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This is cross-posted from my blog www.wolfandfinch.wordpress.com. I am starting a series on the various mistakes I'm making as I set up my urban homestead in Vancouver BC. Lots of fodder as I've started my seedlings!

 

http://wolfandfinch.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/new-post-series-mistakes/

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Comment by S on April 6, 2011 at 11:56am
I was chuckling as I read this, remembering making many of the same mistakes! Live and learn I suppose!!
Comment by Caitlin Hertzman on April 6, 2011 at 12:21pm
Absolutely! I don't regret any of it, and I certainly don't expect to get it all right the "first" time!
Comment by Aliza Ess on April 7, 2011 at 4:14pm
I'm so glad you posted this Caitlin! So far I've been having *terrible* luck with all of the carrots, peas, radishes, beets, and kale I direct seeded and I'm going to have to re-do everything. Our seedlings have been doing o.k. but it's also a struggle. I was feeling really down on myself so thanks for sharing about the pitfalls of urban homesteading! It's just as valuable all the great ideas everyone has :)
Comment by Shira Friedman on April 7, 2011 at 4:32pm
I always say that I learned most of what I know about gardening by trial and error - mostly error! Aliza, did you start too early? We are running at least a 1-2 weeks behind here in the northeast.
Comment by Caitlin Hertzman on April 7, 2011 at 5:39pm
yes I think everyone is behind - especially on the west coast (la nina year!) I did my direct sowing last weekend, and I think even that was early. Where are you located Aliza?
Comment by Aliza Ess on April 8, 2011 at 12:24pm
Yes, for one of my garden beds I'm pretty sure planting too early was the culprit, or possibly adding a bit too much rabbit compost at once. I'm in Baltimore and planted the first week of March, but I think I was fooled by a few of those early warm days. It should be warm enough to re-plant by now! Another garden is just starting and we are planting in compost and broken up sod, so I think direct seeding just won't do very well for this first year. We are going to have to do everything from transplant, even stuff like kale and carrots. We'll see!

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