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2015 SFG in Mid West

Post  landarch on Sun 05 Apr 2015, 9:14 pm

Here are a few pics from from the SFG boxes this year...it's been a challenge with temp ranges from 85 through freezing in the last few weeks or so.  Goals are to plant more of what we like to eat, as well as try some new things.

Cole crops - broccoli and Chinese cabbbage



garlic


garden helpers with cole crop seedlings


lettuce and spinach


peppers


one of our three compost piles



under the grow lights



sugar ann peas



tomato seedlings


cattle mineral tub - thinking of growing beets and/or sweet potatoes in containers this year.


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Post  sanderson on Sun 05 Apr 2015, 10:13 pm

Nice photos, as usual! Very Happy

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Post  CitizenKate on Sun 05 Apr 2015, 11:26 pm

Those are great photos of your work in progress.  I am two hours to your west.  Temperature swings here have been pretty dramatic this year, haven't they?  Your leafy greens are looking fabulous, mine aren't nearly that far along yet.  When do you usually put out your spinach and cabbage?


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Post  Goosegirl on Mon 06 Apr 2015, 7:51 am

Looking fab Landarch!  Did I count 96 pepper cells?  I am feeling a bit wimpy at only 16!
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Re: 2015 SFG in Mid West

Post  landarch on Mon 06 Apr 2015, 9:08 am

I set out greens and cole crops 3-4 weeks ago...mostly because I was running out of grow light space for peppers and tomatoes.  I've used a frost blanket a couple times already.

I did a lot of peppers...I had almost 100% germination on some of last year's seeds...I'll find a home for them in the community garden, either in my spot or sell extras to others. If you look closely, you can see one row of eggplant. 

Kate, are you near Manhattan?
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Post  slimbolen99 on Mon 06 Apr 2015, 10:12 am

Looking great! Your pictures are always an inspiration.
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Post  CitizenKate on Mon 06 Apr 2015, 7:31 pm

landarch wrote:I set out greens and cole crops 3-4 weeks ago...mostly because I was running out of grow light space for peppers and tomatoes.  I've used a frost blanket a couple times already.

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Kate, are you near Manhattan?
Yep, we're in Manhattan.

From what I've observed so far, I realize now I could have set the lettuce, onions, and cabbage out a couple of weeks earlier than I did.  It's going to frost in May and April, so what difference does it make as long as the mix in the boxes has thawed out and you have some way to cover them when it gets below freezing at night.
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Post  landarch on Mon 06 Apr 2015, 9:11 pm

I'm a KSU Wildcat, grew up in Wamego so I have friends and family all around Manhattan...I may be headed back to Alta Vista this weekend to partake in some fun this time of year (morel and turkey hunting, burning the prairie, crappie fishing, etc.).  I have friends that ranch so I bring back bags of manure (horse, cow, chicken, and rabbit) for the compost pile.
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Post  CitizenKate on Mon 06 Apr 2015, 10:00 pm

Those are some good friends, indeed.  

I also attended K-State, and now I work there as a web developer.  I've also got a few friends around here who raise horses and livestock, and they are usually more than happy to share their animal poop with their neighbors.  Before gardening, I never imagined livestock manure could be such a special thing.  Cow patties will never be the same for me, but I have yet to make a real compost pile, so for now I try to get what they have that's already broken down, or I mix it into the MM before winter to use in the spring.
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