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    Default The gardening thread

    I'm getting the itch to get my hands in the dirt. Time to get the seed catalogs out!

    Who is planning what? I'm going to give avacados and artichokes a shot for the first time this year.

    This year's garden is going to be enormous. Going to do canning and flash freezing this year. Finally putting in fruits this year. I've been wanting to do berries for a while, but always focused on veggies. I want to put up as much as I can to avoid buying in the grocery store. Prices are getting obscene and they are only going to get worse.

    Anyone have fruit trees? I know they take a while to mature, but I'd love to have my own apples and cherries and maybe even pears.

    I want to become as independant as possible. Hoping to buy into a friend's milk cows so I can get my own milk and butter from her.
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    I'm focusing on flowers this year. I'm having an addition put on the house, with the appropriate mess, undoubtedly. I'll have the chance to build the garden that I have always wanted, from the ground up around that addition when it's done.

    Since I'm getting older, the plan is to move the assorted small gardens I have all over the yard to this one place for more ease of maintenance. The focal point will be the 37 different kinds of daylilies that I have collected, along with a few coneflowers. Other than that, I'm having a specialist in natural American plants come in and give me ideas about what else to plant. I'm thinking I'll need stuff that blooms in the Spring and early Summer, like Blue-eyed Grass and Canadian Anemone and then fall stuff, like a couple of the cultivated goldenrod that I've seen around. So, in my dreams, I guess what I want is a tightly packed English Country Garden type of area only with a distinctly American look. I'm almost as excited about that as I am about the addition (a sunroom.)

    Next year, the plan is to put in raised beds and lots of deer-proof fencing and raise the vegetables.
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    I have colonnade apple trees -they grow 9' high but only 2' wide. They take a few years to mature. I had a couple of precocious apples last year, but they do take time. I also have a grape vine that gave me fruit for the first time last year -I think it's about 7 years old. I recently put in a fig so I don't expect much from it for a while.

    Otherwise I put in vegetables and herbs I start seeds indoors on Valentine's day.

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    Last year was hit or miss with the garden... didn't get much out of it but mostly my fault. Have a plan already in place. Near the patio will be the bulk, but I have 2 south facing building sides that I'm going to put 3 sisters in. I figure if I line the buildings with trellis, I can put in a foot to 18" of garden bed next to it and have no worries. Acutally I think only the long building will be 3 sisters and the other will be melons and more squash if I remember the plan correctly. Haven't had much luck with squashes at the farm so this will be interesting.
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    My biggest challenges are fruits that don't change as they ripen. I can't tell when something is ripe unless it does a color change!

    Paula
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    We have small fruits (raspberries, blueberries, a few strawberries) that I have planted, and an ancient Concord grape that is so productive, we cannot find enough people to take the grapes and turn them into jelly. A friend took 50 pounds last year and there was probably had another 100 pounds on the vine. I ate a couple of pounds picked fresh off the vine over the course of a few weeks.

    I do a veggie bed every year; I'm not doing tomatoes or cukes/squashes this year for the first time in ages, because of blight... ugh. Had a tomato vine last year that went up the barn about 8 feet and was at least 15 feet wide, got a couple hundred tomatoes off it and oven-dried them, and then the blight got it. So the veggie bed this year will be heavy on swiss chard, beets, carrots, peas, and green beans. For the latter two, I buy plants because I am pretty much a black-thumb when it comes to starting things inside.

    Plant diseases are my biggest problem.

    For flowers... we mostly have perennials and shrubs. I trial one plant at a time to see if the groundhogs will eat it, and if they don't, I get more.

    What I would love to do this year, budget allowing, is get the corner bed by the driveway dug up and readied for planting... We took out some big shrubs last year and it's mostly weeds. Yes, I would pay someone as I have bad shoulders and DH is unwilling. I think it would be a lovely place for strawberries, modulo passersby stealing them (would plant taller things right along the road and set the strawberries back a bit.)
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    I've got a couple types of lettuces coming up and it looks like some cabbages are coming up. In the house/in my seedling room, I have 5 types of tomatoes, 5 types of peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, 3 types of eggplant, an insane number of kinds of squash and a bunch of melons and other things I'm forgetting all coming up. They should be ready to move out in March.

    I want to try blackberries, strawberries and apples... but those will come in future years.
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    We have wild raspberries, wine berries, and black berries up here on the mountain, as well as wild grapes.

    The wine berries are to die for.

    Paula
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