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Herbs.jpg We have been prepping about a year and a half. Got BOB's, BOV, MRE and lots of freeze dried. Got water, got guns and ammo. Now the next step. Never tried gardening. Decided this would be the year to go to the next step. Been reading here and other forums about raised beds and square foot gardening. Instead of jumping in full bore and plowing up the backyard, we decided to start small with a 4x4 raised bed. We planned on gowing herbs in planters. Had all growing inside, but today is 75deg. and today was the day. Have tomatoes, onions, radishes, 3 types of peppers and strawberrys. Freeze danger is pretty much over but still have a lot of wind here. The plastic fence is for the wind and keep the dogs out. I left the post higher so if we do get a late freeze I can put some old blankets over the plants. I am kinda proud of our work.

The herbs were going to be in planters but my wife remembered the old wheel barrow behind the shed. We decided they would do ok in it and it could be brought into the garage if we get a freeze or hail.

What do all you experienced gardeners think. We are located in the South Plains of Texas. Now if it would rain!!
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Looks like a good start. It's always best to start small it's a lot better than being overwhelmed with a whole backyard as a garden. The wife and I are starting to look at aguaponics as a way of gardening as well as being able to supply us with fish as well as vegetables. Good luck and everything looks good.
 

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You will gain a lot of practical knowlege with your gardening experience. Good for you and gardening is a fun and healthy hobby.
 

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Looks good. I have 66 Bell Peppers and 8 Roma Tomatoes started in seed starter solution and plastic trays on top of a heating pad.

They can't go into the ground until Memorial Day here in MICHIGAN

I'll be overturning some soil for the next couple months getting ready to plant.I'm also planning on using all the ground that gets sun this year within reason.
 

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IMO growing on square foots isn't going to give you any practical usable growing experience.

Hopefully it doesn't cause you undo frustration.
 

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Looking good Denver,we still got a while before anything goes in the ground here,but i'm starting all seeds inside today.Also i will be using all non gmo/heirloom seeds for the first time to learn how to collect and preserve seeds to keep turning over every year <i should have been on that already.
 

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Looks good. I have 66 Bell Peppers and 8 Roma Tomatoes started in seed starter solution and plastic trays on top of a heating pad.

They can't go into the ground until Memorial Day here in MICHIGAN

I'll be overturning some soil for the next couple months getting ready to plant.I'm also planning on using all the ground that gets sun this year within reason.
Time to get a couple rows of peas going. They can take a light freeze! You'll get a good crop off of them by the time it is warm enough for the rest and they fix nitrogen in the soil for free fertilizer. Plant the whole garden plot with them if you can.
 

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The snow just melted off my garden yesterday. I think the Sugar Snap Peas grow the fastest and are the most cold resistant?
 

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I picked up 3 packs of heirloom peas. They'll be in the ground Tuesday rain permitting. Thanks for the hint.
 

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In 2 weeks follow with spinach and radishes. They all do well with colder soil. Also some Swiss Chard will sprout in 50* soil temps. That gets you up and running a month before anything else can follow. Space plantings a week apart also (plant a row each week for 4 weeks) this gives you more coverage if one row freezes off. Can also do a simple cover over the plantings with some hoops and plastic.

I've got chard growing in the house, and will get my peas in the ground by next Monday, weather permitting (we are getting a TON of rain this week -- too wet for seeds).
 

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So many things to do as the weather breaks. Gardening, Steelhead, Reloading and Holster Building
 
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