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Post  Lavender Debs 3/17/2010, 11:25 am

@boffer wrote:I think Yogi Berra said that!
Is that the man behind the mask?
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Post  boffer 3/17/2010, 11:27 am

The one who said it's only wet when it's raining...
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Post  Lavender Debs 3/17/2010, 11:33 am

Being from the PNW I actually get that. Drizzle doesn't count, showers don't count, REALLY heavy fog doesn't count (even when you have to use the windshield wipers to see down the road). Only actual rain counts.
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Post  Wild Bill 3/17/2010, 1:33 pm

Choksaw,

How many dill plants are you planning on planting to attract those ladybugs? It looks like you consider companion planting a little to help out with your gardening. I like that idea as I do some of that myself.

I plant Borage near my tomato plants. It usually brings in the bees, and is supposed to help the flavour and growth of the tomato plant too.
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Post  jerzyjen 3/17/2010, 2:03 pm

Nice trellises your boxes are beautiful.

Curious about ladybugs. What do they do for your garden? I actually have some crawling around my seedlings in my basement, and at first thought it was real cute, but 2 months later i have like 100 dead lady bug carcasses on the floor. Last summer we actually were SWARMED with them in august, like so many the cuties were grossing me out. They have never been a problem to my garden but I didnt like having to run through hundreds of them to get in and out of the door.
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Post  Lavender Debs 3/17/2010, 2:18 pm

In my area of the country they eat aphids (the ants farm them, if you have small ants you could also have aphids) They can die in a basement of hunger or thirst.

Sometimes they seem to swarm an area because the trees (often willow here) are full of aphids.

Deborah ....who is going to be stuck with that old nursery rhyme in her head now.
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Post  choksaw 3/17/2010, 11:05 pm

I have planted 4 dill and will be adding 4 sweet basil near the tomatoes never thought of borage and am considering getting some lavander (they smell awesome) and some chives as well but we will wait on see how this season goes because if it all works out well i have a remodel/addition ill be adding to my box's (yes there will be pictures of the addition lol)

Lady bugs, stick bugs, praying mantis, and a parasitic wasp (the tomatoe horn worm one) are benificial bugs to your garden they feed on all the nasties that invade and munch on your plants another good solution is to plant dwarf marigolds in or around some of your plants as the smell drives off certain bugs (not sure which ones)

Im trying to take as many pictures as i can 1 for the forums and 2 for facebook because i have a few friends who are gardening through me vicariously since they live in apartments and such lol
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Post  Wild Bill 3/17/2010, 11:20 pm

While Dill has some attractive features, according to this:


DILL: Improves growth and
health of cabbage. Do not plant near carrots, caraway or tomatoes.
Best friend for lettuce. Attracts hoverflies
and predatory wasps. Repels aphids and spider mites to some degree.
Also may repel the
dreaded squash bug! (scatter some good size dill leaves on plants
that are suspect to
squash bugs, like squash plants.) Dill goes well with lettuce,
onions,
cabbage, sweet corn and
cucumbers. Dill does attract the tomato horn worm so it would be
useful to plant it
somewhere away from your tomato plants to keep the destructive horn
worm away from them.
Do plant dill in an appropriate spot for the swallowtail butterfly
caterpillars to feed on. Even their
caterpillars are beautiful.



.... you may want to not plant them near your tomatoes since they may attract the tomato hornworm!!
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Post  choksaw 3/17/2010, 11:59 pm

good find thanx for posting that up makes me glad that by luck i have it right next to my corn and my radishs are between it and the carrots
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Post  colesonsmom 3/19/2010, 6:28 pm

choksaw~
the boxes look great! I love the corners you added and the cedar finish! Please keep the pics coming....I need the inspiration!

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Post  choksaw 3/25/2010, 6:03 pm

Here are som epicture of the modifications i made to my box to prevent leaves and maple things (whirlybirds) from landin in my boxs and sprouting
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In this 1 you can sorta see the 1/4" hardware cloth i used for a netting since the sqaures are 1/4" in size it shouldnt block too much sunlight
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Ran a little bit short of material on the back side but ill be fixing that tomorrow and then waterproofing/staining the new wood to match the box's Next project is the drip irrigation system wish me luck lol
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Post  timwardell 3/25/2010, 6:22 pm

You're setting the bar pretty high for the rest of us. Nice job. Laughing
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Post  choksaw 3/25/2010, 6:37 pm

as my grabdfather would say thats polish engineering at its finest lol
i did all the work from eyeball no lvl just atape measure and my eye its a little off but who says it needs to be perfect (unless your an engineer) lol
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Post  Lavender Debs 3/25/2010, 8:14 pm

Suddenly I am happy to be out of the forest.

Deborah ....was missing her birds, but birds require trees with those "whirlybirds" (I think we called um whirligigs).



You know you have grown up when maple seeds are a pain instead of a delight.
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Post  choksaw 3/25/2010, 11:11 pm

if the weather lets up i will post some pics of my home made SFG seeder templates for direct sowing and for transplant sowing with included materials and instructions (as best i can describe them)
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Post  choksaw 3/26/2010, 5:58 pm

After heavy rains and winds last night i found that my modification worked perfectly most of the whirlybird thingy's never made it into the beds wooohooo but i also notice that there is life for the first time in my box

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Post  choksaw 3/28/2010, 4:58 pm

it is 4:30 pm here and the rain let up for a bit so i could go outside and check on things and to my surprise here is what i found that was not there the day befor
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Post  choksaw 3/31/2010, 11:27 pm

Installed drip irrigation system today system still needs a few tweaks here and there but this is the general design so far so good no leaks
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Post  tamara 3/31/2010, 11:56 pm

I'm jealus all I found outside this morning was more snow- and it kept coming all day. There is a couple of inches out there now.
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Post  choksaw 4/10/2010, 5:19 pm

Just a few update pics of how things are going

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Post  Momma Pajama 4/11/2010, 9:39 am

Looks awesome, choksaw! I'm interested in how your garden grows, especially since I grew up in Venice, FL and still have family there. My brother in Venice is jealous of my WA SFG, but it looks like you're doing just fine and he has no excuse!

I remember trying to have a garden in Venice as a kid - we just amended the ground sand a bit. Disaster! SFG is the way to go!
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Post  fulfam 4/11/2010, 12:02 pm

Thanks so much for posting these pictures! And I mean it, because it inspired me so much, I used it as a reference to make a box of my own. The only difference is that I painted the outside white. All I have to do now is start planting! Thanks again!

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Post  choksaw 4/11/2010, 2:37 pm

Yeah i tried row gardening down here last season and through my back out twice lugging all the bags of amendment and stuff the garden spot was 1800 sq ft and the majority of the work was done by me. glad my friend reccomended this book to me made life so much easier.

Fulfam if you look in the gallery you should be able to see all the pics of my garden set up to help you get some ideas if not feel free to PM me with any questions or problems you run into and we will see what we can come up with
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Post  JennaAnnMartin 4/23/2010, 9:37 am

What did you use to make the trellises? 2X2's? What did you use for the netting?



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Post  Retired Member 1 4/23/2010, 1:36 pm

Really nice job there. And the profusion of baby plants is wonderful.
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