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Steve Mills

Garden Gleanings - The first planting of the season

Posted Saturday, February 2, 2008, at 9:27 AM
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  • The first two raised beds have had wood ash and peat moss mixed in and are now 'aging' for the next week. I will add a little lime and get the hoop material for covering the beds this week.

    If all goes as planned, I will plant a row of spinach, swiss chard, onions, several leaf lettuces, chiogga beets, adelaide carrots, sugar snap peas and maybe some more bok choy next weekend. With some protection, they should be able to survive, unless we get that extra cold snap again this spring.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Feb 2, 2008, at 8:27 PM
  • Steve, do you know where I can get a water barrel with a spout at the bottom and a screen on top? I saw one on a home improvement show but I can't find it now. I have a great gutter system ready to go if I can find the barrels or instructions to make one.


    -- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 11:38 AM
  • If you mean locally, I would check the Farmer's Co-op and Lowes. I don't mean to slight any of the other garden shops, just can not think of them at the moment.

    Here is a site to build one:


    There is a family over by Normandy Lake on Lyndell Bell Road that sells recycled plastic containers. I believe some of them are food grade containers, so they should be fine for rainwater, just not for human consumption.

    Here are some sites to buy one, and of course eBay under search words, 'water barrel' http://www.sprucecreekrainsaver.com/


    Hope that helps some.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 12:56 PM
  • Great websites!! Thanks a million!

    -- Posted by Jacks4me on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 3:01 PM
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