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Old 04-04-2021, 07:25 PM   #31
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We had a snow storm today!
I would scream! I keep obsessively checking the 10 day forecast to make sure we aren't going to have any crazy weather coming up.

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My son prepped our garden yesterday. We had tomatoes and peas last year.
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I need to plant greens. I don't know how I made time to plant stuff last year! I need to trim hooves and shear sheep soon too.

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DH made me a small greenhouse over the weekend from the wood of an old Ikea bunk bed. Ultimate Ikea hack. Haha! I up-potted a bunch of tomatoes this past weekend, and transplanted out my brussel sprout starts. I can taste Thanksgiving dinner. YUM.

Today I'm starting a few more seeds. I didn't start any slicing tomatoes before, so I am doing that. And I found a few more types of flowers I'd like to have. I also got my seed potatos today. Not sure if I'll get to planting them today. I need to uppot the rest of the tomatoes first. I got soil blockers so I'm going to see if I can use those to up-pot, but I'm not sure if they will crumble when I try and make bigger holes for the starts. I did start my new seeds in soil blocks though. I'm trying to reduce plastic dependence in the garden.
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My sister's chickens dug up a big section of the lettuce bed. Any ideas on how to keep them out? They free range around the large fenced yard. There's a little fence around the garden but nothing a chicken can't fly over (its more to discourage the dog).
Aviary netting over the beds. Free-ranging chickens will spread weeds in a garden like you cannot believe. Oy. I learned the hard way.

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I bought some more violas to plant.

I need to get the beds ready in my vegetable garden. Normally I'd have that done by now and the cold-hardy greens already planted.
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Heartofjoy, your flower garden is a beautiful sight!

I’ve never had a successful garden before. This year for my birthday, I asked my dh to build a tiny raised garden for me. I hope to have a salad garden with marigolds.
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I finally got my potatoes planted. I need to 100% finalize my summer garden plan. I planted extra starts knowing some would die and that I wasn't completely sure how many of each variety I wanted to plant in the end. And now as I'm up-potting and filling in gaps I need to really just finalize.
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Were planning a vegetable garden for the first time in years. I gave up for a while because I kept either accidentally killing things or bunnies and squirrels would get at them. We moved last year, and I left my raised beds behind, but we have lots of garden space here. So far Im planning tomatoes, peppers, and green beans...maybe zucchini. However, Ive never successfully grown tomatoes. I live in the Midwest and would love tomato variety suggestions or just suggestions in general for tomato plants.
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Today is dd's virtual day. She says she will plant the seeds (spinach, sugar snap peas) today. If they don't grow this time, I am giving up on gardening for eating.
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Were planning a vegetable garden for the first time in years. I gave up for a while because I kept either accidentally killing things or bunnies and squirrels would get at them. We moved last year, and I left my raised beds behind, but we have lots of garden space here. So far Im planning tomatoes, peppers, and green beans...maybe zucchini. However, Ive never successfully grown tomatoes. I live in the Midwest and would love tomato variety suggestions or just suggestions in general for tomato plants.
I'd start with an indeterminate cherry tomato. That is where I started a few years ago (along with a couple other kinds, but the cherry is what was successful). Indeterminates grow like weeds, and cherry tomato plants put off SO many blossoms that even if a few don't take, some will.

I'd explain all the other nuances to growing tomatoes, but the following YouTube video is where I learned most of it, and she explains it far better than I could.

This is Jess from Roots and Refuge Farm. She is my favorite gardening/homesteading YouTuber. A Christian woman with a gentle and humble spirit. She *loves* tomatoes and grows about 100-200 tomato plants per year, with dozens of varieties. This is her "how to grow tomatoes" video.
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My tips for growing tomatoes:

Prior to planting, mix a generous amount of a slow-release granular fertilizer indicated for tomatoes (will have more calcium than a general fertilizer). I like Dr. Earth vegetable fertilizer and Jobe's organics, but others are good, too.

With almost every other plant, you keep the same soil line when transplanting into your garden. Not tomatoes.

You bury 2/3 of the above-ground stem. Pinch off all the branches and leaves from the bottom 2/3 of the stem, dig a deeper hole, and bury all but the top 1/3 of the plant.

Tomatoes go through a lot of water and nitrogen. They love heat and humidity. They need full sun. In hot weather, water deeply and daily. In cooler weather, like right now, water when the top of the soil looks dry.

Mix in more granular slow-release fertilizer halfway through the growing season.

If you use a fertilizer indicated for tomatoes, you are unlikely to see blossom end rot (BER). It's when the end furthest from the stem (where the blossom had been attached) starts to rot. It's caused by not enough calcium. If you do see this, the quickest fix is to mix about 1/2 - 1 cup of cow's milk into a gallon of water. Water the leaves and soil of the plants.

Peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini are all prone to blossom end rot and this is a super fast fix. I do it preventively with my zucchini because by the time you notice it, it is too late to save the fruit that already have it. The rot spreads.
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Diluted milk on the leaves and soil is also a cheap fix for powdery mildew, if caught early. If it's advanced, neem oil will usually clear it up.
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And, something dug up my 4-year old kale "bush." I've had this one kale plant survive our very snowy winters. This would've been it's 4th summer. It truly was a bush. It had a thick, woody stem! I went and checked it last week and it was getting new green leaves. I was so excited it was still alive. Yesterday my daughter found it dug up and dead. It might have been my cats going after a gopher.

I do have volunteer kale coming up from last summer, though.
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And, something dug up my 4-year old kale "bush." I've had this one kale plant survive our very snowy winters. This would've been it's 4th summer. It truly was a bush. It had a thick, woody stem! I went and checked it last week and it was getting new green leaves. I was so excited it was still alive. Yesterday my daughter found it dug up and dead. It might have been my cats going after a gopher.



I do have volunteer kale coming up from last summer, though.
Oh I hate when stuff like this happens!!! I'm sorry!

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