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03-05-2015, 06:36 PM #1
bohica Member
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In a little more than 2 weeks, Spring will be here.
This winter has been a little unusual, only because there was no traditional 'January thaw" to break up the cold.
The warmth of the Sun will quickly melt off the couple of feet of snow we have, and it'll be off to the races with the garden.
I put in 100 Garlic plants on October 15th, 2014.
They need a period of "freeze" in order to grow properly, and I'll probably harvest them on or about August 1st.
When the snow disappears, I'll pull up a couple of parsnips I left in the ground, they're supposed to be very tender in the Spring.

I'm going with a lot of Squash this year, as the butternut soup is so delicious.
Potatoes, beets, carrots, etc. i have a pretty good record when it comes to tubers-roots.
The Blueberry and Blackberry bushes are, (or have been), very productive, and the Asparagus is in its' fourth year, ready for repeated harvesting.

There's a lot more, the obligatory tomato-pepper-eggplant bed, and if I plant any corn it will have companion soy bean plants to keep the Nitrogen fixed.
I'm going to dedicate an entire 3'x15', (1 meter x 5 meter approx ) bed for Dandelion, as I just recently read about the health benefits of this "weed".

I'm going to put a "living tunnel" near the garden, using willow cuttings, for Baby Hana to keep busy.

All my neighbors think I have a giant garden, but it took only one season a few years ago to realize that 2000 sq ft is woefully inadequate for anything to be considered more than a "hobby" garden.

There's plenty of room for all God's creatures. Right next to the mashed potatoes!
03-05-2015, 07:23 PM #2
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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That certainly sounds like a lot of hard work Bohica, but I hope everything takes off and you have healthy and happy veggies.

As for the dandelion (and stinging nettle root and leaves), I too plan to let them alone because I want to harvest some of the leaves and dry the roots for medicinal purposes. I also get quite a lot of red clover, which I too will harvest the flower tops for herbal blood tonics. At this time, I am running out of the two little bags of red clover flowers and dried dandelion roots that I make a tea for detox purposes. Why buy it when I can harvest and dry it for free?

I may attempt to make a nettle skin lotion by infusing the leaves in coconut oil or almond oil. I will make a nettle tea to see if it relieves my arthritic pain in my knee, and perhaps dry the roots to make a salve for muscle and arthritic pain.

My gal pal is sending me mullein and milk weed seeds (and maybe calendula), which I will plant after the last frost. Mullein leaf tea is quite the medicine cabinet all on its own:

Quote:•Mullein tea can help to fortify the bowels and the liver. It can help the body get rid of toxins. It balances the bowels and thus can ease both diarrhea and constipation. Its healing effects can soothe and reduce hemorrhoids.

http://www.herbal-treatment-remedies.com...-leaf.html

But I just love the look of that plant, it reminds me of lamb's ears. I might add the calendula leaves to a separate skin lotion batch - for experimentation purposes only.

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness...medies.htm


As for the Milk Weed, well I've always liked the look of this plant and I hope to attract more butterflies to my garden. Over the past few years, nary a butterfly could be seen.

I should start shopping online for heritage herb seeds, because I also want to plant and harvest culinary herbs, such as parsley, chives (two of my favourite). The commercial seeds I have bought over the last few years just seem weak and I am not about to coddle them along indoors. I want hardy seeds that can stand on their own roots.
03-05-2015, 07:34 PM #3
bohica Member
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I direct-sow everything, I don't trust the greenhouse plants. (Too much synthetic ferts).

When I get arthritis pain in my knees, I pop in about 4-5 MSM pills and I'm good. For me they're a miracle cure, others I've referred them to have gained no relief. YMMV.

I don't know where you are, I get a lot of my seeds from Hudson Valley Seed Library, they're local grown organics and are acclimatized for my area.

good site: http://awaytogarden.com

There's plenty of room for all God's creatures. Right next to the mashed potatoes!
03-05-2015, 08:06 PM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Thanks for the arthritis MSM suggestion, I will keep it in mind should the herbs not work this year.

