2018 Garden Planning and Report Thread

Discussion in 'Michigan Non-Game Animals, Plants, and Scenery' started by kroppe, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. kroppe

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    Let's get the 2018 garden thoughts flowing!

    What will be new, added, subtracted or the same in 2018? Larger garden area? New approaches to planting, feeding or harvesting?

    My focus this year is to get the berry patch in shape. Currant bushes are pretty well established and in 2018 I expect a decent crop. In late winter I will prune them fairly hard to get them growing the way I want them to.

    Raspberries will also get cut pretty hard. I had a good crop in 2017, and the raspberries are growing aggressively, and this needs to be curbed/trained as much as possible, so they don't overtake the space I want them to live in.

    For veggies, I will plant: green beans, carrots and peas. Probably also a couple of pepper plants and 2 tomato plants. I'm planting in long rows in 2018, rather than a higher number of shorter rows as in prior years. Seems easier to manage with longer rows.

    Square footage is staying the same. I have a low wire fence for everything, and I use a netting for the berries. The netting is a pain in the backside but I don't have another idea that isn't more work, time or expense.

    Let's hear about the 2018 gardens!
     
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  2. WALLEYE MIKE

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    Adding 2 more raised beds.
    Putting a homemade green house over at least 2 raised beds for an early start. Thinking of doing another 2.

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  3. Trophy Specialist

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    I'm still picking broccoli this year, which will end tomorrow with the cold, prolonged forecast. I'm going to add more squash to my garden next year and alter my planting dates a bit too.
     
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  4. JBooth

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    May add a bed. Waiting to see if I stay in the area. Contemplating buying some ground to play on.

    The real experiment is going to be essentially planting a garden as a food plot for deer. Pumpkins, Chard, maybe sweet potatoes. Doing research now to see what's feasible.
     
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  5. chuckinduck

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    Seriously??! We’re starting this already? Lol. Ok. Well no big plans for next year other then to go electric with my fence to keep vermin out and veggies in.
     
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  6. kroppe

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    How are things coming?

    I am likely to do little to no gardening this year because of a "life transition event".

    Maybe a few buckets with tomato plants. Maybe some raspberries and currants. But nothing that requires time and cultivation. Time is the key ingredient that is lacking.
     
  7. Mike

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    Topped the beds with chicken manure /shavings. Let it compost over the winter. Will probably till it in next month.

    Still want to add an in-ground garden for bigger plants like squash and melons. Not sure I’ll have time this year. Need to re-establish a compost pile. Plan to build some type of enclosure that I can let the materials age, but keep the critters out of.

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  8. chuckinduck

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    Well mine is presently covered in about 10” of snow. At least it was yesterday when I was getting the boy and his quad unstuck from it.
     
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  9. JBooth

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    started early spring seeds a couple days ago. Lots of edible sprouts already, but we will let them get big. Biggest thing for me was getting some trees trimmed to allow more light into the yard.
     
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    I think I got another 2 months wait for my garden.Usu
     
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  11. Scottygvsu

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    I just ordered some blue potatoes. I'm intrigued by the idea but I really did it to pick a fight with the GF. She'll refuse to eat them and I'll insist that they still taste like normal potatoes. She'll say I've doomed us all to starve as we'll have unfit potatoes to eat all winter, I'll remind her that we are not mountain men and the IGA is 5 miles away. She'll stomp her feet and cross her arms, I'll take a sip of beer and relish in another battle won.
     
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  12. JBooth

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    they infact taste exactly like all other potatoes and are higher in nutrients.
     
  13. Thirty pointer

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    I planted some blue fingerling potatoes last season -no difference in taste ...kinda weird though.
     
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    I have a heck of a time with potatoes normally but last year I had a pretty good crop
     
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    Waiting on a thaw to till my straw, compost, and winter worth of fish carcasses under.

    Gonna plant less tomatoes this year and more english cukes and peppers. Spicy pickles were a smash last year.

    Planning cukes, jalapenos, banana peppers, green or pablano peppers, habaneros, grape tomatoes, maybe 1 big tomato plant, onions, zucchini and yellow squash.

    Strawberries still in.

    Probably do leeks again too and maybe a potato tire. Had some great soup last fall.

    Brussel sprouts too. Deeelish.

    Got more room this year cause I'm not gonna let a pumpkin go buckwild.
     
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