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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #450 on: June 12, 2018, 04:31:23 PM »
Do you think leaf lettuce would work in a smoothie instead of baby spinach? Iíve got an abundance of it currently.

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« Reply #451 on: June 12, 2018, 07:30:36 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..

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 youíre 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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« Reply #452 on: June 12, 2018, 07:35:38 PM »
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.
I put a fake owl overlooking my strawberries and it seems to be working so far - I had a couple of strawberries disappear before I put it out but none since.

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« Reply #453 on: June 14, 2018, 09:42:58 PM »
Wow Finntastic -- that is cool, thanks for sharing.  Are you in Thailand did you say?

Yes in Northern Thailand. Chiang Mai to be precise

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« Reply #454 on: June 15, 2018, 06:04:45 AM »
Do you think leaf lettuce would work in a smoothie instead of baby spinach? Iíve got an abundance of it currently.

Can you try and report back? I'd like to know since my lettuce is growing well, I don't grow spinach, and my kale will be ages before it's ready.

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« Reply #455 on: June 15, 2018, 06:31:53 AM »
Decided to add some dahlias to my garden.  I am loving having cutting flowers for the house so I got some of the extras from my dad.  Hopefully I have enough sun here.  Maybe I will stuff them at the big garden. 

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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #456 on: June 15, 2018, 10:27:16 AM »
Do you think leaf lettuce would work in a smoothie instead of baby spinach? Iíve got an abundance of it currently.

Can you try and report back? I'd like to know since my lettuce is growing well, I don't grow spinach, and my kale will be ages before it's ready.

Plan to try it soon, just keep forgetting.

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« Reply #457 on: June 16, 2018, 10:49:25 AM »
Lettuce smoothie was gross. Too bitter.

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« Reply #458 on: June 17, 2018, 08:31:58 AM »
Picked more berries.  The various bushes are putting out about a pint every other day -- perfect for fresh eating. :)


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Re: Planting / Growing your own 2018
« Reply #459 on: June 17, 2018, 08:35:52 AM »
Picked more berries.  The various bushes are putting out about a pint every other day -- perfect fo r fresh eating. :)
so jealous.


I am having some great production of oysters.   

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« Reply #460 on: June 17, 2018, 09:10:26 AM »
Picked more berries.  The various bushes are putting out about a pint every other day -- perfect fo r fresh eating. :)
so jealous.


I am having some great production of oysters.

My turn to be jealous!  I haven't yet tried mushrooms -- that setup looks awesome!  Did you make that yourself?

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« Reply #461 on: June 17, 2018, 09:42:42 AM »
@Trifele I did a workshop on growing mushrooms that included one of the buckets.  They demonstrated making them.  Made the rest myself. 

Pasturized the straw myself but bought the spawn.  It was 55 for 5lbs of shiitake and Oyster.   I only used a little more than half.  I had no more space.  I ended up giving it away to a very grateful person who can make good use of it. 

The lids are the sap bucket covers. 

One of my jobs today is to get going on pasturizing more material so that I can keep the production going for longer than my workshop one.

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« Reply #462 on: June 17, 2018, 04:44:17 PM »
It is hotter than hell this weekend and my peppers are loving it. Some are finally flowering! Some of the tomatoes are finally flowering, too. I feel like everything is running so far behind this year.

I bought tulle to put around the raspberries and blueberries, and it was SO much easier to handle than bird netting. It looks a little weird, though. Let's see if it works to keep the birds off!

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« Reply #463 on: June 17, 2018, 07:44:46 PM »
Thanks for sharing the results of your lettuce-smoothie test, Furrychickens. I'll know not to try it.

I ate my first snow pea yesterday, and it was delightful. So far, I'm able to eat my dill, basil, lettuce, arugula, rhubarb and one snow pea, so it's a season for salad!


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« Reply #464 on: June 18, 2018, 06:44:16 AM »
Ugh. Tomato blight and only mid-June?

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Guess I'll hope the plants make more leaves than I can prune...

