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post #1 of 23 Old 03-31-2020, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Gardening 2020 - What are you planting?

With all the madness that this year has shown us so far, I would like to take a step back and enjoy the simple things. Although, gardening can be far from simple depending on what you're trying to grow!

Right now, I have quite a few beans being started inside as well as a few different types of tomatoes. My family favors the cherry tomatoes so we have quite a few of those started. I also have a few new types of carrot seeds that I'm hoping to give a shot a bit later. One is called a "cosmic purple carrot" and I'm intrigued to see how it compares to its orange counterpart.


So, I'd like to know what's going in your garden this year! Are you planting vegetables or are excited to see what perennials are going to be making a comeback?
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post #2 of 23 Old 03-31-2020, 05:52 PM
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I'm planting lots of veggies - hopefully enough to provide us with a good % of our food. We just moved to a new place and this is a new garden. I wanted to take things slow and easy but with everything going on in the world I decided to do more than I had planned! I started the garden in a horse paddock that was in use until shortly before we moved in, so there weren't any weeds to get rid of. I decided to go with the Ruth Stout method - piled spoiled hay about 10 inches deep over the whole thing and I'm just moving the hay out of the way to plant things.

I hope this garden will be easier to take care of than gardens in the past. I HATE weeding and I'm not strong enough to use a rototiller.
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We are in autumn/fall so just finishing off and harvesting things like pumpkins (got about 18 this year from one plant that I put in and then multiple that grew from seeds in the kitchen scraps that I dig into the soil), beetroot, carrots, corn, cherry tomatoes, beans, apples, pears, blueberries, and blackberries. I think I also have some autumn-fruiting raspberries that I should check. Recently, I have planted some cauliflower, various types of broccoli, kale, and Asian greens like pak choi.

Otherwise just lots of tidying up and mulching (I use a thick layer of pea straw on absolutely everything so I don't have to weed so much).

I was planning to start a mushroom bed but had not ordered the spore and then non-essential shops are shut with coronavirus. Actually the online seed place is open maybe I should check about the mushrooms. I was going to try burgundy mushrooms (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stropharia_rugosoannulata) because you can grow them outside.

We are vegetarian and dairy free so try to grow as much as we can to supplement our store purchases but our garden is small so we cannot grow everything we need. I have put in lots of dwarf fruit trees and lots of these apple trees that just have the trunk pretty much and fruit almost directly off that. They are marketed as ballerina apple trees here (https://www.waimeanurseries.co.nz/ou...llerina-waltz/). I planted four of them about 3 years ago and they yielded a lot this year (> 10 kg from three of them, not sure on exact weight as we don't have scales; one did not fruit).
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@newtrailriders - Funny that you mention the Ruth Stout method as that's what I actually did for my fall veggies last year without even knowing it was an actual way to garden!

One of my neighbors dropped off 100 spoiled bales and I just spread it all out and threw some old pumpkin, squash and zucchini seeds thinking nothing would happen. Fast forwards and everyone was complementing how amazing my garden was doing!


@MeditativeRider - I'm quite envious of the variety you have! I have a few blackberry bushes on the property but they don't usually yield too much. I'm intrigued by the idea of ballerina apple trees, never heard of them before! A few years ago I planted apple trees but I've yet to see a single apple.
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post #5 of 23 Old 03-31-2020, 11:18 PM
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I have just come in from planting some seeds. My parsley and carrot plants from summer had a bunch of seeds on that I have now replanted. I put a row of beetroot, kale and pak choy in the ground and a block of corn (the corn is more of an experiment, I've never done it before and the seeds are old). I have a heap of sunflowers flowering, hoping that they provide a bit of my bird feed this year.

I moved a bunch of pots around and planted more kale, lettuce, spinach, pak choy and herbs in them hoping they get big enough before winter to survive. I have watermelon in a hydroponic solution but dont know if it will take, the weather is cooling down and it was a pretty sad looking plant anyway.

I have moved my tin garden bed to a more sunny spot but am yet to fill it. I was thinking of trying some out of season plants in it with the greenhouse over it, but as seeds are out of stock, I just have to go with what I have got. I planted a chilli plant in a pot as the capsicum is still flowering so it might grow big enough to produce by spring.

