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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #570 on: October 07, 2013, 10:03:00 PM »
RIP garden.   Prairie is starting to get green again ....its confused   :o
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« Reply #571 on: October 08, 2013, 04:42:11 AM »
Still have peppers, some tomatoes, kale and Swiss chard.  Everything else is six feet under, OK 1 foot under.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #572 on: October 08, 2013, 07:17:24 AM »
ahh northern California.

The peas are starting to come up gangbusters, still got a couple eggplants, peppers and tomatoes hanging around. greens, greens, and more greens. A couple potatoes starting to poke their heads up, a few intentional and a few we missed earlier.

Chickens are eating up the excess greens, and scraps and making 4 eggs a day. so my cholesterol is doing well  ::). (nah they mostly forage so it's healthy cholesterol)
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« Reply #573 on: October 08, 2013, 07:50:35 AM »
I've still got tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kohl rabi, carrots, beets, potatoes, kale, leeks, apples, and raspberries.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #574 on: October 08, 2013, 01:39:47 PM »
I'm getting a random late bumper crop of cherry tomatoes, and some spinach in one of deck boxes. Need to think about picking my cranberries soon too. Otherwise no fall plantings for me this year. Time to break it all down and add some more mulch for the winter.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #575 on: October 20, 2013, 09:09:20 AM »
Took the rest of the garden out yesterday.  Got about a bushel of poblanos and a bunch of jalapenos and chile grandes.  Spent this morning blanching the poblanos and packing them for the freezer.  Pickled the chile grandes and jalapenos.  I'm glad we're done for the year. 
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #576 on: October 21, 2013, 11:50:38 AM »
I'm glad we're done for the year.
:P, Dang, a whole bushel of poblanos!  Wow.

I too am glad to be about done.  I hauled out the frozen and dead tomato plants this weekend.
Eating some delicata squash.  I like it; not too sweet which is how I find most squash.

Need to get the garlic in the ground.

RIP garden.   Prairie is starting to get green again ....its confused   :o

Crazy year with the intense monsoon here.  All kinds of stuff is re-blooming on the desert.
Got my hay cut. :o 18 October. Amazing, but this is the first dry stretch we have had. Now or never.

Anyone garden 4 season style?  Hothouse, greenhouse?  Not you Punatic. ;D
I got some lettuce last night and thought I should have a greenhouse setup.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #577 on: October 21, 2013, 01:16:08 PM »
I'm glad we're done for the year.
:P, Dang, a whole bushel of poblanos!  Wow.

I too am glad to be about done.  I hauled out the frozen and dead tomato plants this weekend.
Eating some delicata squash.  I like it; not too sweet which is how I find most squash.

Need to get the garlic in the ground.

RIP garden.   Prairie is starting to get green again ....its confused   :o

Crazy year with the intense monsoon here.  All kinds of stuff is re-blooming on the desert.
Got my hay cut. :o 18 October. Amazing, but this is the first dry stretch we have had. Now or never.

Anyone garden 4 season style?  Hothouse, greenhouse?  Not you Punatic. ;D
I got some lettuce last night and thought I should have a greenhouse setup.

I don't have Carl's advantages but I can get a few hardy things through the winter here in northern cali without any assistance, hearty greens like collards, kale, and chard, broccoli, peas. Lettuces are sort of a risk but not a very big one. I'm going to try to get some winter barley in this year if I can get ahold of some seed in the next couple weeks.

Back east in Vermont where I grew up there are a lot of folks getting cold season crops to grow even in the early/late winter months using cold frames and insulated greenhouses.

I did a lot of research at one point on insulating the ground under a greenhouse. You sink that rigid foam insulation board at the perimeter of your green house sloping slightly out. Then put a moisture barrier around the outside of the greenhouse. If you can keep the ground dry (moisture barrier) and reflect some of the heat lost through the soil itself (insulation) you are supposed to be able to keep the ground from freezing even in sub zero weather. With some solar gain during the day you can even keep the ambient temp out of death range for some hearty crops.

Add some active compost inside the greenhouse and your cooking with gas.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #578 on: October 21, 2013, 08:22:32 PM »
Just dismissed out of hand for where I live... :-[

Yall are a bunch of regionalists!   ;)
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #579 on: October 22, 2013, 09:12:16 AM »
Add some active compost inside the greenhouse and your cooking with gas.
;D I steamed my sunglasses the other morning turning the pile.

I would love to have a greenhouse/chicken coop combo!
Since I am dreaming, I need a root cellar as well. ::)
 

Whatcha planning for that winter barley?

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #580 on: October 22, 2013, 09:35:29 AM »
Add some active compost inside the greenhouse and your cooking with gas.
;D I steamed my sunglasses the other morning turning the pile.

I would love to have a greenhouse/chicken coop combo!
Since I am dreaming, I need a root cellar as well. ::)
 

Whatcha planning for that winter barley?

probably mostly get wasted as I try to figure out malting. that's assuming it actually grows and produces grain  ::) I've got plot about 15X20 to plant ready and waiting so with lots and lots of luck I might see 10 lbs of grain, maybe 20 but I'm really not holding my breath.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #581 on: October 22, 2013, 10:04:24 PM »
Yall are a bunch of regionalists!   ;)

That made me laff....and you said "y'all"  LOL!!!!
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #582 on: October 22, 2013, 10:13:06 PM »
probably mostly get wasted as I try to figure out malting. that's assuming it actually grows and produces grain  ::) I've got plot about 15X20 to plant ready and waiting so with lots and lots of luck I might see 10 lbs of grain, maybe 20 but I'm really not holding my breath.

OK you plant one "seed" it grows a plant that produces several 2row heads per plant...at 16-20 grains per head....so per grain multiplication of (say 60% survival) times 17 grains per head is 10 times increase per surviving plant.... is that much times your seed weight? some AG farmer please chime in....plant 5 lbs get
50 yeild  at 60% viability ???
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #583 on: October 23, 2013, 12:37:18 AM »
Would it make you feel better if I said yous guys, or you-uns?
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #584 on: October 23, 2013, 05:14:56 AM »
Personally I like yous.  As in... Yous a bunch a bioregionalists! :P

Coool on the barley trials.  If it does not work out, you can always turn the chickens out on it. ;)


Anyone know if you can eat those giant pumpkins?  They are cool for decor, but dumping them seems like a big waste.