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« Reply #465 on: June 20, 2018, 06:58:50 AM »
Ugh. Tomato blight and only mid-June?

I'm sorry to hear it! I've found that spraying plants with a mixture of 1 tsp baking soda per cup of water can help a bit.

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« Reply #466 on: June 20, 2018, 09:46:07 AM »
Had a bunny invasion - so refortified my fencing.
And tomato wilt.  Going to remove three plants and weep and hope that no more succumb.
Oyster mushrooms got away from me and they shed spores so now I have to figure out if this was good or bad or neutral - but later - must get back to paid work the to do list is way long!.

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« Reply #467 on: June 20, 2018, 09:48:16 AM »
I planted peppers several weeks ago and they look healthy but they've barely grown and haven't flowered. Time to give up on them?

It's been hot and my tomato plants are looking a little sad, but the cherry one is producing like crazy. My 3-year-old loves the cherry tomatoes; I'll usually pick the ripe ones in the evening after she goes to bed and she'll ask to eat them for breakfast.

Can we talk about growing animals here too? Because I bought 14 chicks and 3 Guinea fowl the other day. I wasn't planning to get that many but someone was selling them together with a coop. We put a fair amount of work in securing the coop against predators.

The coop isn't really big enough for all of them, or at least won't be when they're full size (although we'll need to give away the roosters when we know which ones they are so we won't have 17 forever) plus the little Silkies are getting trampled by the bigger chicks and Guinea fowl. Luckily my neighbor offered us a spare coop she has, it just needs a new roof - planning to do that on Friday.

A family of wild turkeys has taken up residence in our yard this week - I'm guessing they're looking for spilled chicken feed. DH keeps joking that he wants to catch a couple of the babies and put them in with the chickens.

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« Reply #468 on: June 20, 2018, 11:28:16 AM »
Coop size recommendations depend a lot whether they are confined to the coop/run all the time or if they have additional space during the day. Typically the recommendation is 4 sqft per bird minimum if permanently confined, 1 sqft if itís nighttime only. Personally, I think those are low, but even those numbers are way more than they get in industrial flocks. Even ďhumane certifiedĒ flocks.

My flock is a mixed age flock where half insist on roosting in a different spot but my coop currently is about 28 sqft, thereís a mostly secure run (need to fix a few broken things...knowing me I wonít get to them until something gets in and kills a bird, just keep forgetting) thatís 300 sqft, and then they have my whole fenced backyard of additional 600 sqft during the day. For only 13 birds itís overkill, the run alone. We may try a flock of 20-25 and then have enough eggs to sell. 13 at peak laying rates is only enough for our own needs, plus the occasional gifted dozen as thank you gifts.

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« Reply #469 on: June 20, 2018, 02:04:40 PM »
Chickens!  My favorite part of the "garden."  :)

I agree that the 4 sqft rule of thumb is low.  We have a mixed flock of 13.  Coop is 50 sqft and we have a secure attached run of about 200 sqft.  The lucky ladies free range in our 1.5 acre fenced pasture/orchard during the day.

If they were permanently confined to just the coop and run, the 250 sf would be ok, but not ideal for 13 IMO.  When we go away for a long weekend, we leave them locked up and the lower ranking hens sometimes suffer a bit.  We have come back at times to find that feather picking and bullying has occurred. 

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« Reply #470 on: June 20, 2018, 02:08:45 PM »
TWO perfect strawberries, untouched by any critters, were harvested yesterday! I didn't put anything on them. Maybe the excessive heat killed or deterred whatever was eating them?

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« Reply #471 on: June 20, 2018, 04:36:00 PM »
Chickens!  My favorite part of the "garden."  :)

I agree that the 4 sqft rule of thumb is low.  We have a mixed flock of 13.  Coop is 50 sqft and we have a secure attached run of about 200 sqft.  The lucky ladies free range in our 1.5 acre fenced pasture/orchard during the day.

