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DeplorableRick Gardening
1 month ago 336 views

Ok, here's the deal. My starts started crazy and already need to go in the ground. Last frost for my area is 4-14-17. Accuweather.com shows no Temps under 42f for my area from here on out. We are expecting massive rain tonight and I've finished the garden structure. The question is, do I plant now and get a little jump on the season but take a small chance on frost, or do I wait and hope the plants live in the current growing conditions for 2 weeks?

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Kween 1 month ago

How much chance of frost you have? If it were me, I'd probably put 'em in the ground but have some covers (tarp - make sure it's cloth tarp and not plastic) for them if necessary. 4 poles and some tarp to cover for the couple of overnights you'd need it if necessary would take care of it in my opinion. Even a fan would work...but looking at your setup, that might not be reasonable. Make sure to water them the night before. Know it sounds a li'l weird but do.

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DeplorableRick 1 month ago

Well I think I'm going to take your advice and go on and plant tomorrow and just keep my tarps handy. They're not calling for frost over the next two weeks and if I can make it through then we won't have any the rest of the year. I guess if I have to I can run the heater on under the tarps.

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Kween 1 month ago

Don't leave your tarps on during the day...you'd be surprised just how hot it gets under there - if you ever really need them. Believe it or not...just fans, no heaters. It's just to keep the air circulating so it doesn't freeze..you don't want to warm anything. I'll see if I can find a good site that gives advice. If it's not a hard freeze, I'm pretty sure you will be fine.

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DeplorableRick 1 month ago

Friday night is the only night I need to worry. They are calling for a low of 38 but it's also supposed to rain so that pretty much eliminates any frost. Every other temp over the next 2 weeks is forecast at 43 or above. So with that, I got everything in the ground and to be safe, I planted more starters for everything in the ground.

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Kween * 1 month ago

ah..you'll be fine...pretty much with sheets probably--if anything at all. Actually the swiss chard would have loved to have a bit of the frost - not sure about the arugula. The rain - GREAT! Make sure that if it does rain and you cover them that there is enough support so the sheet doesnt' get bogged down with water and lay on yer plants. But @ 38 degrees I wouldn't worry too much about any frost...especially with the rain.

Comin' by Louisville for din din sometime during the harvest :) Good Luck!

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DeplorableRick * 1 month ago

Well come on by. I'll get a beef brisket from Fox Hollow Farms as well as a big pork tenderloin and then we'll have all the veggies with it LOL

DeplorableRick Gardening
1 month ago 375 views

Remember the pics of my mini garden starter kit 4 days ago? Im a little shocked. EVERY seed has already germinated and is sprouting like crazy! I will post some pics when I get home from work. I have never had any seed what so ever come up this quickly. The arugula is nearly 2.5 inches this morning before I left just 4 days after seeding lol!

Luckily I got the garden fence completed yesterday. I had been using small stakes and chicken wire so I finally got fencing material and put up a proper garden fence. I also got the first row of earth tilled, compost added and then retilled. I only have a 40V Ryobi tiller so the going is slow. I have to use a spade to break it up, then go back over it with the battery powered tiller so it takes some time. I was actually hoping to have this step completed by now but Ive been dealing with Shingles and havent been moving around to much till this weekend.

Cant wait to post the pics for you guys/gals when I get ho

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hearthwench [lead] 1 month ago

I am jealous. Still on the mend, besides too much snow to do anything yet. We covet a tiller. We rent one for a day, the front blade kind.

I have to ask- did the Milk Bone Farmer's Medley shown with the seeds sprout too? ;D

Sorry about the shingles. My husband went through those years ago. Not fun, that is for sure. Try organic lavender oil on it. Can be used "straight". Stops any itch, too

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DeplorableRick 1 month ago

I love the Ryobi. For the price, its worth it. Its fantastic at shredding weeds in the flower bed, aerating loose soil and such. This wouldn't have been so bad but its my land rotation year so I have to start new soil. It was in the middle of the back yard but I slid it 20' to the left and put baby in the corner.

lol Milk Bone! They are not very healthy for my boys so I treat them like a snickers bar. They get one a week and they have to work for it. I put them in two small JW balls that will fit treats in them.

Im using Doc Spartans Combat Ready Oil. Best stuff on the market. Its basically a stick of Vitamin E and Lavender/Eucilyptis (Not Aus so cant spell) oils.

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hearthwench [lead] * 1 month ago

Thanks for the rototiller info. The oil sounds good. I cannot spell a lot of herb stuff either.

I made my dog "cookies", she gets little of lately. Somehow she put on 5.5 pounds this winter. Deadly for her size. Giving her organic dog powder-vitamins and a minerals blend. The latter for the iodine in case it is thyroid and she does not lose weight on her now-strict diet. No exercise this winter is part of the cause. A lot of snow and her areas were small to go out into, temps in 20s and below, making it too cold.

Oh, the "cookies". Coconut flour, a little coconut oil, tbsp of tallow for flavor, in proportions for pie crust dough. Roll into pea-sized balls and baked. Low calorie, nothing harmful and no grains. She loves them.

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DeplorableRick 1 month ago

Thanks for the recipe!

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hearthwench [lead] * 1 month ago

Welcome. Oh, bake at 350°F. About 20 minutes? I peep on them every 8 minutes or so. I have a gas stove and at 2200' elev., which makes a difference on baking times compared to the flatlands. I was used to living at 4000' elev, which makes even more adjustments needed when baking. ;D I use parchment paper on a baking pan. No worries of sticking. I have other, more conventional dog cookie recipes. I will post them in food sometime, along with Sally's wet food recipe (I pressure can it for ease of storage.) Dogs are family too. ;D

DeplorableRick Gardening
1 month ago 322 views

Compare this to the pic I posted yesterday. My green beans grew 4 inches in one day lol. The only thing that isn't up are the peppers but they usually take longer than everything else to germinate and sprout. They're also the longest time to fruit of everything I have.

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hearthwench [lead] 1 month ago

Cool! How big is your garden going to be?

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DeplorableRick * 1 month ago

I've got 15 foot by 19 foot fence in. I'll leave a foot-and-a-half walking space around the edges and do rows to the side of that. I've also got a couple of 5 gallon buckets then I'm going to put the cabbage, Swiss chard and arugula in.

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Kween * 1 month ago

Looking Real Nice!. Send the swiss chard and arugula my way...that's some good eatin!

DeplorableRick Gardening
2 months ago 481 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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Kween * 2 months 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 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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.

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keithaBrownell 2 months ago

I start mine in paper towels.

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Benue 2 months ago

New Moon on 27th. Will be starting organic seeds for above ground crops while Moon is in Taurus - best day for EDT is all day on 31st.

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hearthwench [lead] 2 months ago

I gardened by the moon/sign for years. It is no longer working. Too many changes. No, not going to explain. ;D

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