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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: May 29, 2015, 12:51:55 PM »
That garlic patch probably has filled in a bit by now Pete?  Mine look like they might try and scape out here pretty quick.  What type do you grow?

I used your burlap mulch on yellow beets because I have a heck of a time getting good germination with them - every one came up! 
I was giggly piggly and then two days later some white crowned sparrows came through and feasted on the nice regular buffet of fresh cotyledons. Son of a...

 Glad I am not trying to make a living out of this.

Who knows how to eat bok choy? 

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: May 29, 2015, 12:39:17 PM »
Whooee brewers.

After little to no winter, we suddenly have gone from sub 50% to 130% of average snowpack.
You're welcome Cali.  ;D I will be wanting some cheap crazy big red bell peppers this summer.
I am looking forward to some sun.

That is some soggy stuff down in Tehas. How is that back yard lookin Euge?
Hope ya'll are getting by down there.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 23, 2015, 05:18:01 PM »

Here too. Although spring snow is not real snow. ::)

Tater bed yet to sprout. Onions don't mind a little cool down.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 10, 2015, 04:04:54 PM »
Very cool...back to your roots!
That is a pretty good start to the forest garden. ;D

Wow on the orange pippin - we sure live in a time of having access to amazing variety.
No time like the present to go ahead and plant a tree...


Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Oscar Blues Pinner
« on: April 10, 2015, 04:02:04 PM »
This may very well be my favorite 'session IPA' up to this point.

+2, I really liked it as well. 
Good for them; still like the versatility of the can.

The marketing is silly, which is too bad.  I think "throwback" is supposed to refer to the fact that you can throw a few back --- down your gullet---and still be able to row the boat. 

I thought at first it would be some old British IPA ::)

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 07, 2015, 11:23:51 PM »
You just dig them (new canes) up and transplant then. Great I don't want them taking up much space but more strategically placed.

Seems some blackberries spread underground (especially the thorned varieties?) and some spread by arching their canes and where the cane tips land on the soil, they sprout roots and grow.  This latter strategy is easy to take advantage of to make new plants for planting.  ie bury live cane tips into a nice bed of soil. wait until well rooted.  dig up root ball, snip cane a few internodes up, and walla you have new plant...

the underground spreading variety are more difficult to control IME. They make bad neighbors.

The Pub / Re: Happy National Beer Day!
« on: April 07, 2015, 10:48:20 PM »
Ok, you guys sold me.


I went and got a schwarzbier in honor of this thread.
Day, I meant Day.


The Pub / Re: AHA governing committee elections
« on: April 07, 2015, 02:07:05 PM »
That seems odd.  I am sure there is nothing sinister about it ??? but it would be nice to know how much ground you need to make up for next year.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 07, 2015, 02:03:42 PM »
Sweet.  Looking good SoCal...

Well, Pete's burlap over carrot seeds WORKS.
I have good germination under the burlap strip, and none in my adjacent control.
Thanks for the recommendation!

I dug the rest of the parsnips.  They do make a nice flower in the second year, but they like to reseed and take over.  I pretty much like them roasted...Pete, what do you do with yours?

I set up the other garden this weekend. Hauled about 12 yards of compost. Making soil is hard work.
Planted blackberries and potatoes.

The Pub / Re: AHA governing committee elections
« on: April 07, 2015, 01:55:36 PM »
Who won?   Count those pregnant chads and release the results   ;D

don't know who won but it wasn't me.

Thanks for all your support folks! maybe next year!
That's too bad.

+2. Sorry you did not get in.  Do they give you a rundown of the numbers?

Hop Growing / Re: Trim back first shoots?
« on: April 07, 2015, 01:49:19 PM »
Curiously, I have found that if I let the first shoots go, and they survive any late freezes, they actually out grow the foliage eating pests that I have.  Pretty sure that is the hop strategy.....outgrow your enemies.  :D Mildew is not a problem here however.

As far as eating them....if they are green they are goat feed.  The only ones I eat are when I am digging/pruning wandering rhizomes.  The fresh shoots are white and fleshy with the tips bent over like a bean sprout.

Trimming.... used to use the Denny method of grab a handful and rip, but lately I have taken up the weed whacker.
I might be turning into a pragmatic old guy.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What to do with post boil hops?
« on: April 07, 2015, 01:35:43 PM »
They are toxic to dogs so I say dispose of them. A few ounces less mulch isn't going to destroy the planet

+1.  The possibility of my dogs, or someones wandering dog, getting into the compost pile and eating a bunch of wort sweet hops makes me send them to the trash. 

All Things Food / Re: Bramble/ribe varieties
« on: March 26, 2015, 08:33:43 PM »
Very cool, thanks for the insight all.

Looking forward to perhaps having some early summer berries then!
Nice planting guide. Thanks

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 24, 2015, 01:59:41 PM »
 I am using one of these at the moment


It is however, a vintage model called the Colorado Sprinkler...made in Illinois by Nelson.  ;D

Easy irrigation is key! I sure wish I had an automated system.  My irrigation water does not get into the canal until mid April, so all my starting has to get hand watered.

Tried the burlap on carrots Pete.  Got some peas and beets in.
Vert, spotted a lone asparagus spear location much earlier than wild fare apparently.

Plums and apricot in full bloom.  >:(  Freeze forecasted for tomorrow.

Anyone grow Okra?

All Things Food / Re: Bramble/ribe varieties
« on: March 24, 2015, 01:47:46 PM »
Hey, so I am trying a little different pruning method on my raspberries.  Since I was so late in pruning, lots of my overwintering canes have green shoots popping out of them.
Normally I cut them near the ground and they make new canes each year for harvest in August to the first freeze.... but I just topped them a bit and left them standing.

Any experience to tell me what to expect out of this?  Will they fruit as normal on second year wood?

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