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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #400 on: June 04, 2018, 09:32:15 AM »
@Tris Prior I do not have such a thing.   
@RetiredAt63  check your overnight lows. 
I am not going to spend anymore on stuff.   Will take photos of my water jig installation and report on how it all works out. 


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« Reply #401 on: June 04, 2018, 09:53:46 AM »
 
RetiredAt63  check your overnight lows. 

lows 10, 11, 11, 9, 12, 10, 12
highs 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 22, 23

This is June?

Great gardening/cycling temperatures though.

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« Reply #402 on: June 04, 2018, 09:56:49 AM »
I hear that. Every year I think about how, while most of my plants are grown from free seed, I end up spending an awful lot of money combating the challenging growing conditions we have here - everything from frost blankets because it gets freaking cold in JUNE sometimes, to bird netting so that I get to enjoy at least some of my berries, to rabbit fencing to keep the bunnies out of the lettuce, to various organic remedies for whatever's chewing on my leaves. It's a wonder we all manage to grow anything edible sometimes, you know? haha.

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« Reply #403 on: June 04, 2018, 10:31:42 AM »
@RetiredAt63 you have way better weather than me!  overnight 6, 7, 9, for the next three nights!
@Tris Prior - I already bought netting that is finer than a chipmunk head to try and get something!  I am cutting myself off.
 

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« Reply #404 on: June 04, 2018, 10:33:24 AM »
We were 28C two days ago, yesterday was 23, today is 10 (10!!!) and raining.  No single digits forecast though, which is good because the sweet potatoes don't like cold.

Tiny red insects, could they be red spider mites?

That was a possible pest that came up in my searches. Will have to pay more attention and figure out what my strategy is going to be for intervention.

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« Reply #405 on: June 04, 2018, 11:02:24 AM »
First harvest of snap peas is ready! First non-herb harvest of the summer.

My tomato plants are huge and flowering all over the place. Hoping it will be a better year for tomatoes than last year.

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« Reply #406 on: June 04, 2018, 11:38:13 AM »
Picked some not quite ripe haskap in my excitement spotting them turn color. (Apparently they turn color 1-2 weeks before being dead ripe, like blackberries.) At this stage I find them edible, though sour with a slight astringent taste. Like a not fully ripe blueberry crossed with a not dead-ripe gooseberry, if that makes any sense. Excited, as I've been waiting 2 years to try these things, though there's so much new breeding work being done on them that my plants are already obsolescent. They're very pretty shrubs, though, and hopefully will bear nicely. Yields are supposed to be 4-6lb per bush when mature.





For how slow our spring seemed in April and early May, it's caught up in a hurry!


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« Reply #407 on: June 04, 2018, 02:06:50 PM »
@furrychickens - Only problem with haskaps are that squirrels, chipmunks, robins and every other large bird loves them - and not yet ripe.  Damn tasty if any are left to get ripe.

I put a bunch of jugs of water along the row of tomatoes to act as a little wind break for them.  I am feeling pretty happy with how it is coming together from no garden to this.  I also am thrilled with how well the basil, peppers and cukes are doing in the greenhouse.  We have had enough sun today that it is a toasty 26C today.

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« Reply #408 on: June 04, 2018, 02:52:26 PM »
@RetiredAt63 you have way better weather than me!  overnight 6, 7, 9, for the next three nights!


We may drown instead.  We had already had 1.4" of rain when I left for Ottawa, and I drove through 2 downpours - I heard people referring to them as monsoons.  It will be interesting to check the rain gauge when I get back.

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« Reply #409 on: June 04, 2018, 06:38:32 PM »
@RetiredAt63 you have way better weather than me!  overnight 6, 7, 9, for the next three nights!


We may drown instead.  We had already had 1.4" of rain when I left for Ottawa, and I drove through 2 downpours - I heard people referring to them as monsoons.  It will be interesting to check the rain gauge when I get back.
oops I take that back.

