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Title: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 27, 2015, 05:35 PM
Whats growing?  I'm sure RG has tomatoes on his plants already... ;D

My cascading bleeding hearts in full bloom....

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 27, 2015, 05:38 PM
Got all of my garden raised beds in and all full of sheep poop and compost......

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 27, 2015, 05:39 PM
Time for planting.... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on May 27, 2015, 05:44 PM
Yup
Planted 3 weeks ago
Played heck covering plants these last 2 cold spells.
2 beefsteak tomato plants look a little ruff but might make it.
Wife is gonna pull them and plant 2 new ones if they don't look better by the weekend.
Raised bed
12 x 24 foot
Used 2 x 10's
I got a picture over on FB
If I get up the energy I'll copy/past to photobucket and get a pic of it here.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on May 27, 2015, 07:03 PM

       We got ours planted yesterday. ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 28, 2015, 04:28 AM
       We got ours planted yesterday. ;D

   I'm going to bring some plants home today and put them in... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 28, 2015, 04:54 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on May 28, 2015, 09:09 PM

        I take it you got your plants in this afternoon?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 29, 2015, 04:37 AM
        I take it you got your plants in this afternoon?



    Not all of them yet..  Hopefully tonight I will get it done than I have to put up the electric fence to keep the deer out...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on May 29, 2015, 04:47 AM

          That must be interesting, do you put up many wires, deer can jump quite high. ???
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 29, 2015, 05:11 AM
Only 2 wires, one about a foot and one about 4'..   Seems to work..  
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 29, 2015, 05:09 PM
Wheres RG's garden pictures??      :P :P
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on May 30, 2015, 05:31 AM
Wheres RG's garden pictures??      :P :P
               Maybe he's modest, Dom! LOL :rotflol:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 30, 2015, 11:21 AM
Been called a lot of things.....modest ain't one of them ;D

Mama's flower gardens
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Had to replace these two. They were frost victims.

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Love the raised beds Dom.
Rg


Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 31, 2015, 11:08 AM
Everything looks great on your end  Bob... :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie:
I'm going to try and get my tomato plants in today...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on May 31, 2015, 11:19 AM


  Got planted last weekend, I'll add some pics later but we took a year off due to pests and blight. After some research we decided to do a big burn right over the garden and till in the ashes, along with some Manure and Humus. 90 % planted just have to get some Zuchinni and the peas&beans in. Also Mom got me a new Cherry tree to replace the one the Jap. Beetles killed on me last summer. Don't worry, I chipped up the wood and smoked a nice free range Turkey  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on May 31, 2015, 02:38 PM
Yup
Planted 3 weeks ago
Played heck covering plants these last 2 cold spells.
2 beefsteak tomato plants look a little ruff but might make it.
Wife is gonna pull them and plant 2 new ones if they don't look better by the weekend.
Raised bed
12 x 24 foot
Used 2 x 10's
I got a picture over on FB
If I get up the energy I'll copy/past to photobucket and get a pic of it here.


Finally got this onto photobucket


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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 31, 2015, 03:40 PM
Hell of a crop of buckets there Mac. Looks to be a couple heirloom varieties mixed in ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 31, 2015, 05:47 PM

  Got planted last weekend, I'll add some pics later but we took a year off due to pests and blight. After some research we decided to do a big burn right over the garden and till in the ashes, along with some Manure and Humus. 90 % planted just have to get some Zuchinni and the peas&beans in. Also Mom got me a new Cherry tree to replace the one the Jap. Beetles killed on me last summer. Don't worry, I chipped up the wood and smoked a nice free range Turkey  ;D ;D

   Nice Eddy..  Sounds good,, ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 31, 2015, 05:48 PM
Nice Attack...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on May 31, 2015, 07:21 PM
Hell of a crop of buckets there Mac. Looks to be a couple heirloom varieties mixed in ;D

Rg


Yup Bob.

In spite of the effort, she still lost 1 tomato and 1 pepper plant.

Mac
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on May 31, 2015, 10:19 PM

Frost warning here mid peninsula. 48* right now at 11:17 pm. No garden to worry about

Freeze warning for the tip of the mitt.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 01, 2015, 03:30 PM

Yup Bob.

In spite of the effort, she still lost 1 tomato and 1 pepper plant.

Mac

Tomatoes and peppers ??? I thought you were propagating plastic beer cups ;D

That was a hard frost. I lost 2 plants is all. I'm guessing we'll still have some to eat. Gonna do a few raised beds next year. I want a strawberry patch too.

Next year.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 01, 2015, 03:37 PM
For me - it's not worth the time, $ and the effort.
But she enjoys it.

I would rather go to the farmer's market and buy what I want, when I want it.

Happy wife......happy life.

 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 01, 2015, 04:13 PM
For me - it's not worth the time, $ and the effort.
But she enjoys it.I would rather go to the farmer's market and buy what I want, when I want it.
Happy wife......happy life.8)


   As much as I love going to the farmers market there's nothing better than pickin it out of your soil or telling your wife to...    ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 01, 2015, 04:56 PM
I could garden till I drop. I love growing stuff. I've always had house plants ( most of them legal ::)).

Something about having greenery around that soothes the spirit.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 01, 2015, 06:31 PM
Something about having greenery around that soothes the spirit.


   Yup..  All of the plants I have talked to never talked back to me.. ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 01, 2015, 06:37 PM

I've always had house plants ( most of them legal ::)).

Something about having greenery around that soothes the spirit.

Rg

most?

 :w00t:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 01, 2015, 06:41 PM
most?

 :w00t:



   I knew he was an old hippie....  8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: greensider on Jun 01, 2015, 06:47 PM
our plants have been in for weeks we have flowers on our tomatoes lettuce is doing great this rain has made the plants really grow
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Jun 01, 2015, 07:28 PM


   I knew he was an old hippie....  8)
             I think we've all been there! ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 01, 2015, 08:51 PM
been?


 :rotflol:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Jun 02, 2015, 02:22 AM
been?


 :rotflol:
               Or still there, whatever the case may be! :rotflol:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 03, 2015, 01:48 AM
Brain cells are about the only thing I managed to save for retirement. Sometimes I wonder if I saved enough. Then I think...........wait..........what was I talking about ???

Anyway, flashbacks are free ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 03, 2015, 05:50 AM
Well that was a long monotonous day yesterday...
Stood there and filled 2800, 12" flower pots to plant mums in next week... Only 3200 more to go... :wacko: :wacko:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 03, 2015, 08:30 AM
A month back I planted 200 daylily tubers on the hill behind my place.
It snowed while I was planting.

The tubers were 3 days late getting to me and looked really sad and dried out when I planted them.

Lots of work for sure.

I have watered as suggested.

I was out there looking at the hill last night.

I think 8 have come up.

 :-\

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Jun 03, 2015, 09:20 AM
             I think we've all been there! ;)

Not all!! I am to old to have been a hippie.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 03, 2015, 01:16 PM
A month back I planted 200 daylily tubers on the hill behind my place.
It snowed while I was planting.

The tubers were 3 days late getting to me and looked really sad and dried out when I planted them.

Lots of work for sure.

I have watered as suggested.

I was out there looking at the hill last night.

I think 8 have come up.






OK.
I know - dumba$$!

I just ordered 225 more.
But this time I ordered 225 small plants, not tubers.
Supposed to arrive sometime between Saturday and next Tuesday.

Hey Bob - watcha doin next week?   8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 04, 2015, 03:59 AM

Hey Bob - watcha doin next week?   8)

If I had to guess, I'd say fishing ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Jun 04, 2015, 05:08 AM
I got my garden planted yesterday.

The sum and total of two rhubarb plants. We will see if I can kill these. I have killed off two plantings so far. Still working on getting the old garden spot ready for grass.

I did not see that many blossoms on my blue berries so I was surprised to see how many were actually on some of the bushes.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 04, 2015, 06:20 AM
If I had to guess, I'd say fishing ;D

Rg


the other answer would be "not working".

 :D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: SKUNK-MASTER on Jun 04, 2015, 11:57 AM
Well that was a long monotonous day yesterday...
Stood there and filled 2800, 12" flower pots to plant mums in next week... Only 3200 more to go... :wacko: :wacko:
  wow      why so many.....you sell them?????    that seems like a lot of work!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 04, 2015, 12:56 PM
The tomatoes really took off this week.
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I re-potted the two that took a hit from the frost. Wouldn't you know it .........
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Yes we have some tomatoes........we have some tomatoes today ;D
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BLT's by the end of June :w00t:

Rg


Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 04, 2015, 12:57 PM

the other answer would be "not working".

