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The Official ConCen 2010/2011/2012 Gardening Thread - April - 04-09-2010
So what are your plans this year? Are you trying anything new?
If you'd like to see what we covered last year have a look at the 2009 garden post.
I feel like I've been getting ready and pumped for this since around January.
We are revamping our old beds, plus we've put in two new ones so far. Our new beds... will ALL be just under waist heigh, ( for a person around 5 ft tall ) instead of a around 12 inches.
Our main purpose for the super raised beds is to deter and discourage the dog from wanting to play with the plants.... or lift his leg on any of them! It will also be easier on the back and knees to have the beds raised. All of them will be made with cedar boards and built by the finest carpenter in the area.
Have a look... two right now are this size... which is, I believe, 3 feet by 6 feet.
The NEW things I'm going to try and grow this year are:
Hyacinth Beans - asian white and purple
Walla Walla Onions
Yellow Pear Tomatoes
Green Twist Sweet Peppers
plus almost everything I grew last year.
I'll also be trying to grow my potatoes in bags. I've heard nothing but great results about growing bags.... it will be my first attempt.
I have NEVER tried growing flowers or non vegetable bearing plants before.... which this year I'm going to try also.
I'm going to try growing:
Lemon Drop Torenias
Black Eyed Susan Vines
I still haven't grown any herbs really yet.... soon maybe.
I'll show you guys the largest raised bed that we're putting the arbor over when it's finished or near completion.
How's your garden going? Show us your work or the set up that you have.
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread - Valentine - 04-21-2010
We've been trying every year but we're on the slow learning curve, lol. Last year we got some livestock fencing and put it around a 4 x 8 raised bed made of cinderblocks. There was room in there for a compost pile, blackberry bush, grape vine, and more. We figured out late in the season to test the Ph. Our stuff didn't do well except for the okra. The squash was all attacked by vine borers. We now know how to deal with that issue.
This year we took the fence from around the raised bed and used it to seperate the yard into two pieces. The dogs still have plenty of room as our yard is huge, and we have plenty of room for the garden. We started planting much earlier this year, and we can get away with it down here. Some crops do much better in the winter especially dark green leafies. A couple of weeks ago we got a barrel composter that is so much easier than trying to keep pile since it turns. There's a drip hole in the bottom for catching compost tea. Last year we got a rain barrel.
I can't remember what all we've planted. My son's g/f is in charge of it as horticulture/gardening is what she'd like to do in life and is currently unemployed with a lot of time. I know we have peas, potatoes, strawberries, spinach, turnip greens, tomatoes, dill, rosemary, thyme, bee balm, lemon balm... Herbs are easy, so you should do an herb garden. It's really cool to run outside and grab a handful of fresh herbs for whatever you're cooking.
Most of our photos are on the home puter but here's a passion flower which is edible. We bought 3 plants last year but it looks like only one has survived over Winter. They were all eaten completely by Gulf Coast Fritillary butterflies. That's all they eat, and they were really happy to see ours apparently. We were told if the plants survives it only gets stronger and more resistant.
You might consider joining the National Home Gardening Club like I did. Although it costs $24 you get a $5 gas rebate every quarter, a $100 grocery card, a garden tool, and one of those pads you kneel on. You can also sign up to try products and review them for free.
And we subscribe to Organic Gardening magazine.
I'll post more photos from home....probably when I'm working from home weekend after next. I hate to go on line at home unless I'm working.
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread - Valentine - 04-25-2010
I love your dog, btw.
Here's a couple of pics I found on our home puter.
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread - jack - 04-26-2010
last season my best tomatoes came up by accident in the compost pile
strawberries worked great planted in a hanging bag
groundhog ate my carrots, perhaps I'll have better luck this time.
inheritor Wrote:Morning Glories
nice if you have a trellis in the morning sun - very easy
makes tons of seeds to store and drops tons underneath
i planted a couple and i haven't had to replant yet in 6 yrs
nice for chain link as well
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread - h3rm35 - 04-26-2010
0 Easiest Vegetables to Grow At Home
By Tina McCarthy, EcoSalon
Posted on April 25, 2010, Printed on April 26, 2010
This post originally appeared on EcoSalon.
Gardening is hot, hot, hot. And why not? Planting a few seeds on your deck or in your backyard yields delicious, organic results – and money savings, too. Besides, April is National Gardening Month! You know the basics of how to start your own vegetable garden, but where do you go from here? Here are some crops that even the least green thumbed among you can tackle, and tips on how to make them flourish.
Originating in South America, this plump red herbaceous perennial is rich in nutrients like niacin, potassium and phosphorous, antioxidants like lycopene, anthocyanin and carotene, and vitamins A, C and E. Tomatoes can add a juicy shot of flavor to a variety of dishes, such as salads, sandwiches and pasta.
