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Monday, January 31, 2011

can you believe how fast Janurary went?

Hi fellow Nutmeggers!
Believe it our not the Month we are entering is to Connecticut gardeners the month we can start planting seeds indoors for our garden. Broccoli,Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Kale, and Lettuce can all be started in the Month of February! So Break out the seed flats and run to the store to by your seed starting mixes! It is time to get a jump om Spring.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

This is one of the Hardest venues for me to use

How many of you feel that? Everyday I think as I make my postings in APN..Man as the Moderator of CT forums I really need to get busy posting on the CT Blog!!
What I find is an inability to come up with something that will benefit other CT people.
What would you like to see here?
Should I blog about what I am doing on my Small city Homestead? Or is that To personal and of little interest to anyone but me? So you see Why I haven't posted more often here and why I tend to be over at the APN site more..

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Garden Questions and Answers & CT Seed and Plant swaps

CT Garden Questions and Answers & CT Seed and Plant swaps
Hey all,
Started Getting my seeds in already!! Man I needed that! I am having Garden withdrawals!!

This years Garden is going to be planted more Intensely if it kills me.. I just read an article in Mother Earth News Feb/Mar 2009 An Amazing and Prolific Urban Homestead

How our family of four has created food and energy self-sufficiency on a fifth of acre.
By Jules Dervaes

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Modern-H ... rvaes.aspx

I have More land than that!! My growing season is a LOT shorter though and I'm finally going to do something about it.
I found a Tube Bender at Home depot
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1 ... ogId=10053

and I will be Making hoop tunnels in my raised beds. And a Hoop House for a winter long harvest of Salad Crops..

Just bought the Book By Elliot Colman
The Winter Harvest Handbook
Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses

Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend that's taken hold throughout North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with The New Organic Grower published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine. Now gardeners and farmers can use the innovative, highly successful methods Coleman describes in this comprehensive handbook to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters.

Building on the techniques that hundreds of thousands of farmers and gardeners adopted from The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, this new book focuses on growing produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or, in some cases, minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses.

Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices, and even marketing methods in this complete, meticulous, and illustrated guide. His painstaking research and experimentation with more than 30 different crops will be valuable to small farmers, homesteaders, and experienced home gardeners who seek to expand their production seasons.

A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman provides a practical model for supplying fresh, locally grown produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it "just can't be done."
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Seed exchange - And a talk on Bulk Dry Food Storage

Hello Everybody,
I have just found the forum and am very excited. I really want to do an in person meeting and get to meet some fellow preppers.
So I thought a good activity would be a Seed Exchange and a talk on Bulk Dry Food Storage. I will give the talk if you show up.

I do not have a venue yet but I do have a date: Thursday evening February 3rd or 10th at 7:00 pm. Odd it seems, I know but ... its not friday saturday or sunday and its not during daytime hours. So it shouldn't interfere with work or family time, and it is just before the first moon favorable dates for starting garden seeds indoors. Feb 13 - 18 for some plants. then March 14- 19 for the next batch - I will also bring the moon favorable dates chart for starting plans indoors and outdoors for many different types of plants for our area.

spreading successful seed around gives a group like ours the ability to test different varieties and test germination rates and varrying methods. So lets get together have an appetizer and a drink spread some seed and I'll do my best to make plastic buckets interesting. - So please record your methods and results - I will also be posting seed saving techniques throughout the year.
Please make sure any seeds you save are heirloom seeds. - hybrids and GMO's cannot be trusted to continue to propagate.

Venue suggestions would be great.
Talk to you tomorrow

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