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Why I Quit Buying Seeds for My Garden 3 Years Ago

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I save seeds for heirloom tomatoes, several herbs, beans and corn. It’s a very easy and convenient way to free yourself from having to spend a lot of money every spring when it’s time to plant the garden.

Almost three years ago, I also signed myself up for a membership for the Seeds of The Month Club. It was the only thing I bought on Black Friday that year. The idea was so fun, old-fashioned and low-tech! You get actual seed packets, mailed to your house, every month! Who doesn’t love getting things in the mail? I still get so excited when (read more on this blog’s new location…)

Rainbow on my counter

Red mild jalapenos, Roma and Ester Hess tomatoes, a random cucumber and green mild jalapenos

Red mild jalapenos, Roma and Ester Hess tomatoes, a random cucumber and green mild jalapenos

I realized today that with the yellow throw in there I had quite an assortment of colors on my counter.

I realized today that with the yellow throw in there I had quite an assortment of colors on my counter.

Working outside in the garden

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After weeks of work, this is what I have to show for it.  A garden that is just beginning to look ok for the year, with a new 100 square foot area being used for 1 year as a three sisters garden.

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I am slowly but surely changing the layout in a barely noticeable way.ūüėÄ ¬†One by one, the beds made with pine boards back in 2008 and 2009 are rotting away. ¬†I am replacing them with cedar frames, but I will also be resizing them from their current 6 foot width to a more manageable 8×4 feet. ¬†Basically it’s just going to be a whole bunch of digging and moving dirt. ¬†It’s actually a great workout.

Do yourself a favor if you’re reading this in time. ¬†Make your garden beds 4 feet wide or less. ¬†6 foot width is NO GOOD for raised beds in most cases.

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I planted some herbs out and I am hardening off everything else when the weather cooperates.  I hope to plant some tomatoes this weekend, probably.

The garlic is growing well, both in this yard and at my off-site garden where I planted 4 rows as a test last fall.

And if I can get my hands on some reasonably priced apple trees, I will be attempting to create a two-dimensional fruit tree.

Tomato Growths

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I don’t know why tomatoes sometimes grow fingers, noses, whatever-you-want-to-call-these, but they are fun!

Ripe Tomatoes mean 2012 Salsa…soon

My first 6 pounds of ripe tomatoes. ¬†They’re an ugly bunch, due to the weather, but they’ll taste fine when I make them into salsa!

I didn’t even see the squash bug in person. I only noticed him in iPhoto. ¬†This is a Cabin plant. ¬†I’ll be saving a whole bunch of seeds soon.

Bushel of Cabbages

If you’ve been paying any attention at all to my blog, you should remember what this bushel of cabbage means. ¬†Stay tuned later today for more details….

Green Tomato Size

Look how big my green tomatoes are getting! ¬†These are still from the first flush on the Giant Syrian plant.¬† Too bad only 1 out of 25 flowers are turning into green tomatoes now.¬† They don’t like to set fruit when the weather is this hot.

Soon these will be ripe and I’ll be able to can up some salsa!

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