. All those stores are on the way home from the dentist and that saves me gas. Have a great day everyone and stay healthy!
 

Wee Farmer Sarah

Free Ranging
Oct 8, 2018
2,635
14,062
692
North Central Massachusetts
Here's the situation. 99 packets of seeds from the Sandhill late winter sale, which was buy 1 packet and we will send you another packet of same category - our choice - for free. Sandhill overfills the packets bc its easier than counting. Last year All the Sandhill seeds germinated very well. These are all packed for 2019, but with proper storage, I'm not worried. Packets generally cost between $1.50-3.00 each, so good prices. Of course, some of what they sent I'm not too interested in, but most of them I will try out. The packets in the clear plastic bag are the ones my 4-H kid picked out for the gardening book project.

View attachment 2036718

And, I also ordered a few more seed packets from Seed Savers, which should arrive in a few days.
Now that's a sure sign of Spring! :wee:wee
 

Farmdog267

Songster
Jan 29, 2019
258
1,350
147
Montgomery County Pa
Good morning gardeners. The storms rolled through last night leaving a few small puddles in the yard by the time I woke up and came outside this morning. Cold and windy today right through Saturday now but then it warms back up. It's kinda better than snow at this point in the year. I was able to get a whole tray 36 pellets worth of marigolds planted and get my makeshift greenhouse / sprout house setup. Hopefully the new full spectrum LED lights perform better than the T5's I used in previous years.
 

BReeder!

Free Ranging
Mar 12, 2018
2,102
7,827
572
Plainfield, IL
My Coop
My Coop
Here's the situation. 99 packets of seeds from the Sandhill late winter sale, which was buy 1 packet and we will send you another packet of same category - our choice - for free. Sandhill overfills the packets bc its easier than counting. Last year All the Sandhill seeds germinated very well. These are all packed for 2019, but with proper storage, I'm not worried. Packets generally cost between $1.50-3.00 each, so good prices. Of course, some of what they sent I'm not too interested in, but most of them I will try out. The packets in the clear plastic bag are the ones my 4-H kid picked out for the gardening book project.

View attachment 2036718

And, I also ordered a few more seed packets from Seed Savers, which should arrive in a few days.
I thought I was going big. How big is your garden plot? I could fill an acre garden with all that.
 

Acre4Me

Free Ranging
Nov 12, 2017
3,605
7,883
517
Western Ohio
I thought I was going big. How big is your garden plot? I could fill an acre garden with all that.
I calculated approx 1000 sq ft. However, the one bed has very high pH, so I'll be addressing that soon. Also need to address the low P and K in all beds. Plan to make a trip to my preferred supplier tomorrow - too icy today/schools closed. Kid will get 1 large or 2 smaller beds for their project. We have 10 raised beds - all 4' wide. Some of the beds are 16', some 12', some 10', one is 8' long. We have one big bed that is approx 20'x30'. I'm a raised bed fan, spouse wanted to have one big bed, so we have both.

Some of the seeds will be planted as only 1-3 plants. Some are later crops, so They will likely go in as another is going out. I definitely will have some kinks in the process, always the case when figuring out the best routine.

My spouse LOVES peppers - not really hot ones, but fleshy juicy ones that you can eat fresh, cook with, and make into pepper sauce. So, we have been trying out many peppers that look like they will fit our needs, and therefore have many options of seeds. We specifically placed 2 of the biggest raised beds in the FULL (all day long from first light to last light) sun so that peppers can get the most sun, a few tomatoes will find there way in there too. Just need to keep those beds moist.

Some pics fromJanuary with the old and new raised beds. All 16'x4'
Screen Shot 2020-01-01 at 4.41.29 PM.png


Adding dirt to the smallest bed 8'x4'
Screen Shot 2020-01-17 at 5.26.59 PM.png



This pic, can see old and new large beds (16'x4'). The large open area has nothing right now - we are thinking of putting in a meat chicken pen. You can see the two compost piles farthest in the pic, near the burn pile with 2 chickens pecking around. We will expand this compost pile to be a 3 bin/section type with higher sides, and hopefully a cover to help it to stay moist and warm, but likely with an open front to easily access the 3 sections to turn and move.
Screen Shot 2020-01-17 at 5.26.35 PM.png



Here is a shot after the 102 tons of dirt was delivered and spread out. On this dirt we added another truckload of garden soil (30'x20' - barn side is 30') - that is the large bed with high pH. Behind that are now raised beds, and also to the right and left.
Screen Shot 2019-11-26 at 1.57.48 PM.png
 

WthrLady

Crowing
5 Years
Jul 24, 2014
2,916
7,481
431
WestOak, Nebraska
I ordered 13 5 foot apple trees from a nursery in Washington state to round off the orchard. I got all the irrigation supplies last night, so as soon as we warm up, and my back starts to behave, I'll at least get the irrigation down and some hole dug.

I ordered some 4 inch seed starter pots from amazon, and 2 inch pots showed up. I'll keep them and use them, but dang it.

I have a conference in March and I need to get our Ranch tartan registered and get to weaving on it, as I wold like to wear it to the conference. Crossing fingers.

I have antique linens in the washing machine as we speak for new Garden and kitchen aprons and childrens' dresses.
 
Top Bottom