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2022-01-17 5:12:02 PM  
I sorted my seeds yesterday and tossed a bunch of old ones. This year I will be trying Charentais melons, kalettes and purple-sprouting broccoli for the first time. Not sure about the last one. It has a long growing season.

Here's a photo of my sorted seeds. The jars are full of saved seeds.

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2022-01-17 5:12:34 PM  
It's like -59 degrees. How the hell would I know?
 
2022-01-17 5:13:49 PM  
Damn. I need to start planning the garden. I have a reminder set up to do seed starters in March (the ground typically doesn't thaw out here until about mid-April).

Herbs like mint, cilantro, and oregano are easy and extremely useful. I've got onions on order. Maybe I'll try garlic too. Some hot peppers?

Tomatoes are a no-go. They're delicious but a heartbreaking amount of work.
 
2022-01-17 5:15:00 PM  
This is the start of my automated drip irrigation system.
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Raspberry Pi, 16 soil moisture sensors, various other sensors, solenoid water valves.
 
2022-01-17 5:31:11 PM  
Everything's dormant or dead outside, and it's still a *bit* too early to start up the adenium seed process.

So I've been taking glamour shots of my begonias
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2022-01-17 5:35:46 PM  
As far as new stuff, I was going to get wild with assorted root vegetables and weirdass greens, but sense got the better of me and I'm gonna stick with onions, as I know we will need them. Anyone had experience with ordering large, grown sets from dixondale or the like?
 
2022-01-17 5:37:03 PM  
I ordered my seeds from seedsaver.org on Jan 2.  They have yet to ship.  I'll know what I'm growing when I find out what I actually get.

Planned, I have 4 variety of tomatoes.  3 eggplant. Greens. Herbs.   Melons, squashes, and pumpkins.   Beans. Peas.    And I dunno.   Random other things as I go.

I have so much space to play with.

It is a little early to be asking.
I don't even do my drawings and plan till Feb.
 
2022-01-17 5:40:50 PM  
Thinking about maybe making some kind of enclosure for the elderberry. We'd like to actually taste a few of the berries this coming year.

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2022-01-17 5:45:42 PM  
I'm redoing a lot of the front yard to make it maintainable by one adult that works full time. Gonna start with the bed that runs lengthwise along the driveway.
 
2022-01-17 5:51:02 PM  

meat0918: maintainable by one adult that works full time.


Ouch.
Good plan.
Good luck!
 
2022-01-17 5:52:44 PM  
Don't know how many of you all are familiar with this site, but it's a great source of odd, heirloom seeds and such.
https://www.rareseeds.com/
 
2022-01-17 6:00:21 PM  

Pasnute: meat0918: maintainable by one adult that works full time.

Ouch.
Good plan.
Good luck!


Yeah.

I should have started last summer but between the divorce and letting a friend park his RV in the driveway so his family wasn't out on the streets I kinda let the front yard go a little.

My ex asked that she be able to take some cuttings and transplants, and she got those, so now it's rip out some things that are taking over (vinca go byebye) or just out of place now (the giant Oregon grape for instance).
 
2022-01-17 6:31:43 PM  
I found out the farm is not doing a CSA this year, so now I've gotta make plans.
I'm thinking I'll keep it simple with herbs, a few greens and a tomato and then plan on visiting the farmer's market every week.
 
2022-01-17 7:00:18 PM  

croesius: As far as new stuff, I was going to get wild with assorted root vegetables and weirdass greens, but sense got the better of me and I'm gonna stick with onions, as I know we will need them. Anyone had experience with ordering large, grown sets from dixondale or the like?


I get sets at the local farm and garden centre. They're easy but you won't get really large onions from them. They tend to flower in late July.
 
2022-01-17 7:09:03 PM  

whatshisname: croesius: As far as new stuff, I was going to get wild with assorted root vegetables and weirdass greens, but sense got the better of me and I'm gonna stick with onions, as I know we will need them. Anyone had experience with ordering large, grown sets from dixondale or the like?

I get sets at the local farm and garden centre. They're easy but you won't get really large onions from them. They tend to flower in late July.


Yeah, I'm trying to go for the big 'uns without the seedgrown timeline. Not above cheating with some mature sets to get a jump start! Plus, the family isn't as keen on the smaller/green onion side.

Maybe squeeze some shallots into the onion grid...
 
2022-01-17 7:34:29 PM  
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2022-01-17 7:35:03 PM  

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oops wrong thread.
 
