MP173 wrote:I did plant garlic on March 17th, hopefully it will grow.
MP173 wrote:Also trying a cold frame this year. I know it is a little late, but I devised on using a plastic container (holes in the bottom for drainage) and put a plate glass on top with spinach and lettuce. Yesterday, even tho it was only 30 degrees, it was nearly 70 degrees inside.
MP173 wrote:One other vegetable I would like to try is arugula. Has anyone tried it?
MP173 wrote:New vegetables this year will be horseradish (1 plant) and sweet potatoes. The challenge is the availability of the gardens with wanting to plant early for cold weather vegetables.
ryuns wrote:We're bound and determined to get some hops grown this year. Massive failure last year, but it was amateur hour on the farm, and we'll do better this time.
bhead33 wrote:I just ordered a grow light system [expensive] to start my tomato plants from seeds inside this year. I hope my wife likes eating $20 tomatoes
I will be growing tomatoes, eggplants, shishito and hot peppers, okra and some lettuce in my earthboxes this year. It is lovely to stand in the street and see my 20+ story high balcony be all green and lush with foliage in downtown Chicago.
bungalow10 wrote:We garden quite a bit in our short growing season (WI, still snow on the ground and about 10F). We have four apple trees, three cherry trees, and a pear tree (which needs a companion). We want to put some type of berry bush in this year (currants or service berries maybe?).
I need to completely re-do my herb beds this year. They have been neglected. I want to put in some herbs for tea - mainly chamomile, but would like some other ideas since I've never grown tea herbs before.
MP173 wrote:Here is an update...
The cold frame is registering temps in the 70s-80s during the day as we have had considerable sun this week. However, here in NW Indiana it has been very cold with lows in the teens and highs in the mid 30s. Tomorrow and Monday we are to have snow, possibly up to 4 inches.
So, I have planted nothing outside other than the cold frame lettuce/spinach and radishes and the garlic outside. I am going to wait at least another week and hope for 40 degree temps on a regular basis. I did pickup another lot at the community garden, so I will have 2 - 12x12 plots, a 14 x 18 plot plus the backyard square foot 4 x 8 raised garden and containers.
The indoor seeds have yet to sprout (tomato and peppers), but it has only been 6 days. I should be seeing some sort of green within the next few days.
peppers wrote:Started a small hydroponic garden two weeks ago and the chives are sprouting up nicely. Will start the pepper seeds in the house this weekend. We still have snow on the ground. But, it will happen.
Mudpuppy wrote:The snails... oh my the snails this year... the toads that eat the snails must not be coming out of hibernation as they normally do to take care of the problem. The snails have eaten the beans right down to a tiny stalk and tried to make a dent into the tomatoes. They've also striped all the leaves off a new daisy plant I just got. Looks like I'll need to go out at dusk for some snail picking the next week and try to make a dent in the population.
snyder66 wrote:Does anyone here have raised beds? I have one, but I would like to expand my garden this year. I was told it is better to plot out smaller areas, so I'm not walking all over the ground and compacting. I'm guess you could also separate with stepping stones or something else.
Birdie55 wrote: Straw make good easy mulch which will help retain the moisture in the soil. We buy it at feed stores for about $8 a bale.