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Post Posted: Jan 1, 2017 10:15 am 
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Happy New Year E1!!!

I'm looking through seed catalogs and getting so excited for another season! :multi:

It's time for me to get those mater seeds started. I want very early maters this year.

Later today I hope to get some seeds placed on wet paper towels, into a plastic baggie and onto the heating mat! I love this method to germinate because I can see right away if anything is happening. Then before the seed hull is shed, I transplant into soil.

May we all have our best gardens ever this year!


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Thanks for starting this years gardening topic, CooknThyme. Just for reference in case anyone wants to look back at the last two years topics, here the links to them:

Gardening in 2016

Gardens 2015 - It begins..

I just started getting my seed catalogs. Lordy, those vegetable pictures sure look lush and tasty. But I know from experience I usually have to lower my expectations a tad.

This year, I don't plan to put in a big vegetable garden. I have plenty of spinach and other vegetables canned from this year. But I will put in potatoes.

Instead, my husband and I plan to travel more this year. Our relatives back east aren't getting any younger and some are having major health issues.

I am planning, however, to work with the "hardscaping" - that is finally finishing my big rock garden and starting the rock garden on the west side of our house. I'll probably add stone walks between my stair sets as the grass gets kinda worn down there.

And finish putting in the ties and fixing the current ones in the vegi garden. I've been meaning to move my rhubarb, perennial onions, and some other herbs to their permanent place in the garden but just haven't gotten to that yet as I have to move compost down there and add a semi-permanent watering system. Maybe I'll double dig that part of the garden first - a good weight losing project for sure...

What are you garden plans for 2017? Are you going to try something(s) new? Do some "hardscaping"?


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Post Posted: Jan 2, 2017 7:58 am 
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I just started getting my seed catalogs. Lordy, those vegetable pictures sure look lush and tasty. But I know from experience I usually have to lower my expectations a tad.

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Yep! Every year I have to temper my expectations as well looking at the photos in the seed catalogs. I always laugh and exclaim, "It won't look like that for us Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore."

However TillerBee, the last time I saw your garden (2014? 2015?) it was incredibly lush. I was green with envy.

Concentrating on hardscaping instead of a big garden this year sounds like the perfect plan for you! May your summer travels be fun and safe!


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i'm looking forward to joining tours of gardens/landscapes - pinecam gardeners? HAGS? i hav wild dreams, but need to see what options reality presents.


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Image Our garden did well this year, a Friend from the Ukraine gave us some of her mothers seeds from the old country .


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Wowza! Now that's a mater!!! Was it yummy!!
I hope you saved seeds.

mtnhsmama, even if there is not a formal garden tour this year, you are welcome to come see my set up. It's not very "pretty" but it's functional. It generally looks its best in late July.


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Wow is right. Gorgeous tomato.


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I agree BranDuir, that is some tomato. I wonder along with CooknThyme, did it taste as good as it looked?


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It was so tasty , sweet firm , best so far. Not a big producer , took most of the season to get there. But seems to thrive at high altitude , 8700 hundred feet here.


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A few years back I asked for advice form forum members on indoor planting schedules, I had excellent feedback. I found a seed starting spreadsheet online and updated it with the input I received. I have been updating it every year since with what has worked for me. Perhaps some of you may find it helpful. If interested, you will find it attached to this post.

I was also missing fresh greens about 6 weeks ago, so I experimented with growing greens indoors. I have grown herbs during the winter in the past, but not greens. It worked pretty well! I only tried one tray, but will plant more in the very near future.

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thx conifer4 - for the pic inspiration & the spreadsheet!

and cookyntyme - thx so much. soon as i get thru some deadlines here, i'll chat w/ u more. happy new year all!!


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Post Posted: Jan 19, 2017 9:45 am 
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May I ask what kind of grow light system you are using?


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