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« Reply #300 on: May 08, 2018, 12:45:51 PM »
@Tris Prior - I am wondering about the soil fertility.  Have you added fertilizer?  Potting soils have very little nutrients.  Is there good root development coming in out the bottom?

Yeah it's worth checking that.

Some seed starter soil has no nutrients.

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« Reply #301 on: May 08, 2018, 02:02:11 PM »
I usually wait until the first true leaves come out before adding fertilizer. That's worked every year up until now. Do you all fertilize when the plant only has its baby leaves?

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« Reply #302 on: May 08, 2018, 02:11:40 PM »
It is rather odd that they stalled now - I am now wondering if you haven't had enough warmth?  I would still try a little fertilizer now. But this recommendation is not coming from any real expertise or experience.

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« Reply #303 on: May 08, 2018, 02:52:29 PM »
We have had a warm day here and there but plenty of cooler ones too, and it's chilly in our apartment so maybe that is the problem. I don't use a heat mat or anything; haven't needed to before.

Thinking about it more, I think the peppers took at least as long to really get going this year. I just started them way sooner than the tomatoes. So maybe this is just how long it's going to take, in this apartment. (In our last place we couldn't control the heat and it was routinely above 80 degrees in our apartment all winter and spring.)

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« Reply #304 on: May 10, 2018, 05:15:32 AM »
So I was in the market recently for some insect row cover, to battle the cabbage moths that go for our kale.  I stumbled across an article on line about using tulle (wedding veil fabric) instead.  It has openings that are about 1/8", too small for the moths to get through.  Like you literally go to the fabric store and buy the stuff, then sew/join it into the shape you need.  The author even did research on the best way to join it, and it turns out regular old paper staples work the best.  Talk about easy! 

So I went to the fabric store and found out that yes indeed tulle is cheaper.  I bought some, and paid about 60% of the price I would have paid for ag insect barrier.  I stapled it together into the width and length I needed, and I've had it up for a week now.  It is draped over the medium hoops that stretch over my kale bed. I love it!  It's delightful to work with and water passes right through it.  It has already come through a thunderstorm with some medium winds with no problem.  Nice!
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« Reply #305 on: May 12, 2018, 08:11:44 PM »
I use king size mosquito netting, which is probably the same thing.  I put all brassicas in pots now so I donít have to worry about crop rotation when Iím not amending the soil in that bed.

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« Reply #306 on: May 12, 2018, 08:44:08 PM »
Harvested a couple carrots today. They were still pretty small but my 3-year-old was impatient lol.

I am a total gardening newb and didn't realize how big zucchini plants get. I planted two and they're crowding both each other and the rosemary that is planted in the same bed. What are the chances I can transplant one and have it survive? They're pretty big but not flowering yet.

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« Reply #307 on: May 12, 2018, 09:24:08 PM »
My raspberry canes that I planted in the front yard plantbed are growing! My 8 tomato plants will be transplanted tomorrow. My pepper plants were unsuccessful, so I bought 8 for $4 at a local nursery. I plan to put those into pots tomorrow as well.

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« Reply #308 on: May 13, 2018, 03:15:51 AM »
Harvested a couple carrots today. They were still pretty small but my 3-year-old was impatient lol.

I am a total gardening newb and didn't realize how big zucchini plants get. I planted two and they're crowding both each other and the rosemary that is planted in the same bed. What are the chances I can transplant one and have it survive? They're pretty big but not flowering yet.

I wouldn't worry about moving the zucchini. When they start producing you are going to have too many anyway.  Just harvest them small and be ready to share with friends.

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« Reply #309 on: May 13, 2018, 05:07:32 AM »
Harvested a couple carrots today. They were still pretty small but my 3-year-old was impatient lol.

I am a total gardening newb and didn't realize how big zucchini plants get. I planted two and they're crowding both each other and the rosemary that is planted in the same bed. What are the chances I can transplant one and have it survive? They're pretty big but not flowering yet.

They would almost certainly die if you transplant them. Cucurbits do not like their roots being disturbed. Zucchini will grow away from each other as needed, but you can always trim leaves off the one crowding the rosemary to keep it from being shaded. Or pull one out if theyíre super crowded.

