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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #285 on: June 05, 2012, 06:33:08 PM »
Very nice layout Ron.

Thanks...I've learned over the years to give plenty of space for the plants to grow.  It will look like a jungle a month from now.

They will produce more as well. Though, some like to grow close together like beans, peppers and corn.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #286 on: June 05, 2012, 09:15:49 PM »
Does anyone know of effective organic means to keep grasshoppers away? Some jerk-bug has been munching on my already-sad-looking basil.

chickens

Guineas as a first choice then ducks and chickens, the later need fences to keep them out of the garden so you don't lose your plants. Guineas need to be train so they don't fly away but it is worth the work.
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« Reply #287 on: June 05, 2012, 09:32:51 PM »

Looks like we are going to have too many zuccini this year.

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yes, also squash blossoms stuffed with cheese, and zucchini chocolate chip cookies. And my wife found a recipe for zucchini cheese bread as well. I wish we had chickens we could turn some of those zukes into eggs.

Can send you some fertile eggs if you want.
Pickles are my choice for zucchini, dill them with some hot pepper. Nothing better than hot pickles, they make a good tatar sauce to boot!
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #288 on: June 05, 2012, 10:00:22 PM »

Looks like we are going to have too many zuccini this year.

Pickles

yes, also squash blossoms stuffed with cheese, and zucchini chocolate chip cookies. And my wife found a recipe for zucchini cheese bread as well. I wish we had chickens we could turn some of those zukes into eggs.

Can send you some fertile eggs if you want.
Pickles are my choice for zucchini, dill them with some hot pepper. Nothing better than hot pickles, they make a good tatar sauce to boot!

plenty of chickens around to be had. Just not ready for the urban chicken farmer thing just yet. gotta figure out the coop and where we want them running.

No way in god's nastiest hell are you going to get me to raise guinea foul. I get goose bumps when I hear them. the peacocks that used to live around when I was out in the country were bad enough.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #289 on: June 06, 2012, 08:16:41 AM »
Corn is doing nicely. It's about 15 inches now, need to feed it. I've got some liquid manure I was thinking of using.. Too many nitrates?

My hops are doing quite nicely, or at least the EKG are, there are some leaves that are (no kidding) the size of my head.

We finally got some watermelon hardened off so I'll be transplanting them to somewhere with more room.

Our roses are gangbusters, and we harvested (meaning cut off a bunch of branches) cherries the other day, luckily we got to pretty much all of them before the birds did.

Slugs... M*therf*cking slugs... They have absolutely chowed down on our basil, cilantro, and rhubarb. The pepper and chile plants were looking like they were going to be next, but luckily they got a nice growth spurt.

Speaking of which, what fertilizer for chiles? 5/5/5? Potassium?
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #290 on: June 06, 2012, 09:46:46 AM »
Very nice layout Ron.

Thanks...I've learned over the years to give plenty of space for the plants to grow.  It will look like a jungle a month from now.

They will produce more as well. Though, some like to grow close together like beans, peppers and corn.

Yes.  I have my beans and peppers about 12-18" apart. I've had success with that spacing but squash is another story. :)
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #291 on: June 06, 2012, 10:31:49 AM »
Slugs... M*therf*cking slugs... They have absolutely chowed down on our basil, cilantro, and rhubarb. The pepper and chile plants were looking like they were going to be next, but luckily they got a nice growth spurt.


Funny you should mention that on this forum...Phil, google it....Kill Slugs with BEER
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #292 on: June 06, 2012, 10:34:01 AM »
Slugs... M*therf*cking slugs... They have absolutely chowed down on our basil, cilantro, and rhubarb. The pepper and chile plants were looking like they were going to be next, but luckily they got a nice growth spurt.


Funny you should mention that on this forum...Phil, google it....Kill Slugs with BEER

I always thought that was what genesee cream ale was for growing up. it works okay, but only if you can get the edge of the container at grade so the slugs don't have to climb in. they are lazy drunks.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #293 on: June 06, 2012, 11:43:25 AM »
I think Genesee Cream Ale IS on the federal registry for pesticides...  If not, it should be.   8)
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #294 on: June 06, 2012, 12:47:23 PM »
Nest best thing might be a bag of rock salt in a ring on an impermeable plastic moat.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #295 on: June 06, 2012, 01:37:08 PM »
Nest best thing might be a bag of rock salt in a ring on an impermeable plastic moat.

And train up an army of ants to man it. :D
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #296 on: June 06, 2012, 01:48:38 PM »
earwigs will also help control slugs. course, then you have earwigs, but they are fairly harmless.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #297 on: June 06, 2012, 01:51:07 PM »
earwigs will also help control slugs. course, then you have earwigs, but they are fairly harmless.

Except they drive my wife bonkers - calls 'em wigwams
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #298 on: June 06, 2012, 02:11:34 PM »
earwigs will also help control slugs. course, then you have earwigs, but they are fairly harmless.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #299 on: June 06, 2012, 08:49:53 PM »
earwigs will also help control slugs. course, then you have earwigs, but they are fairly harmless.
Can you point to a reference?  i tried googling around, but everything I find talks about how to control both, not one to control the other.  My google-fu has failed me.
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