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#1 ol' stonebreaker ONLINE  

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Posted March 05, 2016 - 06:37 PM

----- in the greenhouse. Was able to get my garden hose out of the snow so moved the push mower and two wheel barrows out of the greenhouse and into the big shed. Stirred up the dirt a little and watered it all down real good. I'll give it a couple more soakings and then cover the dirt w/ black plastic to really warm it  up and maybe kill weeds and soil borne bad organisms. We plan to plant the chard along the edges by the walkway very early and hopefully avoid the leaf miners that we've had a lot of the last two yrs. One half of the garden still has 6" of snow on it!!

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Posted March 05, 2016 - 10:24 PM

Hope the plan works.
We are still a while away from any gardening.

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Posted March 06, 2016 - 07:00 AM

Mike are those leaf miners you mentioned what caused my chard to look like it was full of pin holes ?

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Posted March 06, 2016 - 07:18 AM

   Linda did a lot of research on them and found a small fly lays eggs on the leaf, they hatch and the larvae go inside the leaf and eat for a time then drop to the ground and after going thru the pupal stage, I guess, turn into a fly to go lay more eggs. I'm going to build a cage like I made for the broccoli for the chard in the garden planted later and compare the two methods.

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