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Post by 12acrehome on Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:53 am

I don't know about thunder ridge, but around here warming up is just the first step. The mud will be here for weeks after the snow has finally gone

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Post by Farmfresh on Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:12 am

We are on the top of hill here and pretty flat, so the wind dries us up pretty fast.

We had a beautiful day today! What a blessing! It was sunny and nearly 70 degrees ... just wonderful!
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Post by 12acrehome on Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:36 pm

we are also on a hill top, but we had 18 inches of snow fall Wednesday. Today was the first day above freezing since then. The ground was already saturated from 3 inches of rainfall Monday. Lots of mud coming here. Heck even the barn is flooded, and it's on flat ground on top of the hill we live on.

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:45 pm

We've still got plenty of snow to melt off but at least we warmed up to 44°F today.
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Post by Farmfresh on Sun Mar 08, 2015 6:25 pm

We missed most of the snow that you all got. Not so much to be making mud.

Remember all of that snow is called the "Poor Man's Fertilizer" for a reason. Melting in slowly like that gives the ground a good deep drink and takes a lot of minerals with it. Very Happy
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Post by 12acrehome on Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:07 pm

Oh yes, not complaining about the snow at all, just the coming of mud season when I should be planting and weeding

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Post by Farmfresh on Mon Mar 09, 2015 12:20 am

If you do a no till garden you can still plant. I have "mudded in" lots of crops before like potatoes, onions and even tomato plants later in the year. As long as it isn't a seed and the ground is warm enough you can plant away.
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Post by 12acrehome on Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:11 am

yeah I'd sink to my knees (or deeper) trying that. Currently there is ice and standing water covering my garden areas. Being a heavy clay loam any working of the soil while it's wet tends to make a brick like substance that just isn't good for seeds or tubers. Also it tends to stay cold and hold water longer than if it were a good medium loam.

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Post by Farmfresh on Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:23 pm

Did a tiny bit of tidying in the garden area the other day while waiting for the horse shoer that never came. Started cleaning the fences from last years garden debris, such as old bean vines and tomato vines. Moved a few tomato supports into a pile as well. I have a long way to go before I start planting seeds.

The Kid came over for a while yesterday while his mama had a doctor appointment. While he was here he planted three potatoes into three big pots. I guess this means that we have potatoes in by St. Pats day after all. Laughing
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:13 pm

At least you got your potatoes started, it doesn't matter who actually planted them. Wink I got my peas in on Saturday it's too early for taters here. I've got to clean my spent vines out yet too. Now I don't feel so bad knowing that I'm not the only one who didn't get the garden put to bed for the winter. Smile
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Post by Farmfresh on Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:38 pm

We got some potatoes started. I still have a 5 pound bag of Yukon gold seed potatoes and another 15 or so Purple Majesty that need to go into the ground. Of course before that I need to get the new already cut out raised bed screwed together and a load of compost hauled.

I have a feeling the main garden is going to be a little late this year. Laughing
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:30 am

Better late than never! Wink
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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Thu Mar 19, 2015 5:58 pm

Too Early for taters here too, but e have started getting the ground ready for them.
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Post by 12acrehome on Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:28 pm

I've always been told to start planting potatoes on or within a week of St Patrick's day. So by that schedule mine are late going in.

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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:33 am

We plant ours on dark nights as close to April first as possible. This year the moon is full on April 4th so we will be a little late too.
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Post by Farmfresh on Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:59 pm

Yesterday I got some soapwort that a friend gave me planted in my entry flower bed. I notice that a few of the bulbs that I moved there last year are starting to come up as well. Smile

I also ordered a 4-in-1 grafted apple tree yesterday. I am giving that to the Kid for his third birthday the first week in April. There is an old peach tree that died of a peach virus in the yard, so we are cutting it out and planting the apple there. The Kid loves to eat apples and also really likes a story that we read to him about Johnny Appleseed. As strange as it seems, I think he will really like getting a tree for his birthday. He will also get a few little toys and things too ... of course.

I also got a notice in my email yesterday that my dwarf Mericrest nectarine and my dwarf Reliance peach are on the way. They should arrive in the mail sometime today. cheers

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sat Mar 21, 2015 10:49 pm

Glad your bulbs are coming up. Good idea on the apple tree for his birthday, a gift that will keep on giving. Wink
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Post by Farmfresh on Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:04 am

Yesterday my fruit trees arrived. Then we went over to our old house, that D2 rents and got things there pruned, since D2 is still not up to work like that. She wanted one of the grapevines that was on the fence by the driveway removed, so I pruned it hard and dug it up. I am not certain of the variety. It is a red grape with seeds and quite tasty, but when I bought it the label said that it was a seedless Concord. I guess that was mislabeled for sure.

Today, I got the peach and nectarine trees planted (same hole) and that grape vine planted. The ground is really soft from the last rain and it was easy digging.

The Kid came over to play this afternoon and he helped me plant about 30 onion plants. It took a while to get him on the right track, because he wanted to hold on to the onion bit and put the green part in the dirt. Laughing
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:19 am

I'm glad you are getting more fruit added to your new homestead.
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Post by Farmfresh on Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:25 pm

I am too. Very Happy

I had a lot at the old house even though it was a very small yard. There I had peaches, a fruit cocktail tree with nectarines, plums apricots and more peaches, a cherry tree, grapes, raspberries, and black raspberries.

D2 wanted to get rid of the red raspberries (which I moved over here) and one of the grapes (the one I dug yesterday). We also lost the fruit cocktail tree and the peach tree the last year that I lived there. They both had a virus that caused the bark to split that I had been fighting for some time. That is why I am replacing the peach tree there with an apple tree for the Kid. The apple won't be affected by the peach virus.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:35 pm

I'm glad you are able to move some of your established fruit from your other house to the new one. Hopefully they provide fruit for you this year.
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Post by Farmfresh on Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:20 am

Lots of gentle rain over the last few days. The grass (and dock weed) is really starting to grow.

The Kid received his new apple tree yesterday, so I stopped by their house tonight to help him unpack it. I told him it was his tree and he seemed pretty darned happy. I need to go back tomorrow night and help him get it planted. It is a grafted tree with four kinds of apple on it and each branch is labeled with the type of apple on a picture tag. I showed the tags to the Kid and asked him what kind of tree did he think it was. He said, "Mine apple tree" Very Happy
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Post by 12acrehome on Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:23 pm

"mine apple" how cute. Sounds like a future orchard owner to me

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:13 pm

I'm glad he likes his very own apple tree. Smile
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Post by Farmfresh on Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:39 pm

We got it planted last night. He seems to really like it.

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