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Post  MrBooker on 5/6/2018, 3:49 pm

I scored these 3, nineteen gallon planters for $5.00 each They sell new for 30 TO $40.
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I had to put a squirrel cage around my Tomato's and peppers.
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Started two new "Drunk'en compost" piles yesterday.
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TODAY'S temp.
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Potatoes growing in last years compost bin.  I hate to disturb them but they have to go..


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Had to cage my salad bed.  CATS.
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Salad bed.
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My 14 containers
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Barrels
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This and that.
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Lunchbox peppers. They get about the size of a jalapeno and are sweet as sugar.
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Over 300 Big sweet UN-YONS in a 8x8 bed. Texas sweet. Vidalia, jumbo sweet and red. Long day AND short day.
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Post  countrynaturals on 5/6/2018, 4:00 pm

Oh, Mr.B., everything looks amazing -- so clean and well-organized. Only another gardener can appreciate how much work it takes to make that happen.  Mr. Booker's Garden -2018 43549
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Post  trolleydriver on 5/6/2018, 5:15 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:Oh, Mr.B., everything looks amazing -- so clean and well-organized. Only another gardener can appreciate how much work it takes to make that happen.  Mr. Booker's Garden -2018 43549
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Post  yolos on 5/6/2018, 6:27 pm

Even though you cut down a lot in the number of beds, you still have a lot going on there.
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Post  MrBooker on 5/6/2018, 8:16 pm

@yolos wrote:Even though you cut down a lot in the number of beds, you still have a lot going on there.
Yes man. Guess I'm going to get into mostly container gardening but at least I'll still be growing.
It's an addiction. I LOVE composting also.
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Post  sanderson on 5/7/2018, 4:40 am

Hi Mr. Booker. Your garden looks great. What a score on the pots. Oh, I may change the title of this post. I haven't checked if you have started a Mr. Bookers's 2018 garden. New title or merge if you have a 2018 thread going.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/7/2018, 7:49 am

Nice score & NICE space! So level..... I'm sitting here looking at your pics & drooling....
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Post  Kelejan on 5/7/2018, 7:56 am

@trolleydriver wrote:
@countrynaturals wrote:Oh, Mr.B., everything looks amazing -- so clean and well-organized. Only another gardener can appreciate how much work it takes to make that happen.  Mr. Booker's Garden -2018 43549
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I completely agree, you certainly seem to be on top of everything, Mr. B.  I like your compost set-up, it looks smart, and the two dividing panels being lower than the two outside panels must make it easier to shift one pile to the next compartment. After all, how many compost piles get filled to the brim?

Just seen Atlanta Marie's post; just stop drooling Marie, (like me) and get on with emulating Mr. B.  I bet your garden is fine, just only room for one top dog.  Very Happy
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Post  hammock gal on 5/7/2018, 4:11 pm

Nice work! And I'm drooling over the vidalias. I could eat one of those like an apple. And a fat slice on a piece of bread with some juicy tomato...heaven! drooling
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/8/2018, 3:05 pm

@Kelejan wrote:
Just seen Atlanta Marie's post; just stop drooling Marie, (like me) and get on with emulating Mr. B.  I bet your garden is fine, just only room for one top dog.  Very Happy

LOL! Yes, ma'am.... Hoping to get out later this afternoon. Thankfully the days are getting longer, so I can hopefully get outside stuff done. Like maybe get the greenhouse (FINALLY) finished. Or fix the shed roof. Or reclaim the garden from the neighbor's tree... :-)
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Post  MrBooker on 5/9/2018, 7:33 am

I noticed I didn't post pics of my sweet taters. For the last few years, I was blessed with a great harvest.
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Post  SQWIB on 5/9/2018, 8:54 am

Everything looks awesome!
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Post  MrBooker on 5/9/2018, 4:57 pm

@hammock gal wrote:Nice work! And I'm drooling over the vidalias. I could eat one of those like an apple. And a fat slice on a piece of bread with some juicy tomato...heaven! drooling
I never thought about  a tomato and a un-yon sammich. Bet yo bootie I WILL try one when I get some maters. I'm going to add some Mayo and let it run all down my chin.  Very Happy
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Post  MrBooker on 5/9/2018, 5:35 pm

I posted some pics of my new containers a few days ago but I decided to kind of "clean" things up a little so we relocated some other containers. Here's the pics I posted earlier.
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Then, we relocated some of our other containers.
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And THEN... more containers. The lady in the background is my bride of 54 years and still my girlfriend.
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Post  sanderson on 5/9/2018, 8:55 pm

I like your new container garden, and your bride! Very Happy What is in the remaining 4' x 8' SFG bed?