I agree that something is amiss with the commercial store-bought seeds, so I have decided to start ordering from organic seed companies, and this is the one I chose.

http://cottagegardener.com/catalog/new-for-2015/

As with your seeds, this company is in my area, so I am hoping they too are acclimatized. I also ordered their special kale fertilizer to condition and feed my plants.

I also broke down and ordered their yellow zucchini and green onions for hubby, because every year he asks for garden green onions (he does not really ask for that much). And, of course, herbs galore.

Strange though, I could not find Chrysanthemum seeds in their catalogue, because I also like to make an insecticidal soapy spray from this flower. Oh well, I am sure I'll come across it in my gardening travels.
03-06-2015, 04:06 AM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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I'd love to have a garden as well, but I'm too busy to tend to it. Needs constant water this time of year. Need potting soil, organic fert, shovel, every damn thing.
I could buy a lot of organic produce at the farmers market with all the money I save from not having one, but there's a certain zen to that process that a trip to the farmer's market can't compete with.

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03-06-2015, 04:41 AM #6
bohica Member
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You're right there, cheaper to buy, even organic.
But, like you say, the Zen.
For me, it's like Mother Earth is giving me LIFE, with no middleman.
hard to describe, but the feeling is definitely there.

There's plenty of room for all God's creatures. Right next to the mashed potatoes!
03-06-2015, 05:01 AM #7
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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2013 first frost August 1.
2014 first frost August 15.

My gardening is very limited bored.gif
sQUASH i TRIED 3 TIMES BOTH YEARS vic.gif
03-06-2015, 05:05 AM #8
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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But maybe this year will be different. pope.gif
03-06-2015, 05:22 AM #9
bohica Member
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(03-06-2015, 05:05 AM)Shadow Wrote:  But maybe this year will be different. pope.gif

Try butternut squash, also called Winter Squash.

There's plenty of room for all God's creatures. Right next to the mashed potatoes!
03-06-2015, 08:36 AM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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(03-06-2015, 04:41 AM)bohica Wrote:  You're right there, cheaper to buy, even organic.
But, like you say, the Zen.
For me, it's like Mother Earth is giving me LIFE, with no middleman.
hard to describe, but the feeling is definitely there.

iagree.gif

It's a great hobby on so many levels.

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03-06-2015, 09:11 AM #11
White Ribbon call me
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(03-05-2015, 07:34 PM)bohica Wrote:  I direct-sow everything, I don't trust the greenhouse plants. (Too much synthetic ferts).

When I get arthritis pain in my knees, I pop in about 4-5 MSM pills and I'm good. For me they're a miracle cure, others I've referred them to have gained no relief. YMMV.

I don't know where you are, I get a lot of my seeds from Hudson Valley Seed Library, they're local grown organics and are acclimatized for my area.

good site: http://awaytogarden.com

MSM is incredible stuff. i supplemented with it for about 4 years, not that i had arthritis, it was more to strengthen my stomach and keep overgrown yeast at bay.. i really felt it building up layers around all my joints, it was so noticeable..
03-06-2015, 11:21 AM #12
SpiritMasonChazz Member
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I would like a garden myself to live off . It gives such good vibes if a good grower put time & effort in it for health. Unfortunately not many have the time for it.
I may plant a couple tomato & bell pepper plants soon but my space & time is limited.
03-06-2015, 12:29 PM #13
misterbumps Member
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I have tiny garden which is rare for London. I have got some crocuses just starting to bloom purple. I have Lavender, rosemary and sage. I also many other flowers that I forget the name of. When I move out of London I'm going to grow my own vegetables.

I can see by your coat my friend you're from the other side. Just one thing I got to know. Who won?
03-06-2015, 01:40 PM #14
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Nice! There were plenty of crocuses in Finland, you don't really see those here.

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03-06-2015, 01:48 PM #15
misterbumps Member
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(03-06-2015, 01:40 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  Nice! There were plenty of crocuses in Finland, you don't really see those here.

They are a beautiful deep purple colour.

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