If they were permanently confined to just the coop and run, the 250 sf would be ok, but not ideal for 13 IMO.  When we go away for a long weekend, we leave them locked up and the lower ranking hens sometimes suffer a bit.  We have come back at times to find that feather picking and bullying has occurred.

Though I wonder if the flock dynamics would be different if that was ALWAYS their space, like maybe theyíd be fine if they never had a larger space. They probably would, my guess.

If weíre adding animals to this thread, I can help with rabbit questions :). I grow a lot of rabbits and have had a very steep learning curve (my mentors say Iíve had just about the worst first two years they could imagine).

Currently at 79 rabbits on site (all ages) and might crack 100 by the end of the week. We probably need a rotating population of 125-150 to meet most of our meat needs.

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« Reply #472 on: June 20, 2018, 05:56:21 PM »
Chickens!  My favorite part of the "garden."  :)

I agree that the 4 sqft rule of thumb is low.  We have a mixed flock of 13.  Coop is 50 sqft and we have a secure attached run of about 200 sqft.  The lucky ladies free range in our 1.5 acre fenced pasture/orchard during the day.

If they were permanently confined to just the coop and run, the 250 sf would be ok, but not ideal for 13 IMO.  When we go away for a long weekend, we leave them locked up and the lower ranking hens sometimes suffer a bit.  We have come back at times to find that feather picking and bullying has occurred.

Though I wonder if the flock dynamics would be different if that was ALWAYS their space, like maybe theyíd be fine if they never had a larger space. They probably would, my guess.


That is a very good point.  You could be right FurryChickens.  Like any creature chickens get used to what they have, and as long as some minimum quality of life is present, it isn't the status quo that causes the stress but change

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« Reply #473 on: June 20, 2018, 07:23:57 PM »
Thanks furrychickens and trifele! I only have about 3 sq ft per chicken, but when I get the second coop from my neighbor I'll put the five Silkies in there and I think everyone will be comfortable.

Our yard isn't currently fenced, but we're getting ready to put in a fence and then I plan to let them roam some then. A couple questions on that:

- Is it hard to get them to go back in the coop?

- Do you guys let them roam all day even when you're not around? We live in the suburbs but on a wooded wildlife corridor and have the standard set of predators (raccoons, weasels, coyotes) plus neighborhood cats and dogs. The fence should keep out the dogs and coyotes. A cat might be able to kill a Silky now but they'll presumably be bigger soon. Are there other daytime predators or risks to worry about?

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« Reply #474 on: June 21, 2018, 04:10:48 AM »
Thanks furrychickens and trifele! I only have about 3 sq ft per chicken, but when I get the second coop from my neighbor I'll put the five Silkies in there and I think everyone will be comfortable.

Our yard isn't currently fenced, but we're getting ready to put in a fence and then I plan to let them roam some then. A couple questions on that:

- Is it hard to get them to go back in the coop?

- Do you guys let them roam all day even when you're not around? We live in the suburbs but on a wooded wildlife corridor and have the standard set of predators (raccoons, weasels, coyotes) plus neighborhood cats and dogs. The fence should keep out the dogs and coyotes. A cat might be able to kill a Silky now but they'll presumably be bigger soon. Are there other daytime predators or risks to worry about?

I should have said earlier -- we lived in the suburbs before living in our current rural location, so I've had the exact set up you're describing @nessness .  It worked well. 

All the chickens we've ever had always want to go back into the coop when it gets dark.  It's their home, and instinct tells them they need to get to safety when it's dark.  They just put themselves to bed, and we lock the door after them.  You'll want to make sure the coop is raccoon and weasel proof (hardware cloth skirting, buried in the ground), but then you should be good to go.

Yes, when we were in the suburbs we let them roam the fenced yard when we were gone during the day.  We didn't have daytime predator (hawk) issues there.   And you're right -- once a chicken is grown cats don't typically mess with them.   I can't speak for bantams though -- never had any.

Good luck!  You'll have fun.     

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« Reply #475 on: June 21, 2018, 06:21:32 AM »
If you ďhomeĒ them to the coop for a couple days by keeping them locked in, they will almost always go back at night. Sometimes it takes a bit longer.

