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Indoor Seed Starting Info?

2/5/2017, 3:21 pm by momvet

Hi - I'm not exactly a rookie but didn't know where to post this I am about to start my tomatoes, peppers, cukes and eggplant indoors and I'm a little rusty because I skipped it last year. I got so much information from this site but don't know where to look. I just want reminders on starter mixture moisture, when to add lights, how high the lights are supposed to be, etc. I know it is here …

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How Many Square Feet Do You Have?

12/2/2011, 9:33 pm by martha

If all goes according to plan, I will have 354 squares Spring 2012. As of now, I have 282.

A certain board member is giving me the tiniest of hard times because I said that with the 354, I'll have all I need.

So, before you tell me how many you have, keep in mind that this post is much closer to a confession than a brag!

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Mel's mix compacted help

2/27/2017, 5:25 pm by bigblue94

Hello everyone last year was my first year doing square foot gardening,overall it was a pretty good year.The question i have is i live in Michigan and with the snow we had the level in my beds have dropped around 3 to 4 inches in each.What should i do when it thaws out mix it up or add more of Mel's mix and rotate it. I had to use bagged compost from Kellogg it was called KELLOGG GARDEN ORGANICS …

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Oh Baby it's getting HOT Outside

2/8/2017, 3:27 pm by newbeone

First day for 90 F. Had to get busy and rig Sun Shade on the two beds that I have greens and my newly transplanted Tomatoes. Looks like a very short spring. I know I have a hot ecosystem in my small back yard.

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4/26/2011, 2:52 pm by florenceq

I am wondering if it is time to give up on my cauliflower? I planted it around January 1 and it is big and beautiful but still has not produced. I just harvested my broccoli (planted at the same time) yesterday. It is starting to get warm here in So. California so I think I may have missed my opportunity. What do you guys think?

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Invasive Tree Roots - Very important topic for newbies.

2/23/2017, 7:39 am by MrBooker

Jimmy Cee posted a topic about 2 1/2 years ago regarding tree roots. I only wished I'd seen that post before I built all of my raised beds. Last spring, I built three 4x4's and five 4x8 beds and had a wonderful growing season.

Last week as I was preparing my beds for planting, I found three of my beds totally taken over by tree roots and I'm sure the rest of my beds will be taken over this …

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My experiences with commercial cedar raised beds

2/24/2017, 1:19 pm by Judy McConnell

My original boxes were home-made, using pine boards, etc. They have lasted almost 10 years with some rotting out.

To replace the rotten ones, I decided to try commercial beds a couple of years ago - not certain that I will do this again - even if they were on sale at the end of the season, because:
1) the end pieces (that hold the side boards) split over time and the side boards must be staked …

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Cold garage starters

3/7/2013, 10:47 am by mapspringer

I have a concern about my tomato and peppers starts which I have up-potted and are under a light in my garage. There is no room for them in my house, and the garage has been averaging about 42deg when I leave for work in the morning. They all look healthy, though probably stunted in size relative to how long they have been sprouted and growing. I have a feeling that they are just waiting for …

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New compost bin and 4x8 cedar bed

2/23/2017, 8:23 am by MrBooker

We picked up some free pallets at our Rural King store last week and I put together a compost bin. No measuring, cutting or nailing. (Although I did cut one end off)
I secured it with 24 ins wire ties. The planter box on top is the end of the pallet I cut off.

Last spring, Wal-Mart had these 4x4x6 cedar beds for $40.00. In the fall, …

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