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Apr 12, 2017 11:12 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
This season will prove to be a bit different for several reasons. I hope you will follow along with me during the ups and downs and successes and failures. I hope to pass on some helpful information as well as gain some from you all. So, up, up, up and away we go!!'
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Apr 12, 2017 11:23 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
GARLIC

This gardening season started with the planting of the garlic. It had survived the winter in a basket on the porch and I was afraid it was going to get soft so I went ahead and planted it. Most of it is elephant garlic with just of bit of hardneck thrown in. I planted it in one of my long beds. There was going to be a freeze so I mulched it with leaves and laid some wire down over it to keep the leaves in place and to keep the cat out of it. Most of it came up and is doing well. I took the wire off it and put it around the bed like a fence. I plan to plant lettuce between the garlic as I have read the garlic is a good companion for the lettuce and will help deter bugs. Thumb of 2017-04-12/CajuninKy/9b3bfa
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Apr 12, 2017 11:35 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Onions

I have planted a mixture of white and yellow onions. They were a good seller for us last year. I first planted 20 hills of white onions. Three did not make it.

4/11

Yesterday I did another planting of yellow onions. I planted 60 hills of yellow onions. They are all in the length of gutter I originally raised strawberries in. Seems like a lot fir a small space but they will be picked small for market and replanted successively. I am also using some new techniques I learned in a recent seminar by Jean-Martin Fortier from Canada. I had read his book and was blessed to actually be able to attend one of his seminars. I will post about it before long. I have planted some of the hills with three onions in a triangle touching each other. I am anxious to see if thus works for us like it has for him.Thumb of 2017-04-12/CajuninKy/3dcf9c

4/24
Added compost from pony lot to onions to finish covering the bulbs.
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Apr 12, 2017 11:46 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
SEEDING

Zucchini 4/11

Golden 5 pots Grew these last year. They produced well and sold well.

Gray. 3 pots. I have grown these in the past but not for market. They produced well.

Black. 3 pots These are the common dark green variety. Always produce well.

Round. 3 pots. These are a new variety for us. Will have to come up with some recipe ideas for them so we can sample them and get people interested.

4/16

Cocozelle 3 pots. Dark green with light green stripes. Grew these last year and sold well. Finally found seeds at Lowes.


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Apr 12, 2017 11:51 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
SEEDING

Squash 4/11

Pattinson Panache. 3 pots. Grew these last year. Production was not impressive but goid enough to try again. They are very striking in appearance.
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Apr 12, 2017 12:54 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
PEAS

Super Sweet Snaps. 2 rows Planted two weeks apart hoping to stretch the harvest as long as possible. This is the first year we have grown the super sweets. They were selling like hot cakes at the market last year for $7 and $8 a pound.

4/11 first row is up about 4" high. Second row has not come up yet.
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Apr 12, 2017 1:06 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
CABBAGE

GOLDEN CROSS 45 Day. 6 plants We never plant cabbage. It usually takes too long for our liking and the cabbage bugs are awful here. But this variety is ready in 45 days which will be just after the market opens for the season. Then those two beds can be planted with something else. I read that growing sage and mint by cabbage will deter the cabbage bugs so I have a container of each and will put it between the two tire beds. I put this contraption together to hold the bird netting. It keeps the cat out of the fresh dirt. I still need to make another for the adjacent bed and plant the other three plants. ( I apologize for the lack of quality in the photos. Using the Kindle is difficult on a bright day. )


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Apr 12, 2017 1:17 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
LETTUCE

Prizehead. approximately 25 hills. I planted it between the hills of garlic. As it grows it will shade out the weeds and the garlic is beneficial for the lettuce. It is a 45 days to harvest variety so it will be ready for early market.

Update. This lettuce did not make much of a stand. I think I will make a second attemp of the prizehead in a bed of it's own and try another kind in the garlic bed after adding some compost.
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Apr 12, 2017 1:21 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
SEEDED

Herbs 4/11 4/16

Lemon Mint. 6 pots Hoping these will sell well at market. Planning to make up some ice water infused with it and sample it to get folks interested.

® replanted 4/25

Apple Mint. 6 pots Same hopes and plans as above mint and the wild mint also.