2022-01-17 7:42:09 PM  
There is a supernice 'green grocery' road side open air farmer's market thingy that opened up here last year.

While I do like porch plants for herbage. They (the little 'farmers market road side stand')  have much better stuff for much cheaper than me farking with it in back yard garden. Like big baskets of Zucchinis for 2 or 3  bucks...and same for Tomatoes. Etc. All local grown stuff. So it's very seasonal.
 
2022-01-17 8:56:28 PM  
What I meant to say was...

I'm going to give broccoli rabe and tomatillos a shot this year. Marigolds won't be in the garden this year, they got a bit too bushy and took over too much space. They did look nice though, so I'll keep them around in pots.

The tomatoes may go in large pots this year as well. I think I may have had a fusarim issue last year, so I'd like to avoid that. The other option is to move them to the other end of the bed, but that's only about 20' away.

Dill I probably don't even have to plant, it went nuts and I'd be surprised if there weren't any volunteers.

I still need to snag more seeds from the dried out moonflowers and morning glories.

One big change for me is the sunlight. We have an athletic field behind us, and the town took down several large trees on their side of the fence which were in the North NorthEast direction from us. Mornings will be a bit more sunny. I might even be able to plant in some areas around the garage back there.
 
2022-01-17 9:30:34 PM  
I'll try some luffa this year, despite the short growing season. I'll start them soon in the indoor greenhouse.
Other experiments will be some flamboyant amaranthus to conceal the AC unit in the yard, a flock of peonies I planted in the fall, and some newbies like squill and some fluffy poppies.
The stuff that does well is dialed in. It's only fun to take some risks and try new things every year.
CAN'T WAIT TO GET IT STARTED!
 
2022-01-17 10:54:47 PM  
Putting in french drains this year, murdering and chipping some poorly placed trees, murdering another half acre of blackberry bushes with pigs. Planting more pasture.

Starting swails for what will hopefully be my new raspberry garden. I love raspberries.
 
2022-01-17 11:54:52 PM  
Seed Needs on Amazon has 5 Italian herbs seeds for $4 right now. It's oregano, parsley, basil, rosemary, and sage.
 
2022-01-18 7:09:42 AM  
Family Guy - internet corn
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2022-01-18 7:29:20 AM  
Added mint and lavender. Going to wait until March to plant more. Dill in the more shaded front yard. Two more planters of saffron. We have a couple square feet of sunlit ground in the backyard and are trying to figure out what to grow there. Suggestions?
 
2022-01-18 7:41:21 AM  
Trying some interesting varieties of carrots and tomatoes - helps the students to want to try them.
Zucchini, melons, squashes, hops (have great soil and sunlight for them), marigolds for pest control, onions, garlic (bulb sets), tomatoes, string beans, lettuces.

Need to irrigate the herb and flower beds.  3 varieties of sunflowers, milkweeds and whatever plants I can find at the local stores that are sad looking and free.

Some of the peppers are already in soil to sprout indoors - hoping to have at least a few of my Reapers come up and live this year.
 
2022-01-18 7:52:28 AM  
Mint to determine wasps and more varied flower arrangements.

Probably stick with mostly tomatoes and peppers in the containers
 
2022-01-18 8:00:07 AM  

FrancoFile: This is the start of my automated drip irrigation system.
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Raspberry Pi, 16 soil moisture sensors, various other sensors, solenoid water valves.


Brilliant. You should write up a how-to once you settle on a process.
 
2022-01-18 8:05:42 AM  
What goes in the garden will depend on my getting the wall rebuilt- otherwise I'll just be feeding the neighbor groundhog again.
 
2022-01-18 8:07:15 AM  
Got my hot pepper plants ordered, plus the 3 that have survived over wintering so far. I'd don't have a lot of room for seed starting and the peppers always do the worst. I have seeds from Peruvian serlano I'll try to start. They're actually mutts now because I don't isolate and this will be Gen 4

I went to the farmers market end of last season and tried bunch of heirlooms and saved the seeds from the ones I liked best. Also have some seeds saved from last year from my best tomatos.

Don't think I'll do greenbeans this year. Still figuring out the rest. I like winter squash, but didn't have much luck last year due to squash borders and voles.

I need to put out the poison soon to knock down the vole population. I'm using stuff made to avoid secondary poisoning. We have foxes and a hawk hanging about, probably eating the voles.
 
