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Post  janezee on Wed 23 Nov 2011 - 14:23

It's been raining and blowing for days, and I've been spending hours and hours reading the archives, as some of you might have noticed by my "bumps."
Somehow I got to thinking of how early I can start seeds, spurred on by the plans for a heated hoop house and several Christmas light ideas. I need to plan carefully, for my very tight budget. study
I stumbled on this excellent article about making a soil heater out of rope lights!

http://doorgarden.com/02/home-made-bottom-heat-seed-starting

I'm so excited, that I'll be able to start my cold crops and grow them in the 4'x6' greenhouse I'm building in January. Whoohoo! bounce bounce bounce bounce

What are you doing now to plan for next year? Do any of you trade saved seeds or share seed packets in January? Any favorite timing charts?

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Re: Can't wait to get started again!

Post  newstart on Wed 23 Nov 2011 - 14:33

I am just starting out so for me its going very slow. I have been reading alot and checking prices on compost wood boards etc. Also buying a few seed pack a week. also asking around from friend if hey have any seed s or plant they would be so ever kind to give me Shocked



I think i may try starting some seeds next month, but we will see

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Post  quiltbea on Wed 23 Nov 2011 - 14:57

I'm already itching for spring. I take the winter to plan and replan my new garden a dozen times before the final day. This year I plan to put like with like so I can cover them easier with heavy row covers against frosts or with clear plastic to warm up more than surrounding crops (eggplant needs warmer nights, 60*,than we get around here so plastic is a must for a good crop) and later inthe season light row cover to protect against insect infestation. I also try not to put the same crop in the same block the following year which takes some organizing.

We have a seed swapping exchange right here on this forum come spring so watch for it and check it out. Its a good way to trade a few seeds for something you want to try that's different but don't want to buy a whole package of seed. In Feb my shop lights are set out in the furnace room and I start sowing the cool-weather crop seeds so they can get an early start and in March my coldframe and plastic A-frame are prepped to start early crops outdoors.

And let's not forget those seed catalogs that start arriving after Xmas where we can dream and make lists and make the hard decisions on which few we just HAVE to try this year. There's nothing as satisfying as having a garden.

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Re: Can't wait to get started again!

Post  janezee on Wed 23 Nov 2011 - 15:39

Oops! Sorry I posted this in the regional. I meant to do General. Boffer, you want to fix this?

Welcome, newstart! You'll love this, once you get over the sticker shock of startup. Over the years, it's so much cheaper than the row garden. No rototiller, ever!!!!!!

A little advice that I ran into just in the nick of time myself last spring: call around to your local landscaping and nurseries for bulk compost. I almost bought lots of bags of mushroom compost @ $8/20 qt. before I found out my local landscaper sells really good mushroom compost for $27/cubic yard. Now, since there are 808 quarts in a cubic yard, it would take 40.4 bags of compost=$323.20 plus tax @8.6% ($351) where I live to equal the $29.34 it costs me for the bulk. Even if I had to pay the $40 delivery charge, it would be worth it. Fortunately, I have really good friends with trucks and trailers. Very Happy

Bea, I'm with you. I plan, plot, remove, rearrange, and drool over the catalogues, then rearrange again! I'm dreaming of building 2 of your A-frames for my garden this year, because it's a stretch to get hog panels @ $30/each. They're for next year, when I expand a little.
I'm so glad I asked! I'm looking forward to the seed exchange. I'll have quite a few to share, and I need a bunch, too. Thanks!
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Re: Can't wait to get started again!

Post  genes on Wed 23 Nov 2011 - 21:31

"I stumbled on this excellent article about making a soil heater out of rope lights!

http://doorgarden.com/02/home-made-bottom-heat-seed-starting

clever idea. I like his concern for ssafety

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