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Post  chocolatepop on 6/23/2010, 11:35 am

A lot of it is a mess, because of the fire, then I had surgery on my wrist, etc. But the surgery couldnt stop me! I just had the husband get a XXL glove for my left hand (cast) and a small on the normal Wink

Our home was purchased a forclosure, and needs lots and lots of work. We removed a dying 25 foot pine tree and OMG it opened up ALL the space and sun! The husband plans on making the munchkin a tree house

I did 95% of the building myself. We have a lot more landscaping to do, but in good time.

Whole side garden
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Cole Crops
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Purple Broccoli starting to head
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How I support the ever growing cauliflower and brusselsprouts
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Cabbage trying to form a head
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Bell peppers, high rises containing peanuts, carrots, potatoes, parsnips
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Potatoes

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Sweet banana peppers
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Volunteer Tomatoes from last year, was supposed to be for the cukes
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Radishes, onions, turnips, peas
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shelling peas
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turnip
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bean trellis with blue lakes, red scarlet, purple, lima, roma, asparagus
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bean sprout that was planted on... MONDAY!!!
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Black Raspberries I'm trying to get off the ground
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grapes? It looks like it, leaf wise at least, but it hasnt fruited in the two years we've lived here, Anyone wanna help?
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Potato boxes
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Horseradish
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I thought this was funny, my mom works at Michigan State University Extension office and got me a ton of these reusable grocery bags, mine as well put them to use.
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Most of the back garden, pepper boxes
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Husband is an engineer and loved my triangle box idea
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Hot Peppers
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Cucumber trellis
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And, the best part, I just finished this yesterday, arm cast and all. My indeterminate tomato box and t-trellis
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Strawberries
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Lettuce raised bed, it is starting to get way to hot for it, so i pick them much more frequently. I gave away three 1 gallon plastic bags last week. I also had to pull the spinach and arugala because it seeded.
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Baby Romaine
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OTHER Randomness
Volunteer potatoes in my compost bucket and my oregano
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supposed to be sacrificial cabbage.. they havent found it.
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The stacked boxes my 3 year old and I made starting to fill in with the trailing flowers
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My roses that bloomed this year after I cut them back to promote growth last year
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Sweet potatoes
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Apple from the over grown apple tree
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all the plants I still need to get in the ground
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volunteer tomatoes that I repotted
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Post  kimbertangleknot on 6/23/2010, 11:47 am

A few words come into my head, one of them being holy...cow. A few emotions come into my head as well, one of them being highly jealous and envious of everything you have growing. I love, love, LOVE your inter tomato box. Can I ask how high the trellis is, what it's made of, and what the hot colors are made of? I've had a picture in my head to do something similar next year, since I am a tomato snob, I'd like to have something like so I can plant like twenty tomatoes.

Love the triangle box, awesome way to use the "reusable" bags. I even like the face that they say "fill em with fruits and veggies" hehehe. But wow, that is 100% awesome.

*runs away to plan a much larger garden now* What a Face
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Post  chocolatepop on 6/23/2010, 11:53 am

haahaa, i had to do a lot of convincing from the husband to let me do all this, and not ask him to help me too much. I'm pretty handy (self taught) so no big deal. I only need help with the big, or tall things (I am 5'1" he is 6'6")

The big tomato box's trellis is 7foot tall, I used stud wood (2x4x7), 2x4x8, and 2x4x10, and some scrap. I used wire rope from HD and heavy duty eye hooks. I may add a turnbuckle...

The rope is neon rope from HD also, my three year old chose he colors, pink and purple of course cause shes a princess! IDK if its gonna work, but it was sure fun making!

All the wood was painted with external "opps" paint.
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Post  PeggyC on 6/23/2010, 11:54 am

I love it! It's like an organized jungle! Triangle boxes and shopping bag are officially on my to-do list. shopping bag will happen today or tomorrow. I've got some tomato plants that are really suffering for lack of a big enough home. The one you painted with your munchkin is gorgeous. I've vowed to do more flowers in the future.
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Post  kimbertangleknot on 6/23/2010, 12:06 pm

The shopping bags where I am are on a closeout price right now. First they were a buck, then two for a buck, now they are .25 each. I think I may go and clear them out of a few dozen, and save them for next year and try some new things with them. I never would have thought to use them like that.

I wish we had a bigger back yard so I could take on as much, but I am really going to use that tomato thing, I love it.
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Post  boffer on 6/23/2010, 12:17 pm

My so-called Urban Garden-picture over load 5571 CP, you've really expanded since last summer! At the rate you're going, you're gonna have more garden space than your row gardening relatives! LOL your new mater trellis looks great-you didn't waste anytime getting it built!

I'm still shaking my head at the size of your 'still to plant' pile! yahoo
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Post  milaneyjane on 6/23/2010, 12:19 pm

I LOVE your brightly painted stacked flower boxes....has me thinking.... Very Happy
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Post  quiltbea on 6/23/2010, 12:28 pm

Wow! That's says it all. Your SFG is amazing. I love what you're doing with it.
I like how you fill in every corner, pot, box, space with something.
I have the hardest time making things grow in outside pots for me.
I can't wait to see your harvests.
Good work.!
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Post  junequilt on 6/23/2010, 12:38 pm

Utterly fabulous! You are so creative -- what a wonderful garden!

Just a caution about the reusable shopping bags: some of them will degrade in sunlight. Last summer I left one sitting in our car's rear window for a few days, and when I picked it up to take in a store, the side of the bag that had been exposed to the sun disintegrated into millions of tiny shreds and blew away! So if you use the bags -- and I think it's a great idea -- please just keep an eye on them. Not knowing the exact composition of the fabric, you probably wouldn't want that dust on your plants or in the Mel's mix.

