Comments On - Jumpstart Your Garden

Having a blast with Eliot Coleman's "Four-Season Harvest" book. I recommend it to everyone. Although I don't have what most people would call a winter, this 'winter' (which I think was on a Thursday this year) I was able to keep about 45% of my garden beds in production. I picked my last tomatoes on December 3rd.

Cold frames, hot beds, row covers and heavy mulching with straw kept us producing well. My spring lettuce and spinach are already producing fresh salads daily, and my starts and transplant stock is getting ready.

And the commercial nurseries don't even have their stock out yet.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2/2/2012 8:35:42 AM
Can't wait!
Missy, Altoona, PA
Posted: 3/13/2011 10:23:22 AM
I can't find my coldframe outside in my backyard since it's covered by almost 3 feet of snow and need either snowshoes or a plow truck to create a path to it.According to the outdoor themometer, it's a steady 30 derees inside the coldframe and hopefully the hebs, lettuce and bok choy are still alive. However, the surprise of the week is the Garlic.Already the garlic is pushing through the soil on my window sill garden. Spring will come soon!
mary, Boston, MA
Posted: 2/5/2011 5:35:17 AM
Sound advice.
m, k, ID
Posted: 2/2/2011 10:30:57 PM
Garden shops don't get into full swing here in Nebraska until March. Then it's a wild frenzy to get the soil prepared and everything planted. My small operation doesn't require starting seeds and I just buy my six tomato and six bell pepper plants from the local nursery. I do buy a pack of cucumber seeds but they go directly into the ground and produce just great through out the year.

Have a great February garden planning day and planting day for those that can.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 2/2/2011 4:56:17 AM
For vegetable gardens though we can't buy plants now. Nothing is available! But we are ordering our seeds and have some saved from last year's produce. And we start seeds indoors to get ahead of the game, and the frost.
Galadriel, Lothlorien, ME
Posted: 2/1/2011 10:55:58 PM
Gardening and urban farming have to be a constant thought process in order to be truly efficient and to maximize your effectiveness. By keeping your next 6 to 8 months of activity in mind when you visit your suppliers or work in the soil, you can keep ahead of situations that make it just a hobby.

I make newspaper pots for many of my seedlings. I use papers from December to make them because I know I'm going to need them in January.

Composting is not just a way to get rid of excess plant and animal waste. It is a method of looking toward the future in soil fertility and viability. You can't compost "today." You have to be composting today to use it tomorrow.

Being proactive saves money, effort and frustration.
Bruce, Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2/1/2011 9:18:33 AM
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