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Old February 14, 2018   #1
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(I need a new phone, sorry for crummy picture)

So far

Got my last package of seeds from Baker Creek, so now I have all my seeds.

Starting the peppers this weekend. Tomatoes in a couple more weeks. Plant out is usually mid April, but might go into the beginning of May. I'm in Central Washington State were we have very hot and very very dry weather during the summer.

The peppers, beans, lettuce, radishes, and 4 of the small tomato varieties (small tomatoes, not small plants), will be planted at my community garden plot, the rest of the tomatoes and the squash in my back yard.

Overflow tomatoes go to the Farmers Market with me (I sell soap, so I'm there anyway), this year, I'll have a few extra things too.

Looking forward to the year.
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Old February 14, 2018   #2
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Well, that's an exciting looking lineup! 19 tomato varieties will keep you busy.

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Old February 16, 2018   #3
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Re-do photo, with just the tomatoes though. I didn't realize how bad that first photo was. Anyway, you can at least read the seed packets now.



And I started my peppers on paper towels. I'm not a big fan of hot peppers, except for cayenne. I'm pretty much growing the Habaneros because I think they'll sell at the Farmers Market.

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I look forward to seeing a lot of your tomato pictures. Hope your season is a great one!
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Old February 17, 2018   #5
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I am looking forward to your pictures too. Looks like the cayenne is already sprouting.
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Old February 17, 2018   #6
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It's not sprouting yet, just that some of the seeds were sorta bent in half looking. (Edit to add: never mind, I see what you are seeing, I think it's a sun shadow on the bag, I thought you were referencing the lumpiness of the seeds). They were cheap seeds, I wasn't sure what to expect for germination, so I just put them all in there. I'll probably plant 4 or 5 plants.

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Old February 24, 2018   #7
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Planting day! I was going to wait another week, but I didn't .

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Old February 25, 2018   #8
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Let the fun begin!
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Oh, you're so tidy!

How come my plantings never look that clean??!?

Good gardening!
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Old February 26, 2018   #10
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Well, the trick is, crop the pics so you don't see all the dirt and junk

Found a pic from last year's market. It's a very small market, in a very small town, but fun. Can't wait for this year!
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That's a bunch of 'maters. May they all live and prosper!

Don't ya just love the feel of getting your hands back into the soil and actually planting something? I'll be starting my tomatoes and peppers in two weeks. Right now the cole crops have been in several weeks and in two days the root stuff (turnips etc) gets sown.
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Peppers are coming up. I waited until they started sprouting in their paper towels to plant them.

I got the email from the city today for early registration at the community garden (if you had a garden the prior year, you get a week before public registration to get the same garden again). While I was there signing up and paying, I asked about a second garden (the rules say you can only have one, but there are always so many extra and they're small), and they said if I check back a couple weeks after open registration, they'll hook me up. So I'm excited to have more space. I have some space in the back yard here too, but I really like gardening down there.
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My peppers look just like yours right now! I am starting Jimmy Nardellos.

What does your community garden involve in terms of fees and commitments? Around here it costs around $70 a year just to get a small plot with not much else, which does not seem worth it to me.
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Ours is only $10 a year, and they supply water and tools. The plots are 4' x 12'. They have a list of "rules", but no one enforces anything. It's really laid back and peaceful. Also, they planted flowers and such all around it, so there are always tons of honey bees and bumble bees and all sorts of buzzy things flying around. Last year, we had a rabbit living in the garden (it's fenced), but he didn't bother the plants. There's a big garden in the back of it that is supposed to be for the food bank and senior center, but it gets abandoned right away and overgrown with weeds, he eats those.
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How sad that the hungry and the seniors don't get their produce! Whose responsibility is that?
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