Even the most behaved modern varieties are roughly 3 feet wide bushes when mature. Some of the sprawly heirlooms like Costata Romanesco or Cocozelle will be 3 feet wide by 10 feet long or more by the end of the season.

Zucchini rampante (not sure on spelling, it was ďrampant zucchiniĒ in Italian) Iíve heard is even worse, as thatís based the C. moschata species (think butternut) versus C. pepo. Havenít tried that one, but saw it in a seed catalog this year.

If you really want two plants, just plant some seeds in a new spot. Zucchini are a good candidate for succession planting. They often slow down after the first month of picking, or succumb to diseases like mildew, etc.

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« Reply #310 on: May 13, 2018, 10:30:38 AM »
Grumble. After a couple weeks of pretty nice spring weather, the temps plunged. It's been in the 40s for a few days and yesterday it POURED. All warm-weather crops are now living indoors and they don't all fit under the grow light. The lettuce and spinach are loving it, though, and I have more flowers on one of the strawberries.

My tomatoes seem to, finally, be progressing and putting out their true leaves. One dropped dead, though. A variety I really wanted to grow again, too. (Sunrise Bumblebee). Oh well. I have too many tomato seedlings for the space anyway.

Hmm, has anyone used tulle to cover fruit bushes, so that the birds don't get the berries? I have bird netting, but I HATE that stuff, it gets all tangled and the branches start growing through the holes and it is generally just a huge PITA. Tulle seems like it'd be less unwieldy. Of course, they don't sell bird netting in small quantities so I have a huge roll of it.


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« Reply #311 on: May 13, 2018, 11:19:05 AM »
Well, I've ended up planting less than I thought, but I'm pretty happy with my first proper garden, nonetheless!

Lots of strawberries -- about 20 plants total.

1 Blueberry plant, temporarily sharing it's container with rosemary and pansies.
3 varieties of tomato, cherry, slicer, and sauce
Mint, Lavender, and hopefully basil if it germinates successfully.

All container plants since we're renting, which makes for a lovely desk and patio area.

Looking forward to a good season!

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« Reply #312 on: May 13, 2018, 12:18:51 PM »
@Tris Prior no experience with it. Someone mentioned tulle as a alternative to row cover. What I donít know is whether itís UV stable, so it might be the type of thing to degrade in a single season?

Up to now I havenít bothered netting my berries. I lose some but not a ton. That equation may change.

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Planting a good portion of my summer garden today. Extended forecast is good, soil is pretty warm in most spots, though when applying rabbit bedding to my tomato beds last fall, I was pretty optimistic about how fast a thick layer would decompose, so I had to pull a decent amount off the holes just to reach soil.

Doing some comparative trials of pole beans, cukes, and zukes this year. Most of the other summer plantings are proven varieties, though Iím trying a few new peppers for fun, one mildly hot, one super hot, and one for paprika.

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« Reply #313 on: May 13, 2018, 02:49:55 PM »
@furrychickens, are you guys already past last frost up there? Technically we've got a few more days. I am nervous. The peppers are ready to go in but not the tomatoes, obviously. And I don't dare put in the basil yet.

My first year that the blueberry bush made berries, the birds got nearly ALL of them. Ugh. So I feel like at minimum I need to net that. It's such a pain to put that stuff on, though, I get tangled up in it and I find it hard to cut down to size evenly (as all my berry bushes are in large containers; maybe it'd be easier if I were just draping it over a row of bushes in the ground).

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« Reply #314 on: May 13, 2018, 03:19:09 PM »
@furrychickens, are you guys already past last frost up there? Technically we've got a few more days. I am nervous. The peppers are ready to go in but not the tomatoes, obviously. And I don't dare put in the basil yet.

My first year that the blueberry bush made berries, the birds got nearly ALL of them. Ugh. So I feel like at minimum I need to net that. It's such a pain to put that stuff on, though, I get tangled up in it and I find it hard to cut down to size evenly (as all my berry bushes are in large containers; maybe it'd be easier if I were just draping it over a row of bushes in the ground).

