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2018 Garden Planning and Report Thread

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

  1. kroppe

    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!
     
  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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