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Tank-Girl

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It's the start of a new year and with it the excitement of a new year of growing food.

I have been busy making a garden map and planting plan for my front and back gardens using last year's map.
Reading the notes I kept both at home and here on this site I am able to see what worked and what didn't and move things accordingly.

I am going to plant fewer cabbages and cover them with the finer insect mesh to keep the mango flower trash out of the developing heads.

Swiss chard bed is being moved from the back garden to the front.

Beans are going to be started on seedling trays and planted out with a foil wrapping around the stems.

More bed space is going to be devoted to spring onions.

I'll be consolidating the potatoes in one block as well as the zucchini and broccoli rather than have beds scattered.

No peas or snow peas this year at all.

I'm adding another 6mtrs of tomato trellis and I'm growing a new variety indeterminate Roma called Palmwoods on it.

Cutting back on the number of beef steak tomatoes and growing more Roma VF.
I need more sauce.

I'm shifting the chilli's and replanting them in the herb beds.

Doubling the size of potato patch.
I proved I could grow them.
Now I just need to grow more.

I'll still grow kale even though I hate the stuff because the guinea pigs and the chickens like it.

I need to buy and install irrigation systems and timers.

So that's the rough plan for my garden in 2020.

Have you made any plans for your garden for 2020?
 

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TankG we are just now discussing it. Can't decide yet,but will be burning some hay over the raised beds and huglekultur mound. May put back up some hydroponics. Do want wetermellons catalopes so need to get mound ready.
We may close off half greenhouse ,don't need all that room rhis year.
 

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I'm hoping I can have the hubby take out 2 raised beds with the bobcat and move my greenhouse to that area. I also want to take the floor out of it and have stones put down for it to sit on.
It'll be closer to the house, the stones may help gather heat and dispense it at night and I'll feel better having close to the house. Right now its at the edge of the property and I don't trust the neighbors on that side of us
I want to try to grow potatoes this year. I just have to find out which type grow better in my area. This valley has its own micro-climate and I think it will be a hit or miss learning lesson
 

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I'm hoping I can have the hubby take out 2 raised beds with the bobcat and move my greenhouse to that area. I also want to take the floor out of it and have stones put down for it to sit on.
It'll be closer to the house, the stones may help gather heat and dispense it at night and I'll feel better having close to the house. Right now its at the edge of the property and I don't trust the neighbors on that side of us
I want to try to grow potatoes this year. I just have to find out which type grow better in my area. This valley has its own micro-climate and I think it will be a hit or miss learning lesson
VWDragonL, We move our greenhouse 3 times. First one was across the field too far so moved it closer, also ended up being too far now its about 25 feet from house and that works altough I'd rather have it more like a Leanto. right up against it.
As we age the work gets harder and every extra foot we have to do gets harder. Watering, fertilizing and carring things in and out og greenhouse becomes a task.

If taxes and insureance wasn't more we'd replace southside bedroom window with a door.and put greenhouse there. We could use the house heat at night and help heat inside house in dayheat of it in winter and keep it cooler in summer with heat vents and fans. Shade clothe helps trenmendously too.
 

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Lots going on with you TG. Sounds like a good plan you have.

For me I have ordered my onion slips for the year to be delivered in early March and Early May. Also have my new drip irrigation on hand, I'll put it out as I plant and then mulch.
About Ready to start ordering my seed for the year.
I'm gonna buy a few loads of compost and spread at least 2 of them deeply on my spot for the maters, peppers, and cukes. The rest will go to the 2nd spot for onions, squash, melons, etc. I have 2 spots I rotate this stuff between and plant a cover crop on the other one. I've grown all 3 with stuff before, close to an acre. But with the wife not able to help as much and me still working, I just don't have the time for that right now. So I've pulled back to what crops we can store and like the best.
Within the next month or so I'll prune my fruit trees, blueberries, etc.
Plus it's close to time to start planting some seed for early plants to the garden, cabbage, cauliflour, brocholi, etc.
Lots to do and planting time will be here before I'm ready for it.
 

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I got a good assortment of Baker Creek for Christmas. Not sure how much planting I'll get done with moving. I'm busy sketching out animal areas. Granddaughter wants a screaming goat. The greenhouse is up at the farm, so I'm sure we'll get some late planting in.
 

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@Bacpacker once yours in cleaned and organized, you can work on mine :D. I still have lavender to pull off the stem so that's all still sitting there. I've tried to save seeds and am far from efficient, but find there are only a few seeds I need. Also things grow so much bigger and faster here, I don't need to plant as much. I'm looking forward to seeing how broccoli does here.
 

