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Though we are still 6 to 8 weeks from our last frost, some garden tasks and a few vegetables can be planted now.  For the past two days, we have had dry warm spring like days.  As there are more mouths to feed in our household now, we decided to expand the garden, nearly double in size.  To facilitate doing this, we first decided to move the grapevines from the north edge of the garden to the north edge of the orchard.  The Raspberry canes that I had planted several years ago in the row near the south edge of the garden had become overwhelming, so we moved 6 plants along the chicken run and dug out the remainder of the canes to discard.

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Raspberries along chicken run

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Grapevines pruned and moved, needing new trellis.

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Two of our helpers throwing weeds to the chooks from the now empty Raspberry bed.

Our day was waning, dinner prep needed doing, so we planted 40-50 young onion starts and a half dozen kale plants, erected a row cover bubble over the kale to keep out the cabbage moths/worms,

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Tomorrow if we can get it done before the rain starts, we will plant Daikon radishes, turnips, and Lacinato Kale seed.  On our next dry stretch, we will deconstruct the 4 remaining compost bins, collect some rock, perhaps rent a tiller and finish the expansion.  A good day of labor.  After our dinner prep and clean up, we planted tomato and pepper seeds in the indoor flats, put them on the warming tray and set the grow light over them.

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Once the last frost date passes, hopefully we will have beds ready for twice as many tomatoes and peppers as last year, the peas and beans, sunflowers, and herbs will be planted.  The winter squash are going to be planted in the orchard this year and allowed to spread at will.  I may have to extend the electric fence around the orchard again to keep the deer out.

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