 :D

Did you have something in mind?

And ......no......I'm not helping you plant lilies .
Bob
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: SHaRPS on Jun 04, 2015, 01:17 PM
I like to go above and beyond.  ;D I am all about being self-sufficient.

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 04, 2015, 02:34 PM


And ......no......I'm not helping you plant lilies .
Bob


d**n!!

 8)


Your tomatoes look like they are doing well.
Donna's aren't quite as good, but they also took off this past week.
The warmer temps and the rain Sunday helped a lot.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 04, 2015, 04:08 PM
I gave everything a dose of go juice today. That ought to rev things up.

Good grief Sharps! You've got some garden OCD good on there! Looks like a great use of a small plot. Well done.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 04, 2015, 05:52 PM
Thats HUGE Sharps... Looks great..

   I got the rest of mine planted this afternoon and got the electric fence up....    ;D ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 04, 2015, 06:02 PM
 wow      why so many.....you sell them?????    that seems like a lot of work!!!!!!!!!


    I'm the manager of a good size nursery...    ;)
Here is an aerial shot from a few years ago,,  Two of the green houses are now twice as long as they are in the picture..
You can still see some mums in the fields...
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bartman44 on Jun 04, 2015, 06:24 PM
Nice greens everyone. Here's mine, making the most of a small space. Off to a good start as I have no groundhogs to deal with this year.

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 04, 2015, 06:31 PM
Looks great Bart...  My problem is the deer..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 04, 2015, 07:13 PM
A couple more pictures...

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 04, 2015, 07:29 PM

   I got the rest of mine planted this afternoon and got the electric fence up....    ;D ;D



Keep out the neighborhood kids?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 04, 2015, 07:30 PM

I gave everything a dose of go juice today. That ought to rev things up.



Ditto Bob.
Just finished.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 04, 2015, 07:34 PM
Hey Dom, what are the dimensions of your raised beds? Did you till below them?

Nice patch Bart!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 04, 2015, 07:43 PM
The beds are 4' x 8' x 10 inches tall..
I just placed them on the green house fabric I already had down that I had holes in  to put my plants..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Yachtzy on Jun 04, 2015, 08:26 PM
 Grapes and strawberries showing up, the birds must be eyeing them up and licking their chops! I got spoiled by the farm stand a 1/4" mile from my house, no garden planted this year for me.(https://www.myfishfinder.com/fishing_forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1060.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Ft458%2Fchrisfishd%2F20150604_185200_zpswdfm4zij.jpg&hash=7ef77ccee189f6ba97100ec5e9678fde) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisfishd/media/20150604_185200_zpswdfm4zij.jpg.html)(https://www.myfishfinder.com/fishing_forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1060.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Ft458%2Fchrisfishd%2F20150604_184612-1_zpsbhx9ht6a.jpg&hash=fa81e49bc7d374cd4570c34c5e419536) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisfishd/media/20150604_184612-1_zpsbhx9ht6a.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 05, 2015, 04:34 AM
Going to be a good year for berries Chris...   The raspberries and black caps in the woods are loaded.... :clapping: :clapping:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: SHaRPS on Jun 05, 2015, 08:49 AM
Thank you rgfixit and Raquettedacker! I put A LOT of time into my garden for sure. Its nice to have whatever you want fresh and basically free. What I don't use I give away and/or blanch, freeze, or dry for winter use. I also have a bunch of fruit trees and berries. I have been picking strawberries for a few days already and the cherries will be ready tomorrow.

Nice gardens everyone!

I wish I had a deer "problem".  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 05, 2015, 09:11 AM
Going to be a good year for berries Chris...   The raspberries and black caps in the woods are loaded.... :clapping: :clapping:
Hiking home from the river this morning I noticed the wild strawberries are ripe and ready for picking.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 05, 2015, 09:16 PM
I wish I had a deer "problem".  ;D

    No you don't..  One after noon you are watering and the next morning there are no flowers left on your squash, cucumbers, pumpkins and other plants... ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 06, 2015, 02:41 AM
My neighbor planted her garden a couple weeks ago to find 1/3 of her crop eaten by the deer the next day. She hung bars of soap on the fence posts all around the plot and claims she's had no further problem.

There's one guy in the village who has a 10' high wire fence around his garden. Kinda has that prison camp look. When I expand I'll do a fence charger.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 06, 2015, 06:01 AM
A friend of mine has an orchard and he says hanging dryer sheets on his trees work well to repell deer....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 06, 2015, 06:31 AM
I put out a tray of seed for  the birds the other day. It was mopped clean by morning. I took most of my feeders down for the summer. You'd think they'd have enough to eat this time of year without raising my bird food.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Jun 06, 2015, 07:32 AM
The fruit farmers use bounce dryer sheets or Irish spring mini soap bars to keep the deer away from young fruit trees. At one time they collected the hair from barber and beauty shops, put it in small bags and hung it on the trees.

There are more and more orchards being 10 foot fenced all the time. Some guy developed a driver that will drive sharpened wood posts in the ground that are long enough to hold the 10 foot fence plus what is in the ground. I am waiting for a few deer to jump into my friends orchard that has 5 foot fence to keep the snowmobiles out. I think his grandson will enjoy chasing them around with his quad until he can force them to jump back out.

There is a law in Michigan about how high of a fence you can put up with out getting a permit (farmers are exempt) . I think it is  like 52 inches. This is to keep people from having high fence deer enclosures.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 06, 2015, 08:32 AM
   No you don't..  One after noon you are watering and the next morning there are no flowers left on your squash, cucumbers, pumpkins and other plants... ;D ;D ;D
Perhaps if you didn't Drobs them :)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: jperch on Jun 06, 2015, 09:08 AM
I went to school at PSU where they did a lot of research on deer.  One big project was to look at different systems to keep deer out of their ag fields.  They had high fences, horns attached to motion sensors, various repellants.  I spoke with some of the farmers where this research was going on.  They showed me where the deer had dug under the high fences.  The horns would only work for a while, then the deer would just ignore them.  Basically, they are very adaptable.  I guess that is why they have been such a successful animal.  A local orchard used trained dogs, malmutes I believe.  They had the radio collars on.  According to the farmer it was effective.  The orchard was on my jogging route and I would occasionally see a deer carcass.  I know he used to travel around and speak about his system.  I noticed recently that he no longer uses the dogs, perhaps it is too expensive.  jperch
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 06, 2015, 05:14 PM
Bullets are probably cheaper. But, my neighbors would probably get testy if I touched off the 7mm-08 Encore at 4am.  :-\  These village folk have no sense of humor whatsoever.


Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 06, 2015, 05:34 PM
Perhaps if you didn't Drobs them :)


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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: jperch on Jun 06, 2015, 05:59 PM
Yes, bullets are cheaper.  On the other hand there are times when deer and gardens interact well together.  Venison stew for example, which is tonight's dinner!  jperch
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 06, 2015, 09:12 PM

                :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 07, 2015, 09:01 AM
Deer can be a problem but I can't stand crows! They can strip  a row of young plants coming through the ground before you're even out of bed in the morning. Pull up the sprout to eat just the seed! They are my nemesis. My motto is DEAD CROWS DON'T EAT CORN!  >:(
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 08, 2015, 06:55 PM
Donna's garden sprouted very nicely over this past weekend.
Shooting a bit of Rapid Grow in there did the trick.
I'll give them another shot Thursday night before we head out to the lake.


OK Bob - you're off the hook.
Donna helped me plant those 225 daylillies on that d a m n hill tonight.
Rewarded her with a green olive and onion pizza.
That's her 2nd favorite pie.

But thanks for offering to help anyway Bob.
 ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 09, 2015, 05:18 PM
You didn't say you'd feed me. Green olive and onion..........I'm in for that.

What's her favorite pie?

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 09, 2015, 07:01 PM
You didn't say you'd feed me. Green olive and onion..........I'm in for that.

What's her favorite pie?

Rg


ME!

(honeypie)

 ;D


Not!

She like white pizzas.
The Greek Chicken she really likes.
She's a wappaho.

 ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 10, 2015, 01:53 PM
 :sick:

The Greek sounds good though ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 13, 2015, 05:28 PM
Well 3 weeks later..... ;D
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Love that Miracle Grow ;D

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 16, 2015, 03:11 PM
The rain may be a little stinky for fishing, but it's got my "freezer" garden happy.
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Garlic, 3 rows of tomatoes, cabbage (from seed), broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, 2 rows of peppers, plum tomatoes, and 4 hills green pole beans (from seed) with the asparagus patch at the far end.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 16, 2015, 04:08 PM
And our "winter" garden is coming along, too.
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Peas, cukes, carrots, zucchini, summer squash, cantaloupe, onions, winter squash, white potatoes, russets/ sweet potatoes, and 3 seperate plantings of sweet corn and pumpkins (3 week stagger).  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 16, 2015, 05:56 PM
d**n man! That's quite a garden. I'm very impressed :clapping:

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 16, 2015, 07:17 PM
Thanks. Just for reference, the rows in the big garden are 70'.  It takes a little work, but its worth it. We don't buy veggies, we put out a little roadside self-service stand that just about breaks us even, and we donate a bunch to the local food pantry.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 17, 2015, 06:11 PM
I can see that it's a lot of work there. Nice work though. Can't wait till next year. The garden is gonna expand ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 18, 2015, 07:46 AM
The smaller garden is relatively easy to maintain. My secret is a Garden Weasel. http://www.gardenweasel.com (http://www.gardenweasel.com/)
I pull the head off the roof rake and a Garden Weasel head snaps on the aluminum pole like it was meant to. It stays that way for the growing season. I can reach/ work the whole garden from one side or the other without having to "get in". Only takes about half an hour or less after a rain to do the whole garden.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Jun 18, 2015, 08:14 AM
The smaller garden is relatively easy to maintain. My secret is a Garden Weasel. http://www.gardenweasel.com (http://www.gardenweasel.com/)
I pull the head off the roof rake and a Garden Weasel head snaps on the aluminum pole like it was meant to. It stays that way for the growing season. I can reach/ work the whole garden from one side or the other without having to "get in". Only takes about half an hour or less after a rain to do the whole garden.  ;D
             I have a garden Weasel also, but I also have a small Troy Built garden tiller that my fiance can use to do between rows then she can use the
              Weasel between plants.
        
             My Garden, it's not real big and we got a late start
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               My tiller
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 18, 2015, 09:31 AM

              
 My tiller
 

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I rent one of these from the local Home Depot in the spring and also in the Fall before covering the garden with heavy black plastic sheet.
Rental is $40 for the day but I rarely have it more than 3 hrs and I even use it on my neighbor's to help him out here and there.
I looked at buying one, and they really aren't a ton of bucks, but with renting I don't have to store it or maintain it.
Still, it would be nice to have my own.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 18, 2015, 09:39 AM
I've got a rototiller too, and I give it a good tilling and mix in some new manure and peat in the spring as well, but once it's planted it's a pain getting the tiller in, out, and around because it's a raised bed (telephone poles).  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Jun 18, 2015, 01:11 PM

I rent one of these from the local Home Depot in the spring and also in the Fall before covering the garden with heavy black plastic sheet.
Rental is $40 for the day but I rarely have it more than 3 hrs and I even use it on my neighbor's to help him out here and there.
I looked at buying one, and they really aren't a ton of bucks, but with renting I don't have to store it or maintain it.
Still, it would be nice to have my own.
                For me it was better to buy, first I live 30 miles from a rental place, then I have 3 sons who also use it, so it paid to buy.   
                They really don't take up much room.
I've got a rototiller too, and I give it a good tilling and mix in some new manure and peat in the spring as well, but once it's planted it's a pain getting the tiller in, out, and around because it's a raised bed (telephone poles).  ;D
             You probably have a bigger tiller, this one I can pick up with one hand, my daughter-in-law uses it their raised bed.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 19, 2015, 06:42 PM
Question........ How much do you have to do to remove rocks and such before tilling new soil?

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Jun 19, 2015, 06:59 PM

          Depends on the size of the rocks. My first garden some 35 years ago, I plowed with my tractor, I had to pull rocks out by hand, they
          were good sized rocks. Some weighed 20 to 30 lbs. smaller rocks we raked out. Rocks have the tendency to grow every year, the frost
          brings them to the surface. Our garden then was about 1.5 acres.

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 20, 2015, 06:05 PM
I'm guessing I'm going to end up turning over the new area by hand. I'll peck away at it this fall and get it set for spring.

It's going to be about 16x24 to start ;D

The plantings seem to get bigger each year with me. I'm going to need to set up rainwater collection. My water bills are high enough.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Jun 20, 2015, 07:43 PM
The plantings seem to get bigger each year with me. I'm going to need to set up rainwater collection. My water bills are high enough.

Rg


That might work this year but as my buddy found out a lot of years it does not work. We guttered his pole barn into a 1000 gallon tank to get spray water for his asparagus field. He got just enough water in the tank to grow skeeters. Nothing like a dry summer to burst your bubble.

I guess since you retired you have a lot of time to kill. A 16 X 24 area will take a lot of spades full to turn over let alone make it plantable. ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 20, 2015, 07:50 PM
My small garden is basically on shale. I laid the phone pole border, removed the sod, laid down  garden fabric and hauled in top soil and manure 70/30 to fill. That was 12 years ago and it still doesn't have any substantial weed problem.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 20, 2015, 08:02 PM
16 x 28 is what mine is. I water only the plants when I have to. Water at dusk. It's still moist in the morning. Once a week Miracle Grow except peppers. NEVER FEED PEPPERS. You'll get awesome bush but no fruit.
   Any way, you can pull it through a drought on 5 gal/ day.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 20, 2015, 08:18 PM
The rain may be a little stinky for fishing, but it's got my "freezer" garden happy.Garlic, 3 rows of tomatoes, cabbage (from seed), broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, 2 rows of peppers, plum tomatoes, and 4 hills green pole beans (from seed) with the asparagus patch at the far end.  ;D


That looks awesome mister...

I'm sorry I have been slacking on this thread.
Busy planting mums at work .
Garden looks great and so do the tomato's and peppers. Will post some pictures soon..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 20, 2015, 08:30 PM
And dont water in the evening and dont use that M grow stuff......... ;) ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 20, 2015, 08:38 PM
Lol. I grew up watering in the evening.  ;D ;D ;D

And then we went and jumped in the lake before we went trolling for girls.  ;D  ;D ;D Those were the days..........
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 20, 2015, 08:44 PM
Lol. I grew up watering in the evening.  ;D ;D ;D

And then we went and jumped in the lake before we went trolling for girls.  ;D  ;D ;D Those were the days..........
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 21, 2015, 06:14 AM
 :rotflol: :rotflol: :rotflol:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 21, 2015, 06:16 AM
Been picking tomatoes and peppers for a week now...

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Jun 21, 2015, 06:48 AM

         Good for you Dom, nice looking veggies! :flex:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 22, 2015, 09:52 AM

That might work this year but as my buddy found out a lot of years it does not work. We guttered his pole barn into a 1000 gallon tank to get spray water for his asparagus field. He got just enough water in the tank to grow skeeters. Nothing like a dry summer to burst your bubble.

I guess since you retired you have a lot of time to kill. A 16 X 24 area will take a lot of spades full to turn over let alone make it plantable. ;D

Yeah, I just weed whacked it. The tiger lilies are thick around the edge. They're gonna be a pain. I'll probably transplant some as a border against the back of the garage. I have access to a couple of tillers a small one and a big boy. Personally, I think a little backhoe for a day would be the answer :-\

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 22, 2015, 10:47 AM

Personally, I think a little backhoe for a day would be the answer :-\

Rg


Not to mention, a lot of fun.

 ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 22, 2015, 10:54 AM
Been picking tomatoes and peppers for a week now...
That looks like a fresh salsa to me!..... mmmmm  :thumbup_smilie:  :thumbup_smilie:  :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Yachtzy on Jun 22, 2015, 02:09 PM
To all, any secrets you can share with the green peppers? They are my favorite, but yet i can't seem to harvest any. I have bought plants before with them already on it but they would never produce for me. Wrong PH, too much water, too much sun??? I'm not sure. Meanwhile,  same garden, I would have so many cukes and tomatoes that I could have opened a roadside stand. Also I never fertilized, I figured I'd go all natural, used as much rainwater that I could collect also. I got so fed up that I go to the farmer's stand down the street now.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Jun 22, 2015, 04:52 PM

         Deer hit my garden last night, so now there is a fence around it, I would have liked to have put an electric fence up but I'm kind
         of strapped with my upcoming wedding. ???
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 22, 2015, 09:36 PM
         Deer hit my garden last night, so now there is a fence around it, I would have liked to have put an electric fence up but I'm kind
         of strapped with my upcoming wedding. ???
Stop by the barber shop and ask for a day's floor sweepings. Spread them around the edge of your garden. The deer won't like the smell.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jun 22, 2015, 09:47 PM
got 4-5 boxes for plants

box 1 has raspberries in it .

box 2 has tomato's  like brandy wine, beef stake etc..etc.. what ever we could find  
pepper it has habenaro pepper, Cayenne peppers, green peppers , green chili peppers ,
 
box 3  has cherry tomato's and some strawberries.

box 4 strawberries  and more tomato's

 box 5 has sun flowers in it

 some years the peppers come up other not so much we usually get a ton of habenaro's  ,tomatos and cucumbers  

gave up on zucchini and cucumbers cause of the Japanese beetles there not a poison strong enough for them that won't harm humans... if you plant zucchini try to make some zucchini bread with them if you like cucumbers try a cucumber salad with vinegar and onions if you need the recipe just p.m. me there all over the web..  



