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I am finished prepping my garden for the year.So far I have planted,spinach,lettuce,carrots,collard,kale,onion,garlic,peas. In the next couple of days I am planting my corn,squash,green beans. I am so excited to be able to plant seeds right now.The weather has been perfect this spring. It is supposed to be 70 in washington state this saturday!:cool: It will be a couple more weeks before I am able to get my potatoes,tomatoes,asparagus crowns in. This is the gardeners busy time to get planting,get some sun and fresh air!
 

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oh steph..i am happy for you..i still have a month and a little to wait..as soon as the snow leaves i will start raking the yard...lots of leaves and pine needles...that will help me pass the time until last frost...may 18...i have a question for you...i hope i am not a bother..when i rake up my leaves and pine needles..do i just spread them into the garden and till them in...they have been on the ground under the snow all winter and should be somewhat rotted...i am never sure what to do..thank you steph.
 

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so far I have in lettuce, radishes, garlic and my raspberry shoots are emerging, the blueberry bushes have closed buds on them and the strawberry plants are starting to really produce alot of new leaves. this wknd is supposed to be nice though and then heading for low 70's into next week. So, hopefully we can get the lumber this wknd for three 4x8 raised beds, DH can build those for me and then get them filled with soil. Ideally, I can really start planting more things by the following wknd then!
 

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oh steph..i am happy for you..i still have a month and a little to wait..as soon as the snow leaves i will start raking the yard...lots of leaves and pine needles...that will help me pass the time until last frost...may 18...i have a question for you...i hope i am not a bother..when i rake up my leaves and pine needles..do i just spread them into the garden and till them in...they have been on the ground under the snow all winter and should be somewhat rotted...i am never sure what to do..thank you steph.
I would spread them around as mulch on top of the beds this year and then till them in next year. plant your seeds then use the pine needle and leaves as a top dressing mulch.
 

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Woo Hoo! Its getting warmer -43 in Northern Illinois. I can hardly wait! My ground is still frozen. Last week I sprayed dormant oil on my fruit trees (the bugs discovered them last year) and today I pruned them. It felt so good to be out in the sun even though it was muddy and chilly. :). As soon as that ground softens up I'll direct sow my greens.
 

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Its 55 degrees here on the Jersey Shore. I just planted peas, onions, and scallions yesterday. I need to start seedlings today. Wondering how the salt from the ocean has affected my soil.
 

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today should be almost 80 degrees here and how I wish I had the day off and could plant!

DH is still constructing my raised garden beds though. Three 4' x 8' beds. These suckers will be strong and will last a long time! He's doing such a good job on them and I know it'll be worth the wait.

but the last several days of warm weather, following a rain/thunder/lightening storm that rolled through on Saturday have sure made things explode! My radishes and lettuce have doubled in size, lots of new shoots on my raspberries and all my fruit trees are ready to bust out with new leaves.
 

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my peas,lettuce,spinach and collards are up now, fruit trees have started blooming, the mason bees are out doing their jobs. my daffodils and tulips are both hitting full bloom. just finished planting corn,squash,onion,broccoli and carrots. It is supposed to rain tomorrow and through the weekend here in western washington. still have another garden area to prep and plant. Hubby's a bit slow doing his section and trial with growing the three sisters using the traditional dent corn,bean(pole) and squash(pumpkin). I have some ornamental trees to find a perm home for and you would think I could on 5-1/3rd acres but nope can't figure out where I want them to grow and look pretty. finishing up the pig pen repairs today so my new arrivals tomorrow will have a safe dry place to lay their wee heads. till they are full grown in october. oh ya pigs grow real fast 3-5 lbs per day I get them at 6-8 weeks old. this year we are going to raise one up as a breeding sow and give that at whirl on the farm.
 

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beefsteak maters & cherry maters seeds go'n tamorrow before sunrise..
will look fer 6-8 mater plants at ACE Hardware when they open...

lost all my seed cups in my BaitShop Room & hadnt figger'd out why yet,,
room is fully climate controlled with Auto Ventalators (exhausts lead & paint fumes)
81* constant with 63%rh constant also since 1/3/13
still lost'm ALL???
I DUNNO eether.....

oh well, just start over with seeds in soil
 

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currently my garden as of yesterday is being heavily watered by mother nature. this is good because I have seeds that needed that boost of water and warmth. hubby got his tiller off to the small engine guy and should get it back by this weekend in time to till the horse poo in and plant his seeds in his area the traditional native american way with the traditional seeds. plus a few other types of seeds out there :)
 

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Oooo baby pigs - so cute - (yes, I know they're not pets) LOL I would love to live on a farm for maybe a year to get the full experience. It seems like hard work but so fulfilling.
I like the 3 sisters idea of planting. I tried it a couple of years ago but it didn't work for me even though each crop grew well in it's own section of the yard. Maybe I payed to much attention to the 3 sisters and watered them to death or something. I need to take another look at that simple but brilliant growing plan.
 

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I forgot to mention that my oak tree seeds sprouted and grew to 6-8 inches tall and my sweet potatoes that I bought at trader joe's are sprouting finally!
 

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cool...i planted some seeds out of a lemon i had in the fridge...9 of them came up...they are about 3 inches tall..lol...i am not sure how to look after them...p.s. i peeled the seeds before i planted them.
 

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check on line to see how to grow and care for lemons. was it a meyer lemon you got the seeds from?
 

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i asked because I read some place that the meyer lemons where the only ones that would sprout and grow. they are a dwarf variety and do well indoors and will produce lemons in about 3 to 5 yrs. I would bet it is a meyer since it sprouted :) If you live where it gets warm in summer over 70+ degrees you can put it outside during warm periods if you live in the south where it rarely freezes for more than a night or two it can handle temps down into the 40's in winter with dips to the 30's and will do fine out side year round.
 

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thanks steph...i live in eastern canada...we get only 3 to four months of summer usually around 70 to 90..not too often 90...then hard winters...i have four seedlings in a 8x8 pot..i will have to separate them..the other ones are in peat pellets...i will plant them in separate pots..lots of fun experimenting..lol
 
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