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Welp, it's mid-February and nobody has kicked off the annual thread, so I guess I'll start it. It's a fine day to think about spring since the temp outside this morning is -5 degrees. 

I've been going through the annual planning process the last couple weeks. I have a couple new things going in this year, but it's mostly the same favorites. Gonna try Bok Choy. The missus wants bell peppers, so we're doing them -- that's a first. I can't stand raw green peppers, can tolerate them well cooked, and actually like red when they're cooked. Also going to do carrots for the first time in a few years. Another request -- we do eat a lot of carrots around here. 8 to 10 tomatoes again -- about the right amount for us and to give a few away. Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Black Krim, Celebrity and Sun Gold cherry. Some pole and bush beans: Rattlesnake and Dragon Tongue at least. Several varieties of lettuce, some snap peas, radishes, Swiss chard and beets.  Also, Jimmy Nardello and Sweet Banana peppers. Might also grow a hot one -- kinda think it would be fun to try ho' made hot sauce. 

I tore out the raised beds last fall -- they'd started to rot at the corners after 11 seasons. Going to change the configuration and location a bit to get better sun. Trees have grown a bit since they went in in 2010. 

I've got tomatoes and pepper seeds on heat mats to pre-sprout. They're at a toasty 87 degrees this morning. 

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And, the missus has been looking through catalogs at flowers seeds. She's got several picked out that we'll start indoors soon. 

So -- what's going on in your garden this year?

John

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59 minutes ago, ness said:

Welp, it's mid-February and nobody has kicked off the annual thread, so I guess I'll start it. It's a fine day to think about spring since the temp outside this morning is -5 degrees. 

I've been going through the annual planning process the last couple weeks. I have a couple new things going in this year, but it's mostly the same favorites. Gonna try Bok Choy. The missus wants bell peppers, so we're doing them -- that's a first. I can't stand raw green peppers, can tolerate them well cooked, and actually like red when they're cooked. Also going to do carrots for the first time in a few years. Another request -- we do eat a lot of carrots around here. 8 to 10 tomatoes again -- about the right amount for us and to give a few away. Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Black Krim, Celebrity and Sun Gold cherry. Some pole and bush beans: Rattlesnake and Dragon Tongue at least. Several varieties of lettuce, some snap peas, radishes, Swiss chard and beets.  Also, Jimmy Nardello and Sweet Banana peppers. Might also grow a hot one -- kinda think it would be fun to try ho' made hot sauce. 

I tore out the raised beds last fall -- they'd started to rot at the corners after 11 seasons. Going to change the configuration and location a bit to get better sun. Trees have grown a bit since they went in in 2010. 

I've got tomatoes and pepper seeds on heat mats to pre-sprout. They're at a toasty 87 degrees this morning. 

IMG_0145-2.jpg

And, the missus has been looking through catalogs at flowers seeds. She's got several picked out that we'll start indoors soon. 

So -- what's going on in your garden this year?

                     Shoot as early as you get things started I figured you had fruit setting on by now!

  Nothing here yet but have some seed bought.

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11 minutes ago, tho1mas said:

Nothing yet.

I need to enrich the soil in my little raised garden. Any thoughts?

             tho1mas,

   I have not got too technical with it. A few times I piled leaves in it during fall and turning it in. Then a couple times in fall just spread some pellet fertilizer to melt in. Never tested the soil. Try to rotate my tubs  between tomatoes and peppers each season. I do have a rotating composter working but have not got enough out of it for use yet. Avoid putting anything tomato related in it to prevent spreading tomato diseases. 

"We have met the enemy and it is us",

Pogo

   If you compete with your fellow anglers, you become their competitor, If you help them you become their friend"

Lefty Kreh

    " Never display your knowledge, you only share it"

Lefty Kreh

         "Eat more bass and there will be more room for walleye to grow!"

BilletHead

    " One thing in life is for sure. If you are careful you can straddle the barbed wire fence but make one mistake and you will be hurting"

BilletHead

  P.S. "May your fences be short or hope you have long legs"

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