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    Well since last year that I did this it was an epic fail (as in recording stuff) I'm doing it again this year! Or trying!

    Background:

    We live on 4.3 acres. We have a 50x50 fenced in garden.
    Perennials we currently have are: 3 mulberry trees, 2 pear trees, 1 cherry tree, rhubarb, asparagus, raspberries, Concord grapes.
    Livestock we have: 1 rooster named bubbles, 7 laying hens. 1 tom turkey, 4 blue slate turkey hens.

    Goals:
    Leave garden at 50x50 this year. Expand next year.
    Plant some more fruit trees
    Figure out perennial garden and add something to it.
    Get set up ready for pigs next spring
    Get new chicken coop up.

    Our garden did amazing for us last year, bringing in 350+ lbs of tomatoes, 60'ears of corn, a root cellar full of winter squash, 100+ lbs of potatoes, 15lbs of green beans, 50lbs of peppers...etc.

    I have intensely planted the garden this year, and we are going to try and grow an amazing amount of organic produce for our family. I want a place to post it all, so I don't bog up other threads. If I have time to post it!
    Step 1
    125/1000
    Gun safe EF - 0/1000
    Step 2 (what we owe/original amount)

    Medical- 894/2484
    School - 1223/1223
    Furniture - PIF!! 2/26/15

    Other challenges:
    Homestead skill a month challenge
    Meal planning challenge 3/12
    12/14/15 challenge
    $5 a week stockpile challenge
    Grocery Budget Challenge- Stay under $400 3/12
    Canning food challenge- 2/500

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    please a few pics when its going Raiquee if you have any time. Our is 12x12 and I havent planted in 3 years. These 3 dogs play in it among other things.
    Maybe I can do something but we cant plant until memorial day.
    Do you have a tunnel or a greenhouse

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    Took some pics of the seedlings. Unbelievable that I still have SO much more to plant!! I need to do our celery, more onions, broccoli. Then there's the melons, but I got awhile before I do those.

    We have 8 flats going right now, but mid April 4 of the flats should be able to start going outside to be hardened off.

    First image is onions and spring mix salad. Second image is spinach and sprouting broccoli, with some pots of ground cherries in front. Third image is brussel sprouts, peppers, etc. I have another two flats of toms and peppers but they just started poking through.
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    what about blueberries?

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    I don't have a tunnel or greenhouse, we just have a basement grow room. Hubby wants to build me a coldframe, and thinks he has enough materials on hand for that. I want a greenhouse but we will probably not do that until we've done all our basics.

    Blueberries- we plan on putting in a ton of bushes. Like 100-200. My boys can eat a crapload of blueberries. We have sandy and acidic soil, so they should fair well here. I just don't know if it will be this year. I might do strawberries or asparagus. Just because of the sheer quantity we are planting of each thing, I'm limited to how much I can do per year ($$$).

    I know for sure we will be tilling the area this spring. My first priority is fruit trees tho!
    Step 1
    125/1000
    Gun safe EF - 0/1000
    Step 2 (what we owe/original amount)

    Medical- 894/2484
    School - 1223/1223
    Furniture - PIF!! 2/26/15

    Other challenges:
    Homestead skill a month challenge
    Meal planning challenge 3/12
    12/14/15 challenge
    $5 a week stockpile challenge
    Grocery Budget Challenge- Stay under $400 3/12
    Canning food challenge- 2/500

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    Holy Smokes on the Blueberries. You go girl!

    Where are you buying your fruit trees? What breeds are you getting?
    Wife to Keith
    Mom of 3 boys

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    Brenda) well I'm still in the air about that. Vanwell nursery has a price point I like ($16 a tree) but doesn't have all the varieties I want. So rain tree is second in line to fill anything I couldn't get. Apples- honeycrisp, tollman sweet, Granny Smith, I might try black Arkansas. Peaches- Desire (I like to grow things with my name lol), contender, Saturn donut (I had some donut peaches up north like zone 3 at a farm and they were so sweet and drip down your chin good!) Cherries- bing and rainier or right now. Plum- no real clue. Prolly Italian or Stanley. Apricot- gonna try a cold hardy one that blooms late. Like harglow. Pear- Bartlett.

    May dabble into nectarines, Asian pears, more mulberries, figs, etc. but the ones listed above is what this first year tree order will contain.
    Step 1
    125/1000
    Gun safe EF - 0/1000
    Step 2 (what we owe/original amount)

    Medical- 894/2484
    School - 1223/1223
    Furniture - PIF!! 2/26/15

    Other challenges:
    Homestead skill a month challenge
    Meal planning challenge 3/12
    12/14/15 challenge
    $5 a week stockpile challenge
    Grocery Budget Challenge- Stay under $400 3/12
    Canning food challenge- 2/500

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    So they are all online Nurseries?
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    I bought all of mine from our local Nurseries..you should check Daves garden to review the online Nurseries as many of them didn't have good reviews..so I would be weary of them imho. I paid anywhere from $40 to $60 for each tree that is average 5 to 7 years for the semi dwarf and dwarf varieties..I bought mine a few a year to several a year when I used my Birthday and saved money to buy them.

    My Nurseries also has a guarantee on their trees another thing to think about.
    Wife to Keith
    Mom of 3 boys

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