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How To Start A Garden For Spring

 
Tony Teolis
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It's time to begin gardening now. The winter has been long and cold but it is now officially spring and March 30 was a fine day to begin to begin transplanting Swiss chard, parsley and endive. I also had to delay sowing peas radish until yesterday due to the snow earlier this week. Rain was forecast for today so there were no more excuses left to delay the necessary and fun work of doing these plantings. The video shows many of the plants still growing under the light system and then takes you on a tour of the gardens and how I am doing the transplants and sowings.

There is still plenty of time for you to get going and I recommend making it a team effort with your family and friends. Before you know it (nature providing of course) there will be bountiful crops. The first of which will be yesterday's plantings. Starting with salads and moving on to side dishes gardening allows you to avoid shopping for food with questionable origins and more importantly connects you closer to the soil. This is planning for the future at its best. Go to webpage for more on gardens and other good things. Tony Teolis
 
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Looks good Tony, we are expecting more snow this week so I have to wait a while longer. Where are you that you can plant all ready?
Please explain what you were doing with the square ft PVC thing.
 
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Hi Miles,

I live in northern Virginia and two weeks ago we did have snow and it was in the 30's up until the 5th. Then like a switch the temps hit 90 this week and the daffodils, tulips, dandelions and my magnolia tree all bloomed at once. It was an odd and short cherry blossom season that's for sure but the remaining beehive made it through. The PVC pipe square was just something I rigged to help me space plants. I like to get Mel Bartholomew's recommended number of plants into a square foot like 16 radish, 8 peas, 4 lettuce, etc. All of my beds now have woody cores and are hump shaped and the spacing helps me to make things look nice and get some productivity at the same time. We'll see. What's your favorite plant to grow up in Wyoming? website

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Our spring has been on and off again. Really nice, flowers coming up, then bam a snow storm.
Hard to say what my favorite thing to grow is, so many choices. I like the raspberries and strawberries. The potatoes are always much better than store bought. Nanking cherries are good too if you get them before the robins do.
 
Tony Teolis
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Mine are the berries as well. Started blueberries and elderberry last year. Last fall I put in kiwi and grapes so there may be some new favorites coming. But if you get a chance start an asparagus bed. You wont't regret it.
 
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Yep . I put some in next to the creek last year so we will see how they do.
 
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cool. Only pick a few this year. More next year and then as much as you want after that.
 
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