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Friday, March 27, 2009

Seed Starting Tips

Getting anxious to work the garden plot? Up North and Central we still have time to start some seeds indoors and then transplant when the last frost date is past.

Mother Earth News has some good gardening information such as
Seed Starting Basics

How about a home made compost bin in less than 30 minutes and cost less than 30 bucks? Use your yard waste and food scraps to add compost to your garden in your home made bin.
Builds your own bin

6 comments:

Kymber said...

Thanks Trick James - both links are great although I have Mother Earth News bookmarked in my favourites - such a great site!

So have you figured out the probs with chat on ning yet?

wvsanta said...

Trick
Got the bonus seeds the other day and the booklet I sure do like it and have already had to use it to prove my point… and the seeds are great my friend sure do got to thank ya…I hope you got the computer problems worked out.
God Bless
Santa

Anonymous said...

Live Free of Die

Humble wife said...

Fantastic links! I look forward to reading of your post when you plant and other prepping tips!

Trick James said...

Thanks for the comments,

I have been adding leaves, grass, and kitchen scrap material to my garden spot for over 20 years. I have actually raised the garden level about 12" by adding all the organic materials year by year. I never have to till the beds in the spring because they are not compacted at all. I just use a pitch fork to turn over the loose soil. I use a modified raised bed system with 12" x 24" concrete borders that define the individual areas. These concrete border slabs are free recycled sidewalk pavers that were prevalent in this area many years ago. Thus I never have to walk on the individual soil squares or rectangles that serve as my beds. I plant different crops in each area and try to rotate crops year to year. Some areas are 4'x4' or 3'x8' and so on. To me it is easier to keep the weeds under control when I have the small individual areas to work a few at a time instead of a large area to do all at once. My pop use to grow his crops in long rows the whole width of his garden plot. But it took him 40 hrs per week to keep up with the maintenance. I experimented with that system and had the weeds take over by mid summer. Everyone does things differently but we can all get the same good results with whatever system that we develop.

The compost bin provides some good material to supplement poor soil conditions. The wire bin is so easy to build. I did add some concrete block to the perimeter to stabilize the wire structure.

I love to plant a garden and watch it grow. What a miracle that one tiny little seed contains life within itself ready to bust out and produce many times it's weight in food.

Humble wife said...

Wow, 12" that sounds like one lush growing bed!
Jennifer

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