2022-01-18 8:07:22 AM  
*looks outside at the 50cm of snow on the ground*
*sighs cabin-feverishly*
 
2022-01-18 8:08:02 AM  
We're still living in the motel for the foreseeable future... we have a decent sized bay window though. Is there anything special we need to do an indoor herb garden? We've never grown herbs before except for what grew wild around our old house.
 
2022-01-18 8:11:31 AM  

testosteronephobe: Seed Needs on Amazon has 5 Italian herbs seeds for $4 right now. It's oregano, parsley, basil, rosemary, and sage.


That reminds me, I need to start propagating the rosemary. I found a variety that hardy and for once actually seems to be surviving. I'm going to create  a rosemary hedge a long the garden.
 
2022-01-18 8:11:42 AM  
I'm going to make some chemical modifications to my garden this year rather than just dumping horse manure on it. I've kept the plot covered since November when we tore everything out, which should cut down on the weeds for next season. I think a round of weed and feed rototilled into the soil should make things easier.
 
2022-01-18 8:13:39 AM  

Pasnute: I ordered my seeds from seedsaver.org on Jan 2.  They have yet to ship.  I'll know what I'm growing when I find out what I actually get.

Planned, I have 4 variety of tomatoes.  3 eggplant. Greens. Herbs.   Melons, squashes, and pumpkins.   Beans. Peas.    And I dunno.   Random other things as I go.

I have so much space to play with.

It is a little early to be asking.
I don't even do my drawings and plan till Feb.


They are slow to ship. We ordered ours around then, and they just shipped.

This year we're gonna try a runner bean variety that dates back to the 26th century (not from seed savers, oddly).
 
2022-01-18 8:18:27 AM  
This will be my third year (second year in its current location) and the goal is to expand into a permanent area with a sturdier and nicer-looking fence. That will depend on getting debris cleared out in time, which requires hiring someone. If I can get all that taken care of this year then I can start doing more long-term projects.

In the meantime I'm going to switch up herbs (last year was basil, oregano, parsley, lemon thyme, rosemary, and mint, all of which I still have dried jars of), and continue with tomatoes, bell peppers and hot peppers. I might swap out zucchini and eggplant, though I'm not sure what will take their place. I'd like to add something I can use in tea--chamomile, perhaps.
 
2022-01-18 8:21:00 AM  
I generally buy plants from a local grower, skipping the rooting, selecting heirloom varietals. That said there's a local seedbank that hands a free, full garden (acre+ size), bag of seed packets to anyone who asks. They are GMO seeds and are well suited to zone7. I get a fresh bag annually, because they always have extras, and if you donate $10, you can get everything you need to feed a family of 8.
 
2022-01-18 8:33:58 AM  
I tried last year and realised that my garden needs loads of manure, curiously even in todays society I'm finding it hard to get hold of in the UK
 
2022-01-18 8:36:35 AM  
I'm planting patty-pan squash instead of yellow, and celeriac - which is a new one for me.  Sweet potatoes will be back after a year off.  My garden enclosure was destroyed by snow a couple of weeks ago.  I got it all taken apart and will rebuild when it warms up.  I think I might start a few seeds this week that I can put out in March.
 
2022-01-18 8:41:59 AM  
What's changed in your garden this year?

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2022-01-18 8:45:03 AM  
Deluxe Repeating Sparrow Trap.  I typicaly get 20-30 sparrows a season in the nestbox traps and even then they usually manage to murder at least one of my bluebird/tree swallow broods.  I'm hoping the ground trap can really help me cut down the Sparrow pressure before breeding season starts.

Note: House Sparrows (the ones that sound like a Home Depot garden center) are an invasive species that will violently out compete native cavity nesting birds.  Removing sparrows is the same as picking weeds or squishing potato bugs.  I only have a few houses on a 30' x 30 plot, so that is essentially 30+ sparrows attacking a single nesting site.  An unmanaged bluebird box stands no chance.

/I think helping native birds counts as gardening, they are my green pest control
 
2022-01-18 8:48:14 AM  
Not get busted by the cops again...
 
2022-01-18 8:50:12 AM  
I grow peas along a temporary square type fence, and last year I companion planted cukes and tomatoes to use the fencing after the short pea season.  It went well, and I will probably do that again this spring.   I have a large garden so don't need to companion plant, but all three of those plants
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2022-01-18 8:54:46 AM  

Ham Sandvich: FrancoFile: This is the start of my automated drip irrigation system.
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Raspberry Pi, 16 soil moisture sensors, various other sensors, solenoid water valves.