Statistically we are 95%+ frost free by this point in the year, and the 10 day forecast has lows in mid 40s or above so I consider it safe to plant at this point.

Daveís Garden used to have a frost date calculator where you could punch in your zip code and it gives you the historical data for the nearest weather station. Try seeing if itís still there? It was the last time I looked.

Bird netting isnít too bad for rows of in-ground plants, Iíve seen the blueberry farm we pick at using it during the season and she gets it off really easily.

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« Reply #315 on: May 13, 2018, 04:27:38 PM »
I love to garden, but we have a challenging yard for veggies. It's a small space to start with, plus it's partly shaded by oak trees, and we're close to the ocean so it's often cool and foggy. Everything is in strategically placed containers to make the best use of the limited sunshine and to foil the local gopher population. Our main plantings are:
  • Tomatoes, mostly heirlooms - Paul Robeson, Green Zebra, and Black Krim are our favorites. Trying a Berkeley Tie Die this year for fun.
  • Strawberries - The Seaside variety has worked well for us.
  • Salad bed - Mixed greens, chives, and two perennial celery plants in a 2x6 bed give us 4-5 salads a week, no problem.
  • Runner beans - we eat these young as green beans, or pickled for dilly beans
  • Miscellaneous underplantings - herbs, marigolds, nasturtiums, etc to fill up the containers and add some variety to salads

I wish we had room for more, but luckily we live in an agricultural area and are able to get good, local produce pretty inexpensively. Good luck with all your gardening projects!



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« Reply #316 on: May 13, 2018, 09:34:59 PM »
Harvested a couple carrots today. They were still pretty small but my 3-year-old was impatient lol.

I am a total gardening newb and didn't realize how big zucchini plants get. I planted two and they're crowding both each other and the rosemary that is planted in the same bed. What are the chances I can transplant one and have it survive? They're pretty big but not flowering yet.

You should be able to transplant the Rosemary.  The zucchini plants will just grow away from each other.  It's common practice to put a couple squash plants together in a "hill", so I wouldn't worry about it.

Over here, I can't seem to catch up on the weeds enough to get my plants in the ground, so the tomatoes and peppers are still hanging out in the greenhouse.  I'm hoping to take some more time off of work this week to get everything in.  5/15 is our "safe" date for planting out, but in recent years, I've been 1-2 weeks ahead of schedule without problems; this year it's just lack of time holding me back.

We did have a nice salad of homegrown lettuces, green onions and radishes yesterday, and have quite a few volunteer leeks popping up.  I'm finding garlic everywhere, and will probably have about 200 heads all told.

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« Reply #317 on: May 14, 2018, 06:05:40 AM »
I think some of our tomatoes have freeze damage, from being on the porch. :(

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« Reply #318 on: May 14, 2018, 06:25:16 AM »
Have had a completely unexpected 2Ē of rain in last 6 hours but I donít think we sustained much damage, and beds are draining properly.

I think we may have a bad year for rabbit damage though. The local population is pretty high. Hope the foxes start working soon!

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« Reply #319 on: May 14, 2018, 07:02:38 AM »
It's also very easy to take cuttings of rosemary, as insurance - "heel cuttings" taken this time of year have a high success rate.

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« Reply #320 on: May 14, 2018, 07:31:10 AM »
I have sore muscles from the massive day in the garden that I had to celebrate mothers day. 

I have had hit and miss success with transplanting rosemary.  I potted up 7 plants that were grown in the garden and they all lived.  Four seasons on - I transplanted them to bigger pots and only one pot made it through the winter in the pot.  So now it is staying in the pot in perpetuity.

I dug around in my new garden and got all the soil shifted into beds.  I still need to fork the whole thing. The 15 Mary Washington asparagus crowns, 24 strawberry plants and 3 more rhubarb plants all got planted.  I probably now have way too much rhubarb.  The onions and leeks are now transplanted.  Half of the sunflowers are now in the ground.

I bought some pollinator plants at a plant sale and got them in the ground.  Snakeroot, green and grey coneflower, liatrus, tall coreopsis, heart leafed aster and milk weed.  I also bought some white pine seedlings and some sumac.  I love the colour of sumac in the fall and don't have any.  The white pines are for more privacy from the street.