Slightly trickier is what you do if you arenít going to back until late at night and herd them in. A leaf rake works pretty well to herd them. I train mine to come to the sound of scratch grains shaking in a bowl, takes a week or two before they figure it out but I can get mine locked back up now any time of day if need be.

I leave mine out all day. Iíve got a high privacy fence, so not worried about loose dogs. We have a big shade tree that covers nearly all of the yard space, so also not too concerned about aerial predators. Iíve had some perch on top of my chicken run (!) and watch the birds intently, but have not lost one.

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« Reply #476 on: June 22, 2018, 07:14:13 AM »
I leave mine out all day. Iíve got a high privacy fence, so not worried about loose dogs. We have a big shade tree that covers nearly all of the yard space, so also not too concerned about aerial predators. Iíve had some perch on top of my chicken run (!) and watch the birds intently, but have not lost one.

I had to laugh at this!  Much like the groundhog who sunned herself on my compost heap, staring at my fenced and electrified vegetable garden.

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« Reply #477 on: June 23, 2018, 04:38:39 PM »
Fed a bunch of over mature lettuce to the chickens. Taco salad for my dinner tonight.

We had enough snap peas for dinner last night and should have enough to make them again tomorrow night.

Got about 1/4 pint of raspberries today.

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« Reply #478 on: June 23, 2018, 05:00:53 PM »
We have three raised beds (8' x 4') in our yard and have grown corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, pak choi, black beans, plus a whole lot more. This year, though, we started late and missed the summer planting season so we purchased plants from our local nursery. Our garden has  yellow crook neck squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and a tomato plant whose seed had fallen on the ground and germinated in a crack in the driveway.

I am surprised at how satisfying it is to grow and preserve your own food.


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« Reply #479 on: June 26, 2018, 08:59:28 AM »
I am pretty certain that the tomato crop is going to be a bust.  Several more plants are wilting and it looks like fungal wilt is widespread in the soil.  I am going to leave the remaining plants in place so that I can see what happens.  Next summer I will plant tomatoes at my house where the garlic is currently growing.  I will solarize as much of the garden as I can this fall, over winter and early spring so that I can hopefully reduce the fungal load overall.  I will not plant any Solanacaea there next season and will only remove the plastic as I plant the garden out.  Hopefully that will result in enough heat /time to work.  The various web resources say 6 to 10 weeks.  I don't want to give up a huge amount of capacity next season.  The garden already feels too small for what I want to grow.
I planted some more squash, lettuce, beets, peas, beans and basil yesterday.  The gardens got a great soaking on the weekend. But took a big hit from the bunnies.  I harvested greens and basil for my dinner party on Saturday and was able to add some flowers to the salad to make it look beautiful. I also picked my first cucumber from the greenhouse plants. The plants in the green house look amazing.  The greenhouse might be another option for tomatoes - I could solarize the soil now for a more permanent tomato growing next season. 

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« Reply #480 on: June 26, 2018, 10:09:55 AM »
Harvested about half my garlic this week. The rest of it needs a little longer - I'll give it another week, max, before I yank it all.

I'm growing winter squash for the first time this year (red kuri) and am delighted by the big frilly flowers - so much fancier looking than zucchini flowers! Speaking of, picked my first zucchini the other day and have a couple more on the way.

Really, really happy with my tomato jungle. There's a good amount of flowers and green fruit setting. Last year was kind of a bust - the plants just stopped growing at about 3 feet tall - so I'm cautiously optimistic about potential yields. I guess starting way too early this year has paid off!

I started my winter cabbage this week. I grew entirely in containers last year and had pretty small heads; going to divide this year's plants between the bed and some larger containers.

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« Reply #481 on: June 26, 2018, 11:01:23 AM »
Frugal Lizard - do you have an agricultural service like the county extension agencies here in the US that you can get a positive ID on what youíre dealing with? Both type of disease and what ďraceĒ of that disease will help you greatly in deciding next steps.

