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Starting Seeds revisited

In years past, I have started my seeds using those peat pellet kits you get at most home stores.  You know the ones that come with a tray and a clear plastic dome to simulate a green house?  They always start out nicely, however once they start, I never quite know what to do next.  Do I leave the dome on?  Where should I put them?  Should I transplant them into bigger pots?  What I have done in the past is leave the dome on longer than should be, and then once I take it off, just set…

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Added by Janine Roe on March 24, 2013 at 4:55pm — 3 Comments

Back to Eden

I have been inspired this year by a video that I saw called "Back to Eden" which you can watch here on Vimeo.

God is the great orchestrator of all on earth.  And when we (people) try to take over, we mess things up.  What I have gotten out of this video is that if we just pause for a moment and take a look around, we can see all of the answers to our questions by looking at God's amazing…

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Added by Janine Roe on February 18, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Sweet Puh-Puh-Potatoes?

It's been a while since my last post and shame on me for not sharing in this summers successes and failures as they happened.  Tomato's were a flop this summer.  I blame it on the rain.  I usually yield about 30 jars of tomato sauce from the season.  This year I ended up with a measly 12 jars.



But I'm not here to talk about tomatoes. I'm here to talk about sweet potatoes.  Yesterday we got around to harvesting our first try at sweet potatoes.  I read that the longer you keep them…

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Added by Janine Roe on October 24, 2011 at 11:14pm — No Comments

Potato Success

What a surprise for me tonight when I dug up a potato after I had assumed my potato adventure this summer was a failure.



After battling Colorado Potato Beetle's back in April by picking them off and removing any leaves with eggs, I thought that I was doing pretty well.  The plants were flourishing.  Green, bushy and quite healthy looking.  However, not knowing very much about what to look for with potato plants, I started to notice the leaves getting spots all over them.  This was…

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Added by Janine Roe on July 9, 2011 at 9:37pm — 4 Comments

New Adventures In Pototoes

This is my first time growing potatoes.  Hopefully it will be a rewarding first-time experience.  I decided on red-potatoes and sweet potatoes.  In our area, red potatoes are ready to start now.  The sweet potatoes, I have read, are a bit of a warmer season veggie so I should wait until June to start those.  That said, I have begun the red potato process and thought I would share with you my experience thus far.



I ordered a 2lb bag of Red Norland Potatoes from…

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Added by Janine Roe on April 10, 2011 at 6:21pm — 4 Comments

The Blueberry Experiment

I am determined to salvage that blueberry branch that broke off from the plant that I ordered.  So  the following is what I ended up doing.  Hopefully it will not be in vain.



For those that don't remember from my  past post I had planted a bluecrop highbush about a month back only to find it battle damaged from small boys playing in the backyard:

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Added by Janine Roe on April 10, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Early plantings and garden cleanup

Oh my!  What a weekend I had.  We were supposed to have gone to Washington DC this weekend as I was registered to run in the Cherry Blossom 10-miler, but we have been going non-stop and decided to stay put this weekend.  That gave me that chance to work on the garden some.  As a result I got quite a bit done.



On Saturday I worked on weeding and tilling up some of the beds a bit.  Hard work for sure.  I had put down compost from my compost bin in the fall, and so the soil is very…

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Added by Janine Roe on April 3, 2011 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

The seedlings are growing

I've been tending to the tomatoes, peppers and broccoli seedlings in our bedroom the past month.  Yes, perhaps I was a bit eager with starting them, but I don't mind watching them grow.  A little taste of spring perhaps.  Spring just can't get here fast enough.  Anyway, the tomatoes are really starting to get bigger so I needed to upgrade them a bit from their original peat pellets into larger pots.  (Makes me think of that book A Fish Out Of Water).  Anyway, I did that this evening outside…

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Added by Janine Roe on March 30, 2011 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

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