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« Reply #410 on: June 04, 2018, 06:58:37 PM »
Wasn't sure if soil was warm enough to reliably direct seed melons, but one hill has 100% germination already after only a few days in the ground. Growing an Ananais type (Dove) and a Muskmelon variety(Hannah's Choice)

Last year I grew the recommended way, from transplant, and slugs killed every single plant. Will be interesting to see if these are hardier

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« Reply #411 on: June 05, 2018, 05:14:50 AM »
Our one mature cherry tree came ripe, and we picked two quarts from it.  :)  The tulle worked like a charm -- SO much better than bird netting.   (I hate how bird netting snags on the leaves and branches and pulls fruit off when you move it).



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« Reply #412 on: June 05, 2018, 06:08:03 AM »
I love the greenhouse frugal lizard!

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« Reply #413 on: June 05, 2018, 07:48:33 AM »
Excited!  Yesterday was the first harvest that yielded enough for dinner for the 4 of us.  Made Moroccan tagine!

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« Reply #414 on: June 05, 2018, 08:06:55 AM »
Trifele, that looks sooooo much easier than the netting! I think I am going to go get some this weekend before the blueberries get any bigger. I have not been able to face putting the netting on, haha. I told Boyfriend he was going to help me with it this week and he let out a huge groan!

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« Reply #415 on: June 05, 2018, 01:44:40 PM »
Trifele, that looks sooooo much easier than the netting! I think I am going to go get some this weekend before the blueberries get any bigger. I have not been able to face putting the netting on, haha. I told Boyfriend he was going to help me with it this week and he let out a huge groan!

Yeah -- much easier.  I got mine at Joanne craft store.  It was $1.59 on sale per yard, regularly $3.00 a yard.  Watch out for the width of the fabric -- between different makers it varied from 53" up to 108" -- it's on the sticker at the top of the bolt.  (No idea why it varies so much.)  I went with the wider version.  I just used a regular paper stapler to join pieces together, and then tied it on with twine.  I've got it on the blueberry bushes too.  Holding up well so far, and it does fine in the rain and wind.

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« Reply #416 on: June 05, 2018, 01:51:46 PM »
On the tulle, I’m letting y’all (and some folks in FB groups) be guinea pigs for me before buying any, lol.

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« Reply #417 on: June 05, 2018, 01:54:09 PM »
On the tulle, I’m letting y’all (and some folks in FB groups) be guinea pigs for me before buying any, lol.

huh I just realized you changed your name/picture, hah

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« Reply #418 on: June 05, 2018, 04:27:50 PM »
On the tulle, I’m letting y’all (and some folks in FB groups) be guinea pigs for me before buying any, lol.

huh I just realized you changed your name/picture, hah


Selfie with a bunny.  Love it!

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« Reply #419 on: June 06, 2018, 02:55:25 PM »
Damage on herbs and other plants from the 4 lined plant bug - is wait and see if predators show up a valid approach with this pest in your experience? Or should I consider spraying something to keep damage from getting worse.

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« Reply #420 on: June 06, 2018, 09:52:29 PM »
Ugh, I put my beloved tomato plants outside finally (our last frost date is June 2nd), and I'm worried about them. Because we are at such high altitude, the sun is really strong, and the leaves got burned in the first couple of days. I weaned them slowly by putting them outside for a few days before I permanently put them out, but it still seems like being out 24/7 is affecting the much worse. It's so hard to garden here! I'm actually having a lot of success with baby greens, chard, and herbs...but everything else is struggling. My peppers have barely grown in 2 weeks, the kale is questionable, and spinach is pretty stunted as well. It's a little heart breaking to see plants struggle after caring for them inside all spring...it makes me want a greenhouse, where I can keep them protected all year round

