Garden Update April 15 2010

An update on our gardens. Lots of peas and carrots planted. Some swish chard, spinach, radishes, beets and summer turnips. And more seedlings in the greenhouse!! Visit us at Check out our forum at

25 Comments on "Garden Update April 15 2010"

  1. BeanIrene | May 22, 2010 at 2:08 am |

    Oh I just love it. I am going to give eggplant a whirl this year too. Try to use it as a meat substitute more.

  2. mamahenof6 | May 22, 2010 at 2:48 am |

    Awesome update Mrs. H 🙂 I am the only one that likes beet in my house too 🙁 I love beet pickles! mmmmm

  3. polarbeach | May 22, 2010 at 3:25 am |

    adding more peat moss and vermiculite helps with the moisture retention ?

  4. HomesteadAcres | May 22, 2010 at 3:45 am |

    @KasinH No they aren’t lemon. Just yellow colored. But they are suppose to be more mild I think.

  5. Lemon strawberries?

  6. pinetar100 | May 22, 2010 at 5:07 am |

    looking great.crows eating the onions.i will have to kept my eyes open.i planted some last week

  7. grannysquare101 | May 22, 2010 at 5:23 am |


  8. 62636263c | May 22, 2010 at 5:37 am |

    Do you guys have any trouble with rabbits? If so, what do you do to keep them out of the garden? Thanks.

  9. GulfCoastJaguarundi | May 22, 2010 at 5:56 am |

    Looks good. I currently only have my tequila sunrise sweet peppers seed plants alive. Everything else died off. 1 month to go for my area – PA usa

  10. HomesteadAcres | May 22, 2010 at 6:13 am |

    @marthale7 Yes, doesn’t mater how long you’ve been gardening. Its always exciting to see your new plants coming up! 🙂 Kids just love checking on their seeds to.

  11. HomesteadAcres | May 22, 2010 at 7:04 am |

    @Michigansnowpony Sounds like I book I would like! 🙂 I know I’ve had tomato crops hit real bad by late frost or SNOW in June before. They all turned black and died. BUT about a week latter they all started sending new shoots up from their roots. Tomatoes are actually pretty hardly plants. I did get good yields off them to. Better then the ones I had bought to replace them. LOL!

  12. HomesteadAcres | May 22, 2010 at 7:45 am |

    @Michigansnowpony Hey I wonder if you could put some casters on a skid/pallet, then mount the greenhouse on that? Would make a good sturdy base so the wind doesn’t tip it.

  13. Michigansnowpony | May 22, 2010 at 8:08 am |

    @HomesteadAcres – The book “Gardening When it Counts” advocates sowing right in the garden on everything. I’m beginning to think there is a lot to that. Even if you have to baby stuff like peppers and tomatoes along at first with covers (like those old fashioned glass bell-shaped covers people used to use?). Hmmm . . . .

  14. Michigansnowpony | May 22, 2010 at 8:16 am |

    @HomesteadAcres — Your greenhouse is awesome and the fact you can heat it at night is exactly what is needed in our unpredictable climate. I’m thinking I will look for / find a way to put my little shelf greenhouse on wheels, so on the cold nights, I can wheel it into the garage at least. I’m putting it out Tuesday — that’s when the nighttime temps are supposed to be warmer and the sun returns.

  15. marthale7 | May 22, 2010 at 8:54 am |

    I am just starting some plants from seed, and you can’t stop looking at them to see the new growth each day 🙂 exciting to go out and see what is new.

  16. Awesome stuff…just an idea, collecting extra water by collecting snow during the end of the snow season, on 55gal plastic drum container and collect rain water that’s how we collect extra water in the desert !!!! GOOD LUCK 🙂

  17. what are those you started the broccoli seedlings in?

  18. HomesteadAcres | May 22, 2010 at 10:37 am |

    @Michigansnowpony I think our grandparents may have started most seeds out in the garden. Even most squashes do just fine starting out side. Its the tomatoes and peppers that need a longer growing time.
    But they might have been growing variety’s that were better suited to there local growing conditions. A lot of the Russian type tomatoes mature very early. So you could sow them right in the garden, if you had to.

  19. HomesteadAcres | May 22, 2010 at 11:05 am |

    @Michigansnowpony Yes I think that greenhouse would do well outside! Its amazing how much warmer they get then the outside temp when it’s sunny though. Ours averaged 20C higher, need to keep the window vents open. Its getting cold tonight and tomorrow here to. 🙁 Will need to heat the greenhouse.

  20. skybirdbird | May 22, 2010 at 11:40 am |


  21. Michigansnowpony | May 22, 2010 at 11:42 am |

    @HomesteadAcres — forgot to say: I am determined not to have to buy grow lights. Number one, I know there must be a way to start seedlings without ’em because our grandparents did it. And two, I am broke from buying bee keeping stuff. LOL.

  22. Michigansnowpony | May 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm |

    @HomesteadAcres –ahha! I have a little 4-tiered greenhouse inside at a Southern window and I rotate my trays, but apparently, that’s not enough. I need to move it outside. Of course, the next two nights are going to get down to 37 F.. . . . I’m afraid that will be too drastic of a change for them to move them today. But I will get them outside ASAP in the greenhouse. Thanks Kim!!!

  23. HomesteadAcres | May 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm |

    @GettingThereGreen Thanks 🙂 Yes we love tomatoes and can a lot to.

  24. HomesteadAcres | May 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm |

    @CairnsFoodGarden The Lemon Boy tomatoes are hybrids and one of my favs. You can save seeds from a hybrid. The problem is because the are a cross you don’t know exactly what your going to get. The tomato could be the same as the parent plant, but could have a different taste, color, shape etc.
    I saved some seeds from some Sheppard peppers last year. They are probably a hybrid, so we’ll see how they do. 🙂

  25. HomesteadAcres | May 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm |

    @Lepiratepoulpe Our growing zone is 5b to. 🙂

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