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Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 12:45 pm
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Here we go, people!
Last year, Jilly, gave me some of these… Mammoth Melting Peas. Hardy and Prolific! Planting them again. I think they’ll go in the ground in just a few weeks.

#yay

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Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 3:57 pm
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They look like Snow Pea Pods.  I bet they’re really tender. I love beans like that in stir fry.

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Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 12:54 pm
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Oh!  And this is nutty (to me). I still have parsley from last year. In fact, I made chimichurri to go with dinner tonight.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 7:21 am
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Master gardener, Mr. H. says these are the best seeds:

https://livingstonseed.info/

I was told to put the seeds in the “sproutin’ cup”, 20th of April, then plant in ground on May 10th.  These are instructions for patty pan squash!

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 1:53 pm
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Planted peas, kale and swiss chard (seed). Also my neighbor turned part of my (enclosed) garden over (surprise) so I put in some romaine lettuce and cauliflower (seedlings).  It’s a little early / risky, but being a Colorado gardener in my previous life, I know these seedlings are surprisingly hearty.

I also have cabbage and broccoli which I’ll put in after the weekend (it’s warming up). The garden space is not ready, but I do have them set out to harden off.

I’m really excited. I have no surgeries pending this year, lol. 🙂

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It is early, but its been a warm winter.  We’ve had almost no snow at all the entire winter in NJ.  Most days are 40-50 degrees and it hasn’t gone below freezing much.  I already have Snow Drops and Daffodils popping up and my shrubs and trees have buds.  Its one month early.

I’m sure its got to be even warmer where you are, so I think you’ll be ok.  You could always cover the seedlings with plastic if you have a cold snap.

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I hope they’re all right. Daffodils are in total bloom over the last ten days or so.
Danger of losing the plants for the rest of the week, then it looks clear. But I am not too worried. I still have broccoli growing from last season. I even pulled the plants out of the ground. They’re producing anyway! 🙂

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Those are my Colorado tomatoes circa 2012. I canned 70 jars of sauce that year, and about 50 jars of soup. I am eating the soup today, for Lent.  It’s delicious!  Tastes mile high! 🙂

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I just got back from a 5 day trip, so now I can finally start my seeds! I’ve been chomping at the bit even though we still have a lot of snow on the ground. All of my indoor growing supplies are ready – soil, containers, lights, heat mats, fan. I will start with onions, celery, herbs, and hot peppers indoors. I’m also going to try winter sowing some perennial flowers and cool weather veggies.

Today I am meeting with a small group of volunteers from our local community garden. I got nearly 70 packets of donated seeds! We are going to create a plan and planting schedule for the food donation plots – which take up most of the garden because there’s a lack of participation from the community. I even offered to teach a 4-H garden club for high-schoolers and nobody has signed up.

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My seedings survived overnight. There is a lessor threat tonight and then I should be home free! 🙂

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I put up my little pop-up greenhouse yesterday, and spruced up the soil in some containers. It felt so good to spend the day outside, raking the yard and getting my hands dirty. We still have snow around, and there will probably be more coming throughout April and May… but hopefully not too much.

I am going to start my tomatoes in earnest today. I already have a couple dozen “experimental” seedlings that I started way too early for my zone – because I’m going to try to get some early tomatoes in my little greenhouse. But I am going to start probably 70 more today. I committed to starting 40 for the community (food donation) garden, and I want about 15-20 for my garden at home.

I’m so excited for Spring 🙂

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I am so stoked – yesterday I put in all my starts! The bamboo was outgrowing it’s planter so we extended it about 2x the original space. And until the bamboo fills it in, I’m growing veggies! We are tormented by voles so there was no way to put it in the ground. I love this raised bed concept.

And guess what?! Transiting Ceres exactly conjunct my natal Ceres! How’s that for astrology in action?

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Yesssssssssssss!

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Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 6:21 pm
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Beautiful land! What kind of trees are those, Elsa?

It’s shaping up to be an outstanding season for us gardeners, and more worthwhile than ever!

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Those are Bradford Pear trees. You don’t want any!
They are beautiful but people have learned to avoid them like the plague because they become trash about 25 years in. They tend to split and crash in storms – giant mess to clean up. People have pretty much quit planting them. We’re lucky so far, but I know it’s a matter of time, 🙁

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