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2in1evtime

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All of our seed is sprouting now, got several bags of perlite{we get it free from a friend} started uncovering our beds as we do raised bed gardening, working in compost ,lime where need, adding perlite working down about a foot. we do ad some 10-10-10 during the summer also. Thecompost is year old horse manure it is great stuff too.
 

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Last year I did a combination of raised bed and container gardening. The containers are a lot more effort because they seem to need watered more frequently.

I will probably convert the containers to raised beds this year. How deep should I go so that I can plant about anything in it? My soil has a lot of clay in it.

I plant mostly whatever plants I can find. It's been a long time since I've actually planned a garden and been able to find the plants I was looking for.
 

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Need more Strawberry advice...

Got my bare root strawberries in yesterday. Soaked them overnight as recommended. The problem is that today's weather sucks. How long can I keep these bare roots soaking?
 

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I'm 70 and have been gardening as long as I can remember. I'll make a few post instead of 1 long one.
I had a large garden for 16 years up to 3 years ago, 25 rows 42" apart 175 yards long. I added everything I could find to it, manure, cotton hull dirt, grain hulls and mulched leaves in the fall to winter. Turn it over in the early spring. Later till only the area you plan to plant at that time. Till the rows, spread 6-12-12 fertilize down the rows and till again then plant.
 

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I go to Sam's club and collect the cardstock from pallets of paper products. After rows of plants are growing I run the tiller a couple of times down the middles. I may have to cut some of the cardstock to fit. I lay it out between the rows and cover with a mix of sawdust/shavings, leaf mulch and grain hulls. No more weeding, cheaper than buying weed block fabric and I till it into the ground next time.
 

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Rotate your crops. Tomatoes may grow great this year, but they won't next year in the same soil. Peas and beans are good to rotate them with.
I drive the stakes into the ground first. Dig a short trench next to it inline with the row. Set the tomato plant about 2 inches from the stake. About 3 inches away I set a 2 liter drink bottle in the ground and cover all. The neck is removed from the bottle and holes are drilled in the bottom half before setting. Water the bottle not the plant. Tomatoes don't like city water.
 

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Weather Alerts-Unionville, IN​

Special Weather Statement until THU 11:00 PM EDT​

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Avoid the subject event as per the instructions

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Indianapolis - IN, US, National Weather Service

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Monroe County

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...Hard Freeze Expected Tonight... Although the growing season has not officially begun across the vast majority of central Indiana, it is important to note that sub freezing temperatures are expected across the entire area again tonight, with a hard freeze and widespread frost expected. Anyone with applicable horticultural or agricultural interests will need to take steps to protect any sensitive vegetation through at least Friday morning. A Freeze Warning is in effect again tonight for far southern central Indiana where the growing season has begun.


 

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Weather Alerts-Unionville, IN​

Special Weather Statement until THU 11:00 PM EDT​

Action Recommended​

Avoid the subject event as per the instructions

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Indianapolis - IN, US, National Weather Service

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Monroe County

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...Hard Freeze Expected Tonight... Although the growing season has not officially begun across the vast majority of central Indiana, it is important to note that sub freezing temperatures are expected across the entire area again tonight, with a hard freeze and widespread frost expected. Anyone with applicable horticultural or agricultural interests will need to take steps to protect any sensitive vegetation through at least Friday morning. A Freeze Warning is in effect again tonight for far southern central Indiana where the growing season has begun.


It's been 11 years since I've been able to put my plants in the ground before Mothers Day up here.
Heck last 2 years we've had snow mid April.

So glad we purchased a greenhouse last year!
 

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Early plants are always a risk. Sounds like tonight may give us a test of that?
Sure looks that way. Sky clear up here tonight. Expecting heavy frost up here as well.

If you have plants out make sure to cover them. Buckets, brown grocery bags, etc. Whatever you can find to cover them, that's for sure
 

bwframe

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Sure looks that way. Sky clear up here tonight. Expecting heavy frost up here as well.

If you have plants out make sure to cover them. Buckets, brown grocery bags, etc. Whatever you can find to cover them, that's for sure
We'll find out. The plants I have out are cold tolerant, but you never know. What I did know was that they all could be sacrificial.

Gardening is like fishing to a degree. If you don't go, you certainly won't catch. If you don't plant, you certainly won't grow anything.

I just had fresh spinach (with crappie) for dinner... ;)
 

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Raised beds and containers again this year for me too.
Feels good this week to be mixing soil, shoveling and prepping ingredients.
May Bell got tired out just watching me.
Tomorrow is supposed to be rain so will be working on seedlings.
Soon will be hauling stuff in for some long term cinder blocks.jpg hugelkultur beds.
Got to rebuild some beds from last year that had simple stacked cinder block walls. Still experimenting with designs that are easily moveable.
 

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Holy crap. Turnips shot up from nothing in under 24 hours. at 6 last night I was working on the boat right next to the garden. Nothing. And I looked closely.

I look out at 6 tonight as I am doing dishes, and see 4 rows of green. turnips are out and 1/16 high, lettuce is out but barely visible. Holy crap that was fast.
 

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Got some broccoli and brussel sprouts growing inside and they are over an inch tall.
I have a half dozen Brussels sprouts that overwintered outside. They show signs but don't have fully developed sprouts. What they do have is a lot of limbs and folage.

I trimmed up one plant a bit to hopefully promote sprout growth and fiddle with cooking the trimmings. Results were meh. Edible, but not impressive. Didn't taste the same as sprouts cooked the same way.

I hope to keep working on this to find a tastier recipe.
 
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