I picked the last of the green apples last week as the birds got in the nets, they are ok but I am pretty sick of apples haha The red apples were nicer. I cooked up all of the crap ones for the ducks. I have more pears than I know what to do with as well, already sent my neighbours and parents away with boxes of them. They are a little bit too old to give away now so I'll have to eat them or cook them up for ducks too! I only have a bar fridge so I am unable to store them long which is a real shame as they are little, but super nice.

I hope I can grow enough even just to feed the bunnies. There are so many bugs and slugs that my veggie growing has been very hit and miss.
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I'm a crazy person so I have approximately 600 seeds planted. Several different kinds of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, various flowers, and plenty more to plant just not yet.

I also got my order of chicken of the woods and s.hitake mushroom plugs in. They are put in oak logs to grow. Ended up with 100 of each. The potato seeds are due in and the onions starts are scheduled to be delivered tomorrow. My 50 garlic I planted in the fall are coming in beautifully.

Oh and just so folks know I am working on a part-time greenhouse business. So I can sell plants and then veggies to folks along with preserving a ton of it.
Might even get some meat chickens. Things are getting crazy in the world.
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post #7 of 23 Old 04-01-2020, 08:13 AM
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This is my first year gardening - we are planning on keeping everything potted and continuing to grow when winter comes to hopefully offset some food costs.

So far we have green beans, peas, roma tomatoes, thai chili peppers, watermelon, and then gourds (for loofas!). So far everything is sprouted except for the gourds, and I'm starting to think they were bad seeds.

If this initial wave goes well, I'd like to add cucumbers and carrots to the collection. Fingers crossed!
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We have a huge garden every year. We plant tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, green beans, squash, lettuce, pumpkin, onions, radish, kale, swiss chard, potatoes, beets, and probably a few other things I'm forgetting. We order our seed from Heritage Harvest. They are non-gmo heritage varieties. We prefer those because they are very sturdy and low maintenance. We've had great success with all their seeds and tend to get veggies with minimal pest damage because they're naturally more resistant to pests than modern varieties. We also have many heritage apple trees on our property, and a few years ago, planted 4 pear trees. Our two beehives do a good job pollenating everything on the property. We do not use any pesticides or herbicides on our property.

Since there's still snow on the ground here, we've started a few things indoors to pass the time. I have lettuce, garlic, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon that just sprouted, and my daughter planted some old squash seeds from last year's squash we just ate a couple of weeks ago. The plants are now huge! I had to build a trellis so they could keep growing out of the pot. There are several flowers about to open. Going to have to read up on how to cross-pollenate using Q-tips once they bloom. We would not normally plant all this stuff inside, but I figured why not. It's nice to watch the greenery grow while stuck home.

@newtrailriders , we do keep our rows far apart enough to run the tiller between them and that helps. But what we found most effective was strips of landscape fabric between the rows. That made our job so much easier. I also hate weeding.
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post #9 of 23 Old 04-01-2020, 08:42 AM
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@Acadianarist if you have it use a small craft paint brush. Something like this https://www.dollartree.com/crafters-...t-packs/167456

It helps to evenly distribute the pollen. Something I learned in horticulture class years ago.
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It is hard to think of gardening right now b/c we still have 2 feet of snow on the ground and it is currently -20-something (Celsius) with the windchill. I feel it will be a while before we can even think of planting a garden.

But we have massive amounts of garden space and generally plant a very large garden every year. I did start some plants inside in the past, but this year we didn't bother.

I have a section of the garden that is for my fruit bushes - we have an abundance of raspberries and I also have about half a dozen saskatoon bushes - they are immature but I am starting to get a bit of fruit off them every summer now. I also have rhubarb and strawberries. I tried blackberries, and the plant did awesome and then promptly died. I confess I am not a green thumb and the summer months are so busy with the horses, that my garden takes a back seat. But we still get a pretty decent yield. I still have squash in the basement from last year that is still good, as well as a couple pumpkins. We kept our carrots down the well and they kept really well so we are are still eating garden carrots from last year as well.

I am looking more into rotating the garden and companion planting this year. Last year some things did quite well and others (like the cucumbers) didn't grow at all. It was a very wet/cold summer so I'm assuming that had something to do with it.

I am jealous that some folks are planting! We are usually able to plant our garden on May Long weekend, so we have another month or so to go. Right now it is hard to believe since we are still in the throes of winter :(
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