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Steve Mills

Garden Gleanings - bed preparation

Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at 12:35 PM
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  • Beautiful!! I can't wait to get started. I usually don't get an early garden out because preparing for state testing takes my time to make sure my kids are ready. I did get out and get my patio containers out and on the patio. I had basketfulls of grape and plum tomatoes every few days last summer, so that's definitely a keeper. I started a pot of mint, but it fell off the back deck and shattered.

    I entered a project at NASA and received 3 packs of cinnamon basil seeds that spent 14 days in space with Barbara Morgan. We will be planting them alongside seeds that stayed on Earth and noting differences!

    -- Posted by Jacks4me on Tue, Feb 12, 2008, at 2:44 PM
  • Neat project on the NASA basil. Please keep us filled it too.

    How long did they stay in space?

    Did they do anything to them up there or just expose to 0 gravity?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Feb 12, 2008, at 5:40 PM
  • I planted most of my seeds in our house last Thursday, and now have two inch tall tomatoe plants and four inch tall Marigolds.

    My onions are already sprouting also. Everyone keeps telling me I planted too early, but this is my first time gardening, so I really have no idea what I am doing.

    We are also in the process of preparing our garden area. I outlined a 12x12 area, but now I can tell it is going to have to be bigger!

    I have about 25 tomatoe plants, and am going to have to give away half of them.

    I have looked at gardening soil at Wal-Mart. They have Organic Gardening soil by Expert, and Miracle grow. Is there anything else out there I sould put in my garden? I see that you are putting peat moss. About how much of that do you put in a 20x20 space?

    -- Posted by Mary on Tue, Feb 12, 2008, at 6:30 PM
  • Tomato is a little early but if you have a green house, you can probably hold them without too much trouble.

    Is this a brand new garden from a lawn area? It would be good to get a soil test done so you know what you are starting with. Maybe the Co-op or a garden center will help you with it. Peat moss is on the acidic side so you may use some lime, but best to test first.

    In our climate, organic matter will break down quickly so I would consider starting a compost pile or finding a source.

    Potting soil in bags will get cost prohibitive for using in your garden. Unless you have solid clay or solid sand, you will do fine with some compost, maybe peat moss and some fertilizer.

    Rather than fertilize the whole garden, I would consider a more targeted approach and fertilize the plants. I am an organic gardener so I use compost, maybe some manure, fish emulsion, seaweed extract, bone meal, blood meal, cotton seed meal, etc.

    For the other type of fertilizers you might try a good garden shop who knows veggies. It is not rocket science, but a good soil test would help them make suggestions.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Feb 12, 2008, at 7:32 PM
  • My buttercups are up about 3 inches and budding. They look healthy, and I'm happy to see that they have spread this year. I sure hope the cold and ice today doesn't affect them.

    -- Posted by cherylrichardson on Wed, Feb 13, 2008, at 7:57 AM
  • They should be fine. Wouldn't it be pretty if they bloomed against the snow background? Kind of a defiant act of spring.

    I am glad all I put out was seed. I was temped to transplant some seedlings, but I would not have planned on snow weighing down the cloth covering. Rain it can take, but snow adds up.

    Somehow I missed that we would get more than just a flurry. BUT it is a great day to talk gardening!!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 13, 2008, at 8:52 AM
  • I don't have a greenhouse, but I think I can juggle it around in the windows of my house for a while.

    My onions are completly up now.

    I'm starting to feel alittle overwelmed! LoL

    Yes, it is a brand new graden from our lawn. We can not grow pine trees to save our life, so I'm guessing not enough acid?

    I will have to find someone to test our soil.

    I am tring to not put too much money into this.

    -- Posted by Mary on Wed, Feb 13, 2008, at 9:27 AM
  • Definitely start small. Keep those tomato plants in as much bright light as possible.

    If they get leggy, all is not lost since the stem can be planted right up to the top few leaves. In fact, some do that purposely since roots will form along the stem underground.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 13, 2008, at 9:59 AM
  • hummmmm....so I just stick the whole thing in the ground except the first couple of leaves?

    That would be nice as they would have deep roots.

    I have found that my three year old loves to help. I was tickled pink when he kept pulling little rocks, worms, and stuff out of the dirt asking what it was. He would pick up the clumps of dirt, squish it, and say, "EWwwww Mommy! Brenden needs a bath!" LoL

    I normally don't let him get dirty. Can you tell?!

    -- Posted by Mary on Wed, Feb 13, 2008, at 11:16 AM
  • Children and dirt are magnetic together. Our daughter does not like to get dirty but if she is working on the garden, that is not dirt.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Feb 13, 2008, at 1:56 PM
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