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Post  MrBooker on 5/10/2018, 5:00 am

@sanderson wrote:I like your new container garden, and your bride! Very Happy What is in the remaining 4' x 8' SFG bed?
One 4' x 8' bed has 9 Bell peppers and 4 tomatoes and the other bed is actually a 4' x 10' and has 3 Early Girl tomatoes on the North end of it and the rest of it is our a salad bed.

When the salad bed quits producing I will plant a fall crop of carrots and turnips in it. I remember a few winters ago when I planted fall carrots. I let a few light frosts hit them then covered them with about a foot of shredded leaves and put plastic over the hoops and I was still eating carrots in January when the temp was WAY below freezing.

  I read somewhere that if you let a light frost hit the carrots, it will trigger them to turn the starch into sugar because the sugar will not freeze as quickly as starch. Those carrots are pretty smart huh?  Mr. Booker's Garden -2018 370856013  Beets and turnips will do the same thing.   (Sorry about dropping the "F" bomb [FROST] on the forum.)
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Post  Kelejan on 5/15/2018, 2:14 am

Brussels sprouts also taste better after a frost. I expect it would also apply to other root plants  such as parsnips as well as carrots.
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Post  MrBooker on 5/16/2018, 4:41 pm

I got tired of the unsightly tomato steaks holding down my cages so I bought some Nylon chord and tied up my Tomatoes and pepper cages.
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 My wife came up with the Idea of buying 8 more of the plastic half barrels so we can get rid of the plastic totes. We will reuse the soil from the totes, along with some homemade compost and plant the half barrels in the fall.
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Post  sanderson on 5/16/2018, 11:36 pm

Clever idea for securing the tomato cages. Your garden is looking good, kind of decorative with the barrels and large pots sitting in the framed beds.

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Post  MrBooker on 5/17/2018, 5:45 am

@sanderson wrote:Clever idea for securing the tomato cages.  Your garden is looking good, kind of decorative with the barrels and large pots sitting in the framed beds.
Thank ya.  The framed beds make it easier for me, my wife, to mow around. What a Face
I'm seriously thinking about adding 8 more half barrels in a framed bed.
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We got rid of the totes today and replaced them with 6 new half barrels and it only took about 6 beers, hours. I think I'm going to have to go see a gardenoligest and get some therapy.
Here's a pic of the old totes.
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And after about 6 beers, hours, now it looks like this.......   Burp, belch, hiccup.  Skuze ME..!!
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/18/2018, 7:15 am

That looks really nice, Mr. Booker!
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Post  sanderson on 5/18/2018, 12:17 pm

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Post  Kelejan on 5/24/2018, 12:04 pm

You really enjoy your gardening, don't you, Mr. Booker.  Mr. Booker's Garden -2018 3170584802
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Post  MrBooker on 5/24/2018, 12:32 pm

@Kelejan wrote:You really enjoy your gardening, don't you, Mr. Booker.  Mr. Booker's Garden -2018 3170584802
Yes'em.  I love setting in the garden about 5:00 a.m just when it starts to get daylight. I few mornings ago, about dawn, I was standing in the garden and a red fox came trotting by. I said, "Good morning Mr. Fox" and he stopped and stared at me then just trotted off into the morning fog.
      We live in a small farming town and have often seen fox and Coyote's in the yard. They don't seem to bother anything like digging holes in the garden and I don't mind them at all.

  We have made a few more additions to the garden lately......  I'll post more pics later.  So far this year, it looks like I'll have one of the best gardens I've had in a long time. Knock on wood.. I know how fast things can change.
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