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Garden reports where you at and whats next?

Post in 'The Green Room' started by smokinj, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I got all my chicken compost on yesterday 15 wagon loads (17 cu ft trailer) Ran the aerator over it a few times to make it even. Its looking good. Bluberry's rasberry's apple trees all going in next Sunday. Thinking of taking a shot with broccoli, SPINACH, and greens to. Spring got to hit soon.

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  2. Augie

    Augie Feeling the Heat

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    Frozen Ground in SE MIchigan...... Nothing going on outside here for another couple of weeks based on the weather. Greenhouse is even a little chilly still. But Tomatoes are germinating inside along with Lettuce and Kale in the Greenhouse
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  3. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    I've got some lettuce, peppers and tomatoes started but my sister manages a bulk greenhouse so I really only need to start anything she doesn't which lately has been just yellow plum tomatoes. Anything popular at Lowes or Home Depot she's got.
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  4. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Need to rent a jack hammer here still.
  5. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Its still pretty cold here but I "got a guy" with lots of straw. Garden very lose so the spring crops I think it will be ok.
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  6. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Still a bunch of snow and ice here.
    Good on ya SJ for getting started on it.
  7. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    We got ice and some snow last night didnt stick though. Iam only going to do maybe 50ft of spring crops a week for the next three weeks. Its a gamble but I have 40 bails of straw to much with.
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  8. muncybob

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    I was hoping to start my gaden this week but Mother nature has other ideas. Maybe next week? Darned grounghog got it wrong again!!
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    Bocefus78 Minister of Fire

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    This year I'm going about it differently. No more starting from seeds. I got a nursery dealers license so I'm buying plants at wholesale prices this year. My garden sits in a low spot, so I couldnt even till it if I wanted to right now.

    Smokin, where u getting your apple trees at? I bet I can save you some $$$. What varities?
  10. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I think there was a few days of 80 last year here in March. I thinking once its here it will stay. Going to roll the nice, I think our high yesterday was 36 degrees. ;)
  11. smokinj

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    I am buying 2 year old sapling off ebay. I will have 20 total after these are put in. I think I may have a bag advantage. 40 bails of straw was put on the garden as much last summer. It just now got work in on Sunday. Oh and 15 loads of chix crap mulch to.
  12. muncybob

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    I remember last March, enjoyed it but it playd havoc on the fruit trees and the bees. Hoping for a much more "normal" spring this year.
    That's gonna be some good dirt!
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  13. lukem

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    Garden is a swamp. No shot at working the soil for a while. Would like to get some greens going but that's going to have to wait. I'm hoping in two weeks I'll be able to get the tiller in there and get the rabbit food growing.

    Peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and eggplant started in trays a few weeks ago. Will probably transplant out of them into dixie cups in a couple weeks.

    You're soil is going to be HOT with that much chicken chit in it. A little of that stuff goes a looong way. Careful you don't burn your plants up with all that nitrogen.
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  14. smokinj

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    I think it should be good the top was still straw but once you got under it, it was black. If I didnt have 6 inch of sand in there I would swear it was pete moss. (there is about 10 loads of that) the other 5 loads is from the composter its self. Its a year older but in no way done as well as that in the coop. I think the chixs keep stir pretty well. Garden is 100 x 40.
  15. nate379

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    -5* this morning, don't think the garden is happening anytime soon! Have easily a month till the ground is thawed out.
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  16. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    My garden is still way too white and hard to be working in it.
  17. smokinj

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    You still have snow on the ground? I think your only a couple hrs away.
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Just got another 1.5" This morning. Piles all along my driveway and the ground is so hard my backhoe cannot penetrate it.
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    You are almost straight across from Springfild, IL. That is darn near tropical compared to the state line (IL/WI). I am technically North of Chicago, but in the middle going E-W.
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  20. smokinj

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    If I am in the tropic I will never head north! lol
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I am farther north than some parts of Canada.
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  22. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    After the ground thaws up this way you have to wait for the swamp to drain a bit, along about mid April for first planting.
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  23. Backwoods Savage

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    Jay, I hope you spread that stuff thin. Chicken manure is really hot stuff!
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  24. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Folks, composted chicken poop isn't a problem. It is the raw stuff that is.
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  25. save$

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    Used chicken manure, well composted, when I had a relative who had a farm was very generous at clean out time. It was mixed with sawdust which was used on the floor of his commercial chicken business. Un composted sawdust should never be mixed in the soil as it will bind with the nitrogen keeping it from your plants. Once the sawdust has composted, the nitrogen is released back into the soil and is available for your plants.

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