    

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 22, 2015, 09:56 PM
To all, any secrets you can share with the green peppers? They are my favorite, but yet i can't seem to harvest any. I have bought plants before with them already on it but they would never produce for me. Wrong PH, too much water, too much sun??? ......
When you think of peppers, think of Mexico or the southwest. Hot, dry, sandy, acid soil. Peppers can't get too much sun. Keep the soil moist. Don't over water. Think Mexico.   8) It sounds like your soil may be nitrogen rich. Nitrogen makes pepper plants beautiful but inhibits fruit. You can buy a cheap test kit to be sure, but I would probably 1. sow some cabbage seeds around your pepper plants (cabbage will suck the nitrogen out of the soil) and 2. sprinkle some Epsom Salts around your peppers. The epsom will provide magnesium and sulphur,  which peppers also need to produce fruit. This should help. Good luck...   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jun 23, 2015, 12:20 AM
fishnmachine good pointers for the guy...

here is another good read too about peppers .....


Make sure the soil is right before you transplant pepper seedlings.

From large, sweet bell peppers to hot jalapenos, green peppers (Capsicum annuum) stimulate endorphin rushes in the human brain because of their mild to extremely hot spice sensations -- your body is trying to cool off and relieve the pain. To successfully grow these warm-season vegetables, you must have well-maintained soil with specific properties.




Soil Texture and Amendment
Because green peppers have shallow roots, you must create a loose soil texture so the roots can spread easily. Green peppers are usually grown as annuals in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 and lower, but as perennials in USDA zones 9 through 11. Amend your soil with compost before sowing seeds or transplanting pepper plants. Using a pH meter, confirm your soil has a moderate to slightly acidic pH range of 5.8 to 6.5. If your soil is lower than 5.8, spread lime on the ground to increase your pH. For example, add 7.5 pounds of lime to 100 square feet to change a 5.5 value to 6.5. Use 2 pounds of sulfur for every 100 square feet on soils that have a pH higher than 6.5 to lower the original value by 1. Preparing your soil before planting helps your green peppers flourish.


Fertilizing
Whether you sow seeds or transplant pepper plants into the soil, you need a starter fertilizer tilled into the ground before planting. The best starter fertilizer has a slightly higher ratio of phosphorus and potassium compared to nitrogen, such as 5-10-10. Add 3 pounds for every 100 square feet for the best coverage. Both phosphorus and potassium are critical for germination and initial seedling growth -- excessive nitrogen in the beginning creates bushy plants with barely any fruit set. Once your green peppers become established and have fruits, apply a balanced fertilizer for basic soil maintenance. Spread 2 pounds of fertilizer for every 100 square feet along the sides of your green pepper plants to enhance growth. Check the product's label, as instructions vary by brand.



Soil Temperature
Green peppers are extremely sensitive to temperature swings. For example, cool weather below 60 degrees Fahrenheit causes failed fruit development. Temperatures above 90 F also harm fruit set. Your soil needs to have a temperature above 75 F for proper germination -- a warm day is directly related to the soil's temperature. To keep the soil warm, spread black plastic across your soil with holes for growing pepper sprouts. Transplanted plants also need warm air temperatures of at least 65 to 70 F during the day and no lower than 60 F at night. Maintaining the correct soil temperature range contributes to high fruit yields.


Watering
Keep your soil moist, but not soggy, for strong fruit and foliage development. Pair your green pepper plants together as you plant the others 18 to 24 inches apart. This pairing strategy hinders the sunscalding process -- they shade one another from the harsh sun. You also save time and money because your watering sessions are more confined to one area as you water each pair. Spread a 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch around the green peppers as well to retain as much moisture as possible, especially on hot or windy days.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Jun 23, 2015, 06:11 AM
Stop by the barber shop and ask for a day's floor sweepings. Spread them around the edge of your garden. The deer won't like the smell.  ;D

Hanging  bounce sheets or Irish spring mini bars along the perimeter should also help. These are the two things that our fruit famers use to keep deer from eating new trees
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Yachtzy on Jun 23, 2015, 08:28 AM
Thank you fishnmachine and boondox, some good advice, I appreciate it.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jun 23, 2015, 11:23 AM
@ the guys thinking about the deer problems:
 
buddy of mine lives in the city lot of deer around him in farmington hills, michigan. any how he has a problem and a solution for the deer the problem is the deer do not fear human sent as much in that area county/city area around detroit any how the solution to his problem was making the garden a certain size like 3.5 to 4 foot wide buy 10 foot long the deer could not  jump the fence he put up for some reason? any bigger   they jump the fence. like 8 x 10 they jump it  mite want to try chicken coupe wire and steel fence posts make small sectioned areas so the deer cant hop the fence.. any how you could always add the electric fence after words to the fence post if needed... but i don't suggest it... i used 4 fence post along the 10 foot side and three along the 4 foot side  i think they just fear landing on a steel fence post is why they don't jump that fence...    he has three areas that size same set up and he even grows some good garlic  to boot same with pickled beats he makes... he has a big lot land of gardening like 400 x 200 feet land lot...  any how he could do more just does not need it...   

there a 72 inch t post fence post he uses leave about 5 foot above soil and use chicken coupe wire for the fencing around it at about 5 foot high ... any way there is no hunting in farmington  of we already would have lol's
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jun 23, 2015, 12:59 PM
picture of the raspberry box taking off real good even got soem beries starting to pop in the second picture..

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picture of the peppers which are yellow from to much rain i guessing  and the tomato's which are just starting to take off?

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cucumber plants  and some lettuces plant we have been doing wrong for year always time to try lettuces..and learn some thing new...
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last but not least a few more tomato plants and  strawberry pants  are in the orange flower pot ...
   
 
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 24, 2015, 05:39 AM
Looks great Boon but the worst thing to use in a garden is wood mulch.
It wont let the soil "breath" and will house all those bugs you mentioned...
Your better off with a weed block fabric and plant in that..  JMO...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 24, 2015, 05:58 AM
And the best all round insecticide to use is Rotenone Dust..  Safe and natural...
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotenone (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotenone)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 24, 2015, 06:12 AM
Looks great Boon but the worst thing to use in a garden is wood mulch.
It wont let the soil "breath" and will house all those bugs you mentioned...
Your better off with a weed block fabric and plant in that..  JMO...

Now you tell me :-\

WelL next year's veggie garden will be mulch free ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Jun 24, 2015, 07:34 AM

           My pepper plants don't seem to be growing very well, I read that peppers like the same soil conditions as tomatoes.
           My tomatoes are doing great, so how come the peppers aren't, may it's not been hot enough? Any suggestions.
 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 24, 2015, 07:57 AM
I think heat is a lot of it. Peppers like 80 and above. We haven't had a lot of that, and next week is 70's, too (which I like  ;D) . All good things in time....  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jun 24, 2015, 10:19 AM
Looks great Boon but the worst thing to use in a garden is wood mulch.
It wont let the soil "breath" and will house all those bugs you mentioned...
Your better off with a weed block fabric and plant in that..  JMO...

we got sta-green landscape fabric under the wood chips second year of it and they did great last year ?  i think those are ceder chips "which will keep bug the heck away"  "but not sure will have to look in a minute" plus they got a weed preventive on the chips them self's  which we were having a hard time with weeds the last 5 years we did the garden is why we did what we did.. that is why it looks so plain instead of looking like the raspberry boxes  instead of raspberries they were weeds lol's... but ya i got to check the ph of the pepper soil reason being that could make them yellow or all this d**n rain we have had for the   last four night solid rain  after Sunday a solid week of rain there calling for  ::)  so that why i assume there over watered but don't want to rule out the ph..