We are still about two weeks away from frost free dates but a number of the plants in the greenhouse are so big that I really should get them into the garden.  The zukes and cukes are busting out of their pots so I might just stick them in the garden tonight and cover them with floating row covers.  The peppers are still tiny so they can hang on for a bit more.  The plan was to grow seedlings and also have hills of directly seeded squash and zukes and cukes to extend the harvest. 

The peas in the greenhouse are in flower and I am harvesting greens every second day.
It is all bursting forth.

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« Reply #321 on: May 14, 2018, 09:33:15 AM »
The upcoming May long weekend pretty much signals the end of my geographical separation from my garden site, meaning that in a few days I will be present consistently to tend to it appropriately. The weather has turned decidedly gorgeous here in the PNW, overnight lows now consistently in the double-digits Celsius, so when I head over to the island soon I will have a truck full of peppers, tomatoes (which are already bearing fruit!), cukes and zukes reading to be planted out. A relative was kind enough to give my garden some water yesterday, as well as giving me a video tour via FaceTime. Apart from the entire garden area needing trimming and mower treatment, things look amazing. Peas, lettuce, spinach, chard, radishes, garlic, kale, collards, cabbage, quinoa, potatoes and beets are thriving. This year it looks like I will be eating first crops of tomatoes, peas, and potatoes earlier than ever before. My garlic has never been this big and healthy before....I can only imagine how big the bulbs are going to be which I pull up the first ones in about a month. The blackberry and salal thickets that ring my garden are exploding with growth...and in terms of other foraging opportunities, nettles and salmonberries look to be especially prolific this year.

As as soon as I get to the garden I need to sow bush and pole beans ASAP....

One more pressing need....we must fill our 3000 gallon water cistern, which provides the water-lifeblood for my off grid acerage throughout the drought like conditions which inevitably seize the Southwest B.C. Coast come mid-Summer....

There is a lot to do, and normally I would look upon all this with relish....but I'm currently operating at what feels like 50% physical capacity so this is going to be somewhat challenging. It must get done though....and I suspect it will. :)
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« Reply #322 on: May 14, 2018, 06:35:58 PM »
Snort, yeah, "statistically" we shouldn't get any more frost, but I keep thinking of a couple years ago when it snowed around May 20 and I already had put my tomatoes in. We seem to keep having these "hundred-year" freak weather events every couple years or so....

At any rate, it violently stormed today so I am glad that nothing too fragile has been planted out yet. My blueberries are covered in blossoms and looks like one of the raspberries might be budding as well!

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« Reply #323 on: May 14, 2018, 07:03:20 PM »
Context is king. If your property wants to grow rabbit food, grow rabbits! ;)





Nowhere near sufficient in feed from forage alone, nor am I attempting to do it, but being able to harvest a 5 gallon bucket of forage just about every day from only 1/10 acre is pretty good in my book. Comfrey and dandelions love this wet spring weather, I'm already on the second cutting from some of comfrey - normally 5-6 cuttings for the entire season is expected this far north.

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« Reply #324 on: May 14, 2018, 07:04:20 PM »
Hmm, has anyone used tulle to cover fruit bushes, so that the birds don't get the berries? I have bird netting, but I HATE that stuff, it gets all tangled and the branches start growing through the holes and it is generally just a huge PITA. Tulle seems like it'd be less unwieldy. Of course, they don't sell bird netting in small quantities so I have a huge roll of it.

I will be using tulle on my small cherry tree and my blueberry bushes for the first time soon, so I will let you know.  The article I found online that turned me on to tulle said that (a) it works great to cover fruit, and (b) it lasts more than one season, so we will find out if that's true. 

Agree -- I hate bird netting.  And deer netting (the harder, plastic-y netting).  What a pain.   

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« Reply #325 on: May 15, 2018, 05:35:46 AM »
Things were getting dry around here, but awoke this morning to a gentle rain.  Everything is greening up and starting to bloom.  It is beautiful.  Hopefully I can find some time tonight to fork a couple of beds and plant some seeds. 

The seedlings are fantastically healthy - I almost can't believe that I have grown them myself. 