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Been perusing the seed catalogs online.
Ordered some micro tomato seeds from Baker Creek. I want to see if I can grow them in the bay window
Found some walking onions at Shumways but they don't get shipped until the fall ( what? lol)
Amazingly some of the heirloom seeds I see are at the Dollar General. Although you don't as many in the pack as you would from the online companies

I'm considering looking into better grow lights for indoor growing. I have 2 different lights in the bay window but I don't know if they're the best for growing veggies

I'm also looking at the sprouting supplies and seeds
 

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I got catalogs from Johnny's Selected Seed and RH Shumway this week. Need to get the rest of my orders going.
Hopefully tomorrow I can get my potting table cleared and organized. It's getting close to time to start early seed.
I got one from Totally Tomatoes but I can't find where I put it!!
 

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My garden is going to be smaller this year. I had so much that went to waste last year. I couldn't even give the tomatoes, cucumbers and squash away.
I went to my neighbors and offered to let them harvest all they wanted, I put squash, tomatoes, and cucumbers on a table out front with a free sign and still nobody would take it.
We canned stuff but still had too much.
The neighbor's goats love all the excess.
I'm going to try growing potatoes in bags this year. For some reason, potatoes never do very well in my garden area. Even my Dad had trouble growing them.
So my master plan is 3 tomato plants, one cherry, and 2 bigger varieties, cucumbers, potatoes in bags, 2 zucchini plants, sweet peas and maybe some green beans.
We live in a produce growing area so fruit and vegetables are cheap and plentiful so we buy things like sweet onions, melons, and fruit.
My biggest change will be my drip irrigation. I am going to put all my lines overhead and drop individual drip lines to each plant.
Now, in all honesty, the plan for a smaller garden will probably go out the window once I get the garden fever. I always seem to get carried away. :)
I garden because I enjoy it, except weeds, I hate weeds.
 
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My garden is going to be smaller this year. I had so much that went to waste last year. I couldn't even give the tomatoes, cucumbers and squash away.
I went to my neighbors and offered to let them harvest all they wanted, I put squash, tomatoes, and cucumbers on a table out front with a free sign and still nobody would take it.
We canned stuff but still had too much.
The neighbor's goats love all the excess.
I'm going to try growing potatoes in bags this year. For some reason, potatoes never do very well in my garden area. Even my Dad had trouble growing them.
So my master plan is 3 tomato plants, one cherry, and 2 bigger varieties, cucumbers, potatoes in bags, 2 zucchini plants, sweet peas and maybe some green beans.
We live in a produce growing area so fruit and vegetables are cheap and plentiful so we buy things like sweet onions, melons, and fruit.
My biggest change will be my drip irrigation. I am going to put all my lines overhead and drop individual drip lines to each plant.
Now, in all honesty, the plan for a smaller garden will probably go out the window once I get the garden fever. I always seem to get carried away. :)
I garden because I enjoy it, except weeds, I hate weeds.
WellBackL. look on the bright side [ and I emphsize'bright'] at least you can still see them clearly.Last tiem I saw clearly was pulling 3 wheelbarrows of weeeds out of our garden ,ealked inot the house and vision was shockingly messed up so bad I almost passed out from fear!. Instant cataract in both eyes BS! :huh:
So weeds are a blessing I'd like to see clearly again. :gardening:
 

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Plant some greens. They're good for you and easy to grow. Especially if you just grow them for baby greens
I didn't think of that. I did toss out some fescue seeds since it was (and is) supposed to rain today.
 

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Has anyone planted potato seeds? They were in the Totally Tomatoes catalog.
I ordered the seeds and they came in today. 32 seeds in the pack and it says to plant at the same time as tomatoes. I hope they do well since it would be easier to store extra seeds in case of a bad harvest. We can't really order see potatoes because they won't ship when we need them for our areas plant date.
 

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@backlash We are on the dry side of WA also. Last year we grew "several" tomatoes. Of the bigger eating ones, the Bobcats won the taste test. We also planted Mortgage lifters - weren't as good. For paste, there was a San MarXXXX (can't remember) was not quite as prolific but the most flavorful. The cherry tom. was a tree! The Romas actually did the poorest - not bad, but just didn't seem as "happy" if they can be such.
 

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I had more Roma tomatoes than any of the others. Hundreds of them on 3 plants. We made spaghetti sauce and it's not very tasty.
I grow a cherry tomato out front by the gate so I can just grab a handful as I walk by. Those were good but a big wind destroyed the plant.
I bought my seeds from MIgardener and had good success with the seeds. He charges .99 a package.
 
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