@black ice: don't be to concerned about the pepper plants last year ours were twice as big as these ones  we have not had a lot of 80"S+ yet  around here so and ton of rain flooding type rains.....  if there good pepper plant they wont be that big but will yield a ton of fruit.. our usually are full of fruit's buy September... 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 24, 2015, 10:33 AM
we got sta-green landscape fabric under the wood chips second year of it and they did great last year ?  i think those are ceder chips "which will keep bug the heck away"  "but not sure will have to look in a minute" plus they got a weed preventive on the chips them self's  .....
No offense at all, but you're eating that.  IMO only, fine for flower beds, but I don't want it in my salad...   :-\
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jun 24, 2015, 02:11 PM

no offence taken hope none given:
your right no mater what you get cancer causing pesticides in your tomato's  and veggies why stop now lol's these are safer then those used in mexico or south america hopefully!!  why be a worry wart is how i look at it.... if it's my time it my time .. lol's but you are right any kind of herbicides and pesticides can cause cancer... and should not be eaten... same with chemical plant foods.....i guess the plant food is better then e-coli  from getting veggies from mexico or south america lol's they just squat in the field next to the tomato's  don't know what would be worst lol's e coli or cancer but  that up to the person and there preference you did bring up a good point about the chemicals.... now for those that use manures hope it was dry manure before you used it ;D talk about e-coli problems...       
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 24, 2015, 07:24 PM
90% of the time, we're our own worst enemies :-\

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 29, 2015, 06:49 AM
No watering today...      ;D     ::)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 29, 2015, 05:05 PM
Lol! Or for the rest of the week for that matter.  :-\
An inch plus yesterday and .35" today... more tomorrow and Wednesday,  that'll get us through until Saturday's storms.  ::)
I don't see three dry days in a row so I can mow and bale hay.  ???
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: greensider on Jun 29, 2015, 07:08 PM
the rain has been rough on my tomato plants i am just getting tomatoes  peppers are doing good cucumbers are great been picking them for 2 weeks now melons are close to hardball size
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: greensider on Jun 30, 2015, 04:58 AM
does any one use fish or fish scrapes in there garden to fertilize it
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Jun 30, 2015, 07:09 AM
I did ONCE!

Skunk dug them all up including the plants. If I burry them now I use a post hole digger and put them down a couple of feet. The other night the dogs were barking at some thing so I got my big flash light. There was a skunk about 50 feet from the dog run.

I accidently caught one by the front foot in a trap set for a chipmunk a couple years ago. I thought the gal coming down the road was going to drive into the woods when she saw carrying the skunk by the trap chain with my old trapping hook to the woods across the road to dispatch it.

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 30, 2015, 05:31 PM
I can relate Tom. Last year I built and set this trap to get the chipmonks and squirrels that were digging up my garden.

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He was remarkably calm. I covered him with a tarp and picked the trap up with a pitchfork. We took a ride to the woods. The real trick was how to release him without an unpleasant result. I took a stick and lifted the door but he didn't want to leave so I had to get another stick and poke him in the hind quarters. He turned around and ambled away none the worse for wear.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 01, 2015, 07:57 PM
I did ONCE!

Skunk dug them all up including the plants. If I burry them now I use a post hole digger and put them down a couple of feet. The other night the dogs were barking at some thing so I got my big flash light. There was a skunk about 50 feet from the dog run.

I accidently caught one by the front foot in a trap set for a chipmunk a couple years ago. I thought the gal coming down the road was going to drive into the woods when she saw carrying the skunk by the trap chain with my old trapping hook to the woods across the road to dispatch it.




if having problems with chipmunks try a bucket half full of water sprinkle sunflower seed to cover the whole surface of the bucket then make a ramp for the chipmunks to walk up to the bucket... make a trail of seed up the ramp to the  bucket... check every few day adding seeds.. sooner or later that bucket will have one in it... had a bunch of nuisance  ground squirrels chewing stuff up in my car mainly nest in wiring  so we did it and they drowned them self's ..no need for poisons or guns there ... any how make the bucket look like it is full of seeds they will climb ion and wont be able to touch bottom thinking it's full of seeds... 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Jul 02, 2015, 07:30 AM
I have plenty of  skunk stories from trapping for years.

I have not seen any chipmunks since spring. (the sound you hear is me knocking on wood, my head).

A couple years ago I had an orange bag of pop corn hanging from the bottom cord of a truss in the garage. I went in the garage and there was a chipmunk up on the bag filling it's cheeks with pop corn. That is why I dismantle my Kenai instead of hanging it from the trusses. Mice can climb and living in the woods makes for to many mice to take a chance.

Added----On the way home from the doctor I saw a pretty fresh road kill skunk. I think it was the first one that go run over on the rear end. Dang that scent clears out the sinuses. I know you will think I am nutz, but so be it as I probably am, as I actually do not mind the smell of skunk. It smells better than coyotes or possums.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 07, 2015, 08:13 PM
After watering plants all day at work I came home and watered in the evening... :P :P :P :P :P
Didn't have time this morning.. I wanted to get the greenhouses watered at least once before it got hot.... Afternoon watering was brutal in there..  Drinking 2 gallons of water I'm pretty sure I sweet out all the beer from the weekend... ;D ;D
My garden looks pretty good. Peppers look great.. Not a lot of tomatoes yet but the plants look great.. To much nitrogen from the fresh sheep poop....

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jul 07, 2015, 10:04 PM
Looking good, Dom.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 08, 2015, 05:32 AM
Thanks.... :D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 08, 2015, 04:24 PM
Really nice garden Dom!

My tomato trees are going crazy.
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Plenty of fruit on them. Just taking their sweet old time getting ripe.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 08, 2015, 07:00 PM
Thanks Bob..  Your tomato plants look great... Thats a great spot, bet they get a lot of heat off the house...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 09, 2015, 02:52 AM
Yup, south wall ;D

I'm all set to expand the garden next year. The back wall of the garage is also south facing. A friend of mine has a Woods tiller for his tractor. He said he'll turn the garden over for me. This thing will till down 12" in a 60" swath.

Should be a lot of fun.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 12, 2015, 03:53 PM
Picked a bunch of cucumbers today... Steaks on the grill, salt potatoes and cucumber, tomato and pepper salad tonight.. ;D ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 13, 2015, 03:05 AM
I'm jealous Dom!

I've been rethinking my garden plan for next year. I really like the raised bed idea. So, I think I'm going to start off with 2 4x8 beds and go from there. I'll have to get the soil mixed though. I was thinking I'd rent a small cement mixer. Come up with a soil ratio and mix it that way.

You'll have to school me on an appropriate mix.

Did you guys use pressure treated wood for the beds?

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 13, 2015, 06:45 AM
I'm jealous Dom!

I've been rethinking my garden plan for next year. I really like the raised bed idea. So, I think I'm going to start off with 2 4x8 beds and go from there. I'll have to get the soil mixed though. I was thinking I'd rent a small cement mixer. Come up with a soil ratio and mix it that way.

You'll have to school me on an appropriate mix.

Did you guys use pressure treated wood for the beds?

Rg

Yep treated wood here.. held togather by coated screws so ghey dont rust out as quick ...  might want to consider a black plastic cover to keep weeds out or to a minimum... so your not doing it three times a year spring ,middle of summer ,and fall... like we use to do here cause we used top soil from a composter that sells compost. Any how there is lots of weeds seeds in it just a heads up. You should just get a 55 galon drum and make a wood base you can spin it on... there are ideas for sturdy ones ..I would not suggest one with a lot oh holes in it either just a small vent...

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 13, 2015, 01:07 PM
You can use presser treated wood if you want.... :sick: :sick:
I don't take to kindly to arsenic in my fresh vegetables...             http://www.finegardening.com/does-pressure-treated-wood-belong-your-garden (http://www.finegardening.com/does-pressure-treated-wood-belong-your-garden)
This old hippy doesn't even use chemical fertilizer (miracle grow) or round-up at all...
My soil consists of sheep poop, compost and vermiculite....  Our wast management will fill my truck with compost for $15 and I started a big pile of it a few years ago so I'm using stuff 3 years or older....  Sheep poop I get for free and have a big pile of that also composting.....
As far as weeding I don't think I spend that much time at all.. If I'm in the garden and see some weeds I pull them out......
And 2"x10"x8' pine is all you need..  3 to make one box 4'x8'.
And use the galvanized 4" screws....
Now this is just my opinion....    ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 13, 2015, 02:24 PM
Do you guys ever listen to your local NPR radio? Great show at 7am Sat and Sun.... You bet your garden..... ;D ;D
     http://whyy.org/cms/youbetyourgarden/ (http://whyy.org/cms/youbetyourgarden/)

  Go to here under raised beds..

   http://www.gardensalive.com/category/you_bet_your_garden (http://www.gardensalive.com/category/you_bet_your_garden)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 13, 2015, 04:13 PM
It is a no no :nono: :nono: to use fresh poop in the garden check it out before you try it...you can get real sick from using wet fresh manure. ..  tons of ways we can make our self sick including miracle gro.. and pressure treated lumber...so why worry so much?  Lol's.  .....if your going to do it your going to do it.... just like if it is my time it's my time to go...
 Lol's


http://www.homegrownfun.com/how-to-use-manure-in-the-vegetable-garden-chicken-horse-cow/

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 13, 2015, 04:27 PM
  Our wast management will fill my truck with compost for $15 and I started a big pile of it a few years ago so I'm using stuff 3 years or older....      Sheep poop I get for free and have a big pile of that also composting...
 


