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Post  countrynaturals on 10/19/2017, 1:00 pm

@Turan wrote:Tomatillos make me happy, something about their wild nature.  But they are hard to accommodate with out their exuberance being over whelming.
That's it exactly! flower I think I'll give them a couple of huge containers next year and put them on display somewhere. rock on
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Post  sanderson on 10/20/2017, 3:25 am

With tomato cage supports . . .

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Post  countrynaturals on 10/20/2017, 11:31 am

@sanderson wrote:With tomato cage supports . . .
The one in my Salad Bar would laugh at a tomato cage. Rolling Eyes I'll have to think about this over the winter. thinking
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Post  Turan on 10/20/2017, 4:54 pm

Mine leveled the tomato cages and turned into a hedge. Shocked

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Post  sanderson on 10/21/2017, 12:08 am

After three years of no or so-so results, I gave up on tomatillos this summer. I may have to give them one. more. try.

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Post  countrynaturals on 10/26/2017, 8:41 pm

More butterflies in the yard today than I've ever seen before. The zinnias (volunteers) had 3 Gulf Fritiliaries, 2 Painted Ladies, a skipper, and some kind of Sulfur that wouldn't stay long enough to get his picture taken. Mad When the butterflies didn't come in July, I started ignoring the flowers. Next year I'll do better, now that I know their non-drought habits.   Rolling Eyes
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/26/2017, 9:47 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:More butterflies in the yard today than I've ever seen before. The zinnias (volunteers) had 3 Gulf Fritiliaries, 2 Painted Ladies, a skipper, and some kind of Sulfur that wouldn't stay long enough to get his picture taken. Mad When the butterflies didn't come in July, I started ignoring the flowers. Next year I'll do better, now that I know their non-drought habits.   Rolling Eyes
WONDERFUL!!!!!!  So happy!!! cheers
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/30/2017, 6:03 pm

I just planted my first ANSFG bed. Here's the story:

Hubby used up my potting soil for one of his projects, but I wanted it for a standalone carrot bed, so I decided to order pre-mixed MM and make it an ANSFG bed. (I couldn't use my own compost because it's manure based and cold composted.)

My plan was to make a round bed from 1 gal. nursery pots with the bottoms cut out. It would have been about a 3' circle, like this:
I showed it to Sweet Hubby, to make sure it was okay with him. He said "not a chance" and built me this beautiful 3' x 8' bed, 12" high. I love you

I didn't have enough MM for a bed that big, so Hubby made me a divider for one end of it. I now have my first 3'x3' ANSFG, about 8" deep in MM, leaf mold, and aged rabbit poo, complete with cornstalk grids. cheers

Here's what I planted:

I am now a very happy ANSFGer!
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Post  countrynaturals on 10/30/2017, 11:01 pm

Thank you, thank you. Cool I can't believe how excited I am about this project. bounce I forgot to mention that I'll be filling the rest of the box with leaves for the winter, so I can start out with a nice bed of leaf mold next spring when I plant the rest. Don't know if it will be OSFG or ANSFG, but it will definitely be SFG. rahrah
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Post  sanderson on 11/1/2017, 1:39 pm

+2 Nice Hubby

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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/2/2017, 3:31 pm

Beautiful box!

I divided a 4x4 box one year when I didn't have enough MM to fill it all. The only piece of wood I had to divide it with fit on the diagonal so I ended up with 2 triangles. Grew great lettuce in the MM side, then filled the other side with straight compost for summer. Best dang tomatoes ever!
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/2/2017, 4:02 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Beautiful box!

I divided a 4x4 box one year when I didn't have enough MM to fill it all.  The only piece of wood I had to divide it with fit on the diagonal so I ended up with 2 triangles.  Grew great lettuce in the MM side, then filled the other side with straight compost for summer.  Best dang tomatoes ever!
I finally finished loading the big end with leaves. I stomped them down twice, doing my best Lucy-in-the-wine-vat imitation, then filled it up to the top, again. I'll add more rabbit poo over the winter, for nitrogen. By next spring it should be ready for whatever I want to do with it. Very Happy
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/7/2017, 2:21 pm

Last year I only got 1 lemon cuke from the Salad Bar. This year I lost count and there are still more coming. cheers
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Post  countrynaturals on 11/8/2017, 3:10 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:My first ANSFG radishes are up! It's been so cold, I didn't think it would happen for a long time, but there are sprouts in both globe radish squares. cheers


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Post  countrynaturals on 12/5/2017, 3:34 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:My first ANSFG radishes are up! It's been so cold, I didn't think it would happen for a long time, but there are sprouts in both globe radish squares. cheers


I am now a very happy ANSFGer!
Now all the radishes and carrots are up, but they're still to small to take an impressive picture. I'm doing the "humanitarian" method in the big part of the box for next spring, just using leaves, egg shells, coffee grounds, and rabbit poo -- layered, not stirred. rock on
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/5/2017, 3:58 pm

Tromboncino squash still doing well. Peas coming on. Kale looking good. Yukon Gold potatoes are beautiful. Sweet potatoes never recovered from the grasshopper attack, but still trying.


I have one last pear? tomato that I'm leaving on the vine for seeds for next year. I read that if I take the best seeds from the worst conditions, they will adapt and do better in succeeding years. This will be another good experiment.



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Post  countrynaturals on 12/10/2017, 5:31 pm

Yesterday, this was arugula . . .


and this was Brussels Sprouts.


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Post  countrynaturals on 12/10/2017, 7:38 pm

Today, Hubby poured the cement for the floor of his new workshop.
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Post  sanderson on 12/11/2017, 2:42 pm

How cute. The chickens wanted to put their foot prints in the cement. Razz

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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/12/2017, 3:24 pm

Your greens damage looks like what slugs do to my kale and collards.

How cute with the chicken feet. Sooooo, do the chickens now have cement between their toes?

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Post  countrynaturals on 12/12/2017, 5:02 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Your greens damage looks like what slugs do to my kale and collards.

How cute with the chicken feet.  Sooooo, do the chickens now have cement between their toes?  

Hmm. I didn't think about slugs. That will be easy to check on.

Actually, I was worried about the chickens' feet, but they are fine. Cool
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Post  countrynaturals on 12/14/2017, 11:01 am

I've given up on direct sowing in the Salad Bar. I planted 3 kinds of carrots, turnips, and parsnips, plus sugar snap peas. I got ONE BEAN SPROUT!  I used TD's plastic cup idea, but I think the rollies have figured it out. Anything I can start in Jiffy Pellets does really well out there, but I wanted half of that space for root crops. I'm not sure where to go from here.Sad
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