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Got my garden ready today. Used rototiller. Will have photo of it tomorrow.

Here is what I got to go in it tomorrow.

Texas Sweet Onions Transplants (not sets) (White)


Stonehead Cabbage
 

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Oh, and by the way, I am NOT using any chemicals or fertilizers this year. I want to see how they do before shtf in case I cannot buy any down the road. The plants was from the Lowes garden area, so yes on hybrid, and yes on pre chems and fertilizers, although I am still searching on the best places to get heirlooms.
 

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I wanted to put the prices on this so that in the years that come I can refer back to this thread to see what they cost.

The stonehedge cabbage for 9 plants in a single tray was $2.98
The Texas sweet onions for a bunch pack was $2.98.

There are some places around my town that is way much cheaper, but this is what Lowes had.
 

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I also tilled and planted garden #1 which was onion seeds, radishes which are already up, carrots, deer tongue lettuce, sorrel and tatsoi. Volunteer radishes are springing up everywhere and is the middle of March in Michigan! . Wife and youngest daughter planted 2 rows of peas and later i will put in some pea pods for stir fry. no chemicals except compost and rabbit manure. Rabbits appreciate hte fall planted kale and spinach too and I took the cold frame off the spinach. thekals was going to seed which makes it bitter tasting so I fed the tops to the bunnies. Indoors I just started tomatoes, broccoli, zinnias and snapdragons, Amish cantaloupe . I am so pumped about gardens this year that I may just dig up the whole county.... guerrilla gardener....
Save your vegetable garbage and compost it, lawn clippings, leaves, any thing organic to make garden food. I plant potatoes and corn in trenches I fill with rabbit manure and compost. This year I will grow popcorn too! Garden #2 and #3 will go in in May or June.
 

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So tell me... that I'm fairly new to gardens, if they have plants at my local store outside that has already sprouted, then couldn't I go ahead and choose those types of plants to plant? For instance, some people will tell me that you cannot "plant" tomatoes right now, however the local lowes has tomatoe plants outside. They are covered by a roof, but still out where its cold at night time. Just wondering by a rule of thumb if what you see is local, can you go ahead and plant it?
 

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I was able to get a row and a half of potatoes in today ($3 for a small 5lb bag), half of row of red onions (set bulbs) $.19 cents for about 15 of them, 9 spinach plants $2.99. And a rhubarb plant (free from family).

I also took some cane poles, and on each 4 corners of the garden I made trippods, took some fishing line, dropped the line halfway down and had a cdrom hanging, twirling. Scares off rabbits, chipmunks, squirels, deer, etc. Will post photos of it later this week.
 

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Here is the rhubarb plant that I planted. Remember folks, the leaves are extremely toxic containing a poisons that are nephrotoxic! There is also an unidentified toxin that is present as well (thats scary). Please read up on ANYTHING you eat that you do not know about.

The stalks are used to make anything from pies to dried fruits. The Chineese used this for making a strong laxative

From reading other websites, the info is vague, but a stalk contains about 10-15 calories (not much), and a cup of it cut up is about 25 to 30 calories.



 

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So tell me... that I'm fairly new to gardens, if they have plants at my local store outside that has already sprouted, then couldn't I go ahead and choose those types of plants to plant? For instance, some people will tell me that you cannot "plant" tomatoes right now, however the local lowes has tomatoe plants outside. They are covered by a roof, but still out where its cold at night time. Just wondering by a rule of thumb if what you see is local, can you go ahead and plant it?
I have lost so many plants this way. Why the stores put out these plants out so early, I don't know. I know that when I wait to buy them they are all gone. Now I will buy them, but keep them inside and watered until time to plant. I am using the farmers almanac moon time table to plant, according to my last frost date.
I got my heirloom seeds in yesterday and started them indoors.

Here is a link for the farmers almanac moon plantings: http://www.farmersalmanac.com/calendar/gardening/
 

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When you do find the best place to get heirlooms please let us know. If you order them that is. Or find 'em at a national chain.
 

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Hello,
Burgess seed and plant co. got the #1 spot for heirloom seed co. Get a group together and buy in bulk split the cost and divide them up. As far as buying plants already growing I buy only from stores that have a guarantee on their items. I always keep mine inside anyway and slowly introduce them to my garden. There is just something about having a roof over them it must keep them from getting exposed to something. I have noticed that also and I'm thinking why in the hell are they selling these already. It might also be a sells gimmick knowing human nature after winter months everyone is excited about getting out and start planting and jump at the chance buy their plants and get a head start to just end up having to go back and buy more because it was just to early.
 
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