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Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« on: April 11, 2017, 04:24:59 PM »
This year will be a challenge and I know you guys will cheer me on so I can get it done. I am gardening in NH and this will be the 4th season gardening on this property. It will be a bigger challenge for me because I am having some health issues that are yet to be resolved and are seriously slowing me down.   

The good news is we are adding 2 more garden beds this year.  One for flowers near the house and the other one will be for potatoes and winter squash.  We also manged to get 2 large loads of wood chips delivered when the power company was trimming trees this winter. 

I will post pictures soon but I wanted to get this thread started. 

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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2017, 08:05:29 PM »
Maybe you could have a planting party...

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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2017, 08:11:00 PM »
Hope your health improves, and post pics of your garden when you can.

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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2017, 06:46:04 AM »
Maybe you could have a planting party...

I hadn't thought of that. 


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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2017, 11:39:39 AM »
Yes, pics when you get a chance, please!

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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2017, 07:11:17 AM »

We have been snow free for about a week and the ground is finally thawing.  The daffodils are just starting to emerge.  So here is the beginning photos. 



My dinning room has been taken over by baby chicks and seedling production. 





Here is the lower part of the garden.  The mesh is over the garlic bed. Last year we started putting wood chips between the raised beds because we could get them free from our town's transfer station. 





This winter the power company was trimming trees along the road and delivered 2 loads of wood chips to us.  I love the when the wood chip leaves us presents. 





Unfortunately all 4 of our bee hives died this fall and winter.  It will let me put in a new garden bed behind the hives.  The chickens have been working on it for us.  I will be planting potatoes and winter squash in it.  I tried planting here last year but the bees keep stinging me. 





Since the hives are empty we are moving them.  My husband is building a new stand for the hives and putting up posts for electricity and eventually a bee hut.  This spot gets great morning sun and some afternoon shade and allow me to easily garden in the back yard.  He needs to finish this tomorrow.  I am getting 2 boxs of bees on Sunday.




One of my husband's other projects is the garden pond.  We are hoping to get it finished this summer.  It needs a liner and things keep popping up like a new well pump and MRI co pays that keep pushing the pond to a lower priority.



Here are some before photos of our various garden beds.



This is a strawberry bed in the lower left corner and flower bed on the right with 2 apple trees. You can see another bed near the wood chips and the corner of our mobile chicken coop.  The 8 baby NH Red chicks will be moving into it once next month.  The mobile coop will be in the back yard by then.




This is the herb bed that is just starting to come to life.

 



More raised beds and the edge of the future pond.





This is my kitchen garden.  We added this bed last year right in front of the porch. I am in the process of planting snap peas and spinach in it. It will also get kale, herbs and some other greens in it.  I like having the stuff I use the most close at hand when I am cooking. I am putting feed bags and cardboard down between the rows and they will be covered in wood chips.





Here is a photo of the big swale berm.  It is full of fruit trees and shrubs.  I am hoping to get it weeded and mulched this year. I also need to work on plant markers for all this stuff. 




 


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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2017, 08:10:43 AM »
That is REALLY cool!

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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2017, 04:37:02 PM »
I remember when the heavy equipment came to your house, looking good


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My dining room has been taken over by baby chicks and seedling production. 

It happens... at least there are not carburetors on the kitchen table too?

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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2017, 05:43:39 PM »
Yes.  We rented a backhoe to build the swales and many of the raised beds. 

Not carburetors on the kitchen table but I do have boxes of beads, wire and cabochon gemstones all over the living room floor right now.  Since I am sitting a lot these days I have started making jewelry again.


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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2017, 11:26:26 AM »
Today I picked up 2 new boxes of bees! 
They are still getting settled.


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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2017, 12:27:09 PM »
Italians?

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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2017, 01:14:08 PM »
One box is Italians and the other is Carniolan.  I forgot to ask which box was which but I will figure it out once they are more settled. 

I have had Italians before and I tried Russians last year but they kept stinging me anytime I got near the hive and they died in fall so I am done with Russian bees. 

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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2017, 05:36:22 PM »
That looks fantastic. Well done!

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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2017, 08:06:57 PM »
Looking good !
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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2017, 12:21:12 PM »
Today  I am planting Hardy Kiwi and Seascape Strawberries while I get my well pump and pressure tank replaced.  Once the strawberry beds are weeded, planted, and mulched I need to get the asparagus, potatoes, and onions in the ground.

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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2017, 05:54:52 PM »
I am trying to hurry up and get everything either planted or prepped for planting as fast as I can.  I am in a race against time.  I don't know when I will run out of time but it will be when the tiny but thoroughly evil  black flies arrive.   

In that effort I hope to recruit my husband to do lots of digging and mulching this weekend.   The ground is thawed, we have a small mountain of wood chips and I just had 9 yards of compost delivered.



I am already putting it to good use.  I filled in my strawberry patch  and planted 3 hardy kiwi vines.



These are Seascape day neutral strawberries and a 4 in one pear tree. 



My lovage is popping up along with my daffodils and  rhubarb



Here is one of the Hardy Kiwi.  There are 2 female and one male plant.
 




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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2017, 08:37:56 AM »
Looks great. :)

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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2017, 05:22:09 PM »
It is finally getting warm enough for spring!  We were busy this weekend getting stuff in the ground and starting to get stuff fed and mulched for the season. 


I am not worried about a hard freeze so the rain barrel is up and running for the season. 


The yard is greening up and the daffodils are blooming.  The fruit trees are just starting to bud.  I still need to take the mouse guards off season.   
The bees are loving the warm weather and early flowering trees. 


The front yard is starting to look a lot better.  I love all the flowers.


I came outside to find some shiitake mushrooms.  We keep these logs next to the
hose spigot so I can easily water them.


This patch of wood chips is our Wine Cap  Mushrooms bed.  We are hoping to get them established in this spot and then spread them around the garden.     



My bunching onions and garlic are doing well.  I am hoping to mulch them with compost this week. 


I have gotten the parsnips seeds in the ground.  I am hoping these do well this year. 


The herb bed is just starting wake up.  I am hoping the high bush cranberries flower this year.


My husband pounded in fence posts so I can contain the raspberry and blackberry canes. 


We also planted an asparagus bed this weekend.  The pathways still need to be mulched. 


My husband is reshaping several of my raised beds.  Since we are on the side of a hill and we are trying to have more consistency in our bed sizes so he build a jig for shaping the beds. 


This is King George.  He does a great job taking care of the hens.


Here is King George and the girls working on my soon to be new garden bed.   





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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2017, 06:22:38 AM »
I love it. Looks awesome. :)

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Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2017, 07:56:50 AM »
So many changes! It looks so good!

I love George. He's such a good caretaker of "his ladies."