After the last frost of winter has thawed, pick a spot in your yard that receives ample sunlight and test the soil’s pH level – you want between 6 and 7. (To increase the Ph level, add lime. To decrease it, add sulfur.) Spread compost over this area and mix it with the soil. Dig a hole for each seed, leaving at least a foot in between for growth, cover them and firmly pat down the soil. Water them with a spray bottle a couple times per week.
Existing in shades of red, purple and white, these root vegetables were first cultivated thousands of years ago in Europe. Radishes are a great source of potassium, folic acid, magnesium and calcium, and are commonly used in salad dressings or as a garnish for salads.
Radishes thrive in soil with a pH level of around 6 or 7. Till a sunny patch in your garden and plant the seeds ½ inch below the soil’s surface with one inch of space between each. Water them lightly every couple days. Radishes are fast growers and should be ready to pull in several weeks. Don’t wait too long, or they’ll begin to deteriorate.
In the late 1800s, spontaneous mutations of summer squashes yielded the first zucchini in Italy. Typically shaped like a cucumber, this yellow or green vegetable is low in calories and chop full of potassium, folate and manganese. Zucchini can be boiled, fried or steamed as a tasty side or stuffed and baked as a delectable entrée.
In a mound of composted soil a foot high and a couple feet wide, sow several zucchini seeds. Space each mound approximately 3 feet apart, water them heavily every other day and wait for them to sprout in a couple weeks. They should be ready to harvest about a month later.
Evolving from wild plants in the Mediterranean, the beet, or beetroot, has a fleshy root that can be boiled and eaten plain, tossed in a salad or used to make borscht. Betaine, one of the primary nutrients in this deep red or purple vegetable, is known to improve cardiovascular health.
Clean and strengthen the seeds by soaking them in water at room temperature for a day. Plow the soil and remove any stones from the top 3 feet. Plant each seed 2 inches apart and water them at least once every day.
This biennial root vegetable was first domesticated during the 10th century in modern-day Afghanistan. Rich in vitamin A, antioxidants and dietary fiber, the carrot’s orange color is a result of the carotene it synthesizes when growing. Carrots are equally delicious as a healthy snack, in a side of steamed vegetables or even baked into a cake.
Leaving several inches in between holes, dig less than an inch deep and plant a couple of seeds in each. Make sure that the soil stays moist but remember to water the carrots less as they begin to reach maturity.
Early forms of this annual flowering plant were first found in the ancient world on the Indian subcontinent. High in both iron and calcium, this green leafy vegetable is eaten plain, cooked in a quiche, used as a pizza topping and made into a chip dip.
Turn over the soil with compost and plant seeds less than an inch deep, placing them at least 2 inches apart to give room for growth. Sow the soil a couple more times in the first month and keep this area well-watered.
Dating back to the Neolithic Age in Jordan, Syria and Turkey, peas grow in the seed-pod of a legume. A good source of vitamins A, B and C, these small green spheres can be roasted for a tasty snack or thrown into stir-fries, casseroles and soups.
Cultivate the soil with nutrient-rich compost. Keep in mind that your soil must drain well in order for peas for flourish. Space each seed several inches apart and sow them one inch deep. Freshly planted seeds require ½ inch of water every week, while more mature plants need a full inch.
Native to Central and South America, these green, yellow, red or orange vegetables range in flavor from spicy to sweet. Containing nutrients like thiamin, folate and manganese, peppers can be stuffed with rice and meat or give salads, salsa and pasta a zesty kick.
Till the soil with both compost and Epsom salts, which will make it rich in magnesium to help the peppers develop healthily. Since they grow best in warm soil, sow the seeds a foot or more apart in raised beds. Water them frequently, keeping the soil moist, or they may taste bitter once harvested.
Enjoyed in ancient Egypt as an aphrodisiac, lettuce is a good source of folic acid and vitamin A. Used as the primary ingredient in most salads, this green leaf vegetable, of which there are dozens of common varieties, can also be stuffed with various ingredients to make a lettuce wrap or top sandwiches, hamburgers and tacos.
When cultivating the soil with nutrient-rich compost, break up any chunks and remove debris. Make sure that seeds are planted between 8 and 16 inches apart and water them every morning. Avoid doing so at night because this could cause disease.
Archaeologists have traced the first known onions back to the Bronze Age in early Palestinian settlements. Rich in dietary fiber, folate and vitamin C, these bulb-shaped vegetables add flavor to an assortment of foods, like dips, soups, salads, casseroles and much more.
