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Old January 15, 2017   #1
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I have never done one of these before on this website. So I'm gonna try for this year! Here's the background:

We own 4.3 acres in WI, very windy.
I run a 50x50 garden which is organically managed.
We plant EVERYTHING we can to eat, so this won't only be tomato pictures.
But last year I grew 100+ tomato plants.
I intensely plant my garden
We can and freeze a lot of our harvest so that we can enjoy it year round.

Here are a few pics from last year.

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This is the side with corn, squash, melons, and last year I had one bean teepee and a crud ton of weeds.

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This half although it doesn't look this big had over 100 tomato plants (they are in the far upper right corner by that blue block) peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, beans, lima beans, beets, turnips, brassicas, summer squash, cabbage, celery, onions, carrots, purple hull peas, cucumbers along the back fence...

I'm gonna guess this is about mid July, but not 100% sure.
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Old January 15, 2017   #2
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Awesome looking garden! I always like seeing other's gardens. We grow a lot of similar stuff--only on a very different scale! Looking forward to your 2017 updates.
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Old January 15, 2017   #3
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Really nice. Looks like you did a good job on the weeds too.
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Old January 15, 2017   #4
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Your place is beautiful. So much land too! Lucky duck!
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Old January 15, 2017   #5
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Beautiful well kept garden!
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Old January 15, 2017   #6
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Oh, the pics caused a little heart ache! I had a half acre garden for years in Mequon, Wisconsin. I miss the deep black topsoil, clear blue skies with a cool breeze coming off Lake Michigan on hot summer days (well sometimes), and the red tail hawks calling from above.

The pics with the tree line in the background almost looked like my garden!

Enjoy every moment. I'll be following your posts!

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Old January 15, 2017   #7
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Great spot! Can't wait for updates and growing season again!
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Old February 5, 2017   #8
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Well we pulled my big seed starting rack out and I currently have 3 flats of my potting mix "charging".

I'm planting either today or tomorrow (depending on the potting mix)
500 Alisa Craig onion seeds
Artichokes
100-ish peppers. I am still waiting for Lady Bell pepper seed to get here, but everything else will be planted. This is the varieties of peppers I will plant:

Sweets:
Amethyst (Craig's)
Enjoya
Stocky Red Roaster
Wisconsin Lakes
Sweet Orange Crunch
Lady Bell (I usually get plants from the Fleet farm on clearance for these but last year they kept them in a greenhouse and every plant developed a bacterial issue. But they are an early nice green bell pepper and has worked good for me each year. Not a heirloom tho, it's a hybrid)

Spicys/Others:
Jalapeno
Serrano
Cayenne
Pepperocini
Habanero
Ghost
Numex Joe E Parker
Shis***o

Everything else is mid March before planting for my zone. So hang tight for seedling pics
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Old February 5, 2017   #9
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Simply beautiful garden. Looks like you might have gently rolling land . Reminds me of the Bear Creek area we visited for one week few years back.
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Old February 6, 2017   #10
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Beautiful garden you have there Raiquee!
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Old February 7, 2017   #11
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Beautiful place!
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Old March 30, 2017   #12
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Well I had an epic seed starting failure. I think it was my soil-less mix. I planted out two flats of pepper seed, one flat of dwarf tomato project seeds, a flat of onions, artichokes, and a flat of brassicas. Literally 100s of seeds. Possibly thousands. I got like...40 seedlings. They soon shriveled and died. I had a white mold issue, and I'm pitching it all and replanting with fresh stuff and fresh trays today. Luckily I have most of the seed I used, but somethings I don't. Oh well, I will have next year to grow them. :/

This has been taking up a lot of my time:

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After.

I exclaimed to my husband one day: "I want to learn how to put in a tile floor. Natural slate at that!" and I did. And it looks real good for never laying a tile floor in my life. Still needs trim and transitions and a final seal after I get all that haze up.

We also purchased an actual compact tractor, with a tiller attachment so the garden can be tilled in an afternoon versus over several days.

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My little mean green fightin' machine! We (I) will be expanding the garden by 10-20 feet (so it will be 60x70 or 60x80) and I will plant in the un-fenced area corn and potatoes. I will fence it next year, I just don't have the time this year (I already know.)

We are still eating onions from last August. They are starting to sprout and some has made it to the compost pile. But I haven't bought onions since AUGUST. That's so crazy to me!!
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Old March 30, 2017   #13
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You have done a beautiful job on that floor! Be proud!

I'm so sorry about your planting failure. It is still not too late to be starting seeds here in Wisconsin. I still have not started mine. Most years they don't get started until April 15th and I still get a very good harvest. So..... if you have the time and seed, go ahead and start some more.
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Old March 30, 2017   #14
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Patti) I am glad to hear you don't start until Mid april. I've always started my tomatoes on St. Paddy's day, but have been starting onions in Feb and peppers a little bit earlier than my toms.

I plan on getting brassicas out as soon as the freezes stop, and at this point I might just direct sow to save me time and space on the seed starting rack.

I re-planted my onions and pepper flats today. The baby doesn't want to take a nap and once she does I will be putting in the toms.
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Well I got a much better result the second time around. Here's a pic of my dwarf tomato plants flat. Some seed I dug out of the old substrate and replanted, and was pleased to see even some of them up. They are still germinating, so I hope by Monday they will be all up!

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I also replanted my peppers and I did two trays. Well one tray started germinating and the other tray, nothing! I was bummed and looked to see what was going on. The heat mat was unplugged. Sooo, those will be a bit behind the others.

My new planting of onions is up, and I'm hoping to plant the hoop house outside with our lettuces, radish, spinach, kale and swiss chard today.
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