Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Links to remember...

I've been trolling my history this morning looking for seed resources because I want to start ordering seeds. If I can get my compost up to snuff i'd like a winter garden but I think it's too late for that. I don't want to waste money doing it now. I have several months...at least six...that I can prepare and save and i can order seeds over this time and some bareroot dormant plants in the spring to plant (I really want to grow some raspberries and blackberries!!! maybe some grapes? some strawberries?  My goal is that in a few years I won't have to buy ANY produce at the grocery store.  I'd like to have enough that I could sell some at one of our local farmers markets or whatever..  I built one box for SQ Foot gardening. it is 4x4 feet x 6 inches tall. I need to get some linseed oil for that and I need to find some construction and beg for some wood scraps. I can make boxes of varying sizes....I NEED bare minimum:
1 4x4 foot box per person in the house for salad veggies. = 4
1 4x4 foot box per person in the house for dinner veggies = 4
1 4x4 foot box for raspberries
1 4x4 foot box for blackberries

So that's 10 boxes. My dad MAY murder me. but if I make it look pretty he might be okay with it. and I might have to build up to it. May have to start out with only 6 boxes plus the berries.  I am putting them in a box to help control them.  Though if I get shoots growing off of them and get them to sprout roots I may try to get them to grow up our fence in a few places so we have "Wild blackberries" and "Wild raspberries"  Dad hates raspberries.   The good news is that square foot gardening is mostly portable.  Couldn't move the berries but i think he'd be okay with that if I continued to take care of them. I want to build a big cage to go over my berries to protect them from birds and squirrels and bunnies.  I'm going to try and use some chicken wire to keep animals outta my veggies since i'll need the CW for the cages anyway.

My problem is that i want to grow so many varieties. tee hee. you'll see in my next post.  I may make a square foot gardening table for my dad so he can garden too. his knees are bad and he can't get down on the ground without significant pain so if i build a 4x4 box and put a plywood bottom on it and drill holes in it and put some legs on it he could garden from a chair or while standing.  or i could even do 4 2x2 foot box tables.  Then he can pick his own veggies etc. He loves gardens and he loves veggies.

These are my links i need:
Gardening Forum
I am in plant hardiness zone 6b
Seed places:
Victory Seeds
heirloom seeds
Seed Savers
Organic seed people

Trees of Antiquity
Berries and seeds:
Eden Brothers
Raintree Nursery

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