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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/27/2018, 3:48 pm

Looks great, S!  Cukes love afternoon shade when it's hot out.
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Post  sanderson on 8/27/2018, 10:53 pm

I'm thinking that I should plant the Muncher cucumbers in this area of the BTE next year. The corn can go in the 2'x4' SFG bed. Very Happy

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/28/2018, 5:49 pm

Looking good, s!
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Post  sanderson on 10/4/2018, 3:08 pm

It's now Fall and I have been busy for a couple weeks cleaning the beds, amending with home made compost, and sowing seeds for the winter garden.  I never got around to starting the seeds in containers in early September. Embarassed  It was still too hot to try to keep them alive outdoors.  September 25, I started direct sowing broccoli, bok choy, kale, colorful Swiss chard and 3 kinds of peas.  The summer flower bed has been sowed with lettuce, radish, green onion and carrot seeds.  This time around, I will only have to cover 2 beds with bridal tulle.

Before sowing the seeds, there was a lot of clean-up and trellis netting repairs to be done.  Summer was a killer with the prolonged heat and smoky air.  Everything was, or still is, covered with sticky dust.  My annual week-long vacation starts Monday so everything has to be ready for me to be absent.

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SE corner.  The cotton is popping open, the sweet potato vines are shading the 2'x4'garlic bed, and there are a few tomato plants with green tomatoes left in the BTE strip

South:  Right side foreground is the former flower bed, now sowed with salad stuff.  Right side middle is the long 2'x8' pepper and eggplant bed now sowed with brassicas.  These 2 beds will be covered with bridal tulle.

Looking toward SW.  The 3 foreground beds in a U-shape formation are the salad, brassica and herb beds.  The 4 beds in the surrounding spots are various peas.

SW corner. L-R, tumbler, orange tree, prolific New Zealand spinach, and cleaned-up cantaloupe bed with trellises.

West side yard.  Three resting beds with bedding straw and alfalfa hay protected with blue tarp.

East side yard.  BTE or amended dirt strip and cleaned bean beds with trellises removed for cleaning the whole area.  Washing windows and walls, pruning roses, weeding, repairing trellis netting that I always manage to cut in at least one spot!

A couple of clean-up photos:
Washing and drying some of the shade cloths.

Cleaning and repairing trellises.

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Post  countrynaturals on 10/5/2018, 6:51 pm

S, where do you get all that energy? Send me some seeds, please. Wink
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Post  sanderson on 10/6/2018, 12:37 am

The weather has been so nice that I feel like a new person. We leave on Monday so I needed to get the seeds sowed which meant amending, repairing trellises, taking down and cleaning the shade clothes.. I've been so embarrassed with the way the back yard and patio looked this summer, what with the heat and smoke. Lots of washing!

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Post  SQWIB on 10/6/2018, 6:47 am

I am quite impressed with all that you got going on in that garden.
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Post  kygardener on 10/9/2018, 5:49 pm

Thanks for sharing your garden pics.  They are an inspiration for this newbie.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/11/2018, 5:52 pm

Lookin’ good, there, s!
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Post  has55 on 10/15/2018, 2:13 am

Sanderson, you're a real garden lady, washing and drying the shade cloth. That thought has never pass thru my mind.
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Post  sanderson on 10/16/2018, 12:24 pm

Thanks, Has. Washing is really important because of the nasty air quality here.

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Post  sanderson on 10/25/2018, 3:56 am

Ken put up new Christmas lights for me.  Plus there is a beautiful full moon tonight! I love you



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Post  trolleydriver on 10/25/2018, 12:22 pm

Looks great sanderson.  

You've got me thinking that I should put up some lights on my megatrellis and other trellises (trelli).  The first winter I did have lights on the only two trellises that I had at the time.

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Post  sanderson on 10/25/2018, 4:09 pm

Thank you. I remember your colored (?) lights. I love lights, so cheerful.

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Post  sanderson on 11/29/2018, 3:28 am

This thread has almost come full circle to where it started.  Maybe one more series of shots and this year-around garden will have been shown with all its good features and all its warts.  Each year since March 2013, I have expanded the number of beds and/or modified the features.  My favorite features are:  elevated beds, permanent but interchangeable multi-use PVC frames, the grids, micro-drip systems, and the weed fabric and wood chip walkways.  I've had to change from making compost in a 3'x3'x3' bin to an 80-gallon Lifetime tumbler, now using the bin for storing finished batches of compost.

View of SE corner.  Lots of green tomatoes that I don't think will blush before the frost.  The garlic bed hasn't had any "visitors" since I covered it with tulle.  The tall grass in the back ground is lemon grass.

Straight south.  The New Zealand spinach just keeps sprawling.

Shooting towards SSW.  Herb garden, winter greens, salads and 36 sq. ft. of peas this winter.

More SW.  Peas and tomato buckets and Inara.

Oranges are edible but not quite to their full luscious sweetness.

West side of mostly resting beds.  Those pumpkins are now in the compost tumbler along with the bags of Starbucks!  

Baby bok choy.

Opening the bridal tulle with Inara.

Me.

Inara patrolling the backyard.  I'm so happy with the weed fabric and wood chip pathways during the rainy season. Ignore the dandelion!

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Post  trolleydriver on 11/29/2018, 3:00 pm

Looks great sanderson.  Happy gardening and happy eating.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/29/2018, 3:44 pm

Wow!  This garden is fantastic!  And it was so much fun watching it change and grow over the years.  Thanks for sharing these great photos.

Inara is beautiful!  Is she new?
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Post  Yardslave on 11/29/2018, 4:18 pm

What a great looking garden, quite a transformation, Sanderson, something to be proud of.
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Post  sanderson on 11/29/2018, 4:42 pm

Thanks, folks. PS Inara is my 4-legged granddaughter, visiting for the holiday with my daughter.

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Post  yolos on 11/29/2018, 8:36 pm

Love your nice clean looking pathways.
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Post  has55 on 12/3/2018, 3:30 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:Wow!  This garden is fantastic!  And it was so much fun watching it change and grow over the years.  Thanks for sharing these great photos.

Inara is beautiful!  Is she new?
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Post  has55 on 12/3/2018, 3:33 am

what type of green plant is this to the Left of the bed? I see swish chard.


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Post  sanderson on 12/3/2018, 3:39 pm

Ching Chang, a toy bok choy. Four per square.

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