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« Reply #326 on: May 15, 2018, 05:57:54 AM »
@furrychickens I want to snuggle them so badly! I also wish that you were nearby so that I could contribute my astounding crop of dandelions to their forage snacks!

Per my usual, I've planted just about everything out well in advance of the last safe frost date. I watch the forecast for evening lows and cover everything with an assortment of junk if it gets too chilly. I've lost one basil seedling, but otherwise things are doing well.

Does anyone have any experience with plum trees? I planted a very small plum in 2016, it put out leaves last year, but hasn't shown any signs of growth this year. Most trees here are putting out leaves, and two of my apples are just about ready to flower. I'm wondering whether plums are just slow to stir, or whether our very cold winter killed it. Any ideas how long I should wait before giving up and replacing it?

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« Reply #327 on: May 15, 2018, 06:02:50 AM »
@Sun Hat it should have broken dormancy by now Iíd think. You can scratch some of the bark on the trunk or a major branch with your fingernail or a knife. If the cambium is green, still alive. If brown, itís dead.

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« Reply #328 on: May 15, 2018, 06:35:47 AM »
A friend's plum is showing flower buds while her apples are barely showing leaf buds.

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« Reply #329 on: May 15, 2018, 06:41:00 AM »
@furrychickens So cute!  What breeds do you keep?  We used to have Silver Foxes and a NZ/Flemish cross, but I've always wanted Rex.

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« Reply #330 on: May 15, 2018, 06:47:10 AM »
@furrychickens So cute!  What breeds do you keep?  We used to have Silver Foxes and a NZ/Flemish cross, but I've always wanted Rex.

The top picture is New Zealand in blue. The bottom is Rex. My breeding pair is Castor but also throws Black Otter.

I also have Silver Fox, a Flemish doe that I cross with our NZ buck, and a FG/NZ cross that I breed back to her father the NZ.

If I had just a bit more space and money Iíd love to add American Chins but rabbit math is sneaky like that, lol. In reality instead of adding more breeds, I need to make my current lines better.

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« Reply #331 on: May 16, 2018, 08:27:54 PM »
I decided to plant the tomatoes out tonight.   It is going to be warmer for the next week.  They are having trouble standing up in their pots. Some of them are flowering. I have to keep 16 plants for church until the 27th.   I might have to pot them up a size.  Asparagus continues to produce. 
Something dug up my new strawberry plants.   They are all replanted and protected with chicken wire.   

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« Reply #332 on: May 18, 2018, 10:53:21 AM »
I decided to plant the tomatoes out tonight.   It is going to be warmer for the next week.  They are having trouble standing up in their pots. Some of them are flowering. I have to keep 16 plants for church until the 27th.   I might have to pot them up a size.  Asparagus continues to produce. 
Something dug up my new strawberry plants.   They are all replanted and protected with chicken wire.

Our nights are all below 10 for at least the next week, so the tomatoes are only out during the day.    :-(

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« Reply #333 on: May 18, 2018, 11:11:00 AM »
@furrychickens So cute!  What breeds do you keep?  We used to have Silver Foxes and a NZ/Flemish cross, but I've always wanted Rex.

The top picture is New Zealand in blue. The bottom is Rex. My breeding pair is Castor but also throws Black Otter.

I also have Silver Fox, a Flemish doe that I cross with our NZ buck, and a FG/NZ cross that I breed back to her father the NZ.

If I had just a bit more space and money Iíd love to add American Chins but rabbit math is sneaky like that, lol. In reality instead of adding more breeds, I need to make my current lines better.

I thought the second looked like a Rex, but I'd forgotten NZ come in blue.  American Chins are beautiful too, they were one of the breeds I considered originally.

On topic, I sadly don't have the space for an outdoor garden right now, but I planted a window box with rosemary and oregano a few weeks ago, and it's doing beautifully.  Can't wait to cook with the fresh herbs.