       ;D ;D
Not fresh......
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 13, 2015, 05:32 PM
I can get rough sawn hemlock and cedar from a couple of sawmills I know. I think that's the way to go.  Full 2x10 ought to last a good long time. Just thought I'd ask.

I was thinking I could get a delivery of screened topsoil and mix it with vermiculite and some good compost. If I set it this Fall, I can work it again in the spring and add compost to it.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 13, 2015, 06:06 PM
That sounds great Bob..   If you can put down a couple of layers of cardboard under the beds... ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 13, 2015, 06:33 PM
I thought you said fresh poop is why I say it...any kind of wet poop carries bacteria and viruses so keep it in mind. Most links suggest it to be dried out completely before use..

Oh ya Rg if you can not get enough card board try toys-r-us... they give it away some times... like boxes used for baby dippers etc...

Also just checked the garden got a ton of unripe grape and beef steak tamato's I will get a picture of later this week hopefully ripe...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jul 13, 2015, 07:32 PM
I can get rough sawn hemlock and cedar from a couple of sawmills I know. I think that's the way to go.  Full 2x10 ought to last a good long time. Just thought I'd ask.

I was thinking I could get a delivery of screened topsoil and mix it with vermiculite and some good compost. If I set it this Fall, I can work it again in the spring and add compost to it.

Rg


I till manure into mine in the Fall Bob.
Then cover it for the winter with black plastic.
On the warmer days it gets real hot underneath it.
And I read that it kills any residual seeds.
Not sure if I buy into that, but it really does help to rot the weeds I chopped up when tilling.
The plastic is relatively cheap and goes down easy with a staple gun.
I bought a 120VAC staple gun.
Use it to fix the rabbit fence to the 2 x 10's for the summer too.
Raised bed is the way to go.
Unless you got land...........and a tractor.

 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 14, 2015, 03:20 AM
I can get 4 mil black plastic for free and I was thinking of that. My hoarder friend has a few rolls  ::)

Work it this fall and cover it til spring. Why cardboard under the bed Dom?

Also, you use no plant foods other than compost? I've been thinking about setting up a compost bin. Great for growing red worms too ;D
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 14, 2015, 05:41 AM
The cardboard will kill the weeds and hold moisture in the bed.....
Just compost and compost tea to feed my plants...   ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jul 14, 2015, 06:19 AM
I have a rotating compost drum that works, but I don't do it as often as I should.
I should rake the grass clippings............right.
 ::)

Dom is right Bob.
Compost and compost tea is the best.
I should do and use more, but I don't.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 14, 2015, 12:38 PM
Attack your better off with shredded leafs... In the fall when I see people putting out big clear plastic bags of leafs I always stop and get them and mulch them up with my mower...I have mostly pine trees on my property so not enough leafs... Leave the grass clippings on the lawn..  They contain a lot of nitrogen and its better for the lawn and  non fruit bearing plants....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 14, 2015, 01:46 PM
Compost tea?

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jul 14, 2015, 02:41 PM
Compost tea?

Rg

The water that drains off the compost.
Great to use for watering plants.
Nutrient richened water.

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 14, 2015, 02:50 PM
Bob I have made a lot of these over the years..     
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzGaXMVmsUo)  Work great but I use black pipe and fittings for the center rod and turning handle...

Once its full of compost you can put a couple buckets under it and spray the hose in the top and what drains out is compost tea.... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 14, 2015, 04:23 PM
I sure appreciate the advice guys.

I get the idea, thanks Dom. Something tells me I can put one of those together  ;D

So, what you're saying is too much green leafy matter equals too much nitrogen for fruit bearing plants. What about every day waste like veggies that didn't make it or fruit gone bad?


Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jul 14, 2015, 06:11 PM


What about every day waste like veggies that didn't make it or fruit gone bad?


Rg


Yup.

Anything that rots.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 14, 2015, 06:31 PM
If you got a barrel for composting in the shade I will add a dozen night crawlers they help break Down the compost and aerate the soil....most of the time my worms die off in the winter cause they can't get below the frost line under ground...so I add some every spring...when I was doing composting. Barrel rusted out and never bought a new one. If your going to make a barrel composting set up get a plastic barrel they work a lot better then steel ones..all you need is two vents one top one bottom when you tumble the compost one vent stays up...seen some one used old kids roller skates to get it to rotate and some wood to Mount it all to... any how heat helps brake down the compost if it too hot don't use worms to aerate the compost cause to much heat will kill them....  you can even add a few fish carcasses in the barrel the worms will eat them and the droppings are good for gardening. By the way vents are for methane build up so it does not happen.. etc etc etc....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jul 14, 2015, 09:29 PM
The composting happens way quicker out in the heat of the sun.
Also, a dark, or black, drum works best because it attracts the heat better.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 15, 2015, 02:28 AM
Well I have a plan in my brain for a tumbler to start with. Drums are easy to come by, rollers are no problem, frame is not an issue. Everything I'm reading says partial sun. Have to keep thinking on that one.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jul 15, 2015, 06:11 AM

Everything I'm reading says partial sun. Have to keep thinking on that one.

Rg


Yea............during the daylight hours.

 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 15, 2015, 05:00 PM
You , my friend, are the poster child for the word incorrigible   ;D

My thought is to set up a 55 gal black plastic drum on a cradle using garage door rollers for wheels. I can see one large door in the end for unloading and one on the side to load. I can see some pieces of angle inside to help tumble the material. Should roll pretty easily.

I looked at a couple of tumblers at Tractor Supply today. Nice, but hardly worth the price.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 15, 2015, 05:42 PM
You , my friend, are the poster child for the word incorrigible   ;D

My thought is to set up a 55 gal black plastic drum on a cradle using garage door rollers for wheels. I can see one large door in the end for unloading and one on the side to load. I can see some pieces of angle inside to help tumble the material. Should roll pretty easily.

I looked at a couple of tumblers at Tractor Supply today. Nice, but hardly worth the price.

Rg




Yep hardly worth the price to buy one could use aluminim angles and stainless hard ware... so it will last you ..really don't want every thing rotting out on you...try us plastics , u-line, etc.. etc...for a plastic barrel..

Hope the door rollers work for you...like hope they hold the weight..


Don't forget to add water every now and then it will help the composter do it job same with lots of sun light if you can some people stick the composter under a tree a no light to do it's job so worms do the job for the sun decomposition. But foresure do not put to many vent hole in the barrel seen a you tube were the guy put a 1000 holes in a barrel and a pic pipe to rotate it all on don't know how it will support the compost weight on the pic pipe or how the compost will stay in the barrel? If there is that many holes in the barrel look for it on you tube. Just for a what not to do.  Start looking up looking like ratios to a gallon like cups of vemiculite , gravel ,water, top soil, chicken manure, sheep poop or what ever your planing to use it for the vermiculite hold water gravel gives something for the roots to grip on to etc...etc.. but start looking up ratio's wile figuring on what your planing to plant


  seen some people do the same stuff with ton of seven gallon  and a wine type rack set up with mutual buckets this is cause each type of plant take a different type of soil instead of making 2 or 3 large composter they make a series of mini composter our of seven gallon buckets..like 15 to 20 of them..but it all depends on what your doing that the set up I have been looking into.. any how you get the idea...don't know the space you got and if you could do it..roses eat differently then say  tamatos or even straw berries... and you could have different mixes in each bucket for each type of plants... any how do research now instead of later...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 15, 2015, 07:57 PM
My thought is to set up a 55 gal black plastic drum on a cradle using garage door rollers for wheels. I can see one large door in the end for unloading and one on the side to load. I can see some pieces of angle inside to help tumble the material. Should roll pretty easily.