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« Reply #421 on: June 07, 2018, 04:45:41 AM »
Ugh, I put my beloved tomato plants outside finally (our last frost date is June 2nd), and I'm worried about them. Because we are at such high altitude, the sun is really strong, and the leaves got burned in the first couple of days. I weaned them slowly by putting them outside for a few days before I permanently put them out, but it still seems like being out 24/7 is affecting the much worse. It's so hard to garden here! I'm actually having a lot of success with baby greens, chard, and herbs...but everything else is struggling. My peppers have barely grown in 2 weeks, the kale is questionable, and spinach is pretty stunted as well. It's a little heart breaking to see plants struggle after caring for them inside all spring...it makes me want a greenhouse, where I can keep them protected all year round

I feel for you @mountain mustache. I've struggled with sunburn at various times as well.  I've had some luck by suspending utility/safety fencing (that plastic mesh stuff like snow fencing, only it's green) above them as a shade 'cloth'.  Sometimes one layer and sometimes two, slightly off set.   It takes the edge off the sun . . .  I've got my three one year old paw paw trees and 10 newborn grafted apple trees under that stuff right now.  The paw paws had sunburn last summer, so I'm nursing them through it this year.  So far so good. 

I prefer the safety fencing to any kind of cloth or netting. Much easier to work with.  Good luck!   

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« Reply #422 on: June 07, 2018, 04:55:27 AM »
In my limited experience with sunburned plants, they seem to adapt much better the smaller you put them out. I used to have lots of issues with basil getting sunburnt but now I put them out when they get their first true leaves and are still very small, no issues.

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« Reply #423 on: June 07, 2018, 06:30:55 AM »
@RetiredAt63 you have way better weather than me!  overnight 6, 7, 9, for the next three nights!


We may drown instead.  We had already had 1.4" of rain when I left for Ottawa, and I drove through 2 downpours - I heard people referring to them as monsoons.  It will be interesting to check the rain gauge when I get back.
oops I take that back.

Total 2" in 2 days.  Plus we continue to be cloudy and showery.  My baby plants are not thrilled with the cooler temperatures, but none have died.   It's 13 now, and a high of 20.  This is June?

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« Reply #424 on: June 07, 2018, 11:00:20 AM »
We planted a bunch of seedling last week and sadly, the swiss chard has been munched on by some critter...perhaps the same thing that has been eating our radish tops!?

The kale & sui choi took well and we also made an excellent parsley/chive pesto last week. So far, gardening success! Patio tomatoes look relatively happy and lemonbalm is off & running (in a positive way).

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« Reply #425 on: June 08, 2018, 04:06:04 PM »
Harvested the rest of the cherries from our one tree -- another two quarts. 

Picked the first raspberries and blueberries of the year.  Happy happy, joy joy!


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« Reply #426 on: June 10, 2018, 05:35:57 AM »
Had to throw a rabbit (a young one) out of the garden yesterday…. how they get through our fence is a mystery but the poor thing couldn’t figure out how to get out so it obviously was confused how to get out, too.

Will have to shore up the fences AGAIN. Though I think it's because we have brick along most of the bottom of the fence line but since we expanded it, we don't everywhere yet.

But I really don't want rabbits eating our asparagus and other garden plants. Ugh.

Bright side is I got to inspect all the peppers/tomatoes while chasing the rabbit around and they look good :)

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« Reply #427 on: June 10, 2018, 06:49:54 AM »
I've been remarkably lucky when it comes to rabbits, since I don't have rabbit-proof fencing and there are loads of the little critters in my neighborhood. While there was a bunny living under my shed over the winter, I haven't seen any in the yard since spring. As quacky as it sounds, I've been following a Pinterest tip and distributing dog hair around my garden to deter the rabbits with the smell. My dog spends most of the day inside, where it's cooler, but will enthusiastically chase any bunnies when he is outside, which may reinforce the scent-deterrent.

Now if I could just keep the damn dog out of the garden, I'd be set! I put up a makeshift fence of rope and tomato cages, but he seems to see it as a delightful obstacle course to leap through. Oy.

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« Reply #428 on: June 10, 2018, 06:56:23 AM »
I have wild rabbits in my garden all the time and they rarely do any damage to the veggies. Mostly they nibble on dandelions, other weeds, sometimes my perennial flowers. Maybe it’s the sheer scale of my garden but they’ve never done noticeable damage. Squirrels are honestly the biggest nuisance, stealing strawberries and just disturbing seedlings with their digging around.