Brilliant. You should write up a how-to once you settle on a process.


It'll all be on github.
 
2022-01-18 9:22:24 AM  
I made a list of all the seeds I have and a quick garden map to try and figure out where I am going to plant things this year.

might add another raised bed. but first full season with the enclosed garden so looking forward to gardening and not building (at least at first ;) )
 
2022-01-18 9:50:04 AM  
Decided to try growing some heirloom garlic this year, so I got some seed bulbs from the Garlic farm on the Isle of Wight.

None of them have grown yet, all the ones I saved from last year have all come up.

I'm hoping they are just waiting until spring.
 
2022-01-18 10:04:53 AM  
My garden is currently under a foot and a half of snow and it's colder than shiat outside. Is this thread for Australians only?
 
2022-01-18 10:11:29 AM  
I am a few weeks from starting the process to bring my tropicals out of dormancy so it is time to set up the grow tent. I have alstromeria, brugmansia, ginger, and oxalis in pots in the basement. I don't typically start my veggies from seeds because I have a small garden and a huge local gardening center so I can get the tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers I want as plants from them.

We have a new neighbor at the end of the condo row who is letting me and another neighbor use her garden space (5' x20' minus the slab that the A/C sits on and 2 window wells. It has less than ideal sun for veggies so we are thinking of planting it as an herb garden. I already have perennial chives, oregano, and sage in my spot and I plant basil every year. She does cilantro and basil. We are thinking of adding mint and Italian parsley and maybe catnip.

Any other herb suggestions?

Also, I am going to add pickling cucumbers this year in addition to slicers. What varieties have you had success with?
 
2022-01-18 10:51:12 AM  

catmandu: I am a few weeks from starting the process to bring my tropicals out of dormancy so it is time to set up the grow tent. I have alstromeria, brugmansia, ginger, and oxalis in pots in the basement. I don't typically start my veggies from seeds because I have a small garden and a huge local gardening center so I can get the tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers I want as plants from them.

We have a new neighbor at the end of the condo row who is letting me and another neighbor use her garden space (5' x20' minus the slab that the A/C sits on and 2 window wells. It has less than ideal sun for veggies so we are thinking of planting it as an herb garden. I already have perennial chives, oregano, and sage in my spot and I plant basil every year. She does cilantro and basil. We are thinking of adding mint and Italian parsley and maybe catnip.

Any other herb suggestions?

Also, I am going to add pickling cucumbers this year in addition to slicers. What varieties have you had success with?


have had great success with Persian Baby cucumbers. You gotta be quick and pick them though or they will get large
 
2022-01-18 10:58:47 AM  

dready zim: Decided to try growing some heirloom garlic this year, so I got some seed bulbs from the Garlic farm on the Isle of Wight.

None of them have grown yet, all the ones I saved from last year have all come up.

I'm hoping they are just waiting until spring.


Same here, I asked my parents to bring me some Italian and French Garlic because they went there on holiday. Nothing yet. Nada. But the bulbs which started sprouting somewhere in a dark corner of our kitchen buried under some potatoes because we forgot them are doing GREAT.

At least all the different winter onions do not disappoint:
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2022-01-18 10:59:28 AM  

catmandu: I am a few weeks from starting the process to bring my tropicals out of dormancy so it is time to set up the grow tent. I have alstromeria, brugmansia, ginger, and oxalis in pots in the basement. I don't typically start my veggies from seeds because I have a small garden and a huge local gardening center so I can get the tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers I want as plants from them.

We have a new neighbor at the end of the condo row who is letting me and another neighbor use her garden space (5' x20' minus the slab that the A/C sits on and 2 window wells. It has less than ideal sun for veggies so we are thinking of planting it as an herb garden. I already have perennial chives, oregano, and sage in my spot and I plant basil every year. She does cilantro and basil. We are thinking of adding mint and Italian parsley and maybe catnip.

Any other herb suggestions?

Also, I am going to add pickling cucumbers this year in addition to slicers. What varieties have you had success with?


Rosemary is nice. My husband raided ours last week for a roast chicken and I was happy I brought last summer's plant inside for the winter.
I'd like to have lemon grass available, but I haven't had luck growing it from seed. Maybe you would.
 
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