Based on your description, it seems like youíre suspecting fusarium? Solarization can work for that from what Iíve read, but another path would be growing resistant varieties and/or grafting onto resistant varieties.

There is also at least one independent plant breeder down here that intentionally grows their tomato seeds in the worst possible conditions (they plow residues back in, grow tomatoes in the same field year in year out) to select for heirlooms that have broad genetic based resistance. I can dig up the link for one Iím thinking of if itís not a huge deal to order seeds across borders.

Itís similar to what Frank Morton did with lettuce breeding in his ďHellís Half AcreĒ trial, if youíve heard that story.

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« Reply #482 on: June 26, 2018, 11:21:42 AM »
@furrychickens  - Thanks for the suggestions.  I am growing three varieties of fungal resistant tomatoes - and a bunch of favourites - but if the fungal load is high - even the resistant ones will succumb. It is a little early though.  As it is the first year gardening in the location, I was pretty sure I would have some of these problems. Because I disassembled the raised planting beds, the contaminated soil got widely spread around. And this garden soil was really unproductive last summer.  The property owner is blown away by how much I have growing already. 
I haven't done the testing route because I am too cheap. I am going to spend the cash on a roll of vapour barrier plastic that I can hopefully use over and over again for both solarization and for making mini poly hoop houses for early spring starts next season. 
I should maybe look into an appointment with a master gardener - they are pretty active in our area.  From my research I narrowed it down to two possible types of wilt and both can be remediated by two seasons of no solanaceae with solarization. 

I was in the garden this morning to water the peppers in the greenhouse and one of the potatoes is right down in wilt.  Hopefully we get some production before they bite the dust as well. 


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« Reply #483 on: June 29, 2018, 01:48:45 PM »
Some updates from Milwaukee.

One bed of Arcadia broccoli is nice and happy. Will be eating some soon!



Unfortunately, the other two broccoli beds are not happy at all. I'm wondering if these beds are simply just too shaded. They also have root competition from a honey locust. Wondering what else I should try here, maybe potatoes? Or just give up and throw some flowers here. I grew carrots here last year that did okay but these beds have never been particularly productive in the past that I can recall.





This patch of calendula in the mini orchard is really pretty. Last night it had a "god ray" of sunshine hitting it but I couldn't quite capture it on the camera. I'm letting it go in this part of the property along with the borage (the blue flowers in foreground) but eradicating it from other parts as it is SO weedy about reseeding itself.



Baby green beans. Truly fresh green/snap beans are probably my favorite veg, followed closely by fresh cucumbers and zucchini.



Did I mention zucchini?



This elderberry is just coming into peak bloom, others are almost done.



Melons are doing better this year. By this time last year every single one was dead. So it's a start!



Droopy ears from the heat. It is BRUTAL today. Trying not to keep count of the dead buns so far. One of my breeder friends is having even crazier heat. 60F overnight, then 105F by 11AM.



How my wife feels after a day at work:


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« Reply #484 on: June 29, 2018, 03:14:23 PM »
Those are some nice garden shots @furrychickens !  Love the elderberry.

Do you literally mean some of your rabbits are dying from the heat?  That's terrible.  I've heard of freezing milk jugs full of water, then placing them in the coop to keep chickens cooler in brutal heat.  Could something like that maybe help?

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« Reply #485 on: June 29, 2018, 05:47:40 PM »
Those are some nice garden shots @furrychickens !  Love the elderberry.

Do you literally mean some of your rabbits are dying from the heat?  That's terrible.  I've heard of freezing milk jugs full of water, then placing them in the coop to keep chickens cooler in brutal heat.  Could something like that maybe help?

I am having issues with bloat in weanlings this year that I wonít take the time to discuss here but I have written about in my journal, so adding the heat stress doesnít help anything. Have not lost any adults, newborns, or previously fully healthy weanlings but yes heat can kill rabbits, especially if the swing is rapid. A breeder friend of mine in UT is losing some of her first rabbits to heat ever because her nights are 55F but then itís swinging all the way to 105 by 11AM.

