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I don't have much of a veggie garden update this month. In fact, I'm actually out of town for a few days on a garden trip so I had not planned to post at all. I decided to post to let my local readers know about a great class going on this weekend and to give a short veggie garden update. The good news from the vegetable garden is that I still have a veggie left over from last summer's vegetable garden! Just look at that great Waltham butternut squash above. We have not yet eaten it but will soon. It has kept wonderfully on my sideboard all these months. Winter squash is on the list for this summer's garden too! We eat a lot of greens here so lettuce is a big vegetable for us this year. I've started three different types inside with even more planned for outside. Given how small my vegetable garden is I really have to double plant and plan well. I think growing lettuce under the vining crops will help to keep it cool and hopefully we'll have lettuce all summer. It sure will be good with fresh tomatoes and peppers. Here is a long shot of my coldframe on the southwestern side of the vegetable garden. Chinese cabbage, turnip greens, some lettuce seedlings, and some spinach are still hanging tough. This picture was obviously taken prior to all the snow coming. Right now most of the garden is white but you can see the turnip greens in this picture and get an idea what my coldframe looks like. I need to do some work on it as far as the windows. I purposely left the middle window like it is. I'm sure it doesn't help with holding heat in but what I have growing under it is Culver's root seeds (Thanks Cameron!). These seeds need winter stratification so I figured the moisture, snow and all, would not hurt them. The rest of the greens have hung on but for the most part I leave the windows off. I've decided to grow the following this year: carrots, lettuces, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini (over hubby's protests), winter squash, bushel gourds, kale, peas, cabbage, and garlic come this fall. Now that is narrowed down I can relax. Planning is half the battle! Let's just hope I can fit it all in!
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Now on to this weekend's class. It is called Tennessee Yards Done Right! It is a program sponsored by the extension office and is mainly focused on controlling rainwater runoff and the resulting erosion. This is a hot topic around here due to many yards being hilly and sloping. So many locals have issues with erosion that this workshop should come in handy for you. Class will be from 8:30-4:30 pm on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the United Methodist Church on Madison Street. The cost is $35 and you get a lot of goodies in addition to the classes (including a rain gauge). This is a no obligation class and I can assure you it will give you lots of information for making your yard 'right'. I like this class so much I'll be in a working session in Murfreesboro today studying the exact same thing. If you are interested in this class call (931)648-5725. You can also sign up at the door Saturday morning but it would be best to let Karla know you'll be coming.
Again, I'll be out of town for a few days and will be around to visit you all when I get back....
in the garden.....
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