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« Reply #429 on: June 10, 2018, 07:02:16 AM »
I have wild rabbits in my garden all the time and they rarely do any damage to the veggies. Mostly they nibble on dandelions, other weeds, sometimes my perennial flowers. Maybe it’s the sheer scale of my garden but they’ve never done noticeable damage. Squirrels are honestly the biggest nuisance, stealing strawberries and just disturbing seedlings with their digging around.

Have you planted beans or peas?

There are a variety of plants they don't really touch (tomatoes/peppers for example). But I'd be impressed if they didn't wreck beans/peas if you had them planted from seeds.

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« Reply #430 on: June 10, 2018, 07:05:15 AM »
So envious of the folks who have cherries and berries.  I always get a serious case of climate zone envy at this time of year.

I have been harvesting basil and greens like crazy.  I am definitely doing a repeat of the basil seeding in March.  I think I can be a little less generous on the seeds per cell or maybe I will use a bigger sized tray.  I am going to ask for LED grow lights for my birthday because the ballasts are shot on my hand-me-down florescent ones.  There are really fancy LED tubes and I have table space for six flats so I want to have enough light to blast'em all. 

My sweetie helped me put wood chips down on the pathways in my garden. Hopefully this will help the organics in the soil over the long term and with moisture retention in the short term.
I took the floating row cover off the peppers because they are in bloom.  Tomatoes have fruit.  So do some of the cukes.  I think that I have overseeded pumpkins and gourds.  Between re-seeding for chipmunk feasting and having really old seed - I have now have a huge number of seedlings.  I put them in an area that has a lot of perennial weeds so hopefully they just go nuts and I will figure out the mess in the fall.

I have had the chipmunks at bay from the peas and the pumpkins, squash.  They have now moved into the green house.  Not sure what to do about this.  The chickens have gotten in once more but not for a couple of days.  Bunnies are staying away so far.  Hopefully things are good for now. 

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« Reply #431 on: June 10, 2018, 07:09:18 AM »
Does anyone have recommendations for something to deter the critters that keep munching on my chard and kale? They don't touch the baby greens, or peppers, but are enjoying many feasts of chard leaves.

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« Reply #432 on: June 10, 2018, 08:25:37 AM »
I have wild rabbits in my garden all the time and they rarely do any damage to the veggies. Mostly they nibble on dandelions, other weeds, sometimes my perennial flowers. Maybe it’s the sheer scale of my garden but they’ve never done noticeable damage. Squirrels are honestly the biggest nuisance, stealing strawberries and just disturbing seedlings with their digging around.

Have you planted beans or peas?

There are a variety of plants they don't really touch (tomatoes/peppers for example). But I'd be impressed if they didn't wreck beans/peas if you had them planted from seeds.

Yep. And I have seen them literally run right past those beds, so they’re fully aware they exist. Peas are marginal this year both because of the bed I’ve got them planted in and the crazy heat a while back didn’t help. Beans look very healthy.

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« Reply #433 on: June 10, 2018, 09:43:51 AM »
I have wild rabbits in my garden all the time and they rarely do any damage to the veggies. Mostly they nibble on dandelions, other weeds, sometimes my perennial flowers. Maybe it’s the sheer scale of my garden but they’ve never done noticeable damage. Squirrels are honestly the biggest nuisance, stealing strawberries and just disturbing seedlings with their digging around.

Have you planted beans or peas?

There are a variety of plants they don't really touch (tomatoes/peppers for example). But I'd be impressed if they didn't wreck beans/peas if you had them planted from seeds.

Yep. And I have seen them literally run right past those beds, so they’re fully aware they exist. Peas are marginal this year both because of the bed I’ve got them planted in and the crazy heat a while back didn’t help. Beans look very healthy.

