Starting Seeds Feb.2015

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The garden season really  begins this month, here , I know some friends and family will be wondering how we can possibly live in the same country! This year has been terrible out east, much worse than usual, lets hope that will come to an end soon! Its never too early to plan your garden, If you have the space for a couple of trays and provide some good light, you can go a little crazy, like me 🙂

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These were started the first week of Feb. : Arugula, Spinach, Mustard Greens, Pak Choi, Corn Salad, Leeks, and a mixture of Onions, Walla Walla, Red, Scallions and Shallots.

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The Greens have been transplanted but the Onions will need to stay on the heating pad till they get a little larger …In the meantime all plants are in the garage under light…

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Broad Beans were put out in the garden 2 days ago and more seeds will be planted  in the next week , starting with  Tomatoes, Peppers , Eggplant and Basil . I’m going to try something new this year, pre-sprouting Peas, according to garden guru Linda Gilkeson, this the best way to avoid damage by pests that are prevalent in the springs damp soil…I’m hoping that means an early crop 🙂

April Showers…

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they are welcomed today, the garden is getting dry…..

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its also a good time to blog 😉

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The pansies are looking so cheery

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the daffodils are fading , but there is new growth coming up daily

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Earlier this month,it looked like the  tomatoes, cucumber & basil were all sick..I had moved them into the greenhouse, several weeks ago. Well, it must have been too early, the nights were too cold, even with a heater.. and perhaps there wasn’t enough light…

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once they were in the garage,  back on the grow stand, they picked up  and are growing really well!

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Whew!! Over 100 tomato plants !!!

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Cucumbers are also looking good, but, almost all of the basil, is gone…somethings don’t recover from a chill..I knew I was pushing it , starting them so early!!! Luckily its not too late to seed more..

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We also a few peppers, squash, eggplant and radishes sprouting under the lights….

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The strawberries have been transplanted after overwintering in the garden…

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they are in the greenhouse in gutters ! We’ve moved both gutters to the west side this year, we had much better production there , the east side is too hot!

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After only a couple of days, the flowers started to appear 🙂

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Here are few more pictures from the back yard…

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The Lilac is just starting to open …

March Update

Winter finally arrived, Feb was a crazy month…

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still lots to do indoors like starting seeds..

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this has been my grow light set up for a few years..

it worked well enough..but this year we decided to start a little more than usual..

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this is what we came up with , Jeff did a great job building it 🙂

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its in our home office, for now, planning to  find a home for it in the garage, if its not too cold…

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it makes a huge difference having more light

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the snow didn’t last long , now its time to clean up and plant a few things that over due…

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I had hoped to dig this bed up before Xmas for winter potatoes

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I thought there may be a few and  by now they would be mush…

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there wasn’t many but all of them were beautiful, no bugs and a nice size!

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Enough for dinner 😉