If you are lucky enough to get bags made of 100% cotton canvas or duck, you won't have to worry about much except mildew. And after you're done with it, if you vermicompost, you can just feed the used bag to your red wigglers!
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Post  silverbug on 6/23/2010, 3:52 pm

I am blown away. It's gorgeous. Does that netting help with bugs? My lettuce is dessimated. Like a person just took one huge bite each night and chomped it down to the nub, and it's happening one head at a time, leaf by leaf, and my broccoli in the same box is getting holier and holier. If that's working for you, I'm getting some.
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Post  quiltbea on 6/23/2010, 4:19 pm

silverbug....I just got insect barrier fabric this year for the first time. I have it covering my strawberries......after birds ate most of them but I'm hoping the small ones will grow and feed us.
I also have it covering my cabbage to deter flea beetles. So far, no bugs and no damage to the cabbage.
When it gets too hot, like 85 or over, you are supposed to remove it because it increases the temp by a couple of degrees under the fabric.
When it cools down again, I toss it back over the crops.
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This is the view of it covering my cabbage patch.
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Post  chocolatepop on 6/23/2010, 4:28 pm

Yes, the netting helps a ton and I don't have to remove it. Its cheap too Wink
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Post  silverbug on 6/23/2010, 7:58 pm

I need to get me some of that netting. Where did you pick it up. I'm scared that by the time I can get to the store, whatever is munching, will have devoured that entire box. Someone keeps sneaking at my (over 5 feet tall) sugar snap peas and breaking the vines at the base too. WTH????
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Post  Megan on 6/23/2010, 7:58 pm

Love it! Everything is beautiful and looks so healthy, too. And I am amazed you got that tomato trellis up with one-and-a-half arms! Shocked Great job!
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Post  aspiegardner on 6/23/2010, 8:19 pm

Awesome I need to get photos of mine done.

I finally got 5 more boxes planted yesterday, got 3 empties waiting for mel's mix.
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Post  chocolatepop on 6/23/2010, 9:27 pm

@silverbug wrote:I need to get me some of that netting. Where did you pick it up. I'm scared that by the time I can get to the store, whatever is munching, will have devoured that entire box. Someone keeps sneaking at my (over 5 feet tall) sugar snap peas and breaking the vines at the base too. WTH????

I got it from a Jo Ann's Fabric a LONG time ago.. aka for my wedding! It is simply tulle! And if you google Jo Ann Fabric coupon you can usually find one for 40% off. are they just breaking them or eating them also?

I have wood for some more boxes waiting also. All donated (extras from a project from a neighbor) but I cant pick that long of wood up by myself and take it to the back yard. Our garage door spring broke so I have to finaggle it through the house.

Thanks everyone. I know it looks rough, but give me til next year...
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Post  MsMinchin on 6/23/2010, 9:40 pm

soooo jealous.
What did you use to make the bean trellis arch? Is it hardware cloth / fencing?
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Post  quiltbea on 6/23/2010, 9:59 pm

I ordered mine from johnnyseeds.com
I also got their heavy fabric cover which protects plants down to 28* so I was able to get an early start this year and hope to extend my harvest a little longer in the fall.
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This is the heavy row cover alongside my strawberry bed. I pulled it over the berries in the early evening to protect from the cold nites in April.
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Post  chocolatepop on 6/23/2010, 11:29 pm

smart idea Quilt!

i do have some frost cover that I use in the early spring/late fall. probably need more since the cat had some clawing fun with it.

The bean trellis is a cattle panel.
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Post  silverbug on 6/24/2010, 7:20 am

Tulle!!! Brilliant. I have some around here some place.

My peas? they're just breaking them. Started with my early shoots, and now, I find a couple of my mature ones broken off at the base. I thought it was squirrels, but man, if they tried to climb over my "fencing" they'd fall immediately and be freaked out, I'd think, since it's this thin, thin, plastic, fencing. small weave, flexible...maybe something is getting in under it, or maybe even just a pesky bug munching through the main stem?? It's weird is all I can say. I've never experienced it before, and I grow peas every year. My "row garden was open enough that it wouldn't have been difficult for a squirrel to drop in over the chicken wire if they really wanted to.
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Post  chocolatepop on 6/24/2010, 11:56 am

@silverbug wrote:Tulle!!! Brilliant. I have some around here some place.

My peas? they're just breaking them. Started with my early shoots, and now, I find a couple of my mature ones broken off at the base. I thought it was squirrels, but man, if they tried to climb over my "fencing" they'd fall immediately and be freaked out, I'd think, since it's this thin, thin, plastic, fencing. small weave, flexible...maybe something is getting in under it, or maybe even just a pesky bug munching through the main stem?? It's weird is all I can say. I've never experienced it before, and I grow peas every year. My "row garden was open enough that it wouldn't have been difficult for a squirrel to drop in over the chicken wire if they really wanted to.

yeah, that is really strange! What about a cat sleeping in them and breaking them?
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Post  aspiegardner on 6/29/2010, 9:36 am

fabric.com has cheap cheap tulle and netting.
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Post  dixie on 6/29/2010, 10:09 am

Good Grief!! You definitely have overload! I'm amazed at all the different containers you have come up with. Did you get the cabbage seeds I sent you?
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Post  Aussie Girl on 6/30/2010, 6:58 am

I love your flowers! What type are they?

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PS - I hope your hand gets better soon.
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Post  chocolatepop on 6/30/2010, 10:17 am

those are trailing petunias!

dixie, i'll ask my husband because he has a habit of forgetting mail in his truck!
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