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Re: Blackrose's 2011 SFG

Post  WolfHeart on 4/19/2011, 11:31 am

Balckrose, your garden's are amazing I love you Can't wait to see more photos when you get your seedlings in the ground.
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Post  middlemamma on 4/19/2011, 11:39 am

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Post  nancy on 4/19/2011, 11:53 am

Love the grids!! Smile Everything looks great. I'm very happy for you! It's such a great feeling! cheers
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Post  boffer on 4/19/2011, 12:06 pm

Lookin' good! Will your tool apron be color coordinated with your grid string?! :dancingpepper:


(gardening apron thread)
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Post  Blackrose on 4/19/2011, 12:18 pm

Thanks everyone! Smile

boffer wrote:Lookin' good! Will your tool apron be color coordinated with your grid string?! :dancingpepper:


(gardening apron thread)

Laughing You're funny boff... I couldn't make one of those if you paid me a million dollars. I am definitely one person that is NOT good with a needle and thread. Sewing machines baffle me. Now, give me a drill, a saw and some wood and I can build you an awesome SFG bed. Maybe even a table top! Twisted Evil
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Post  boffer on 4/19/2011, 12:26 pm

Blackrose wrote:... Sewing machines baffle me. Now, give me a drill, a saw and some wood and I can build you an awesome SFG bed. Maybe even a table top! Twisted Evil

Careful now, you're going to spoil your girly girl image! Wink

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Post  Blackrose on 4/19/2011, 12:58 pm

boffer wrote:
Blackrose wrote:... Sewing machines baffle me. Now, give me a drill, a saw and some wood and I can build you an awesome SFG bed. Maybe even a table top! Twisted Evil

Careful now, you're going to spoil your girly girl image! Wink


Nah! I have pink tools! Razz
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Post  madnicmom on 4/19/2011, 1:39 pm

Nice pics! TFS. It's ok bout the whole sewing machine thing. Same here!!! lol!
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Post  boffer on 4/19/2011, 1:44 pm

I still have the used portable Singer sewing machine that I bought in college. I made a couple shirts for myself and a backpack for my dog. Then I put it on a shelf and never used it again. I decided it was a lot easier and just as cheap to buy my clothes at the Goodwill ! Very Happy
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Post  Old Hippie on 4/19/2011, 10:25 pm

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Nah! I have pink tools! Razz

I have a pink leather tool belt! I love it.

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Post  Blackrose on 4/26/2011, 11:40 pm

I've been waiting all long, cold, snowy winter for this...


Mmmmm... Strawberries!



Broccoli, Kohlrabi and Brussel Sprouts. I killed off my broccoli and cabbage seedlings. Happened to be driving by Lowes today, so I went in and had a look. I was able to pickup 2 Packman Broccoli seedlings and a Royal Marvel (I think) Brussel Sprout seedling to replace my dead seedlings. I wasn't able to find cabbage seedlings, so I decided to try brussel sprouts instead. Smile


And... here is the Brussel Sprout seedling.


Tomatoes in the window are getting big! They still have about 4-5 weeks before they can go out. I may have to build a window trellis! Laughing


Say hello to my monster Black Cherry tomato. This thing is getting ready to eat my kitchen!

Just for the heck of it, I decided to plant a couple more Black Sea Man tomato seeds a few days ago. I may build one of those self watering rubbermaid containers. So, I needed a couple of extra determinates to go in it. I'm using the vermiculite method this time as a trial. I planted lettuce, spinach, borage, sunflowers and the tomatoes in little containers of vermiculite. It seems to be working really well! Thanks Mel and BBG! Very Happy
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Post  quiltbea on 4/27/2011, 12:08 am

Your garden is looking good, both outside and inside.
Your tomatoes are huge. I just started mine last week so my earliest germinators are only about 2" tall but getting their first true leaves. Wow, what a difference a few weeks makes.

Black Cherry is a very tasty tomato. I hope you enjoy it and they are soooo prolific. Once they start blossoming, they never stop til frost.

Thanks for sharing your garden with us.
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Post  CindiLou on 4/27/2011, 2:14 am

Blackrose, if you pick the sprouts when they aren't much bigger than your top joint of your thumb they are not as strong. My DH doesn't like cabbage, but by doing that I am able to get him to choke down a sprout or two when I have having them lol...
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Post  Blackrose on 4/27/2011, 8:29 am

quiltbea wrote:Your garden is looking good, both outside and inside.
Your tomatoes are huge. I just started mine last week so my earliest germinators are only about 2" tall but getting their first true leaves. Wow, what a difference a few weeks makes.

Black Cherry is a very tasty tomato. I hope you enjoy it and they are soooo prolific. Once they start blossoming, they never stop til frost.

Thanks for sharing your garden with us.