   Its going to be the Smitty Sled of Composters.....    ;D ;D ;D








Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jul 16, 2015, 08:39 AM
It will be deluxe, I'm sure.   ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 16, 2015, 04:01 PM
Like they say....a mind is a terrible thing! ;D

Already have a line on a 55 gallon barrel. I have a couple 2x8x8 PT in the garage.

Thanks for all the info everyone. One thing you all know is, I do my homework.......then all hell breaks loose. I think 4-6 rollers on each side will be more than ample to take the weight. Once the drum is in hand, I'll be on my way. I read where just a couple of holes for drainage and to allow methane to escape. I'll probably go with some stout angle iron inside. If it rots out, I'll replace it.


Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 16, 2015, 10:27 PM
about them photo of that last post and open composting...  thing about the open composting is "bugs" like Japanese beetle's  if you till the old wasted squashes etc they get in to the soil and it is very hard to get rid of them. cause it is a buffet for bugs is what happen most of all with old rotten vegies so I would keep it to a minimum on how much you use.... if you have to  look up how to get rid of those beetles they suggest not tilling under old plants and veggies  in this region the msu farmers do on a few web sites produced by msu ....my suggestion do it but don't over do it those beetles can be awful...look it up if you have to ....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jul 17, 2015, 06:10 AM
Bugs can get into a rotating composter too through the holes.
So really no difference between open or contained in this regard.

Besides, nothing is perfect.  But all good points.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 17, 2015, 02:33 PM
Thanks Mac. I figure the tumbler will be a good experiment to start with. Seems small and cheap enough to give it a try.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 17, 2015, 02:43 PM
Your better off with a tumbler to start..   Than I had two of them than three.. ;D ;D ;D  You might want to take in to consideration of the height so you can get a wheelbarrow under it to empty the contents....
Now I just have three  4' x 4' bins...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 17, 2015, 03:29 PM
Good idea Dom. Thanks.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Jul 17, 2015, 03:37 PM
Your better off with a tumbler to start..   Than I had two of them than three.. ;D ;D ;D  You might want to take in to consideration of the height so you can get a wheelbarrow under it to empty the contents....
Now I just have three  4' x 4' bins...
              I saw some pictures of different types of compost barrels and  bins, are bins made out of pressure treated wood, would the wood give off any of
              the chemicals that are in the wood?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Wnthunting on Jul 17, 2015, 04:58 PM
I have a compost pile for my garden that is just piled on the ground.. I put all my veggie scraps, chicken poop and yard debris in it ... Does it turn to compost faster in a tumbler or just keep thing neater in the yard ? Here's a pic of my garden 😁
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 17, 2015, 09:34 PM
I saw some pictures of different types of compost barrels and  bins, are bins made out of pressure treated wood, would the wood give off any of the chemicals that are in the wood?


   Jeff never use anything presser treated for your garden.. My compost bins are made out of hard wood pallets.

I have a compost pile for my garden that is just piled on the ground.. I put all my veggie scraps, chicken poop and yard debris in it ... Does it turn to compost faster in a tumbler or just keep thing neater in the yard ? Here's a pic of my garden 😁

   Great looking garden Wnthunting ... :clapping: :thumbup_smilie:
A lot of people just dont have room for big piles but a tumbler is great for them... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 19, 2015, 07:34 PM
Wnthunting whats in the pond? that's a garden within its self. I would be growing blue gills and crappies in there... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 20, 2015, 02:42 AM
We've been eating Better Boys for a few days. They're starting to come on.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 21, 2015, 12:49 PM
Been picking cucumbers and summer squash like crazy..... ;D
Might be time to put the stand out by the end of the driveway.... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jul 21, 2015, 02:42 PM
My gardens are so ready to explode. I've been picking a couple zucchini a day for the last couple. I predict I'll pick 8 tomorrow, and a couple of summer squash to go with them. Peas are just about ready. Tomatoes are still green but as big as softballs. Peppers are small but loaded, and 2 of the broccoli have heads the size of a dinner plate. And the cukes are loaded with gherkin size fruit. I told the wife to get ready for the bounty.

Oh, and there's the first thunder of the day.....  I swear, it's rained every other day here this summer!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 21, 2015, 03:31 PM
Nothing like fresh summer harvest ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jul 21, 2015, 04:33 PM
Nothing like fresh summer harvest ;D

Rg


Right you are my non-working buddy.

Peppers and green beans from the garden tonight with our dinner!!

Awesome.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 21, 2015, 06:52 PM
My gardens are so ready to explode. I've been picking a couple zucchini a day for the last couple. I predict I'll pick 8 tomorrow, and a couple of summer squash to go with them. Peas are just about ready. Tomatoes are still green but as big as softballs. Peppers are small but loaded, and 2 of the broccoli have heads the size of a dinner plate. And the cukes are loaded with gherkin size fruit. I told the wife to get ready for the bounty.

Oh, and there's the first thunder of the day.....  I swear, it's rained every other day here this summer!  ;D

hope you got a canning system going....our tomato's are green still but some are like hard ball size we did not go with the heirloom variety this year.. but did a couple years ago we went with nothing but tomato's  in the big boxes we plant in  and we had brandy wine heirloom tomato's you could make slices out of one that would hang over the slice of the loaf of bread when you made a blt sandwich..   
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jul 21, 2015, 07:10 PM
Very little canning. We freeze and dehydrate.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 23, 2015, 05:22 PM
I'll be making lots of salsa ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jul 23, 2015, 06:49 PM
I do the same and freeze it Bob
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 23, 2015, 07:14 PM
Canning is good till the caner explodes and you spend a week in the Syracuse burn unit..  But those pictures are to come..   ;D ;D ;D ;D

Hows the zucchinis coming??  Time for some relish......
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jul 23, 2015, 08:59 PM
Love the zuke relish. Ours are just getting going.

One of the zuke things we do... We julienne and blanch some, then layer a "recipe's" worth on a tray  in the dehydrator. During the cooler months, when my wife wants to make zucchini bread, she re-hydrates a chip and bakes away. Yum!    ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 23, 2015, 11:06 PM
zucchini bread, Yum!    ;D


beat me to it  :'(
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 24, 2015, 06:10 AM
We shred and freeze a lot for baking over the winter... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Jul 24, 2015, 07:03 AM
I have never had zuke relish.

The boss makes some out standing pickle relish. My son says that when he finally gets a restaurant of his own she is going to have to supply him with pickle relish. The problem is finding any one growing pickles in west Michigan any more. I do not know if Heinz is even doing pickles in Holland any more. When I was a kid there were pickle vats in almost every town in Oceana county. Never knew what would be found in them from rats to dead Mexicans.

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 24, 2015, 02:10 PM
When I lived in Holland if the wind was blowing one way it smelled like pickles and blowing the other way I could smell what flavor life savers Beechnut was making that day..... ;D
 And yes the pickle vats at Heinz were really bad.  Worked there for a week and that was all I could take...   Make my own pickles now..... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Jul 24, 2015, 06:43 PM
I do not eat pickles as I am already sour enough. Take that back as I might eat a few sweet gherkins.

Now the bosses sweet relish that is another thing. A burger or hot dog is not worth eating with out it.

I never worked around any of our local vats. I spent the summer after I graduated high school sorting pickles.  Worked a lot of all nighters as the biggest grower would not let the migrants load any pickles until it was too dark for them to pick. The pickles we packed were all sent to fresh market.

Back then the migrants coming out of Mexico came and worked till the end of the season. No welfare hand outs. When work was over they gladly went home with the pockets full of the money they made. No reason the same system could not be used now but most of them would go in hiding and not go back.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 25, 2015, 01:42 AM
Dom, do you make pepper relish too? I have a couple recipes for pepper relish and jam that are off the charts.

Tried making pickles a few times. I'm not really good at it. My Grandma used to keep a pickle crock in the fruit cellar. We were always raiding that ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 25, 2015, 01:53 AM
have you guys tried this type of recipe yet? with your cucumbers?


(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkEMaFLYjfA)

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 25, 2015, 06:37 AM
No Bob never tried pepper relish..   But I just told my bride I will be picking several bags of peppers at work today and toss the plants...   I suggested pepper relish and she said she has a recipe for it... ;D ;D   But you could always send me yours.. ::) ::)

   

   Boon yes we make those and love them...   They might also be om the agenda this weekend....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Jul 25, 2015, 09:04 AM
have you guys tried this type of recipe yet? with your cucumbers?


