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Our April Seed Babies For The Garden Are Growing

In Backyard Gardening,Minnesota,Organic,Organic Gardening on April 26, 2014 by organicconversion Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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Some of the new seed babies are in! So far we’ve started celery, sunflowers, cabbage, beets and lettuce from seed. We started the first batch on 4/13 and 4/14.   Tons of little seedlings are growing fast.

We’re reusing all kinds of plastic containers from milk jugs to plastic apple slice containers. We do have some of the individual plantable coconut fiber pots, but those cost money and add to the budget in planting a garden so I think we’re sticking with mostly our found and reused pot method for everything we start from seed. It may take more time to plant them later on, but the start up cost to gardening will be less.

lettuceWe’re about to plant the second batch of cold weather loving plants from seed. We learned you want to plant in batches so your crop doesn’t mature all at once. I know obvious, but if you aren’t an experienced gardener, maybe not. You also plant in batches so that the plants are in different stages of growth later on which is a natural help for pest control without chemicals.

 

We’re working on cutting our saved jugs into “pots” and deciding what we’re planting in the next batch of seeds to start. My four year old is loving watching the seeds grow into little plants, but it sure did take several talks to explain why we couldn’t plant a watermelon seed and eat a watermelon later that same day!

 

 

 

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My First Organic Gardening for Food!

In Minnesota,Organic on April 7, 2014 by organicconversion Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Florida Community GardenI’m very excited that we’re almost set to move into a new house and for the first time for me there is a lot of space for a kitchen and herb garden. I’m not a complete garden newbie, but I haven’t grown much more than peppers and tomatoes either…When I lived in Florida we grew oranges, grapefruit, lemons, tangerines, star fruit, pineapple and papaya at various times, but my gardens there were more of the butterfly variety.

I know, I know, people say start small, but we’re planning a huge garden knowing full well it is going to be our nightly 3-season hobby for awhile and once crops start coming in we get to go learn all about preserving food too!

Here’s what I’ve got for seeds so far:

Beefsteak, roma and sweet tomatoes, regular cucumbers and pickle variety cucumbers, celery, sunflower, green onions, okra, heirloom baby lettuce, red lettuce and regular lettuce, yellow corn, regular watermelon, heirloom watermelon, jack o lantern, pie pumpkin, and small pumpkin, butternut squash, runner beans, peas, black beans bush, yellow wax beans, carrots, radishes, beets, green peppers, parsley, spearmint, chives, thyme, cilantro, basil, oregano, summer squash, eggplant, fennel, swiss chard, broccoli, dill, chamomile, tarragon, lemon balm, sage, rosemary, zucchini, pak choi, cabbage, endive, brussels sprouts and spinach!

We’re going to try kiwi if we can find it for shade-loving growing as well as plant some trees and vines like blackberry and raspberry. Luckily, it seems there is a lot that will grow in Minnesota despite the winters.

One other huge project: the new house comes with a big chicken coop and fenced chicken run. Yep, almost chicken newbie here…well there’s this story of us briefly having roosters in the city and one flying over the fence due to a neighbor’s dog and me laughing and laughing as my son, my ex and several random neighbors chased it for 20 minutes…after that the two roosters went to live on grandma’s farm. Thankful that this coop is pretty far from the house so I won’t be hearing them all day long as I work from home.

Our “date night” was even just spent at the local Half Price books checking out all the food gardening books and we found a few good ones to start…this should be an interesting adventure this year!

So, hey, if you read this and you know something about chickens, growing fruits, veggies and herbs “up North” in Minnesota or just want to say Hello, drop me a comment!