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post #571 of 616 Old 02-16-2014, 12:21 PM
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I've grow onions from seed but they never transplanted really well so gave it up as a waste of time
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Kiddie pools are a great idea apachiedragon. I was thinking of doing the a few test plants of the straw bale potatoes. Anyone ever try that method? So envious of all you southerners starting gardens already. I still have snow that is up to my chest in my garden. So be middle of may before I start seeding. Maybe you guys could start fanning your warm weather this way, lol!
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Ha ha! I'm terribly behind here, again!
So no warm weather to you from me, at least not yet :).

Hoop house is being worked on as I type! So excited, will post photos Sunday!
We are expecting yet another ice storm on Sunday night, of course.

Broccoli babies are leafed out, only doing 46...
Have yet to start anything else, cabbage and cauliflower seeding Monday... What a mess!
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My veg patch is still covered in a layer of ice and snow!!!
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I planted yellow and white corn this year. Last year the grasshoppers ate them.
I also put in some tomatoes 4 plants, okra, green and grey zucchini, crooked neck yellow squash, and two types of water melons large striped, and smaller green round.
I am still waiting for sprouts. My early oranges are in bloom as well as some of plums and nectarines. I hope this year I get a decent crop and its not ruined by wild critters. ;)
Last weekend we were at 80 degrees.. no real winter here. I will be watering in the early am , due to the water cut backs. I hope next winter we actually get a winter .
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Kiddie pools are a great idea apachiedragon. I was thinking of doing the a few test plants of the straw bale potatoes. Anyone ever try that method? So envious of all you southerners starting gardens already. I still have snow that is up to my chest in my garden. So be middle of may before I start seeding. Maybe you guys could start fanning your warm weather this way, lol!
Ii was also thinking of doing the straw bale potatoes but decided against it. I ran across a article where someone did a series of tests to find out what worked best for potatoes. Straw, Dirt, Raised beds, a mixture of straw/dirt ect. The potatoes did best in the Raised bed with well cultivated soil. Next was the regular in ground planting, than the straw/ dirt combo. The plain straw bale was the very bottom of the list. While it did produce potatoes the harvest was not really worth the effort, According to the author. I am growing potatoes this year by first planting them in a raised bed with well cultivated soil first then I will be heaping my potato mounds with a combination of soil/straw. The potato's I planted this year should lead to a interesting harvest as I planted Purple Majesty potatoes!
They will go nicely with the rainbow blend carrots! The yum yum mini bell peppers and heirloom tomatoes! This year should be interesting! I can't wait for my tomatoes to come in as I don't yet know what variety of tomatoes I'm being sent, LOL! They should be here sometime between the 27th and the 1st.

I'll try to send you some warm air but in return you have to send some moisture this way! It's way too dry here its going to be a tough summer fire wise if we don't get some moisture soon. The town I live in already lost the only good place to get a burger to a fire last week. Its a good thing that the fire department is only 2 doors down or the brush behind the restaurant could have caught fire! Its only about a half mile from the restaurant to my house
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I've found potatos to do best in raised beds
I lost most of my tomatoes to some sort of blight last year so I'm going to try planting in a new area this year.
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Wish it would hurry up and get warm for you guys! We had a freeze last night but no ice !

Here is the hoop house... Got a bunch done this weekend but it's STILL not finished! This thing is soooo hard to put up, especially since we've never done one before. I recommend hiring a professional crew... But don't tell all the wonderful people that came out to help this weekend! We had a BLAST!

Got the big beams in and the side runners in.


Then the cross beams (which took four guys to get in) then yesterday DH, DBIL, and I got ONE door installed... SHEESH!


Summer project is painting my barns, they look terrible now that I see them online, .

You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!!
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I remember somebody on here talking about growing potatoes in a cardboard box. Does anybody know how it is done?

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I think you just open the ends, add soil/compost/straw under/around/over the potato start. Then keep adding straw/soil as they grow. Put bricks or cinder blocks on the bottom flaps spread outwards to keep it upright and steady.
I have some cloroplast that I was thinking about using the same way... Just duct tape the sides.

I did the trench method two years ago and it was MURDER getting them dug up. Last year I only dug them in six inches and mounded on top and had a great crop. The potato bugs were awful last year so I'm companion planting with onions/garlic to help ward them off. Any other companion plants you guys know of that are good for potatoes?
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