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Post  countrynaturals on 1/28/2018, 11:58 am


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Post  countrynaturals on 1/29/2018, 1:53 pm

Okay, here is my SFG status report for the start of the 2018 season:

My first surprise upon inspecting the Salad Bar was the tromboncino squash plant from last year, trying to make a comeback. Can you believe it? There's new growth all along its main stem. Should I cut off most of it to help focus its energy or let it do its own thing?
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Post  countrynaturals on 1/29/2018, 2:28 pm

My next surprise was an ugly old snow white cherry tomato, still hanging from last fall. I took a bite, just for grins, and it was awesome! Then I went looking for more and found these. Can you believe I'm having tomatoes from the garden in January/February?  happy turtle


Sugar Snap peas are doing great -- in and out of their jars. One plant has at least 4 peas on it, but they don't get nearly as plump as the later ones. Still delicious, though.


Carrots, Daikons, and kale are all doing great.



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Post  Scorpio Rising on 2/1/2018, 12:17 am

Yum!  I would cut the squash down so it can focus.  I am loving your garden!
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Post  countrynaturals on 2/2/2018, 2:26 pm

@Scorpio Rising wrote:Yum!  I would cut the squash down so it can focus.  I am loving your garden!
Done!
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Post  countrynaturals on 2/7/2018, 12:30 pm

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@Scorpio Rising wrote:Yum!  I would cut the squash down so it can focus.  I am loving your garden!
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Post  countrynaturals on 2/7/2018, 12:51 pm

JACKPOT! 2 years ago Hubby built a huge extension on the chicken coop, for the rescues that couldn't be free-range like the others. That area is like an aviary, with trees and dirt. Last night I had to shoo the ladies back into the main coop. When I walked across the back, I almost bounced. That dirt/hay/leaves/poo/food/etc. had turned into the most perfect compost imaginable. AND THERE'S A TON OF IT! 

My biggest garden problem has been dirt. What we have here only grows rocks. I've spent hundreds of dollars on store-bought soil, with mediocre results. I used leaves and chips to stretch my purchases, but all that did was decompose and shrink until my beds are all down about 8". This year's compost bed, plus the mother-load I found in the chicken yard, will give me the richest soil imaginable for my spring planting. I * AM * A * HAPPY * CAMPER! 🐢So, who wants to come help me move all that compost? Hmm? I love you

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Here's the long view, so you can see how much I have. (Eat your hearts out. Twisted Evil)


Here's a sunflower plant, happily growing in this rich medium, behind a chair where the chickens haven't found it, yet. Looks like I'll have a flower by next week.
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Post  countrynaturals on 2/8/2018, 11:31 am

I've been in a panic for the past 3 days. 5 of my 11 asparagus plants started coming back, then nothing! I've been pacing and wringing my hands, but it didn't help. 5 asparagus plants would never yield a meal. This morning I was going to try tears, but it wasn't necessary. 9 of 11 are now "spearing."  🐢LIFE IS GOOD!

This pic was from a few days ago. I'll post another one when they're really impressive.
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Post  sanderson on 2/8/2018, 4:17 pm

Patience, Little Grasshopper.

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Post  countrynaturals on 2/8/2018, 4:39 pm

@sanderson wrote:Patience, Little Grasshopper.
And another thing -- I put a makeshift fence around them, to keep the chickens out. The plants were all properly spaced, 2 rows, with plenty of room in the middle to spread. Doncha know, they're all sprouting out, so I had to redo the whole fence, and there's still a gaping hole in the middle, with nothing growing there. Rolling Eyes
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Post  countrynaturals on 2/16/2018, 2:51 pm

YEE-HAH! All 11 asparagus plants survived the "winter".  Rolling Eyes I think I'll treat them all to another snack of compost. happy turtle
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Post  sanderson on 2/18/2018, 12:16 am

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