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Anybody getting their gardens ready?

I've been tilling my gardens most of the day.

Getting ready to plant several kinds of beans/peas, tomatoes, peppers, some herbs, sunflowers, radishes, cucumbers, watermelons, muscadines...

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Haha..

.. weird ;)

Amazing how God designed birds to help the plants grow! Wow.

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If a garden is not possible for you...

contact a small local farmer. They will sometimes sell you a fractional share of their harvest. For example a local Amish farmer I know will sell a fractional share for around $500.00 in the beginning of the season. They you receive up to 62 different fruits and vegetables once a week for 25 weeks. Each share is enough for four. There are no chemicals the ground is alive, (ask a farmer what that means.) and there is never any SATANIC GMO. This is a real win/win.

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I'm not nay saying this at all, but I did have any experience with this. My mom and bought a couple of shares from a local farm and we ran into the problem of not being able to eat part of it because we weren't used to the vegetables we got. I've never had turnips, and had no idea about how to plan a meal with them. My mom couldn't stand mustard greens, and after a couple fo meals from it, I was having difficulty with eating them. So it made it difficult for us. We decided that it would be better to do our own gardens with vegetables that we know and like, and in smaller quantities. My advice is to check with the local farm and see what vegetables they do plant and offer in a share, to see if it is something you can work with. See if they will offer half shares. There are also ways to have gardens indoors as well with planters. Do some research to find what best works for you.

Mmmmm

turnips, turnip greens, mustard greens.....

All truly classic southern foods. Just remember, all should be prepared with LOTS of bacon grease and served with a side of cornbread.

Might have to do a little more tilling and add some of that stuff.

Some CSAs also run farmstands

I know the one we had in Pueblo CO (Country Roots Farm for those in that area!) did, and they also allowed swaps on pickup. Love zukes, but not turnips? Swap the turnips for some extra zukes. Etc.

Gardening tip.

If possible get a rain barrel to catch water off your house, this way you don't have to pay for water and much better than treated water.

The water is still good

The water is still good after running over all the shingles on the roof? No chemicals are picked up from the shingles, etc?

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Usually it is.

However, check your local laws as for some dumb reasons rain barrels are illegal in some areas, and it does vary. I know in CO they were because of the water compacts the state was mixed up in.

It will have fewer chemicals

It will have fewer chemicals than the water out of the faucet. Don't drink it without running it through a purification system because it will have bacteria. A good trick is to drop a silver coin in to kill bacteria and reduce insects.

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Here in Arizona...

We have some raised boxes in the back yard. The corn is eight inches high, we've already been eating the lettuce, and the cilantro is going nuts... I just started another batch of seeds for transplanting in a months time.

I'd like to get a couple of hens as well, the city ordinances may be something to contend with. ;-) I'm going to build a rainwater collection system for one the buildings as well. No sense in allowing any of our yearly 7.75 inches of rain to go to waste.

Raise some

chickens, too. You can build a small coop is you have enough backyard space. An 4x8 can accomodate 12 fully grown chickens. That's meat and eggs right there. I love gardening. You will have a great soil fertilizer from chicken sh...oops, I mean, manure. My bell peppers last year were huge, almost 5" from the bottom to the top of the fruit. Tomatoes love the soil mix, eggplants, okra, succini, spanish squash, thrive extremely well.

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"He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it." Confucius

I would love too

but I am afraid that the others in my neighborhood would not like it very much. I thought about doing it anyway (at least until someone complained) and then thought that maybe I could shut them up with some free eggs. LOL.

I live in the city

I did not realize until after a year that I can keep hens but not roosters. I shipped all of them to my brother in FL (sigh). Rhode Island reds and a few cornish hens (the little ones). I have a nice size backyard where I kept about 18 chickens and the a few of each plants I mentioned above. My mother stops by occasionally to do the ..you know. I can't slaughter the darn birds myself - much to my mother's amusement. I gathered a lot of eggs especially in the springtime. My neighbor loves the brown eggs and she knows what I feed my chickens. She didn't mind the crowing of roosters because she used to live on a farm in Canada, sort of reminds her of home but I was worried about the cops knocking on my door so I shipped them anyway. Everyday I get about 8-12 eggs. The dirt I sweep the coop every two days and dump the dirt around the base of the plants. I buy hay/straws which is about $7 a bale and they make nice compost also because they are manure-laden. Hens, by the way, cackle when they are agitated or when they are about to lay eggs.

