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Journey11's 2016 garden journal

Discussion in 'About Me & My Garden' started by journey11, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. Apr 26, 2016
    journey11

    journey11 Garden Master

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    DH had time to till the smaller side garden for me last night after he finished mowing. The forecast from here on out says rain-rain-rain! This happens every year. WV monsoon season. If I don't get out there early, I'll have to wait until late May.

    I think we're pretty much guaranteed that it will not frost/freeze again now. That week of freezing night time temperatures nuked my pears, but I still have lots of peaches that set. The apple tree bloomed afterward. Really hoping to get some apples this year.

    I had the chickens fenced on the side garden fall and half of the winter. Should be very fertile soil. So the girls and I got out ahead of the rain today and planted 6 rows of Delectable Bicolor hybrid sweet corn. Around the perimeter, we also put in one hill each of Charleston Grey watermelon, Moon and Stars watermelon, Sweet Siberian yellow watermelon, Crimson Sweet watermelon (has been foolproof in my garden in years past), Athena hybrid canteloupe (I don't know I'll ever try another, this one is so heavenly sweet and grows so well for me), Fordhook zucchini and Pic-n-Pic hybrid summer squash. I'm going to run out there again when it stops raining and plant some loose leaf lettuce mix and radishes along the sides.

    A couple weeks ago, I put bagged compost and manure on the front raised bed and limed it a little. I have cabbage, broccoli and kohlrabi in there (as well as one celeriac plant that came back from last year). They've been slow getting started. I'm kinda worried that it's too rich. Gonna have to go back and check the pH.

    Although I never did start any peppers and tomatoes this year, getting a few things going has boosted my spirits and I'm optimistic I'll still get a good garden in this year. My dad has two more weeks of radiation to go and things should settle down for awhile after that.

    I'll post pics here in a bit!
     
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  2. Apr 27, 2016
    ninnymary

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    You planted everything that I like! I love cantaloupe and yours sounds so delicious! Did you buy peppers and tomato starts or didn't plant them at all? Can't imagine not planting tomatoes.

    Mary
     
  3. Apr 27, 2016
    journey11

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    Just took too long to get to it (next time I'm starting in Dec...then I'll water them in March!) So I'm going to have to buy some. I think I'll go ahead and do "late" tomatoes with a couple of my favorites. I'm going to try the farmer's markets first and see if I can find anyone selling heirloom tomato plants. Probably won't do quite as many tomatoes as I usually do (which is too many, lol.) More room for beans! :D

    I'll have to buy a bunch of jalapenos, a few bells and whatever else I can find on the peppers.
     
  4. May 4, 2016
    journey11

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    He brought me manure! :weee
    He loves me. :love

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    He also brought me 2 heaping truckloads of mulch. (And one for my Mom too.) I've not been home long enough to spread it though. A couple days of warm, heavy rain and the weeds are already gaining an advantage. :confused: I have a lot of newspaper and cardboard stored up that I will put down under it and hopefully that will help.

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    And here's our new babies... 8 Mille Fleur D'Uccles for the kids to enjoy. I also loaded up my new (to me) incubator on Saturday with 34 of my hens' eggs, due to hatch on 5/20.

    Mama bluebird is setting on 6 eggs in the bluebird house. I wrapped some of the extra length of electric fence around the area to protect her from the cats. I love spring. :)
     
  5. May 4, 2016
    ninnymary

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    Aww..glad things are looking up, at least in the gardening department.

    Mary
     
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  6. May 4, 2016
    Nyboy

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    That is a nice pile of manure, I am a little green with envy. How are your turkeys doing?
     
  7. May 22, 2016
    journey11

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    We have new babies! :love 6 hatched on Thursday and 7 yesterday. 5 more had hatched before we left this morning to go to the Creation Museum and I hope to find the 'bator full when I get home tonight. This was my first hatch ever. Thrilling and nerve-wracking all at the same time. We've spent the past two days with our noses pressed to the incubator window. Once they zip, they can pop out at any moment and if you blink you'll miss it!

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  8. May 22, 2016
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    I hadn't gotten a pic of them dry and fluffy yet.
     
  9. May 22, 2016
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    What fun! Now you're an official chicken mamma from the start.
     
  10. May 22, 2016
    journey11

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    They're so much more friendly right from the start too. They'd look up at me through the glass and all coming running over to my hand when I opened it up long enough to take the fluffy ones out. I was like, "hi, I'm your mama!" :D
     

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