Plow the soil a foot deep and get rid of debris. Use parasitic nematodes to prevent maggots and cutworms from destroying the crop. Plant the seeds a couple centimeters deep and several inches apart. Weed this area frequently but gently and provide them with about an inch of water every week.
P.S. Bring out that green thumb with the complete guide to composting and tips for healthy soil.
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RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread - April - 04-27-2010
Quote:A couple of weeks ago we got a barrel composter that is so much easier than trying to keep pile since it turns. There's a drip hole in the bottom for catching compost tea.
AWESOME... I've been looking at those! Our compost pile is failing... but for reasons that are obvious, and easily fixable. It's not covered, ever watered, nor do we put dirt or clippings over the top. Gotta do that this year!
Quote:Last year we got a rain barrel.Us too. We picked up two of them. I spent most of last week painting the one. The other isn't even hooked up yet. Gotta get that going also. Last year, the rain barrel water aided immensely in the garden and massively eased the water bill. If anyone out there is considering getting one.... I highly recommend it!
Quote:Herbs are easy, so you should do an herb garden. It's really cool to run outside and grab a handful of fresh herbs for whatever you're cooking.
The day you posted this.... that's what I was doing!
They are all just starting to sprout now... but I started lemon basil, and sweet basil, german thyme, rosemary, and oregano! Woo Hoo !!
Your passion flower is BEAUTIFUL Val! I don't think that I was aware that they are edible. I'd like to look up the rest of it's medicinal qualities.
Neat about the gardening club also. I'll check em out... and thanks for the tip!
Are those snow peas in photo # 2 ?
My first set of radishes will probably be ready during the week. Yours are lookin pretty nice also.
Lookin forward to seeing your pictures.... and my dog thanks you!
(04-26-2010, 06:32 AM)jack Wrote: last season my best tomatoes came up by accident in the compost pile
LOL. our compost pile yielded some accidental potatoes last year. It's kinda nice when that happens.
Quote:nice if you have a trellis in the morning sun - very easy
I've went bonkers with the flowering vines this year... trying to ensure that they will cover the chain link fence. Very cool that you haven't had to replant them Jack. I wasn't aware of that either. You should collect some of the seeds to add to the ConCen seed trading bonanza. I will too.
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread - jack - 04-28-2010
(04-27-2010, 05:02 AM)inheritor Wrote: I've went bonkers with the flowering vines this year... trying to ensure that they will cover the chain link fence. Very cool that you haven't had to replant them Jack. I wasn't aware of that either. You should collect some of the seeds to add to the ConCen seed trading bonanza. I will too.
I'm not sure if my plants are just living thru the winter or reseeding themselves but either way - they remain
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread - --- - 04-28-2010
If the Morning Glorys do start seeding anytime soon, Jack, I, for one would totally be up for trading something for a bag of seeds.
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread - Valentine - 04-29-2010
Quote:Are those snow peas in photo # 2 ?
No, they're English peas. I need to shell what we've harvested so far. They're good raw, too.
Information about Passion Flower:
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread - April - 04-29-2010
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread - Valentine - 05-01-2010
Aren't they pretty! All of our stuff is coming up now, too, and we get so excited. My son's g/f does almost all the gardening since she's currently unemployed. Today she tried using a lint roller to remove aphids, and it worked great. The eggs were another story and I forget how she got those off; I'll ask her tonight.
I've got to get her to take more pics. See, I gave her a digital camera for Christmas so I wouldn't have to figure out how to use it. I'm now realizing the downside of my laziness. I'm anxious to show you everything we've done. She just made a freaking awesome water fountain for the patio, because she had read birds are attracted to the sound of running water.
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread - Easy Skanking - 05-01-2010
(05-01-2010, 12:41 AM)Valentine Wrote: Today she tried using a lint roller to remove aphids, and it worked great. The eggs were another story and I forget how she got those off; I'll ask her tonight.
Release them into your garden and you will keep aphids out.
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread - ToddTraf - 05-01-2010
aphids are easily controlled with a hose
just be sure to shoot them off the plants and not just down them.
Back in the day I've also used diluted bong water in a sprayer when that was available to me as a effective pesticide for minor infestations of mites or aphids
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread - --- - 05-01-2010
mixing wormwood with water works, they hate that.
RE: The Official ConCen 2010 Gardening Thread - Valentine - 05-03-2010
We do have a lot of ladybugs. We keep some patches unmowed and so forth to encourage them. Will have to try bong water, lol. When she went out there yesterday she just smeared the little green devils with her thumb. I forgot to ask her what she did about the eggs.
I shelled the green peas yesterday. I had a quart bag just full, and it took awhile to get it done. Only turned out to be about a cup, but they were really tasty. I can see we need to plant a lot more of whatever we're going to be eating.