I donít want to intervene besides providing shade and fresh water because I donít want my stock reliant on that, because there are days we have to be away from the house during midday and we rely on a friend to ďfarmĒ sit for us for an annual vacation each year and he would not have the time to do the frozen bottle thing at all.

Plus before Iíd thought through the reasonings I tried the frozen bottles the first year I had rabbits - they hated them and kicked them as far away as possible, lol.

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« Reply #486 on: June 29, 2018, 07:30:18 PM »
I didn't join this year since my harvesting/growing was looking sad...but I'm still trying and have a question for the more advanced gardeners. 

The muni just opened up its compost pile.  I can drop off scraps and pick up compost.  But, my sad, sad little garden is already planted.  Everything that is growing is packed in kinda tight.  I have peas, carrots, lettuce, and one sad little broccoli plant.  I have raspberry bushes and currant bushes.  I have tomatoes and peppers in 3-5 gallon buckets.  Is there a way to add compost to the soil now in a way that will help my plants but not disturb their roots?

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« Reply #487 on: June 29, 2018, 07:42:42 PM »
@Allie everything you listed can easily be ďside dressedĒ (basically add compost on top of the soil around the plant). The amount is somewhat up to you. The only thing Iíd be careful on putting too much right up against the crown would be the currants, otherwise everything else you listed doesnít really care if their crowns get buried some as long as youíre not putting several inches or more down.

Might be easiest to do it by hand than by shovel if it is densely planted. Rinse off any soil that gets on their leaves.

Compost is actually best applied to the top only at all times, not tilled in. Iím becoming a huge believer in no-dig style gardening.

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« Reply #488 on: June 29, 2018, 10:41:35 PM »
No dig sounds perfect, as I hate work!  Thanks chief!

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« Reply #489 on: June 30, 2018, 04:24:43 AM »
Those are some nice garden shots @furrychickens !  Love the elderberry.

Do you literally mean some of your rabbits are dying from the heat?  That's terrible.  I've heard of freezing milk jugs full of water, then placing them in the coop to keep chickens cooler in brutal heat.  Could something like that maybe help?

Plus before Iíd thought through the reasonings I tried the frozen bottles the first year I had rabbits - they hated them and kicked them as far away as possible, lol.

Hilarious! 

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« Reply #490 on: July 01, 2018, 05:57:26 PM »
I harvested eight raspberries yesterday! They were delicious!

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« Reply #491 on: July 01, 2018, 06:20:15 PM »
I harvested eight raspberries yesterday! They were delicious!

Yay @Tris Prior!  Nothing like growing your own.  :)

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« Reply #492 on: July 02, 2018, 05:01:37 PM »
Had the time to record a video update on the garden today. About 15 minutes.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EkM4Booow9c

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« Reply #493 on: July 02, 2018, 08:32:44 PM »
I've been keeping a running list of how my plants have done this year, to decide what to plant next year. Figured I'd share here so I don't forget. The list below is based on a combination of productivity, fun, and taste.

Winners:
- Sungold tomatoes. We've gotten maybe a quart of them already. They're delicious and my 3-year-old loves them.
- Carrots. Probably no money savings, given how cheap carrots are, but they were fun and easy.

Losers:
- Zucchini. Despite my best efforts, my plants are still producing rotten yellow zucchini. Also, my neighbors all grow zucchini and share with me, so...

Meh:
- Strawberries. Got like 10 strawberries total from four plants. But I'll let them go and see what happens next year.
- Kale. I only planted two plants and they did fine, but I was deluding myself into thinking I actually like kale.

Too soon to tell:
- Celebrity tomatoes. Picked the first one yesterday and it was pretty good but not amazing.
- Peppers. I was about to give up when a couple of them finally budded. So maybe there's still hope?

New things to try next year:
- Cucumbers
- Snap peas
- Raspberries
- Asparagus

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« Reply #494 on: July 03, 2018, 05:09:28 AM »
@nessness do you like green beans? They are very easy to grow and are hands down one of my favorite veggies for the difference between fresh picked and even farmers market fresh.

