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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:37 pm

seed catalogs arriving daily. So are you planning to try anything different in your garden next year?
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Post by dizzy on Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:39 pm

Haven't decided yet, probably not. I have stuff I wanted to try last year, and didn't really get my garden going. So, I'll probably just do this year what I'd planned to do last year.

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:43 pm

I'm planning to revamp my garden plans this year. I am cutting back on the tomatoes and will plant more things that store longer like cabbages and root crops.

Hopefully I can get into a routine and actually harvest and eat what I grow this year. With all the nonsense this year with my dh's children I didn't get to enjoy much of my garden produce. Sad
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Post by Farmfresh on Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:44 pm

I am hoping to add another raised bed to the set up this season and to make at least one screen cloche. Basically a removable hoop house covered with netting sized to put over the raised bed and keep those darned chickens and cabbage loopers out. We shall see.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:45 pm

I need to make a screen for my beds too, I lost all my cabbage to the loopers again this year. Sad
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Post by Farmfresh on Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:48 pm

I tried to sic the Kid on my loopers and it actually worked to a degree. I let him "collect" those cute little green caterpillars in his bug barn. Laughing
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Post by dizzy on Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:50 pm

That's one way to do it.

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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:07 pm

I think I'm going to splurge and buy a Bay Laurel plant this year, I'm tired of buying bay leaves at the store.
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Post by Farmfresh on Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:18 pm

Will they grow in your zone? I was thinking that they need warmer temps in winter?
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:23 pm

I'm not sure but if I put in a pot then I can always bring it inside for the winter.
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Post by Farmfresh on Mon Dec 28, 2015 3:09 am

Good idea! I have a lime tree that comes in for the winter here. Of course I do get a bit of complaining when it comes time to move the pot each year. Laughing
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Post by 12acrehome on Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:04 am

I am redoing the drainage and have added wood chip mulch to over winter with. Step one towards reducing weeds and increasing yields.

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Post by Farmfresh on Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:56 am

Just keep piling on those wood chips and you will have a very fertile garden patch.
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Post by PATRICE IN IL on Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:32 am

I still have some of my monster pile in the driveway. I probably have enough to finish the flower garden area.


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Post by Farmfresh on Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:03 am

Maybe I will be in the chips soon... if we rent that chipper. Very Happy
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Post by dizzy on Mon Dec 28, 2015 7:34 am

If we lived closer, I'd lend you my chipper.

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Post by Farmfresh on Mon Dec 28, 2015 8:25 am

Even if we lived closer I would rent one. We have so much it could wear yours out!
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