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Post  kbb964 on 4/8/2012, 12:31 pm

I have 2 beds so far. Large bed is 6'x3' and the smaller bed is just for lettuces. 2'x 3' I was reusing wood supplies so that is as large as the second could be with things to hand. I built the first one a week or so ago and have peas, carrots, spinach, beets, scallions and lettuce in. I have 4 spots saved for tomatoes ( inside ) and a pepper which I will buy as a starter.

Yesterday I made hoop houses! I am really pleased with the results
Used 1/2' water pipe, pipe clips, deck screws, plastic tie wraps and for the clips to hold the 6 mil plastic, I used 3/4' pipe cut to 2" lengths and cut out about 3/4" so they can snap on the covers.






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Post  kittykat on 4/8/2012, 12:34 pm

Woohoo! Looks great!

Congratulations!


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Post  quiltbea on 4/8/2012, 2:49 pm

Your new garden is terrific. Great job. You should be able to start things a little earlier with those hoops and also extend your fall crops. Terrific.

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Post  kbb964 on 4/8/2012, 3:16 pm

Thanks ! first mistake today, it got rather too hot in there for some of the starts oops. you live and learn.

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Post  FamilyGardening on 4/9/2012, 2:38 am

looks great!!

we have our first hoops too.....every night hubby goes out to check on the babies to see if they need to be covered or not....and then in the AM to see if they are to warm.....its just like have kids.....Laughing just only we dont have grandma calling to let us know we should put hats on the kids today because its a bit windy....

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Post  kbb964 on 4/9/2012, 8:27 am

I know ! Being a this year empty nester this gardening is a godsend .

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Post  llama momma on 4/9/2012, 9:41 am

@kbb964 wrote:I know ! Being a this year empty nester this gardening is a godsend .

We became empty nesters last year - the adjustment will come in time. There is a new freedom that I am enjoying a lot. I agree, gardening is a godsend, it's fun, you still get to use the nurturing instinct and heck, if the plants don't turn out right you simply dispose of them Smile

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Post  plantoid on 4/9/2012, 9:52 am

@llama momma wrote:
@kbb964 wrote:I know ! Being a this year empty nester this gardening is a godsend .

We became empty nesters last year - the adjustment will come in time. There is a new freedom that I am enjoying a lot. I agree, gardening is a godsend, it's fun, you still get to use the nurturing instinct and heck, if the plants don't turn out right you simply dispose of them Smile

I clearly remember when I became an empty nester with the two kids from my first marriage after all the heartache & fun of bring them up .. I worried about them all the time . I worried myself sick that they might come back one day Wink

Now you have the time ..fill it with soul satisfying gardening and look to the simplicity of nature all around you.

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Post  kbb964 on 4/10/2012, 11:57 am

@llama momma wrote:
@kbb964 wrote:I know ! Being a this year empty nester this gardening is a godsend .

We became empty nesters last year - the adjustment will come in time. There is a new freedom that I am enjoying a lot. I agree, gardening is a godsend, it's fun, you still get to use the nurturing instinct and heck, if the plants don't turn out right you simply dispose of them Smile

If my son doesn't turn out right can I dispose of him ? lol!

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Post  kbb964 on 4/10/2012, 12:03 pm

I was in the garage yesterday building my 2 potato towers/boxes and my teeth crowns fell out!
Had to rush to the dentist this morning without uncovering the beds. Got back just now and boy is it toasty inside that hoop house . Im glad I left them on thought as it snowed this am !

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Post  llama momma on 4/10/2012, 12:37 pm

@kbb964 wrote:
@llama momma wrote:
@kbb964 wrote:I know ! Being a this year empty nester this gardening is a godsend .

We became empty nesters last year - the adjustment will come in time. There is a new freedom that I am enjoying a lot. I agree, gardening is a godsend, it's fun, you still get to use the nurturing instinct and heck, if the plants don't turn out right you simply dispose of them Smile

If my son doesn't turn out right can I dispose of him ? lol!


You're not suppose dispose them but I think some parents try something like this and before you know it they grow up and leave anyway. Then us parents can do this And Sometimes my daughter from 3 states over visits this site -- (if she reads this)LuvYaHoney... What a Face Mom

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Post  kbb964 on 4/10/2012, 12:42 pm

My boy has just been home from College for 4 days for easter break. All that time i was working in the garden, making hoop houses and such. He didnt say " good job Mum " once although he will love eating the tomatoes and peas in the summer. He will probably ask me where i bought them !!

I need to dispose of him, he eats too much!

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Post  llama momma on 4/10/2012, 1:35 pm

About your son, perhaps encouraging others doesn't happen naturally until parenting skills evolve. And as far as food goes, I would make double batches of pancakes when the two kids were at home and have zero leftovers. Now one batch is too much for us, we eat them for two days then the rest end up in the worm bin.