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« Reply #434 on: June 10, 2018, 10:26:32 AM »
I have wild rabbits in my garden all the time and they rarely do any damage to the veggies. Mostly they nibble on dandelions, other weeds, sometimes my perennial flowers. Maybe it’s the sheer scale of my garden but they’ve never done noticeable damage. Squirrels are honestly the biggest nuisance, stealing strawberries and just disturbing seedlings with their digging around.

Have you planted beans or peas?

There are a variety of plants they don't really touch (tomatoes/peppers for example). But I'd be impressed if they didn't wreck beans/peas if you had them planted from seeds.

Yep. And I have seen them literally run right past those beds, so they’re fully aware they exist.

Maybe your rabbits have passed the word to their wild cousins that they should stay far, far away from you or they will be dinner, lol

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« Reply #435 on: June 10, 2018, 02:50:47 PM »
I have wild rabbits in my garden all the time and they rarely do any damage to the veggies. Mostly they nibble on dandelions, other weeds, sometimes my perennial flowers. Maybe it’s the sheer scale of my garden but they’ve never done noticeable damage. Squirrels are honestly the biggest nuisance, stealing strawberries and just disturbing seedlings with their digging around.

Have you planted beans or peas?

There are a variety of plants they don't really touch (tomatoes/peppers for example). But I'd be impressed if they didn't wreck beans/peas if you had them planted from seeds.

Yep. And I have seen them literally run right past those beds, so they’re fully aware they exist.

Maybe your rabbits have passed the word to their wild cousins that they should stay far, far away from you or they will be dinner, lol

Lol. Funnily enough I’ve never had wild rabbit!


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« Reply #436 on: June 10, 2018, 05:09:28 PM »
Some little asshole critter took a FU bite out of my first ripe strawberry. I hope it was delicious. Grrrrr. I have rabbit fencing around the bed but I don't have any netting on them. (And I couldn't go to Joanns for tulle this weekend because I ended up having to work at my stupid job instead.)

Someone in one of the gardening Facebook groups said it might be pillbugs, which I do have in abundance in the community bed. That it might not be 1 bite missing, but the result of lots of tiny chewing. Ewwww! Not sure what to do about them. Things I've read say to avoid excess moisture in the garden; as we're currently in a Noah's Ark situation here, that's not possible. I also read about putting out a dish of beer for them, but again, that's not going to work when it is freaking pouring all the time. We aren't allowed to use pesticides in the community garden. Hmmm.

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« Reply #437 on: June 10, 2018, 05:50:36 PM »
Some little asshole critter took a FU bite out of my first ripe strawberry.

Chipmunks?  Robins?   I used to find robins UNDER my netting, eating strawberries.

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« Reply #438 on: June 10, 2018, 06:11:02 PM »
Robins and squirrels decimate my strawberries. I’ve mostly given up on them except as a pretty groundcover around my fruit trees and berries.

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« Reply #439 on: June 10, 2018, 07:17:54 PM »
I used to find robins UNDER my netting, eating strawberries.

What little assholes!!

I've never had to protect the strawberries before, though the birds went after my blueberries. Maybe the weird weather is making them forage in new places.

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« Reply #440 on: June 10, 2018, 08:02:39 PM »
The vermin chipmunks here eat strawberries a day or three before they are ripe.  I am hoping that just having a large number of plants = some for me and the family.

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« Reply #441 on: June 10, 2018, 09:03:40 PM »
My zucchini are turning yellow. :( From some googling it sounds like the most likely culprit is lack of calcium. There's also a bunch of aphids on the plant. I tried a natural bug spray and it didn't seem to do much. Is it worth getting some ladybugs? Or any other suggestions for getting rid of aphids?

I planted two tomato plants, and intentionally got  different varieties so I could see which did better, but I didn't bother to research the varieties and  didn't realize one was a cherry tomato plant until I wondered why the tomatoes weren't growing as quickly as my other plant, and then finally saw some ripening lol. We picked our first few cherry tomatoes yesterday, and they were delicious, so it was a pleasant surprise..


