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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:44 pm

My hardness zone is 6a. My average last frost is May 1, but there is a local tradition that you never plant on the first 3 day for May. I don't know why, but that is what every one will tell you.

I have 2 acres on the outskirts of a very small town. My property is bordered on 2 sides by roads, on 1 side by an extension building of the local community collage, and on the other side by a river. The parameter of my property is chain link fence. The river is on the south side of my land and there are a few trees on the river bank that shade parts of my land (mostly where the garden is.) My land is flat and well drained, but it is fill land from when the river was redirected in the 60's. So there is about 2 feet of really good top soil, and then rock and clay fill dirt.

I am in the process of buying another plot of land outside of town. This lane will be co-owned by my dad and will be our corn and potato plot. it is just under 1 acre south facing, pretty flat for around here. We have leased this land in the past, and just this year have the opportunity to buy it. I see no reason why we won't get it, but we are waiting to here back from the bank now. I will update this post when everything goes through and it is officially ours.Update: the land is ours, everything went through with the bank!

While the second property will be our main corn crop I will be growing a small patch in my home garden, but my home garden drains too fast and the top soil is not deep enough to grow very good potatoes. We have tried in the past with poor results. (Even though I have only lived on my property for a little over a year, my parents lived on this property for 11 years before I bought it from them. So I have a pretty good background of what does good and bad here. However, I do tend to try growing new things and in new ways a lot more than dad does so I still make some mistakes and have some learning pains. Very Happy )

This is just an overview of what I have to work with; next I will go into this year's and future year plans.

EDIT: If your have any thoughts, ideas, question, or whatever about my garden or reviews please feel free to post them.


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2015 spring planting season

Post by Harvey_Birdman on Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:07 pm

Here is my planting list for this year as it stand right now. This may change or be added to as we get close to planting season. In another thread I said I was getting Brandywine Tomato seeds from dad, but I was wrong the ones he has are Rutgers.

Heirloom seeds
Rutger Tomato
Delicious Tomato
Waltham Butternut Winter Squash
Dwarf Summer Crookneck Squash
All Year Round Lettuce
Sugar Snap Pea
Dwarf Siberian Improved Kale
Ashley Cucumber
Golden Bantam Sweet Corn
Kuroda Carrot
Snowball (Early Snowball) Cauliflower
Honey Rock Muskmelon
Late Flat Dutch Cabbage
Catskill Brussels Sprouts
Di Ciccio Broccoli

Hybrids/not sure
mild banana peppers
sweet bell peppers
mild jalapeno peppers
kennebec potatoes
some type of cherry tomato yet to be determined

Perennial plants
already have
Strawberries
Raspberries
Blackberries
plan to add this year
American hazelnuts
either cherries or blueberries or both

I plan on adding several more perennial plants over the next few years, and raising the productivity of the area outside of my normal garden spot of the side lot. We have several landscaping shrubs and bushes that I plan on removing and replacing with landscape quality fruiting plants. This way they will be more beneficial and not just something that is good to look at.
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VICTORY!

Post by Harvey_Birdman on Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:59 am

My order from victory seeds came in yesterday. I didn't have time to post about it then, because I had to go to bed early due to a long boring day of miner annual retraining today. Rolling Eyes

Tomorrow, I am going to pick up the parts , and build a grow light, and start some maters inside. I will try to take some pictures of the process and post them tomorrow or Thursday.

God bless,
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:08 am

First post edited to clarify that it is ok for others to post in my journal.
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Post by Farmfresh on Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:02 am

I think we need pictures to document progress. I love to see other people's gardens.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:06 pm

Sounds like you have a good plan and are ready to implement it when the time and weather are right. Good luck with your garden this year. Smile
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:01 am

I had a bit of trouble getting my reflector to keep the shape I want, so I have not finished my grow lights. So I now have my reflector held in the shape I want by weights. I will leave it like that for a couple of days, and see if it will keep the shape.

I am making 2 lights now because I was able to get the cost down buy using scrap and leftover parts. 2 grow lights have costed me around $8.00. I have one completed, but I wanted to finish both and take pictures before I went into great detail. So coming soon.

