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Post  MrBooker on 6/17/2018, 9:25 am

This onion bed was 7x7 so I made it an 8x8.


I still have to go around the edges and fill with compost but you can see how small the bed was.


Onions doing great this year.


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Post  sanderson on 6/17/2018, 3:15 pm

Mr. Booker, my husband liked your treatment of the barrels. We have side section of lawn that needs to go and he thought that might be an attractive way to do it. Frame the area with 2' x 4', fill with wood chips and stick a couple of barrels on it with drip lines.

How do the wood barrels hold up water-wise? I had a podacarpus planted in one 20 years ago, and it was hard to keep the wood moist enough to maintain it's shape. When we removed the tree, the barrel just collapsed.

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Post  MrBooker on 6/17/2018, 4:42 pm

@sanderson wrote:Mr. Booker, my husband liked your treatment of the barrels.  We have side section of lawn that needs to go and he thought that might be an attractive way to do it.  Frame the area with 2' x 4', fill with wood chips and stick a couple of barrels on it with drip lines.

How do the wood barrels hold up water-wise?  I had a podacarpus planted in one 20 years ago, and it was hard to keep the wood moist enough to maintain it's shape.  When we removed the tree, the barrel just collapsed.
The trick to holding the barrels together is put some screws into the metal rings around the wooden barrels.  That will keep them from imploding. I put  black plastic lawn and leaf bags into the barrels to hold the moisture. It works great.
      I also use landscaping timbers instead of 2x4's and nail them down with 10 to 12 inch long spikes from Home depot. The spikes are 59 to 80 cents apiece.. Just drill holes in the landscaping timbers and nail them down.  DONE.

 In case you're wondering, we only have a few wooden barrels left, which have lasted for about 30 years.. The rest of the barrels are resin (Plastic)
 Hopes this helps ya.   Very Happy
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/17/2018, 10:25 pm

Very nice, Mr. B!
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Post  sanderson on 6/18/2018, 2:27 am

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@sanderson wrote:How do the wood barrels hold up water-wise?  I had a podacarpus planted in one 20 years ago, and it was hard to keep the wood moist enough to maintain it's shape.  When we removed the tree, the barrel just collapsed.
The trick to holding the barrels together is put some screws into the metal rings around the wooden barrels.  That will keep them from imploding. I put  black plastic lawn and leaf bags into the barrels to hold the moisture. It works great.

Hopes this helps ya.   Very Happy
Yes it does. Husband likes your idea of screws. I sent you a PM.

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Post  MrBooker on 6/21/2018, 8:15 am

I know I posted this pic earlier but wanted to point out, if you notice the label says "Sweet pepper.. Baron" and indicates it's a bell pepper. Doesen't look like a bell pepper to me. I bought two of these thinking they were bells.
  
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Post  sanderson on 6/21/2018, 8:09 pm

It's shaped more like Ancho Baron!! Who gets to do the taste test?

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Post  MrBooker on 6/22/2018, 6:56 am

@sanderson wrote:It's shaped more like Ancho Baron!!  Who gets to do the taste test?
 It does look like a Ancho Baron. I ate a medium sized one and detected no heat. I'm going to let the big one grow and see what happens.
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Post  MrBooker on 7/4/2018, 9:32 am

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@sanderson wrote:It's shaped more like Ancho Baron!!  Who gets to do the taste test?
 It does look like a Ancho Baron. I ate a medium sized one and detected no heat. I'm going to let the big one grow and see what happens.
  Update. I let the pepper mature, turn red and it was a sweet pepper.  Ahhhh..
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