® replanted 4/25

4/16
Basil
Dark Opal x 4
Cinnamon x 4
Lemon x 5
Parsley
Itallian x 4
Dill
Mammoth x 4
Rosemary x4
Thyme x4




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Apr 14, 2017 7:32 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
FLOWERS

Wildflower mix, Cut Flower mix, Echinacea, African Daisy, Zinnia. 1/3 row. The rest of the row will be planted soon. These will be used for boquets to be sold at market.

4/21
Lavender, Wildflower mix, Zinnia 3/4 row
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Apr 14, 2017 7:41 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
No pictures today but we got lots of work done at the field. We plowed and pulled up another row for flowers. Git a third of the row planted before I ran out of seed. Took a quick run to the store and bought more seed. I have not decided if I will plant it in the next few days or in couple weeks. I am planting other things in succession to stretch the harvest for market but these seeds are mkxture of over twenty different kinds so they have different days to maturity. Even so, I am leaning toward the latter. Or I may go ahead and plant the whole row now and do another whole row in a couple weeks. So many decisions. :)

I picked quite a load of rocks out of the field today. Of course, it didn't put a dent in the total. I had to crawl along to get it done but it will be beneficial in the long run.
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Apr 14, 2017 7:58 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
We don't plant any vegetables. the irises are in place & we don't take many photos.,
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 16, 2017 11:55 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
That is a shame. I would wager your flowers are beautiful.
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Apr 16, 2017 1:17 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
The daffodils are in bloom along the outside of a stonewall which runs along our street. They are better this year than last spring. The wall is New England style, built without morter. The bulbs were bought by the half bushel & are the 'sweepings' which fell out of bins so are the mixed group. I will have to find the print photos & try & do a scan.
ImageCajuninKy
Apr 17, 2017 5:16 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
That sounds very pretty. The style fence you describe sounds like the dry stack stone fences around Lexington, Ky. They were built by slaves and are protected by law. There are many copies of that style around the area but most of the copies are mortered.

Speaking of daffodils, ours have long since bloomed. Or so I thought. Today we went riding back by the lake and we saw some clumps of flowers. We stopped to have a closer look and it turns out they are also daffodils but these are white with a yellow center. I had never noticed them before.

The trilliums are blooming too and they are lovely. One of my very favorites. Most are white but every now and then you can find a pink or purple one. I am digging them up but they mostly grow on hillsides and are very difficult for me to get to.

There are lots of other wild flowers blooming also. But I am particularly interested in the violets. I plan to gather enough to make jelly with. There are four colors with dark purple being the most abundant by far. Then there are very light lavender, white and yellow. I am going to see if I can find enough of those to make jelly also. I need enough flowers to make five cups.

I seeded eight varieties of herbs this evening to sell at market. Now I have to get the vegetables seeded but it is so hard to decide which to plant and which to wait on.
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ImageMaryE
Apr 17, 2017 5:39 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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Cheryl, you've been very busy! I hope that you are able to keep up with all of it and make money at the market this season. You are just full of ideas!
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ImageCajuninKy
Apr 19, 2017 7:06 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
Thankyou. I am busy trying to catch up. We are far behind and the stress is mounting. It is raining now and we can't do anything but wait.
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Apr 25, 2017 11:54 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
SEEDED

PEPPERS
4/17

Orange Sunsweet x2
Orange Bell x 2
Corno di Toto Giallo x 2
Yellow Bell x 2
Sweet Jalapeno x 2
Giant Aconcagua x 2
Ivory Bell x 2
White Itallian x 2
Mini Sweet x 2
Costa Rican x 2
Purple Bell x 2
Oda x 2
Mini Chocolate Bell x 2
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Apr 25, 2017 12:03 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
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SEEDED

Tomatoes
4/18

Chinese x 2
Green Grape x 2
Norosadski Jabucar x 2
Roughwood Golden Plum x 2
Illini Star x 2
Pink Mortgage Lifter x 2
White Cherry x 2
Copia x 2
Yellow Pear x 2
Vorlon x 2
Kelloggs Breakfast x 2
Galina's Yellow Cherry x 2
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Imageirisarian
Apr 25, 2017 1:10 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
interesting varieties of both. I didn't know there were so many different peppers.

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