Last of the seeds ordered...
Posted April 08, 2011 - 01:00 PM
Burpees Stringless Green Pod Bean Seeds and Plants, Vegetable Gardening at Burpee.com
We can almost all our beans and I hope to plant enough to keep us until next spring! We shall see how this goes, it was a pretty good drop of cash on seeds, but cheaper than buying them per packet. (I hope) I debated on buying the $1.00 packets from Wal-Mart... and I may still buy some and compare, but to rest the whole crop on dollar seeds, well I hate to loose!
Posted April 08, 2011 - 01:37 PM
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Posted April 08, 2011 - 03:13 PM
I may not get this done this year, but I plan to run a 24" deep raised bed along with length of my garden fence with a wide gate / arbor in the center. This will be three 24" x 6' beds with a 24" x 24" bed on each end, and one at each side of the arbor. The 24" x 24" beds may be a bit higher (2 boards high over the other 1 board high beds) These raised beds will be places for stuff like herbs and stuff like my prized rhubarb patch (I want to transplant it all over to one of the 6' beds) Other 6 foot beds will have things like carrots, lettuce, and other "small crops" that I want to grow for use, and not canning.
I have a total of 5 children in my home (4 of my own, and we are foster parents for children 2 and under. Right now we have a great little boy who is 13 months, and we got him when he was just 6 months) So, we do tend to go through a lot of food! Being able to can the beans, and my spaghetti sauce, and have all the other stuff from the garden is great! We are also on our second flock of chickens, I have 8 new chicks in a brooder out in my shop. In a week or two, they are going out in the coop!
Posted April 08, 2011 - 03:33 PM
We only have the wife and I, my daughter and two grandaughters in the house now.
But your right it takes a lot of food! I am sure we are far from done buying seed, but I leave that up to the wife to decide.
My parents and 3 of my 5 brothers and 1 sister all live in the same town so we always share any extra..
I think it will be dry enough to start tilling tomorrow? The wife wants to start with a 25 X25 patch and I need to get some ground ready when the rasberries arrive. I have 8+ acres so I can open up as much as she wants to care for. She said she wanted to plant a lot of separate patches instead of one big garden. I used to have a 60 X120 patch so this will be a litle different.
Posted April 08, 2011 - 03:52 PM
+1! Sounds great!
Sounds like you are going to have a nice garden!!
We did pole beans last year. It was a real space-saver!
We have always planted bush beans, but Jo says she wants to try pole beans this year.
Lee - We used to grow pumpkins (around 1000 plants per year) and we had pretty good luck with Harris seeds: Vegetables Seeds, Flower Seeds, Plants, Bulbs, & Garden Supplies | Harris Seeds
I buy most of our veggie garden seeds at our local farmers co-op as we don't grow enough to justify buying in bulk.
Kudos to you and your wife for being a foster parent; that takes a special person!
Posted April 08, 2011 - 04:39 PM
Last year we did corn, and it was a bust. We were hit by corn borers, bad seed, and the yield was just poor for the 1/3 of a garden it took up. Like I have said, I am planting a small form of "three sister" planting in with out pumpkins & butternut. I may toss some pole beans in there just to see how it goes. The corn is that Indian corn though, just for looks.
I will have to take a look at Harris too. Last year was the first year I started tomatoes from seed and it save quite a bit. I just put my tomatoes under the lights in the shop, and most of them are a good 1" tall now. (No signs of Tomatillo's though) My peppers have yet to sprout, but I hear they take longer. I am worries about how much moisture is in the planter with the lid and added heat... I hope they make it, I am looking forward to those Tangerine Dreams!
Posted April 08, 2011 - 07:07 PM
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Posted April 08, 2011 - 07:12 PM
A creek 1/2 milw west and another 1/2 mile south, I'm afraid Racooons will get the sweetcorn