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Mon Feb 10, 2020, 08:20 PM

I can hardly wait to get some dirt under my fingernails.

I'm doing containers this year with just a few things I can keep up with that won't overwhelm me. Planning on tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber for sure so I have the makings of a salad.

FYI Park seeds has a special deal right now. 10 packets of seed for $10.00. Nice variety of veggies, herbs and flowers.

Parkseed.com

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Reply I can hardly wait to get some dirt under my fingernails. (Original post)
Arkansas Granny Feb 10 OP
calguy Feb 10 #1
Arkansas Granny Feb 10 #6
handmade34 Feb 10 #2
Arkansas Granny Feb 10 #4
MyOwnPeace Feb 10 #3
redstateblues Feb 10 #5
we can do it Feb 10 #7
steventh Feb 10 #8
Bayard Feb 10 #9
onethatcares Feb 11 #10
Arkansas Granny Feb 11 #11
onethatcares Feb 11 #12

Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 08:32 PM

1. I'm getting ready plant my starter seeds next month

 

I like to grow my own tomaties, peppers, etc from seed inside to transplant in the spring. All I can do right now is pull weeds and throw them into the chickens to eat. I have a giant tomato strain I tried last year that my friend in California sent me last year. The plants were over nine feet talk and I got some great tomatoes off them that weighed two pounds. Looking forward to growing some of those bad boys again this year.

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Response to calguy (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 09:15 PM

6. Wow, two pound tomatoes. One would last me all week.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 08:32 PM

2. I'm itching to start...

I always start inside too early (here in zone 3) I bought tomato seeds today but have to be patient... we can't get plants out until May...

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #2)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 08:50 PM

4. I'm zone 7 so I'll get to start cool weather plants soon.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 08:48 PM

3. Itching to do the same!

Always like to have my tomatoes started inside by March 1 (yeah, I know, too early!) and then sit there in early May watching for the last frost!
And by September I'm looking for unlocked cars so I can get rid of all of them!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 08:54 PM

5. Always something to look forward to!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 09:20 PM

7. Same here, and thanks for the tip.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 10:19 PM

8. Thanks for the 10 for $10 Parks sale info

It's a good selection. Years ago, before I switched to Johnny's, I had good results from their seeds. I'll give it a try. I hope you'll post your container growing results later in the season. I do a lot in containers.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2020, 11:39 PM

9. I'm growing my watermelons in a different area this year,

So I've been wheelbarrowing loads of horse and chicken manure, used bedding, wet hay, and leaves to compost there till planting in spring.

I'm only growing veges and berries in raised beds again this year. I'm bad though--haven't been able to get my big flower garden cleaned up yet....lots of dead stuff needs to be hauled out. Also need to finish my rock wall around it too.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 11:01 AM

10. not rubbing it in but

I'm in zone 9/10 west central coast of floriduh and have been experimenting as it's the first year in a new old house with a decent size side yard and have been growing edibles since Sept 2019. I've built raised beds, began lasagna bed gardening, collected horse manure, grass clippings, 1 hay bale, seaweed, neighbors leaves in bags and free dirt from craiglist adds. I've had 2 large truck loads of wood chips delivered in order to cover the grass in this garden area.

Started with collard greens, 8 plants, branched out to 4 cherry tomato plants from store bought tomatos, using their seeds. got green tomatos but it's getting too warm for them to turn red, planted 4 butternut squash and promptly killed them with too much water, next up, 3 Jalapeno plants, three wax pepper plants, three bell pepper plants all from seed and all producing at present. Made and planted a carrot box, 100 carrot seeds and over 50 have grown and growing.(101 days to maturity really teaches patience), planted and killed 4 cuke plants, again, too much water. red beets only 12 seeds in ground, 8 seeds producing beets, 15 okra from seed, 6 pineapple plants transplanted from prior homestead and planted in ground, rooted but won't produce til next year.

my new plantings, done within the last 2 weeks. 4 bush bean plants, 4 zucchini plants, 4 japanese eggplants, 4 tomato plants(cherry), 4 plants each of 4 different lettuce greens..

I also buy "damaged" flower plants at a big box store for about 1/2 price and have been planting them for diversity's sake and to attract butterflies and bees. It all seems to be working.

After reading what I just typed it seems like I've been pretty busy but it's all a labor of love. I'll try to figure out how to post pics prior to turning it all under in the summer. It's already pushing 80 degrees here and spring gardening will be over in May if this keeps up with summer being a time to solarize the soil.

Good luck and take the time to smell your flowers.

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 12:12 PM

11. Lucky duck. I'll bet you get to garden year round.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 11, 2020, 12:16 PM

12. June/July/August

is just too hot for gardening. That's the time to solarize beds and read seed catalogs and dream.

September is the start of planting again providing hurricanes don't come around.

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