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Well, I signed up for the garden again. I even picked up some seeds already. I think I will get into the garden next week. This upcoming weekend will likely be the last one for cold temps (around freezing at night). It's been a warm winter, so I think I will likely be able to get the seeds in early.
 

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Doing the same here. I went last week and got my membership and some seeds. I think we will have one more week of cold temps. The other day I looked at all my seeds (lots from last year should still be good) and made a little chart of planting dates. March 15-April 15 for about half of them, so it's time to get the garden ready. I raked and made a big pile of leaves and debris last week. Have to decide where to put stuff, since I try and rotate crops every so often.

Today I cleaned the wild flower bed, including pruning the mystery bushes. They are too big for being right next to the house and I haven't been able to trim them in 2-3 years. DH came out for a few minutes and trimmed the forsythia, which is starting to spread and send up runners. Mine is blooming at the same time as the neighbor's, which is odd. Usually theirs is a week earlier.

May be achy tomorrow but it was good to get out of the house for a while.
 

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Sounds like you got a lot of work done, CH.

I need to get started on cleaning up my plot. That's going to take a bit of work, as usual.
 

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Rain tonight and then we're supposed to have 3 days this week where I can get stuff planted. Going to be a busy time.

Got the newsletter from the big local garden center warning that many of their plant suppliers have moved into medical marijuana and there are some shortages of certain plants. I'm wondering how much of a change that is going to be. Most of what they can't find is flowers, but there have got to be vegetable seeders thinking maryjane is more profitable than lettuce or tomatoes, too.
 

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I think I will try and get my first work day in the garden over the upcoming weekend. Hopefully it won't rain that hard (which makes it hard to weed). Last weekend was too cold as the temps at night got down into the 30*s. We had heavy rain on Monday (and was cold). I've been busy the past couple of days so I haven't been able to get into the garden. Sigh. I also have to pick up better gardening gloves before working in the garden as well since I think the ones I have are too large. Since I'm in a community garden, we're trying to make sure everyone stays safe during the outbreak. Thankfully, I have my own tools I can use, rather than using the community tools.
 

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Thanks. Tuesday I put in an order for tomatoes and cucumbers from my regular place (totallytomatoes) but haven't even had an email confirmation. I don't know if they will suddenly show up, or if the company is shut down. Their website indicated nothing and happily took my CC info. But that was the backup plan in case I can't get plants locally.

More digging and spreading compost today.
 

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Garden:

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Forked about 1/5 of the planting area plus raised bed. Planted peas. Compost not ready this year so I spread some chicken manure pellets. Blue stakes show where rows of greens will go in.

The urn is getting moved....somewhere. I initially thought I could put herbs in it but it turns into a fry pan in summer. The back half of the bed, from approximately the urn back is going to be tomatoes. That area has not had tomatoes in a few years. I still need to dig up the right side of the area, but I have a month before tomatoes go in.
 

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Still haven't gotten into the garden yet, although I plan on it this weekend. I did pick up some more seeds since I'm not sure if or when the farmer's market will open. I also picked up some gardening gloves that will fit better than the ones I had before. I would've gone into the garden last weekend but it ended up raining. Hopefully it won't be that wet this coming weekend, although it'll probably be still be chilly.
 

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I got my lettuce, onions, chard, beets, and radishes planted a few days ago. Just waiting for it to rain. We've had a couple near misses this week, hoping the rest of the season isn't like that. Planted 4 packs of sunflower seed. Sure I will get volunteer tomatoes there, too. I'm going to put herbs in front of the sunflowers.

Almost time to start tomatoes and peppers. I got the seeds I ordered. Have pepper seed saved from last year. Also bought some grocery store garlic to plant. Maybe, it's very late to get it going. We may have a freeze this weekend. Personally, I don't think so, but it will be too cold for seedlings for a few weeks yet.

Debating putting in squash -- yellow or green -- bugs get it every year just as it starts to produce. We had a very mild winter, even though we had more snow than average, it didn't get cold enough to kill a lot of bugs and I think it will be bad this summer.
 

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DH and I went to get straw. I checked by email to make sure they had it. Were about 5 people there when we showed up, no crowd, no lines, no problem. We took a big piece of plastic to put in the trunk of the car, DH put the straw in the back and we were done.

Radishes are coming up!

It's a mild day, a little cool but not windy so I should be able to get a nice layer of newspaper down without it blowing all over the neighborhood, and use straw to hold it down.
 
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this week is suppose to nice high 50's and early 60s temp. since we had hail etc last week hopefully all over. getting kids to clean up yard etc because every year there is garbage floating around. apparently I am the only one who notices stuff like that. dh found ancient flower seeds in his office so will see. have a tin of seeds of various types and the free sunflower seeds too. did dig out some seed pots etc. so will start them this week.
 

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Got some work done in the garden on Saturday but haven't done anything since. I'm thinking of getting a bit more done today. I just have to remember to bring my gloves and seeds if I go. I forgot them yesterday when I took my walk. Thankfully, the garden is in walking distance of my apartment complex. So I can both garden and get my walk in.
 

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Got into my garden again. I noticed that the florist I normally drive past to/from work sells veggie plants earlier this year. I stopped in and picked up four lettuce plants and planted them. Right now, the florist (who is associated with another nursery in a nearby town) only has early spring plants like lettuce, kale, and broccoli and herbs (as well as flowers). Later this year, they should be getting more and different plants, like tomatoes. Not sure what else they'll get later this year. But if the local farmer's market doesn't open on time, at least I know some place local that I can pick up already sprouted plants for my garden.

The one downside is I'm not sure if we'll get more compost from the township any time soon. They can just dump the delivery when no one's around but I doubt they're considered 'essential personnel'.
 

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Glad you were able to find some plants. We don't have tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and most herbs available yet either. I seeded 8 tomatoes and 4 cucumbers in pots yesterday. Those are from the seeds I ordered, which just showed up in the mail with no shipping notice.

Most of our markets are not going to open. I heard of one that was setting up with some kind of social distancing protocols, but it's not one I would normally go to.

AFAIK the city is still doing leaf and brush pickup, but I believe the location to pick up processed wood chip mulch is closed until further notice. I can still get chicken poo from the community garden.

It's 37 and dropping. They are saying it could be in the 20's tomorrow morning. I hope I don't lose all my seedlings. The onions will be fine, but the lettuce, chard, etc might not be.
 

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CH, I hope you don't loose your seedlings. We're supposed to get down to the 30's at night in a few days. Sounds like it won't get to the actual freezing point but close enough. Fortunately, that's becoming fewer and further between these days.

I'd say about half the people in the garden have started work on their plots so far. But we do have to wait a bit to see if the rest are coming back or not. We'll probably see more activity toward the end of the month. Right now, we do have some social distancing precautions set up (no more than 10 people in the garden at a time, wear gloves while there, etc.) but the spring clean event will likely be canceled unless the virus becomes less of an issue in early/mid-May. Thankfully, the planned work events and community parties are usually the only times when there are a large number of people there.

Not sure if the township will deliver more compost. The good thing is, the township has been delivering the compost to us, rather than us having to pick it up. We had picked up compost from another site (a horse stable), but now the town delivers. And they can just drive up when no one's there and dump it.
 

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Interesting. Our county leases plots in several locations. My plot was $125/year the last 2 years I had it. There were a lot of rules.
The coleus seeds have spouted pretty well. I have 1 impatiens sprouted as of today, I hope more decide to get going. Hubby wanted me to throw away plastic pots I saved but I'll keep them a while longer, hopefully make some nice flower/container combinations. My yard is too shady for any veggies.
 
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