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« Reply #334 on: May 18, 2018, 03:39:34 PM »
ughhhh!!!! we havenít watered for a while and a half dozen of our peppers uhÖ. probably didnít make it. And weíre planting them tomorrow! itís like we got so close butÖ just not far enough

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« Reply #335 on: May 19, 2018, 06:08:32 AM »
ughhhh!!!! we havenít watered for a while and a half dozen of our peppers uhÖ. probably didnít make it. And weíre planting them tomorrow! itís like we got so close butÖ just not far enough

Sucks :(

Iíve learned the hard way too many years that you have to check seedlings in pots daily.

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« Reply #336 on: May 19, 2018, 06:56:37 AM »
Noticed yesterday that two of my four young persimmon trees look great -- lush leaves, loaded with flowers -- and the other two are having some kind of weird leaf-curling problem.  ?  I can't see any insects on there, so maybe fungal?  Time to consult Dr. Google . . . 

With our house build project taking all our time, this is going to be a very minimalist year for the veg garden.  Just a few greens, tomatoes and peppers.  I outdoor-sowed my own greens, and yesterday I scooped up 6 tomato plants and 6 pepper plants at the farmer's market.  Feels like cheating.  I have a gorgeous grow cabinet, and it's so weird to think it will not even get used this year. 

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #337 on: May 19, 2018, 08:10:54 AM »
Just thought I would share a pic of one of my grafted apple trees.  They are doing great!  One of them already has almost 15 inches of growth on the graft -- astonishing progress in only 8 weeks.  These guys make me so happy every time I look at them. 

Edit to add:  sorry, can't figure out how to turn the picture
 

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« Reply #338 on: May 19, 2018, 08:33:20 AM »
Just walked down to the vegetable garden, and overnight the g.d.f#&ing woodchuck tore up my nice new tulle cover.  Three big holes ripped into it.   Shit!  I am pretty sure that he would also have gone through the bird netting I used last year, but this tulle was working really well, so this hurts.

Here is hoping that the deer fence next spring keeps that fat greedy pig out.  We were planning to bury the fencing at least a foot, and flare it out a bit.   If that does not work we will have to resort to more serious measures. 

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« Reply #339 on: May 19, 2018, 08:49:59 AM »
Just walked down to the vegetable garden, and overnight the g.d.f#&ing woodchuck tore up my nice new tulle cover.  Three big holes ripped into it.   Shit!  I am pretty sure that he would also have gone through the bird netting I used last year, but this tulle was working really well, so this hurts.

Here is hoping that the deer fence next spring keeps that fat greedy pig out.  We were planning to bury the fencing at least a foot, and flare it out a bit.   If that does not work we will have to resort to more serious measures.

My dad once poured concrete down a woodchuck burrow in frustration at garden damage, lol. I think it worked, canít remember for sure.

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #340 on: May 20, 2018, 09:22:15 PM »
Thanks everyone for the zucchini advice.

I thought I was done planting, but yesterday I saw bell peppers at the grocery store 6/$3 and decided to go for it. I tried to grow bell peppers from seed awhile back but they didn't sprout, then I planted  other things and ran out of room, but I've harvested enough carrots that there is room in one bed now.

My tomato plants are huge and flowering, with a couple pea-sized tomatoes. Zucchini is flowering too. I'm feeling optimistic about my first year of gardening!

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« Reply #341 on: May 21, 2018, 04:30:24 AM »
Been working so hard this long weekend.  I used a floating row cover on the tomatoes that I planted out.
Peas are setting pods! 
I can't go to my garden until at least 10.  The neighbour's dog barks at me until he figures out it is me - and the neighbours sleep in their screen porch so they are all awake by the time the dog figures out it is just me. 
My rhubarb needs harvesting- this is the first year that I will be able to really pick it. 
I planted three blackberry bushes - now I have five in total and really hoping for some fruit. 
The bush sized sweet cherry got severely pruned by the bunny (ies) but it seems to be recovering.
The strawberries I transplanted last fall are flowering.  The new ones I bought are only half thriving.  Good thing they were cheap.

Yesterday I inoculated one huge log with shiitake spawn and am also trying some other configurations with the shiitake spawn. I don't know if any of it will work.  I did one bucket of pasturized wood chips.  I had been saving an oak log and was going to pasturize it but it is well colonized by a yellow fungi so I am not going to bother.  I am also going to make a roll of maple branches and pasturized wood chips with the spawn strewn in and see what happens.  It was cheaper to buy the 5 pounds from this guy a couple of hours away than the last time I bought it.