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« Reply #442 on: June 11, 2018, 05:23:35 AM »
@nessness  - I love those kind of gardening surprises.  I have never learned enough about what deficiencies cause what symptom.  I don't think you can go wrong with a little fertilizer.
My experience with beneficial insects is also very limited.  How do you get your ladybugs to stick around and eat the aphids in front of them?  How often did you dose with the spray?  I tend to use a 5% dish soap with water in my old windex bottle and do a number of closely spaced applications (every three days for a couple of weeks) to keep them critters in check. 

I sunk a bucket into the ground for mint containment in my developing herb garden and then filled it with soil and some of the invading mint from my house. 

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #443 on: June 11, 2018, 05:51:22 AM »
My zucchini are turning yellow. :( From some googling it sounds like the most likely culprit is lack of calcium. There's also a bunch of aphids on the plant. I tried a natural bug spray and it didn't seem to do much. Is it worth getting some ladybugs? Or any other suggestions for getting rid of aphids?

I planted two tomato plants, and intentionally got  different varieties so I could see which did better, but I didn't bother to research the varieties and  didn't realize one was a cherry tomato plant until I wondered why the tomatoes weren't growing as quickly as my other plant, and then finally saw some ripening lol. We picked our first few cherry tomatoes yesterday, and they were delicious, so it was a pleasant surprise..

On the zukes, it could be low calcium but in my experience more likely low overall soil fertility. Some quick release fertilizer of your choice would be a good option. (Not familiar with conventional products, in organic I think you’re looking at kelp, fish emulsion, bloodmeat, etc.) No harm in adding some calcium, though. Crushed antacid tablets are the fastest release, followed by oyster shell or bone meal, then crushed up eggshells.

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #444 on: June 11, 2018, 10:28:33 PM »
Some photos from our organic farm. The lans is about 0.4 hectares and its very much a slope. We got 33 sqm small off grid house with solar panels and rain water collection and filtration system. Right now we have about 150 fruit trees growing and we expecting to really start getting some serious fruits in 2-3 years from now. This year only some: longan, bananas and limes. The mango there is from our neighbor who we swop fruits with occasionally.

https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0i532ODWGaHmho


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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #445 on: June 12, 2018, 05:19:40 AM »
Wow Finntastic -- that is cool, thanks for sharing.  Are you in Thailand did you say?

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #446 on: June 12, 2018, 08:47:56 AM »
They got 2 more strawberries. I have not yet been able to taste one! Grrrr.I am not totally convinced that it's birds or chipmunks; that part of the garden is crawling with the damn pill bugs.

It isn't going to rain today - first day in I don't even know how many - so maybe stuff will dry out and I can work on eradicating them. The garden looked absolutely drenched yesterday. :(

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #447 on: June 12, 2018, 10:01:49 AM »
I had to water today - it is sunny and windy and we have had so little rain.  Things pop out of the soil right after I water.  I gave everything a drink on Sunday morning and decided to do again this morning because it was beautiful growing weather - and a bunch of stiff just came up.

Did you folks know that the flowers on sage are gorgeous?  I did not.  I picked me a sage bouquet. 


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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #448 on: June 12, 2018, 10:14:36 AM »
I had to water today - it is sunny and windy and we have had so little rain.  Things pop out of the soil right after I water.  I gave everything a drink on Sunday morning and decided to do again this morning because it was beautiful growing weather - and a bunch of stiff just came up.

Did you folks know that the flowers on sage are gorgeous?  I did not.  I picked me a sage bouquet.

I need to add culinary sage next year, I’m starting to use it a lot for sausage making, but there are several common ornamental perennials in the sage family. Many of the herbs have very pretty flowers, actually.

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #449 on: June 12, 2018, 11:02:10 AM »
Hmm, I might have to add sage at some point. I don't have much space so I am trying to cut down on herbs that smell or look nice but that I won't actually eat (I am looking at you, lemon balm that smells wonderful but made truly vile tea!), but it would be nice to have something that flowers nicely. Good for bees, too, though I've seen a few bumblebees in the backyard already.