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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #480 on: May 23, 2013, 04:47:35 AM »
Food for the hay burners....but spring has finally sprung!
My HUGE yard.....at least seems huge when I have to water!


?  Where I come from, you don't water what you don't eat.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #481 on: May 23, 2013, 06:52:01 AM »
If I did not water that field and keep that grass/alfalfa alive, it would migrate to
cheet grass and become a Huge fire liability.  AND the state would rescind my
water right issuing it to someone else. Part of the water right language is that
you must show "beneficial use".
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #482 on: May 23, 2013, 09:40:43 AM »
Makes sense to me.  Most places in the east (not all), that is not an issue.  It depends on where your water comes from and whether irrigation is necessary, etc.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #483 on: May 23, 2013, 02:01:38 PM »
I would still plant something edible :)   Assuming it grows there of course.  Some fruit trees would be nice.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #484 on: May 23, 2013, 02:23:32 PM »
I would still plant something edible :)   Assuming it grows there of course.  Some fruit trees would be nice.

Alfalfa is edible.  Cows love it.

As a professional hydrologist, I can tell you, riparian water rights involve some of the most convoluted and contested laws out there.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #485 on: May 23, 2013, 09:51:33 PM »
I would still plant something edible :)   Assuming it grows there of course.  Some fruit trees would be nice.

Alfalfa is edible.  Cows love it.

As a professional hydrologist, I can tell you, riparian water rights involve some of the most convoluted and contested laws out there.
Cows are edible, so it counts . . . if he has a cow. :)
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #486 on: May 23, 2013, 11:27:32 PM »
Alfalfa sprouts!  hellllooooo?   ;D
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #487 on: May 24, 2013, 02:01:16 AM »
Alfalfa sprouts!  hellllooooo?   ;D
we were talking about food . . .
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #488 on: May 24, 2013, 05:11:03 AM »
I would still plant something edible :)   Assuming it grows there of course.  Some fruit trees would be nice.

If you grow it, you have to take care of it.  I grew up in dairy country and we had a one acre garden for the family when I was a kid.  We pretty much grew all the vegetables we ate.  I remember it being a lot of work to keep up with and my mom didn't work.  These days things are quite different.  My garden is still pretty big, but not so big it takes up all our spare time (gotta brew, bro!).  You can't beat fresh, for sure.  I guess you could grow something less labor intensive, like barley or wheat, but it's still a b**** to plant and harvest if you have a crapload and you don't have the right equipment. ;)  I really appreciate the hard work that farmers do, having helped when I was a kid.  That's probably why I am an engineer now (farming is way too hard ;)).  Of course, this is kind of off subject for this thread.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #489 on: May 24, 2013, 09:00:46 AM »
That's why I suggested fruit trees - pretty low maintenance. ;)
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #490 on: May 24, 2013, 04:40:55 PM »
That's why I suggested fruit trees - pretty low maintenance. ;)

+1
I learned that lesson in Florida.  I had a garden full of annuals that required daily attention.  Way too labor intensive.  Now I grow fruit trees, coffee, pineapples, papayas...  Throw a little fertilizer at them every once in a while and they're good to go.

And alfalfa sprouts!   :-*

(I grow my own sprouts in jars - easy, speasy, 1, 2, threesy!)
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #491 on: May 28, 2013, 09:28:15 PM »
Hey!  It has been a long cold spring in this country.

I saw euge post hugleculture and man the google images that come out of that will drive a gardener keeerazy.
Excellent!

Wow, it has been a while.  I ate the first strawberry yestern.  Good because the rhubarb is rockin.
Peas still retarded at 5 inches tall.  duh.
first lettuces and spinach ready.  Ate some first onion from last years regen.
garlic tall at 10 leaves
potatoes sprouting in new rehashed beds per vertical1
hops crazy prolific in early spring moisture and coolness; I hacked away over a hundred pounds of veg matter.

Might try and get some pics for the garden thread.

For now, I will leave you with the bliss of irrigating pasture in the west.
I loves me my headgate
the horses love the pasture,
and the compost loves the horses,
the garden loves the compost.

Umm yea, that is how I justify my hayburners as food. ::).....but I did get 6 plum trees in the ground this spring ;)



Who knows about orange irrigation dams?  Good times.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #492 on: May 28, 2013, 10:07:20 PM »
I got an olde irrigation dam like that up in the rafters of the barn. It has
faded from age and prolly dry rot.  Never used the thing so other than
spider hang out you are not getting help from me....lol I suspect
that you just don the hip? waders and forge ahead.

Hopefully I led you down a good potato patch.... ;)
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #493 on: May 29, 2013, 02:17:33 AM »
Pfff. Rain, rain, rain, rain, cold, cold, cold, cold. Nothing's growing. I usually try to grow from seed but this year we've had to do almost all our stuff from the garden center.

One cool thing about the garden center though is that they're carrying "ludique," i.e., 'fun/silly' plants like corn and peanuts (!). So now I have a peanut plant. Any ideas on how to best grow them?
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #494 on: May 29, 2013, 02:51:59 AM »
When my garden gets irrigated there is usually a rainbow nearby.  Guess I must be doing it right.

Not sure about these three growing seasons a year here though... Weird huh? Sh!t grows all year round here!  Wots up widdat?!

Cold?  You usin' fancy French words on us Phil?  What means cold? 

I suggest that you grow peanuts in dirt.  The flowers dive into the ground and the seeds (peanuts) grow underground. Hydroponic peanuts taste watery.   :o
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