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April 21 update Day 17 after sowing seeds

Post  kbb964 on 4/21/2012, 3:17 pm

took some pictures today, everything is sooooo small ! Peas still not sprouted and I lost the leaf lettuces due to a very HOT day. These are all in my first box

Box 2 seeded later and nothing is up yet.

Beet Day 17



Carrot Chantenay Day 17


Lettuce Simpson Day 17



Spinach Day 17



Scallion/Spring Onion Day 17


I had 4 spare squares left for tomatoes and celery . Hubby edited my plan a little.... god he is so NOT funny.

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Post  CindiLou on 4/21/2012, 5:24 pm

My hubby likes your hubby's editing!

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Post  camprn on 4/21/2012, 5:39 pm

@CindiLou wrote:My hubby likes your hubby's editing!
I laughed out loud at the hubby's editing.

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Post  kbb964 on 4/22/2012, 12:14 pm

I know funny what?

He posted it to my facebook page with a big message saying he had finished my planting !

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April 27th update

Post  kbb964 on 4/27/2012, 6:45 pm

No pictures as I have been rushed off my feet today !

Day 23 for Bed number 1

Everything that is up already seems to be doing good. Freeze last night but the hoop houses and blankets worked. I even had some new sprouts this morning.
The Nantes Carrot square has 4 sprouts ( they came up day 10 )

Today I dug up the pea squares , slowly sifting through every inch and did NOT find a single pea... hmmmm. I am not that senile that I didnt plant them, I KNOW I planted. They were my first seeds. Some bugger from above or below has taken them. I replanted some seeds I had soaked. just 8 per square this time at one side and radish in front. I will be giving away radish at this rate.

I also planted a few more seeds where odd ones had not come through. a few scallions, a few Spinach and a couple of Lettuce.

Bed Number 2 ( FAIL )

absolutely nothing has sprouted in this bed. I dug around and couldnt find any signs of germination. I replanted the leaf lettuce and scallions. Nantes carrots not up yet.

TATER DAY !

Planted the potatoes in the two towers I made a few weeks back. I bought certified seed potatoes. Butter Finger Fingerling and La Ratte Fingerlings. Not many eyes on the Butter ones but sooooo many on the La Ratte. I have many spare and might make another tower next week.

Have fun over the weekend people , I am out of town till Monday. See you when I get back with an update of whether my plants lived or died without me .


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Post  kbb964 on 5/4/2012, 7:46 pm

Bed 2 a complete fail!

I had replanted lettuce , spinach and leaf lettuce exactly a week ago so there is time for those yet. The Nantes Carrots planted April 16 still no sign. It's almost as though something has sabotaged this bed...

Bed number 1 ( back to front I know)

Beets, carrots, radish, spinach, lettuce and scallions coming along slowly. Today I have signs of pea sprouts which I replanted last week! I have about 10 Nantes sprouts.


The garden survived the 88 degree weather yesterday! It's Michigan for God's sake ! Then I fastened up the hoop house plastic for the night leaving it slightly vented. MAJOR storms all evening and into the wee hours. My garden is a swamp.

This afternoon I noticed a lone potato plant peaking through the earth in Tower 1. whoo hoo!

This evening I treated the lawn and beds to some Beneficial Nematodes as I seem to be overun with shore flies, the june bugs soon to be and spotted some cutworms the other week whilst digging. I also have a problem each summer with tiny cricket things.

I also treated myself to a few Nematodes, splashed some in my eye and probably swalloed some too.......... if I dont come back this week.............. ciao


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Post  cheyannarach on 5/4/2012, 11:46 pm

Well I hope not ciao... you're funny. Sorry about the weird hot weather you are having, darn that bed number two, errrrr. I wish you the best of luck in the upcoming season, I really hope the nematodes didn't get you too bad and that you will start seeing more and more sprouts!

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Post  kbb964 on 5/5/2012, 9:07 am

LOL I AM STILL HERE!

I have felt ill all night but that could be the Broccoli Beef Stir fry with lots and lots of ginger! ( now there's a thought, I would love to grow Ginger)

Hubby is laughing at me, he says I might lose weight if the worms eat me from the inside.

Bed number 2 is really making me cross, nothing this morning!
2 more potato plants in Tower 1 !

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Post  carybcom on 5/10/2012, 4:27 pm

Nice looking garden. I really like the hoop houses. BTW, the modified plans are awesome.

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I just picked some FOOD!

Post  kbb964 on 5/18/2012, 11:28 am

Just went out at harvested for the first time, well I did pick some lettuce last week but that doesn't count in my book :p

I picked some Lettuce, a few radish and some spinach.
Spinach & Chicken Alfredo for dinner, salad tomorrow.

I am soooooooo Chuffed







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Post  littlesapphire on 5/18/2012, 11:42 am

Oooh, such pretty radishes. I'm jealous!

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Post  BackRiver_SFG on 5/18/2012, 11:42 am



I have to try that back row. The concept is amazing!
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