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DeplorableRick Gardening
5 hours ago 85 views

Got my seeds started today. Going for leafy greens and legumes with some peppers thrown in this year. Also trying some Swiss Chard which I have never heard of. They look tasty! I just realized they look kind of like stuffed mushrooms lol!

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keithaBrownell 46 minutes ago

I start mine in paper towels.

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Kween * 3 hours ago

We gotta get you some heirloom organics (wink)..I see ya got a few in there! Great Job!

Swiss Chard is delicious if you remember what spinach used to taste like - remember when ya had to wash spinach a million times to get all the dirt out the stalk/stem. To me..Swiss chard is like former spinach taste with a bold taste. I love it. If you like greens you will too. I have no idea what they sell for spinach in the supermarkets now...I refuse to buy it--organic or otherwise.

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DeplorableRick 2 hours ago

I have been growing my garden for 6 years now and really don't know a whole lot like what Heirloom means. I just know to water them and harvest the fruit when its ripe. Oh, and lots of fish emulsion and good dirt from our compost pile :)

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Kween 1 hour ago

Sounds awesome @DeplorableRick! Heirloom vegetables are old-time varieties, open-pollinated instead of hybrid, and saved and handed down through multiple generations of families

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keithaBrownell 47 minutes ago

Heirloom do taste better, much better, than vegetables grown from hybrid seeds and I hear they are more nutritious but if you are any kind of a 'prepper' the best reason to grow Heirloom is that you can save the seeds and grow them the next season.

hearthwench [lead] Gardening
1 month ago 409 views

The boxes to the front right are filled with strawberries. They gave me many pints of strawberry jam.

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rusti17 1 month ago

O Love strawberries...blueberries too.

hearthwench [lead] Gardening
1 month ago 367 views

I started my garden in 2011. I used (and still use) untreated cedar fence boards to make my garden beds. Raised beds is better in my environment, uses less water and it is easier to deal. Oh... You can cram a lot more compatible veggies together. The first beds were few. I was not adept at keeping any sort of plant alive, so kept it small. I also made my boxes 3'x3', easier to reach into than the usual 4'x4' size.

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rusti17 * 1 month ago

Great ideas for me to start too.

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Ann_Marie 1 month ago

Nice! I wish I'd made mine a lot smaller, just like yours!

hearthwench [lead] Gardening
1 month ago 317 views

We got about 2' of snow during the wee hours last night. It looks like starting the garden in March may be out of the question. ;D

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DeplorableRick 1 month ago

I am soooo glad I live in Ky lol! We have had about 6 inches all year. I'll be tilling my garden up this weekend to start adding nutrients to the soil. I have a whole winters worth of coffee grounds and banana peels to fold into the dirt.

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keithaBrownell 1 month ago

I have been making soil on my property for more than a decade and still have to plant in raised beds. I love turning over a compost pile and seeing the dirt at the bottom. Love the smell love the color love the results.

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hearthwench [lead] 1 month ago

We have sandy soil, this/your method is a must.

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DeplorableRick 1 month ago

I live on the outskirts of South Louisville. It was built on a drained swamp so all of our soil is red clay for the first foot. Further down you have that rich dark gritty soil. My back isnt what it use to be and I use an electric Ryobi tiller and a shovel so I have to make that red clay into that rich brown gold.

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hearthwench [lead] 1 month ago

We average about 5' through the whole season, not all at once. It is snowing again. There is about 8' of snow on the area for the potatoes and dry shelling beans from the snow blower. No way around where it goes. And we are about out of places for it all.

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