Provider is my favorite bush bean, Royal Burgundy is another nice one. If you want pole beans, Iím less familiar with them, Iím growing them for the first time this year.

Whatís the issue with your zucchini again?

Celebrity - IIRC this is a variety primarily bred for disease resistance, not stunning flavor, and even on the disease resistance front itís behind the curve compared to stuff available in seed catalogs as itís a pretty old variety at this point.

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« Reply #495 on: July 04, 2018, 06:24:16 AM »
All my tomato plants have tomatoes.  This is excellent for early July, given how cold our nights were for most of the spring and how late the plants went into the garden because of that.

Most of my sweet potato plants are growing - a few died from the cold nights.  Hmm, maybe I am selecting ones that can survive a bit more cold?

I added a lot of compost to the garlic, I think the soil was not rich enough last year.  No scapes yet, I hope it is happy.

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« Reply #496 on: July 04, 2018, 06:28:59 AM »
@furrychickens I do like green beans; thanks for the suggestion! My zucchini have been turning yellow and mushy when they're still only a few inches long.

Oh, and I forgot to mention my biggest win, the chickens! No eggs yet (they're only a few months old), but they are just so much fun. We don't have the fence in yet (hoping to get it done this week), but I've been letting them out in the evenings and they stay close to the coop and go back in without too much trouble.

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« Reply #497 on: July 04, 2018, 06:32:11 AM »
@furrychickens I do like green beans; thanks for the suggestion! My zucchini have been turning yellow and mushy when they're still only a few inches long.

Oh, and I forgot to mention my biggest win, the chickens! No eggs yet (they're only a few months old), but they are just so much fun. We don't have the fence in yet (hoping to get it done this week), but I've been letting them out in the evenings and they stay close to the coop and go back in without too much trouble.

My guess is that theyíre not getting pollinated and so the fruits are ďabortingĒ. You can hand-pollinate pretty easily if you want to test that theory. Not sure Iíll  be able to describe the process well without pictures handy, so try googling. Itís pretty simple. If you canít find any info, Iíll dig something up for ya.

Chickens are awesome to have. Our current flock just barely supplies all our needs. Will definitely bump it up a bit more next year when we refresh the flock. Assuming we donít get caught. Weíre way over the allowed limit.

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« Reply #498 on: July 04, 2018, 06:48:32 AM »
@nessness -- so glad you are having fun with your chickens!  They really are great.  We have 13 right now, which is way too many for our own needs, but I sell the excess eggs so that's a win.

I harvested the last blueberries of the season from the bushes I planted last year -- total came to six pints from four bushes.  They were delicious and I'm very happy with the yield!  And the tulle -- the TULLE! -- made it all possible.  It's getting folded up now with my gratitude and put away til next spring.  I'll let you know how the fabric holds up in year 2.

I also got a small handful of gooseberries from the baby bushes I planted this spring.  The Hinnomaki variety was the clear winner over the Pixwell.  Bigger berries, tons more flavor. 

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« Reply #499 on: July 04, 2018, 06:51:22 AM »
@nessness -- so glad you are having fun with your chickens!  They really are great.  We have 13 right now, which is way too many for our own needs, but I sell the excess eggs so that's a win.

I harvested the last blueberries of the season from the bushes I planted last year -- total came to six pints from four bushes.  They were delicious and I'm very happy with the yield!  And the tulle -- the TULLE! -- made it all possible.  It's getting folded up now with my gratitude and put away til next spring.  I'll let you know how the fabric holds up in year 2.

I also got a small handful of gooseberries from the baby bushes I planted this spring.  The Hinnomaki variety was the clear winner over the Pixwell.  Bigger berries, tons more flavor.

13 is how many we have an even at summer laying rates itís barely enough for my family (of 5), lol.

Hinnomaki Red seems to be the winner here too. Hinnomaki Yellow is not nearly as good. I forget the other ones I have here.