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Post  Turan on 5/22/2018, 10:55 pm

How are the crooknecks handling being transplanted?  I think those big vines are so neat, but I can understand Mrs T-D's delight to have them out of hte living room.  Laughing

Nice lasagna garden, what is to grow in it this year?

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/22/2018, 11:02 pm

@Turan wrote:How are the crooknecks handling being transplanted?  I think those big vines are so neat, but I can understand Mrs T-D's delight to have them out of hte living room.  Laughing

Nice lasagna garden, what is to grow in it this year?
I haven't transplanted the crooknecks yet.  The initial potting up in the house went well.  I will try putting them into a bigger container outside.

I planted the lasagna garden today ... details in the next post.

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/22/2018, 11:07 pm

Lasgana Garden - This will become an old style SFG bed. I already have a very temporary ugly looking grid on it.  This bed was planted today with Potatoes, Collards and Broccoli. The Potatoes are Yukon Gold seed potatoes and a few store bought Red Potatoes. The Collards and Broccoli were started using Winter Sowing.

Straw Bale Garden - The straw will produce compost that can be used in the SFG. Today I planted a Roma Tomato. Blue Curly Kale and Swiss Chard plants.  I seeded Carrots and Yellow Wax Bush Beans.  The tomato was started indoors. The kale and swiss chard were started using Winter Sowing. When the weather warms up I will plant an Eggplant, Winter Squash and Summer Squash. I may plant some kind of flowers in the sides of the bales that can be seen from the patio. I think watering will be problematic for the straw bale garden. The bales each need a gallon of water per day (more if temperatures are above 90F) unless it rains.








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Post  sanderson on 5/23/2018, 1:48 am

You do realize that I am home, now . . . happy hi You have got a boat load of seedlings!!

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/23/2018, 8:07 am

@sanderson wrote:You do realize that I am home, now . . . happy hi  You have got a boat load of seedlings!!
Welcome home ... but I know you are watching even when you are away.  Very Happy

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/23/2018, 10:20 am

My new toy just arrived from Walmart Canada. It was on sale at a good price. Bring on the leaves. I have leaves saved from last Fall.


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Post  sanderson on 5/23/2018, 3:10 pm

Boys and their toys!

It looks like a plastic bag catches the chopped leaves. Is there a way for air to escape? Please give up a review when you have a chance to use it.

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/26/2018, 10:57 pm

Yesterday and today I got half my tomato and pepper plants and two eggplants into into two 4x4 ANSFG beds. I also filled the 2x4 Table Top ANSFG with basil, cilantro, dill, fennel, nasturtium, lettuce, beets and kale. In one of Mrs TD's soil beds I planted two ground cherries for her and a loofah squash (it will be able to travel along the back of the bed for a long distance). 

I've got two squares of peas in an old style SFG bed and there are potatoes, broccoli and collards in the lasagna bed. I have one 4x4 ANSFG full of everbearing strawberries, another 4x4 ANSFG with garlic, leek, bunching onions and yellow onions, and a 2x2 ANSFG with garlic. 

The four straw bales are planted with roma tomato, jalapeno pepper, early California pepper, kale, swiss chard, eggplant, white scallop squash, golden zucchini, green hubbard squash, carrot seeds and yellow wax bean seeds. 

There are still lots of indoor started and winter sown transplants to go in. As well there are tons of empty squares, both old style SFG and ANSFG, to fill.

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Post  sanderson on 5/27/2018, 3:09 am

Holy cow! Can't wait to see the beds, and those straw thingies, when you are finished planting!

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/28/2018, 1:26 pm

A few photos from this morning.


First up is a 4x4 ANSFG with everlasting strawberries.




A 2x2 ANSFG bed containing garlic.



A 4x4 ANSFG with garlic, onions, bunching onions and leeks.



A 4x4 ANSFG bed partially planted with tomatoes and peppers.



A 4x4 ANSFG bed partially planted with tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.



A really pathetic looking 2x4 Table Top ANSFG.



A Lasagna Garden planted with potatoes, collards and broccoli.  I will be adding a proper grid to this bed.



The next three photos show the Straw Bale Garden consisting of four straw bales in a U-shape and planted with squash, tomato, peppers, kale, chard, eggplant, as well as bush bean seeds and carrot seeds. A lot of mushrooms pop up on the bales each morning and I smoosh them down. This is normal.