I also did three buckets of oyster mushroom spawn.  Two are in straw and the third is in oak chips.  I am going to try and pasturize some sawdust using a black plastic bag and the greenhouse.  Hopefully I can just have a steady supply of material to keep adding to the bucket and keep the supply of mushrooms coming.  If this all works out I will have too many but it could all be an epic failure and be a waste of $55 and a whole lot of time. 

I need to plant out the rest of my plants and upsize the pots for all the church seedlings.  They have to wait one more week.

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #342 on: May 21, 2018, 06:20:59 AM »
Depending on bird pressure (which isnít very high here on our fruits), Iím tentatively optimistic we will get to try haskap/honey berry for the first time this year. Quite a bit of fruit has set. Theyíre supposed to ripen just before strawberries, so Iím guessing a couple more weeks? Strawberries here are usually starting mid/late June.

Too early to tell if fruit has set on any of our trees.

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« Reply #343 on: May 21, 2018, 08:27:58 AM »
It's ALIVE!!! My plum tree has two tiny buds at the base of the trunk. I'll be channeling Miracle Max and counting on mostly dead being still partly alive.

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« Reply #344 on: May 21, 2018, 01:23:44 PM »
Great news Sun Hat!

To Furry Chickens and the rest of the folks battling the birds for their fruit -- I noticed that our blueberries were ripening.  So last night I wrapped the bushes in tulle, secured to the trunk -- picture a lollypop wrapper.  I will keep you updated on how it works.  The material appears to be light enough that it will not weigh down the bushes too much, even when it's wet. 
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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #345 on: May 21, 2018, 01:59:09 PM »
We've been having end-times, maybe-build-an-ark rain since Friday. Ugh. Also, the high yesterday was around 48 so I'm really glad I haven't put my peppers in yet. Maybe next weekend.

My tomatoes are doing much better now - except for one that has curling leaves. None of the tomatoes have spent any time outside yet so it's not due to our crazy weather, and I can't think how it would pick up a disease in my house, they're too small to prune or transplant, and I haven't put any chemicals on it, so I'm guessing it's a water issue? (According to Dr. Google those are the causes). That plant seemed pretty dry this morning; I admit I haven't been on top of the watering since I was mostly out all weekend and keeping crazy hours. Anyway, hopefully at some point the rain will let up so I can start hardening off the tomatoes. Normally they'd be big and in the ground by now, but I guess with yesterday's temps, it's a good thing they weren't.

Trifele, I think I'll try the tulle this year - I just can't face another year of wrestling the bird netting. My blueberry bushes are still blossoming so I've got some time.

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« Reply #346 on: May 21, 2018, 05:26:24 PM »
I worked like a fiend today.  All but one bed is planted.  Almost all the manure is spread.  Peppers and squash are in the ground.   Many seeds have been sown.  Some straw has been spread around and some fencing is up. 
I am exhausted and can barely walk my feet hurt.  I am in a comfortable chair listening to birds and my bubble fountain.   I am hoping for gentle rain tonight.

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #347 on: May 22, 2018, 05:10:00 PM »
A before and after of my new vegetable garden

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #348 on: May 23, 2018, 07:50:58 AM »
What a project Frugal Lizard! It looks like you have a glorious little farm!

As the owner of some raised beds like those in your "before" picture, may I ask what prompted you to switch to an on/in-ground approach?

I hope that your body has forgiven you for all of the hard work. I know that a day of digging always makes me appreciative of simple joys like a heating pad and the comfort of lying down.

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« Reply #349 on: May 23, 2018, 10:03:13 AM »
@sunhat - the beds were not producing well - even with generous amounts of manure.  I find that raised beds dry out too quickly here.  And I wanted to expand the capacity.
When I got the soil out of the beds, it became apparent that one of the problems was very little organic matter in the soil.  After the top inch or soil the soil was so heavy.  Hopefully all the measures that I am taking now result in a higher yield without needing too much irrigation.  It is not my house so I don't have regular access to water.