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Hello I am quite new to gardening and I will be starting a garden this year. So far I have started chamomile,yarrow, lemon balm indoors and I am having success.
Now all I am wondering is what everyone else is doing around this time of year? I am eager to get started but it was minus 10 Celsius out last night.
Just wondering what everyone else is up to

I will be growing beans,radish,arugula,turnip,kale,spinach,lettuce,cucumber,wild flower mix,Swiss chard,yarrow,lemon balm,wheatgrass,chamomile,white Dutch clover and Crimson clover as my cover crops. I will be using sheet mulching. The garden will be about 15'x18-20' so I am hoping to have a decent sized one for my first time gardening. I've set up a few bird houses and have set up some bird feeders as I'd like to attract as many as I can.

I also recently spent 4 months in Nepal living on a permaculture farm which was quite neat sometimes in rice fields and the majority of the time on the hill side(I included a photo of the farm). This is where my inspiration to start growing my own food came from. Another thing I am interested to get up and running is an aquaculture small scale herb setup.

Let me know what you guys are up to.
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Most of us can start planting in April, So you question is effectively what do we do in early January. We simply read and plan.

For you with a 80day season between last and 1st frost. You will be able to grow ALOT of green leafy vegetables, when it comes to fruits/seed, flower, and storage root, your option are almost zero. But there might be a few cultivars for you.
 
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S Bengi wrote:Most of us can start planting in April, So you question is effectively what do we do in early January. We simply read and plan.

For you with a 80day season between last and 1st frost. You will be able to grow ALOT of green leafy vegetables, when it comes to fruits/seed, flower, and storage root, your option are almost zero. But there might be a few cultivars for you.



Hmm so you guys are not really doing much aside from what I am doing.... I think the longest grower I have is cucumbers. I'll be trying to start the majority of my plants indoor to get a head start. Will probably leave the leafy vegetables to a few weeks before first frost from what I have seen they like the cooler temps.
I didn't want to be getting into tomatoes,potatoes,squash my first year.
I also believe our season is closer to 100 days first frost is around may27 and last is around sept 22
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