Various squash, melon and cukes inside the portable greenhouse. We were away for most of yesrterday and I forgot to open the greenhouse door. I expected to find them all fried this morning but instead they had doubled in size. I have already given a lot of these away so I still have way more than I can use.



We still have a lot of indoor started and winter sowing started flowers and veggies to go in. Sorry for the bad photo.



These are two ground cherries that I started indoors.  Mrs TD likes them so they are in one of her soil based flower beds.



The rhubarb is ready for picking.
 

Allium flowering nicely in a soil bed.

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Post  sanderson on 5/28/2018, 2:34 pm

Your garden is doing great. I can't believe all of the mushrooms growing on the bales of straw!

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/28/2018, 3:44 pm

@sanderson wrote:Your garden is doing great.  I can't believe all of the mushrooms growing on the bales of straw!
Thanks sanderson.  There seems to be so much to do.  I just spent an hour mowing the lawns and now I am exhausted.  Maybe another year of this and it will be time to downsize and/or move to a condo/apartment.  Nope I would feel like I was in jail.

I'm thinking of using my table saw to rip some 1x6 (etc.) board into thin strips that can be used for grids. Most of my beds that are not ANSFG do not have grids or proper grids.  Up to now I have used slats from aluminum mini-blinds.


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Post  trolleydriver on 5/29/2018, 3:19 pm

Look what popped up on one of my old style SFG beds.  It's a brand new trellis which replaces the wooden stakes that I have been using for years. Amazingly the parts of the wooden stakes that were in the ground are almost as good as the day I put them in.  I'll change out the stakes on the other bed as well and I aim to put in proper grids.




Still lots to transplant and/or give away.



Mrs TD still has these Winter Sowing flowers to transplant.



And here are the Canada Crooknecks that were started indoors and that still need to be potted up or transplanted.

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Post  sanderson on 5/29/2018, 3:47 pm

I never realized how huge the tomato stakes were. What do you have planted behind the new trellis on the old style SFG bed? And, is that huge plant to the right of it a summer squash?

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/29/2018, 4:03 pm

@sanderson wrote:I never realized how huge the tomato stakes were.  What do you have planted behind the new trellis on the old style SFG bed?  And, is that huge plant to the right of it a summer squash?
I have tomato plants in at the foot of the new trellis. The wood stakes are eight feet long and we're in the ground about 15 inches.  I have had tomato plants exceed the height of the stakes. The new trellis is only six feet high. Looks like I will have to do your wood block thing to stop the legs from sinking into the ground.

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The huge plant is rhubarb.

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Post  sanderson on 5/30/2018, 3:20 am

Yolos turned me on to using the wood blocks. Nifty trick.

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/30/2018, 9:38 pm

@sanderson wrote:Yolos turned me on to using the wood blocks.  Nifty trick.
I've thought about drilling a hole through the conduit and inserting a cotter pin. The pin would rest on top of the rebar which prevent the conduit from slipping down on the rebar. The other thing I thought of was putting a hose strap/clamp on the rebar that would prevent the conduit from slipping down. The wood blocks are probably easier if there is room for them.

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Post  sanderson on 5/31/2018, 3:16 am

Just a little block of wood will work. The problem being retired is that we have so much time on our hands and we keep coming up with different ideas.

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Post  trolleydriver on 5/31/2018, 7:45 am

@sanderson wrote:Just a little block of wood will work.  The problem being retired is that we have so much time on our hands and we keep coming up with different ideas.
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Post  trolleydriver on 6/2/2018, 12:26 pm

Got my U-shaped bed planted with winter squash, summer squash and garlic (planted last October). Also have banana peppers developing already on one plant in another bed.

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Post  sanderson on 6/3/2018, 1:59 am

Someone stole your grids! Shocked I hope you have really good luck with those winter squash.

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Post  trolleydriver on 6/3/2018, 4:17 pm

@sanderson wrote:Someone stole your grids! Shocked  I hope you have really good luck with those winter squash.
New grids are on the to do list. ☺️

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Post  trolleydriver on 6/4/2018, 2:27 pm

Too wet outside today to get much done in the garden. I took a photo from inside the house.

On the to do list:

  1. Finish planting 
  2. Build new grids
  3. Build one more trellis
  4. Sift compost
  5. Get the EnviroCycle and 3x3x3 compost bins going
  6. Move the portable greenhouse to the SFG patio area
  7. Many more things
  8. Take a vacation




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