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Last night I went out to cover up my one garden bed with lettuce/radishes because we had a frost warning. And while I was out there I see that the area in my garden where I dug a hole over the winter and just put all my veggie/fruit scraps for composting, has stuff growing! It's super rich black soil with all that decomposed over the winter and it looks like I have potatos growing and I'm not sure what the other sprouts are that came up. It looks like the first oval shaped/rounded leaves that cucumbers sprout but they are BIG. the leaves are probably about the size of limes. I guess I'll just let it continue growing and see what I get.
 

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do let it grow to see what it is!!!
potatoes will do that some times from starts and if you cut open a squash before you cook it and compost those seeds some times they grow too!
 

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ahhh! that just reminded me - the area where the unidentified plant is coming up is where I composted our halloween pumpkin. It's gotta be pumpkin seeds that are sprouting. There's about 4-5 of them.
 

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I have potatoes coming up all over the place, my broccoli is up now so are my onions, I got my tomatoes in the green house in the raised bed. gotta keep them moist till they get used to being transplanted, some are already blooming. think this weekend I am going to flatten the extra dirt pile out and plant some thing in it. bare dirt need veggies growing in it it is screaming to be used planted in.
 

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i've been picking some lettuce and radishes, finally! We are finally getting some consistent warmer temps with the nights staying milder, so my lettuce really started growing quickly now.

the blueberry bushes I transplanted are just really loaded with what will be berries. I'm so excited because I really didn't think they'd produce much the first year after I transplanted them. Lots of raspberry shoots coming up also.

and what I thought was pumpkins coming up might not be. My mom didn't think they looked like pumpkins. too big for cucumbers, but maybe some other kind of squash? I guess it'll be my mystery plants - I have about 10 of them that came up. but then in another area where I buried veggie scraps for composting, I had what kind of looks like cucumbers coming up. but I'm not sure on that either, so another mystery.

My husband finally finished up my raised garden boxes. These things are build SO sturdy. he did a great job. We'll move them out to the garden tonight or tomorrow and then this week he'll get a truckload of gardening soil for me. I'm going to start some seeds tomorrow in the many terra cotta pots I have and then in a couple weeks I can transplant to the garden boxes.

Feels good to be in 80 degree temps this week and really feel like I can begin the gardening w/o worry of cold nights again.
 

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I have some mystery plants coming up in odd places also I am hopping they are some type of squash because they have emerged from under the edge of a raised bed and if they are potatoes I will be over whelmed with them sprouting up every where in a few years.
 

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LOL! The only mystery plants I'm getting are weeds! Chickweed is new to my back yard this year. I pulled some along with some beautiful dandelion leaves for my spring tonic. Yum. :)
 

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Yesterday when I was out in the garden pulling some weeds and getting a few seeds planted, I saw something growing amongst my raspberry shoots - it was only about an inch high and had delicate little pointed leaves on it. It didn't look like my other raspberry shoots coming up, so I pulled it and at the base of the root was a peach pit! I had a peach pit that was probably in with the compost I added to the raspberries that had sprouted. If I had had a clue it was a peach, I would have carefully dug it up and put it in a pot and tried growing a peach tree.
 

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I harvested my first handful of asparagus for this year! it looks great I am so looking forwards to more. this week is going to be weather weird though, freezing at night and 70 during the day. kinda make plants do weird stuff.
 

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those kind of temp swings can be confusing for plants "oh, 70! I can grow now!" "oh, 30's, I can't grow now!" . . . last night we got pretty cold here - down in the 30's but I don't think we went below freezing, but we should be up to near 90 by tomorrow and pretty much mid 80s' all the other days, with nights staying in the 40's.

I noticed some asparagus coming up near one of my blueberry bushes. But all it's ever done is sprout a few of the real thin feathery wispy stuff. I've never gotten a nice asparagus spear, even though I planted a few asparagus crowns about 5 yrs ago.
 

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you have to cut the asparagus when it is about 6 inches long below the level of the dirt. the wispy things are the spears after they frond out to the fern they are. cut them before they reach that stage.
 

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Today I planted zucchini, straightneck yellow squash, and peter pan squash. Yesterday I transplanted a bunch of tomatoes and hot peppers and sowed some burpless cukes and snow peas (a little late on the peas). I have kale, swiss chard, savoy cabbage, spinach growing and green beans coming up. The garlic is doing well, no scapes yet. I also have many different kinds of lettuce, kohlrabi, turnips, snow peas, and, surprisingly, one of my artichokes came back to life!! Hope to get an artichoke this year! The asparagus is coming up sporadically; I threw a bunch of seeds out from last years stems and alot of those are coming up! The alpine strawberries are blossoming like crazy and I hope to get some of those very soon!!
 

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I debated whether or not I would grow a garden this year; I live in zone 7-8 with a very short season. Last year was my very first garden EVER and it was such fun, but the yield was very low, and I didn't get any peas, beans, spinach, cilantro, green onions, carrots over an inch, or broccoli, and the tomatoes didn't start turning from green until the day before first frost. I grew the tomatoes on the pool table through the first 3 months of winter, bringing them out for sun each day when there wasn't snow and keeping the light on over them 24/7. I decided that starting everything from seed was not the way to go and if I was going to have another garden it would be from purchased starts.

Well...I had little carrots popping up, and the broccoli overwintered and started growing leaves again, and the green onions started again, and a single spinach started, and a lone swiss chard, and the cilantro and oregano came up again, and cleary sage too. I had rooted some basil over the winter in a glass, so I planted it next to the spinach. Then I decided to plant some of the seeds I'd harvested from last year. The bug bit me HARD!

This year I'll try beans and peas and watermelon and pumpkins from seed I saved. I bought new seeds for summer squash, kale, and cucumber. I bought some starts of baby squash, baby romaine, ever sweet strawberries, yellow bells, tomatillos, 4 different heirloom tomatoes, and RASPBERRIES!
 

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ya, some stuff over winters real good and will pop back up when the time comes. I had collard greens, potatoes and garlic come back to life this year after being covered in snow.
 

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I have tomato's on the vine, in western washington.I am so excited this is so early and it is supposed to be 80 today and in the high 70's all week in seattle! my garden is going nuts! corn is up,squash is up,spinach,carrots,onion,broccoli,potato's,strawberries are blooming both the wild and domestic ones,asparagus is up,lettuce going wild! saw a nasturtium or two up,peas are climbing!
 

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I went out today and gave my husbands garden a helping hand, some of his corn got attacked and so did his beans so he kinda gave up but I snuck out and replanted his beans and some corn as well as the squash. because he gave up doesn't mean I have. I figure in about 2 weeks or less I should see improvement :) shhhh don't tell lol
 

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what attacked it? was it cut worm...I am so afraid this year ...they got my beans last year...I had to plant them 3 times.
I just had to replant my corn and beans because of the rain...the seeds rotted in the ground...I hope it dries up soon.
 

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so you have his and her gardens? lol! won't he be surprised when stuff starts sprouting up, seemingly all its own!
 
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