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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

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Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
382 Posts

Posted - Apr 14 2018 :  08:27:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am planting potatoes, onions and lettuce today. Who else is out planting and what are you planting?

You Might Be a Redneck If---you've transported a goat in an economy car.---Jeff Foxworthy

firecatinc
True Blue Farmgirl

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Lenora
Fulks Run VA
USA
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Posted - Apr 14 2018 :  08:55:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've got onions, peas, radishes, lettuce and spinach in so far. I don't do potatoes, can't seem to master wintering them over and they are so cheap in the store.

Nora
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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

325 Posts

Sara
Biggs CA
USA
325 Posts

Posted - Apr 16 2018 :  09:18:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
potatoes are fun, just because of the magic of them! A shriveled, sprouted spud fit for the compost pile can produce five pounds of edible food!

Barbara, I see your tag line...I've carried an alpaca in my car :-)
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

2659 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
2659 Posts

Posted - Apr 16 2018 :  12:16:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use to help my grandpa plant and dig up potatoes! It was such a fun activity when I was a child. He would dig them up and I would grab them and put them in the bucket. Good luck with the planting of your garden!

Krista
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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

382 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
382 Posts

Posted - Apr 16 2018 :  1:54:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara and Krista---you are right potato growing is great fun. This year we put in white, red and yellow ones to have a variety. There is nothing more delectable than a bowl of young potatoes with fresh peas in white sauce. As a child I could not wait to go to my grandfather's house and eat this special dish on the 4th of July. How I love digging potatoes---especially since my husband does all the work and I just pick them up. They keep all winter in our root cellar and in the spring I start cooking what is left as treats for the dogs. Sara---I love alpacas although I have never seen one. I know that they are very expensive. Transporting an alpaca in a car is definely much worse than transporting a goat--ha,ha. I am glad to know you did this so that I don't feel so weird about my goat transporting. And Krista you are so lucky to be Mary Janes niece.

You Might Be a Redneck If---you've transported a goat in an economy car.---Jeff Foxworthy
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ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

3942 Posts

Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
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Posted - Apr 17 2018 :  04:07:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I did put lettuce seeds in containers on my back deck last week. Then we got a cold snap and snow, so they will probably be delayed sprouting. Living in a townhouse limits what vegetables I can grow. I will wait until we truly warm up and stay that way, probably mid-May before adding tomatoes and green peppers into my other containers.

Dawn in IL

April is a promise that May is bound to keep.
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saram
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Biggs CA
USA
325 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2018 :  07:51:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barbara, you have a root cellar? I love root cellars and wish I had a traditional one! I'd love to hear about yours!
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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

382 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
382 Posts

Posted - Apr 19 2018 :  12:33:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sara---my root cellar is not very pretty, but it really does work. My husband built it into the bank at the back of our car port---which is also the underneath of our porch. He made a small rock wall at the open side and piled dirt around it. He filled the walls with saw dust and covered them with thick sheets of plywood. Then he put a gravel floor and several shelves. It is about six by six. WE store cabbage,beets, potatoes and winter squash in it nearly all winter. We also store apples and late tomatoes to ripen up. From the outside it is very plain. But it works well and that is what counts. They are definitely worth the effort it takes to build one.

You Might Be a Redneck If---you've transported a goat in an economy car.---Jeff Foxworthy
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