God bless,
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Post by Rohn on Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:07 am

I think this will be an interesting journal. I see you have your plans well laid Chad. I look forward to seeing the pictures of your progress.
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:46 am

Looks like with the snow storm and cold coming I will have some time to work on some shop projects this week, including the grow light, and some organizing in the shop.

God bless,
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Sun Feb 15, 2015 12:52 am

Updated first post to include last average frost date.
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:21 pm

We have over a foot of snow, and bitter bitter cold. So no progress on anything garden related this week. I always try to plant peas on Valentines day, but it was very wet, and then the cold and snow set in so maybe in a week or two I will be able to plant them. If not I will save my seed until fall planting season, that way I will get the most out of them before they die off.
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Post by 12acrehome on Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:15 pm

yup lots of fluffy white stuff here too, -2 this morning not as cold as they predicted though.

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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:52 pm

12acrehome wrote:yup lots of fluffy white stuff here too, -2 this morning not as cold as they predicted though.

Yeah, we saw -2 this morning too. They are giving -16 for tomorrow morning. bluecry
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Post by 12acrehome on Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:22 pm

Wow, woke up to -12 with a windchill of -18, yet they are still saying a high temp of 33 today.

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:25 pm

Welcome to MY winter Chad. Wink
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Post by Rohn on Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:51 pm

Woke up -12 here this morning. Now at almost 10:00 am it has warmed up to -8.
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:56 am

I saw -16 this morning.
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Post by 12acrehome on Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:20 am

brr time for my favorite winter cocktail Hot chocolate mixed with strong coffee Wink

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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:58 am

Yesterday was a very beautiful, and productive day. I got lost of seeds started, finished my grow lights, and planted peas. Here is a list of what I have started, and a few photos.

Burpee Jubilee Tomatoes
Extreme Bush Tomatoes- I had 11 seeds left over from last year (they didn't do good last year, but I decided to give them 1 more chance)
Early Snowball Cauliflower
Di Ciccio Broccoli
Late Dutch Cabbage
Catskill Brussels Sprouts
Sugar snap peas

Link to pictures

I made a video of the grow light, but it didn't turn out right for some reason. If you have any questions just let me know, and I will try to answer them.

God bless,
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Post by Rohn on Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:59 am

Lookin' good so far. I enjoyed the pictures. Hope your plants do great.
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Post by Farmfresh on Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:47 am

I think the pictures are a great way to journal what you are growing and the instructions on the packet.

You had a very productive day planting yesterday. I hope it is a productive season for you.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:23 am

Everything is coming along nicely. Great pictures, good idea for documenting your progress.
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:15 am

Today, I planted onions, got the garden cleared off ready to till, broke the start pull rope on the tiller, started clearing some grass patches that are trying to take over my strawberry patch, broke my shovel handle, made a hammer handle, and started clearing our new land. BTW, we found out today that the loan went through, and the land is ours.

It was a busy day, but I got a lot done. Tomorrow I am going to work on the new land util the rain gets here, and then start in on replacing some plumbing at the church. It is going to be another busy day.

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Post by 12acrehome on Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:53 am

Congratulations Mr Landowner.

Remember to save a little time for yourself, you must have down time to recharge.

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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:59 am

It has been a busy few days, and I haven't had a chance to update this, so I will try to remember everything.

We got our new land cleared, and had my uncle plow it, the ground looks great, and he was able to plow about 8"-10" deep. That is really good for around here, especially being that it hasn't been work the past 2 years. We will be growing taters, sweet corn, and feed corn (for the hog we plan to get in the coming weeks) on this property. Plus anything else extra we may not have room for in our home gardens. A couple of guys from Church will also be putting in a few taters.

We also got all of the bad plumbing (that froze and busted) out of the Church, and made a list of what we need to go back. We are also replacing the water heater, while we are at it, with an on demand water heater. I have to go get the supplies on my next day off work.

My tree order came in from Stark Bros. I got the Filberts, and the cherry planted, but I haven't transferred the blueberries into the larger pots yet. I still need to mix up a batch of acidic potting soil for them.

Most of the seeds I started are coming up, everything but the tomatoes, but it is a little soon for them yet. I did get a new pull rope for the tiller, but I haven't put it on yet. It is raining today, but it is supposed to clear up but Saturday, and stay clear the better part of next week. So I should be able to get everything tilled up by the end of next week.

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