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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #960 on: March 14, 2016, 03:43:45 PM »
My last pile of snow should melt away today :-*

This weekend I tore down the remainder of last years hop bines.
The smell of shattered lupulin in March is nice.

I packed and spread an nton of compost this weekend and did some tilling.
Have michilli cabagges sprouting in the hot box...

Growing anything new and interesting in your garden this year?

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #961 on: March 14, 2016, 07:59:48 PM »
I noticed the raspberries are starting to sprout this weekend.  That's about it.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #962 on: March 14, 2016, 08:27:28 PM »
My last pile of snow should melt away today :-*

This weekend I tore down the remainder of last years hop bines.
The smell of shattered lupulin in March is nice.

I packed and spread an nton of compost this weekend and did some tilling.
Have michilli cabagges sprouting in the hot box...

Growing anything new and interesting in your garden this year?
I can't think of anything new, just trying to get better at growing some things. I'm trying a lot of new things though. I'm installing drip irrigation and using a lot more paper and plastic mulch. I also plan on building a "chicken moat" a second fence around my garden where the chickens can graze so there is absolutely know grass and weeds that can encroach into the garden that way.
I'll probably add to our orchard a couple varieties of cider apples. We also want to enlarge the herb garden. It was beautiful yesterday and we wondered some of our property with a beer in hand basically brainstorming ways to make more work for ourselves.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #963 on: March 14, 2016, 09:08:55 PM »
It was beautiful yesterday and we wondered some of our property with a beer in hand basically brainstorming ways to make more work for ourselves.

Ha! We this quite a bit....although it is always my chores we are pondering.

Like the idea of a chicken moat.  My ladies just had their annual run of the garden-I let them in in spring - and wow do they do a great job of mixing things up.  They can really move some dirt!


I had some sautéed white radishes on a sammich the other day - wow was that nice. Not hot at all.
I might try some daikon radishes.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #964 on: March 15, 2016, 01:00:22 AM »
It was beautiful yesterday and we wondered some of our property with a beer in hand basically brainstorming ways to make more work for ourselves.

Ha! We this quite a bit....although it is always my chores we are pondering.


Yea, I was being generous when I said "ourselves". We work together for big project days but the day to day stuff and all the building is me. I wouldn't have it any other way, definitely my choice.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #965 on: March 15, 2016, 02:17:14 PM »
Daikon's are great! I planted a ton of them last year, but only ate a few of them.

I am pretty much doing what Pete is doing. The same things, but more of it. Trying to plan out a drip irrigation system. Due to the amount of rain last year, we had an insane amount of weeds, so lots more plastic mulch and landscape fabric.

Some new things I would like to do: plant some hazelnut bushes, as well as some fruit trees. I am thinking a couple of plum trees, pawpaws, and a few more apple trees. Build a chicken coop. I want to do lots more landscaping projects. Plain ole grass just bothers me. I would like to rip up most of it and plant prairie grasses. Expand the wildflower garden to half an acre. Try to actually take care of the strawberry patch.

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #966 on: March 15, 2016, 04:07:49 PM »
More sugaring today here. I torched the second batch (only ~a quart so not a huge loss) by not paying close enough attention to the final portion. Spent a day scrubbing the stove. flash back to my inside brewing days.

had a good run yesterday and collected about 12 gallons more sap but it was too windy to boil on the brew burner. it's calmed down today so I'm getting that done hopefully.

Planning for next year, the land is still all forest so not much actual gardening to do yet.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #967 on: March 26, 2016, 05:51:45 AM »
Jonathan,
That has to be a wild crazy change from the left coast.
we are still gripped with winter in BFE whyo.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #968 on: March 29, 2016, 08:35:44 PM »
Ya, Morticai!  I am excited to hear about the progress on your woodland garden....
now you can really hugelkultur!!  Are you going to have to clear and start from scratch?

Oi Whyomin. Getting some snow I see.  Those spears will be up before you know it.... ???


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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #969 on: March 30, 2016, 05:36:42 PM »
Starting to see asparagus here.  Will probably plant cold weather veggies over the next few weeks.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #970 on: March 31, 2016, 10:55:50 PM »
Jonathan,
That has to be a wild crazy change from the left coast.
we are still gripped with winter in BFE whyo.

yeah, different critter entirely. weather still not stable enough to put anything out. finishing up boiling sap.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #971 on: March 31, 2016, 10:58:13 PM »
Ya, Morticai!  I am excited to hear about the progress on your woodland garden....
now you can really hugelkultur!!  Are you going to have to clear and start from scratch?

Oi Whyomin. Getting some snow I see.  Those spears will be up before you know it.... ???

Yeah, going to be doing a fair amount of clearing for the house site, both for lumber and for solar exposure. Hugelkultur is for sure in the plan. Our excavator is a cool guy and totally okay with scraping the top soil and putting it in a separate pile so we'll have tons (literally) of materials to build with.
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #972 on: April 01, 2016, 03:12:01 PM »
My attempts at hugelkultur have met with limited success; however I did use quite a bit of wood and the discount soil was not quite suited for growing as it was. I brought in the good stuff this year and amended the beds.

On another note the fire-ants love my garden beds and it's been a constant battle keeping them from literally taking over. Force them from one bed and they move to another. Then they'll move back or to a further bed when they encounter my wrath.

Best time to hurt them bad is after it rains which forces the mound towards the surface. If I've managed to force a colony off a bed and into my lawn they get mound-killer. Then I'll get the survivors when they build their much smaller mound- usually just a yard or so away. 8)
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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #973 on: April 23, 2016, 06:54:43 PM »
First squash blossoms of the season! Harvested 2 males and a female and made pasta for lunch...

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Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« Reply #974 on: May 13, 2016, 05:01:00 AM »
No pix  but on my 3rd cutting of asparagus.  Trying to keep the frost off
is a workout.
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