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Willow Branch Lattice

I made a willow branch lattice. I used bailing wire to secure the limbs to each other. I built it to shade the tomato plants from our harsh afternoon sun. I planted cucumber seeds so they can grow up the lattice. I really hope it works. If not it still looks nice.

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Xeroscaping Project

My daughter and I are working on a Xeroscape garden at each corner of our driveway. Xeroscape plants require very little water and are drought tolerant. Since we don’t have money in the budget for plants I have been collecting plants from friends. So far I got lots of baby agave, a few spineless cactus, and one red yucca. I’d really like to get more bricks to line it but will make do with what we have. Until I get the dirt level raised (the bed in kinda a low spot) I transplanted the baby agave in my daughter’s flower bed. Hopefully she won’t mind. 🙂

Planting Flowers

We went to visit my family down on the coast. So jealous of their ease of growing things there. My daughter was given a bunch of plants, bulbs and even a few baby trees. Here she is happily filling the empty flower bed

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Second Seed Order of the Year

I’m already on the second seed order of the year! Here’s what I ordered.

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Tomatoes:
Super Sioux, Auld Sod, Bradley, Hanky Red & Homestead

Danvers 126 Carrot, National Pickling Cucumber, Seventop Turnip, Cylindra Beet, Daikon Radish, & two bulk seed bags of Common Vetch. And my free packet of Table Gold Squash.

Busy Saturday 03/11/2013

This morning we headed out to a friends house in Dublin to pick up a 16′ hanging rabbit cage. We had to cut it in half to get it in the truck. Then we headed to eat lunch with a friend but the cages blew out on the highway. So after we retrieved then and tied them down even more securely we finally went to lunch.

After lunch I went to Dollar Tree. I used a bunch of coupons and got a lot free. The bill was $45.06 and I only spent $15.48.

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Then we headed to pick up a free tarp that was a messed up sign we are gonna use for covering the pens. And picked up some staples from the hardware store.

After a brief catching our breath we went out to the garden. I finished planting the mustard seed. Planted the cauliflower. My son planted onions. Then my daughter helped me roll out the black plastic that will be the walkways we will cover with mulch.

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My husband started building a broader for the chicks. They are growing so fast.

A Different Idea to Germinate Tomatoes

I think I’ll try this this year. Tomato plants so fussy with their roots being messed with when seedlings and I never can poke them out of plug trays without them wilting.

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The method below describes a very good way to start tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. This is a tried and true method; been doing this for years and it gives the best results.

1. Sow seeds close to each other in a shallow container (about 2 inches deep). Add soil to Start Seeds Peppers 2013just cover the seeds. Keep moist and warm.

2. When seeds germinate, place in a warm sunny location, keep moist but do not over water.

3. After the first true leaves appear, choose the best plants and gently transplant into individual containers (learn how to make biodegradable newspaper pots).  Place the plants as deep into the soil as the first leaves – the stem will grow roots.

4. Transplant into the garden when soil is warm and there is no more frost expected. For peppers and eggplants, dig a hole large enough to hold the container. Cover the hole…

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Making Seed Tapes

I tried something new and I’m making seed tapes. That way you can glue the seeds on toilet tissue already spaced correctly. No waste and less work outside. If you’re smart you could even do these way ahead of time so by planting time you are all ready to go.

First you read you seed packet about correct seed placement. I was doing red giant mustard so it needed to be spaced 3″ apart. Then you roll out a length of toilet paper, place dots of glue and with tweezers place the seeds on the dot of glue. Then place another length of toilet tissue on top to sandwich the seeds between.

Then be sure you hang to dry. I had them laying on my vinyl floor and it stuck to it. Whoops! I then got smarter and hung from the shower curtain rod in the bathroom. Afterwards I rolled some up on an empty toilet paper roll and put some to sell folded up in a baggy. The toilet paper roll worked great because I just rolled out what I needed then covered with soil.

If this works like they say it does, man this will definitely be the way to go! Less waste of seed. Less time bent over on the ground. Just less time all around! I’m thinking of selling some of these at a gardening show at our local museum in April.

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Spring Planting 2013 Has Started

It’s been a very busy weekend. On saturday we had a few teenagers show up to help up us put up the garden fence and pick up the rent house yard. I worked the burn pile, burning the leftovers of the two trees we cut down a week ago. I saved the biggest logs for campfires later and some of the straightest limbs to make a trellis. Here is a picture of the fence poles to the garden.

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My hubby rented a tiller on Saturday and got to work on the garden. Here we are taking a break watching Daddy.

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The next day we stayed home from church to try to finish as much as we could before we had to return the tiller. Here is a picture of the garden so far.

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Here is our six year old son planting onions.

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I started planting the mustard greens bed with some of the seed tapes I made. Wow was that easier! I’ll let you know how they turn out. I am putting a frame of giant red mustard with green wave mustard in the center. Ought to be a real striking combination. I’m thinking I might do another frame further in or just a solid square of the red giant in the center.
Oh and my daughter mended the holes in the chicken pens so some chicken catching will happen tonight. Just gotta find the fish net and also clip some wings. Ought a be a blast.

Make Your Own Mini Greenhouse

Here is a good tip for making your own mini greenhouse. I use a smaller size clear underbed storage box with lid. You can use any kind of clear storage container. Does not have to have a clear lid but it helps to get uniform sunlight to the seedlings. I used a plug tray. You can find these usually under a dollar at local greenhouses. Used is fine. Just please be sure to dip or spray all over with a strong bleach water solution to kill any damping off fungus that could kill your tender seedlings.

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I also believe its worth the extra effort to buy the seedstarting potting soil. Its been steilized. After filling your plug trays or whatever other bleached containers with potting soil then moisten the soil uniformly. Then add your seeds. Half of this tray is cauliflower. Half is broccoli.

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Then place in a warm area or on your porch in part sun. You don’t want to bake them. When your seeds germinate be sure to rotate the tub if needed. Some of the seedlings leggy if they have to stretch for light.

I pop open the lid every few days or so in the beginning daily once they germinate to let air in. Just a quick open and close is fine to let fresh air in. Once the seedlings have more than two leaves you can take the lid off full time or you just put it back on at night to hold in heat if you like. Once plants have outgrown their plug trays you let soil be on the dry side a little and poke out the plug from the bottom. The plastic is a little flexible. You then replant the seedling in a bigger pot or in the ground if you like. You could even replant in four inch pots then put in larger and deeper clear tubs with a few holes drilled in lid if they need to be protected longer.

Lots of Plans

Well my seeds came in today. A friend and I went in together and shared shipping from http://www.sustainableseedco.com. I got a few different greens, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. I also picked up some bunching onion seeds at Walmart along with seed starting potting soil for my plug trays and a clear plastic underbed box to use as a mini greenhouse. I sprayed the plug tray all over with a strong bleach water solution so by morning I ought to have ready the filled plug tray to start the cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage. I can’t remember if you direct seed cabbage or if you can plant from transplant. I will have to check.

My husband is suppossed to go take down a storage building in the morning a friend is giving us but his helper isn’t able to make it so I’m not sure what he’ll do. I really hope it works out. We are hoping to make it a feed and tack shed. Time will tell if that happens.