"He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it." Confucius

"He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it." Confucius

Rabbits aren't noisy

and I don't think need to eat grain, just grass and alfalfa hay? I am not sure as I have never raised rabbits! I couldn't butcher a cute little bunny, (well, maybe I could if I was hungry) I have raised sheep, and don't like the thought of butchering a cute little lamb, either.

But they

don't lay eggs...:D

No...I would get attached to a rabbit too. Chickens aren't personable so I don't have a problem with that. lol But I would really want to have the chickens for the eggs more than anything.

I can just picture my neighbors waking up to a rooster though and thinking..."What the hell?" rofl

Fertilized eggs are best,

I wonder if you can take a rooster to the vet and have his "cackler/crower" removed?
I had a banty rooster once that would crow outside my bedroom window, and my sister came to stay in her motorhome, and he would sit on the fence outside HER bedroom window and crow! I call that personable, don't you? Helpful little guy---

do you have a chicken coop plan

to build it at the 4x8 size? I have considered getting chickens. my biggest drawback is SNAKES!!!!

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There are ways

to protect chickens and their eggs from predators. This includes snakes. I use 4"x4"x12' for base, once the wood base is set together, I will dig around the exteior of the base about 12" deep and 10 to 12 inches wide. I will bury an "L" shaped 1/2"x1/2" chicken wire around the base. The length of the vertical part of the wire mesh must extend at least to the middle of the base lumber. Remember that all openings for vents and windows should be covered with 1/4"x1/4" mesh wire. Snakes prefer the eggs than the chickens. Worst enemy of chickens? Possums, owls, even your pet dog, if you have one.

One great resource is: BackYardChickens.com

It has a wealth of information on this project.

"He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it." Confucius

"He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it." Confucius

Have mine started

Have lettuce, peas, spinach, carrots all coming up. We had frost the other night (in Virginia) but fortunately nothing was damaged. I recently bought an Earthbox from my local garden center. Plan to put it on my deck and grow tomatoes in it. You can even plan sweet corn in these!
http://www.earthbox.com is their website.

Happy gardening everyone!

Can't go wrong

Put your energy into gardening and you will get back a hundred fold. Great for your health, and you will also be able to hand out slimjims as your neighbors pass by.

Yep!

Just ordered my strawberry plants, blueberry bush, corn, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, peppers, garlic, yellow and white onion, pumpkin, peas, beans, peanuts, etc.

I'm so excited! I've never actually planted a garden before. I have some knowledgeable friends helping me out but I'm so thrilled. Starting on it at the end of this week!

Got mine started

Not going to put seedlings outside till after the frost. Using this book:
www.squarefootgardening.com. Got a couple salmonberry bushes, gonna get some blueberry, blackberry bushes and probably some fruit trees.

We got ours planted this past weekend

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Started germinating

seeds a few weeks ago. They look great. All organic seeds. My yard is very small but I will manage with pots or an elevated garden. I hope to can some hot sauce, tomatoe sauce, and jelly!

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here in south east texas, got it going a few weeks ago.

am so excited. i have had a garden most of my 33 yrs. of marriage. revived it after a 2 year hiatus. ordered seeds from heirloom seeds.

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Same here

in my part of south east TX. Got the tomatoes, peppers, cukes, strawberries, squash, cilantro, basil all in and coming along nicely. Fruit trees all look to be healthy. Have wild grapes that grow here but also adding a few Concords (just to see if they'll grow/produce). Loads of dewberries that grow along the fences in the spring; all of the blooms make me think this will be a good year berries.

Just broke ground on a second, much larger area for feed corn (for the chickens), sweet corn (for us), beans, purple hulls and maybe some new potatoes.

Will wait a little longer to put in the okra since that's one of the few things that seems to thrive in the hottest part of the summer.

The post about the watermelons makes me realize I'm gonna have to do a little more tilling 'cause now I just gotta plant some of those.

Here's hoping we don't get hit with a heatwave this summer!

Have to wait until at least May here in Michigan.

Gardening is great, what you may want to try is to get a group of people together and each one specialize in a few vegetables. Instead of trying to plant all of them yourself you can exchange. I have my Ron Paul Victory Garden all planned. Even plan to plant a Liberty tree in the middle of my front lawn for discussing politics with neighbors.

The snow just came here in

The snow just came here in Sweden. Though soon it´s spring, but I have no garden. I have promised my mother to come help her with her garden late in April.

Heja Sverige! Snon kom har i

Heja Sverige!

Snon kom har i USA idag ocksa (Montana). Ha det sa bra och sprid budskapet :-).

Friheten styr!