Thank you quiltbea! And thank you for the seeds. I can't wait to try these yummy little tomatoes. This plant seems to be the strongest of all my tomatoes. Hmmm... maybe I'll plant another. Like I don't have enough already! My DH would have a fit.
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Post  Blackrose on 4/27/2011, 8:31 am

CindiLou wrote:Blackrose, if you pick the sprouts when they aren't much bigger than your top joint of your thumb they are not as strong. My DH doesn't like cabbage, but by doing that I am able to get him to choke down a sprout or two when I have having them lol...

I don't know why I planned cabbage in the first place. We rarely eat it. Sprouts are a much better idea, I think. I love my baby cabbages! I've never had them fresh before though. I'll have to search for ways to cook them when harvest time comes.
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Post  Blackrose on 5/18/2011, 11:29 pm

Wow! Time flies when real life gets busy. I can't believe it's been so long since my last update.

We've been getting a lot of rain over the last week. Before that we had beautiful, warm sunny weather. I tried hardening off my tomatoes, etc. for a while there, but had to bring them back inside due to cooler temps. It's just past my last frost date or just before depending on which site and who you listen too. Either way, this weekend is the weekend where everyone agrees that we have a MUCH lower chance of frost. We actually haven't had one in weeks. So, this weekend once the rain is gone, the babies go back outside to get used to the weather. They need it. I don't have anywhere to put the tomatoes but on my kitchen table and they don't get enough light there. I'm sure they'll perk up. They sure are big though!



There are a few people on the forum that have decided to use carrots or radishes as a grid. Just for fun! I'm using French Breakfast Radishes in my 3x4 salad box. They are starting to get big so I decided to thin them out a bit today during a break in the rain.



I love this next picture. I can hardly believe that I took it with my Blackberry. It turned out so nice!


The 1st radish harvest of the season!!


My next task is to plant the Black Radishes (thank Ha-v-v!!), cucumbers, summer squash, more carrots (I know, I'm a little late with these), borage and sunflowers. I'm sure there's something else, but it's getting late and my brain is starting to shut down. Laughing

One thing I discovered today is that both varieties of summer squash that I have are bush type. This puts a big damper on my plans! I've decided that I'm still going to plant one in the salad box. By the time it gets really big, my lettuce should be done and that will open up some space for the squash. The other one I'm going to build one of those self watering rubbermaid container planters for. I was already going to build a couple for determinate tomatoes, so it will be nothing to build one more.

I almost forgot the peas!


I have one container of snap and one container of lincoln. For the life of me I can't remember which is which now. :scratch: Oh well, I'm sure I will figure it out later.

I think that's it for now. This is my favourite time of year. When all the seeds are sprouting, the tulips and daffodils are in bloom and the rain is falling... Wait! I've had enough rain... bring me some sunny !!
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Post  GlassHen on 5/18/2011, 11:44 pm

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I absolutely LOVE your grid! Very cool!
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Post  middlemamma on 5/19/2011, 2:44 am

Blackrose everything looks amazing!
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Post  quiltbea on 5/19/2011, 11:07 am

Great idea, using radishes as your grid. By the time you eat them, your other plants will be established and the grid won't be needed.
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Post  Blackrose on 5/19/2011, 12:25 pm

Thank you everyone!

It is warm and somewhat sunny today, so I will be spending some time in the garden to get some more seeds in! bounce
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 5/19/2011, 2:42 pm

Have you been enjoying your edible grid? It turned out so pretty, I almost hate to hear you are harvesting it...lol.
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Post  Blackrose on 5/19/2011, 8:16 pm

BackyardBirdGardner wrote:Have you been enjoying your edible grid? It turned out so pretty, I almost hate to hear you are harvesting it...lol.

I harvested a few, but just to thin. My spacing for the grid is not as exact as in a square, so I had to pull a few to make room for others. They were yummy!

I picked up some garlic chives at the garden centre today. The weather is supposed to be nice on Saturday. I'll be out planting up a storm! Very Happy
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Post  shannon1 on 5/20/2011, 5:24 am

Blackrose,
It all looks so nice. Love the edible grid. Your toms are up to the ceiling affraid Hope it warms up soon. I did not know I liked Brussel sprouts until I got to try some realy fresh ones whar a differance.
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Post  Ha-v-v on 5/20/2011, 7:26 am

Those tomatoes are towering !! I love it and those radishes are so pretty. I am definitely going to do the "squares" this fall like that.
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Post  Blackrose on 5/20/2011, 9:13 am

I really do like the radish grid. It looks so pretty. Thanks everyone.

As for the tomatoes... I already had them pretty much hardened off before the cool weather came and I had to bring them back indoors for a few days. They've been back out on the porch for a couple of days now and are definitely going into the SFG this weekend. We're supposed to have at least one nice day this long weekend and I don't care what else is going on... I'm going to be out in the garden!
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