(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkEMaFLYjfA)



Those do not look like cukes to me. They look like pickles. There is a difference. Note the bumps and bristles on them in the opening of the video. (that is all of the video I watched) I have never seen cukes with them. Taste a lot different if eaten fresh.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 25, 2015, 08:18 PM
Well I  picked these today...

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 And me and my bride turned it in to relish.. Our first try at pepper relish so I'm excited to try it... It looks like I used to many red peppers for color..  So we will see...

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 26, 2015, 02:40 AM

Nice harvest! But....how does it taste ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 26, 2015, 06:02 AM
Thanks Bob..  I will let you know how it tastes tonight... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Jul 26, 2015, 11:20 AM

         Good pickings Dom, you sure have the green thumb! ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 26, 2015, 11:44 AM
Well we just had some relish on some Hoffmans Snappy links hot off the grill...
The relish has great flavor and tastes great..  I wish it had more of a kick to it considering the amount of hot peppers I put in.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 26, 2015, 04:19 PM
You ever try Mezetta Zesty Deli Relish? I'm hooked on the stuff. Nice kick, great taste. There's a recipe I'd like to perfect.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 27, 2015, 05:36 PM
My garden guardian

This little guy has taken up residence in my backyard planting. He's there every night when I water. He's a good bug ;D
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Passion flowers are blooming
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The volunteer sunflowers are in bloom as well
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The back yard planting is doing well. Tomatoes are  coming on strong.
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The big pot in the front is doing well
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All the flowers in front are doing well
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Everybody's happy ;D

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 27, 2015, 06:43 PM
Sure looks like paradise Bob..  Everything looks great....
Love the Dragonfly..  Put some water dishes out for it...  
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 27, 2015, 07:07 PM
There's a big one close by for the birds. Plus I water every day so there's plenty of runoff from the flower boxes.

He's a cute little bugger.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 27, 2015, 07:24 PM
No Bob never tried pepper relish..   But I just told my bride I will be picking several bags of peppers at work today and toss the plants...   I suggested pepper relish and she said she has a recipe for it... ;D ;D   But you could always send me yours.. ::) ::)

   

   Boon yes we make those and love them...   They might also be om the agenda this weekend....

Same as most relishes Dom.
Chop and mix your peppers for the heat you like.
Add 1/4 the volume of peppers in chopped onions.

Dissolve equal parts of cider vinegar and sugar over heat.

Place the chopped peppers and onions in a large non reactive kettle
Cover with boiling water and let stand 10 minutes
Drain and discard the liquid
Add vinegar/sugar mixture and bring to a boil
Simmer for 15-20 minutes. The longer you simmer, the less chunky it will be.

Can/ process in pint jars.
I don't really have a ratio of vinegar mix to peppers, but, less is a little better for me.

I'd say for 12-14 cups of mixed peppers you'd need 2 1/2 cups of vinegar and 2 1/2 cups of sugar.

Try a small batch and see if you like it.

Rg



Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 03, 2015, 06:20 PM
I cleaned peppers this afternoon, hot and sweet..
Got 9 vacuum packed bags at 1 + pounds a piece.     Sausage and peppers all winter long... ;D ;D ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 03, 2015, 07:01 PM
I cleaned peppers this afternoon, hot and sweet..
Got 9 vacuum packed bags at 1 + pounds a piece.     Sausage and peppers all winter long... ;D ;D ;D

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dehydrate any?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 03, 2015, 07:23 PM
I don't have a dehydrator but I do dry a lot to make ground hot pepper for my pizza... ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 04, 2015, 05:52 PM
You're amazing Dom :clapping: :clapping:

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 04, 2015, 06:31 PM
Amazing? NO....
These were all growing on the 6 packs of plants we still had in one of the  greenhouses that it was time to throw out...
But the ones in my garden should be ready in a couple weeks...    ;D ;D
I like peppers....   ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Wnthunting on Aug 04, 2015, 06:59 PM
I was wondering how you got colored peppers so early .. Mine are all still green ,except The purple peppers which already turned
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 07, 2015, 04:45 PM
He cheats ;D

My tomatoes are coming on strong. Been eating them every day. The farmers market in the village has been providing everything else. Nice to buy from the actual grower.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Aug 07, 2015, 06:51 PM
He cheats ;D

My tomatoes are coming on strong. Been eating them every day. The farmers market in the village has been providing everything else. Nice to buy from the actual grower.

Rg

I was thinking the same thing. I wish I worked in a green house. LOL
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 07, 2015, 07:32 PM
Our tomatoes are slow this year
Cherry tomatoes are going nuts though
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Wnthunting on Aug 08, 2015, 07:34 AM
Here's a pic of my sungolds and black cherry tomatoes .. Over 6 ft tall .. There coming on strong now  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 09, 2015, 06:56 PM
Picked a bunch of cucumbers in the garden and we made some refrigerator pickle slices today...

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 10, 2015, 10:36 AM
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How do you get them to grow sideways like that?

 ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Wnthunting on Aug 10, 2015, 10:46 AM

How do you get them to grow sideways like that?

 ;D
Ancient faimly secret 😁
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 10, 2015, 06:20 PM
I did some dill pickles yesterday with a nice Hungarian hot pepper in each jar. The initial samples are very tasty.  One jar didn't seal completely. At least that's what I told my Bride. I process mine. They get better with age ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 10, 2015, 06:35 PM

They get better with age ;D

Rg


just like you and I Bob.

 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 13, 2015, 02:52 PM
Ain't it the truth Mac ;D

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 18, 2015, 06:15 PM
Salsa yesterday. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!

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Gonna do another batch Thursday. This time I'm gonna mix in some green tomatoes :w00t: got some jalapeños from the farm market  this afternoon. Did this batch with Hungarian Hot Peppers. Nice heat, not overwhelming.
 My Bride approved.....she's a tough audience.
Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 18, 2015, 06:28 PM
Looks great Bob..
We don't do salsa but we make lots of some mean Chile sauce....
I always put a jar or two in my venison burgers when I grind them up...     ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: pot-belly-pike on Aug 18, 2015, 07:53 PM
I  am growing  romaine  ends  in my Garden
& I  have  regrew them  &  had them  in a salad

they were good but not as Sweet     as they were in the bag

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Aug 19, 2015, 04:26 AM

        My wife made Zucchini salsa yesterday, the best that I've ever tasted! :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 19, 2015, 05:38 PM
Sounds yummy. Next batch is chopped and ready to go. Then I discovered I was out of pt jars. It'll wait till tomorrow.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 23, 2015, 11:25 AM
Did some more salsa and some peach jam this morning.

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Next is gonna be garden style marinara sauce.

Mmmmmmmm!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 23, 2015, 12:01 PM
Salsa yesterday. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!

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Gonna do another batch Thursday. This time I'm gonna mix in some green tomatoes :w00t: got some jalapeños from the farm market  this afternoon. Did this batch with Hungarian Hot Peppers. Nice heat, not overwhelming.
 My Bride approved.....she's a tough audience.
Rg



Donna and I made 5 quarts and canned them Friday
Ours is not as red
More peppers and red onions were used
It's spicy but not too bad
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 26, 2015, 05:58 AM
Looks real good Bob..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 26, 2015, 05:34 PM
Did some cooking sauce today. I make this as a base sauce and add to it as I cook. You can add meat, fish, sausage etc or just reduce it a bit and use it as is with cheese.

I used about 12 cups of chopped ripe tomatoes and added
2 c. Green peppers
2 c. Onion
1 1/2 c.(chopped) Mixed Thai basil, Greek oregano and curly leaf parsley ( fresh from my herb patch)
Tbsp crushed red pepper
Tbsp black pepper
Tbsp kosher salt
1/4 c sugar
1 head garlic minced
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Add 1/4c. Olive oil to a big pot and sauté the onion and peppers till translucent.
Add the garlic, herbs and seasonings and cook a couple minutes more
Add the tomatoes and bring to a good boil
Reduce heat and simmer as long as you can stand it. This batch went about 3 hours.
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Can it or freeze it. I canned mine.
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Make sure you add a teaspoon of lemon juice to each pint if your going to can it using a hot water bath. Processing is 40 minutes for hot water bath.  It's probably got enough acid to make the ph, but why take a chance.
     
Did  batch the other day and added quite a bit more crushed red pepper, a 12 oz can of tomato paste and a 15 oz can of tomatoe sauce. Came out great as pasta sauce. Pretty spicy.....we like spicy ;D

Pickled green tomatoes next :w00t:
Rg


Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 28, 2015, 09:07 AM
Pickled green tomatoes.

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3-4 lbs green tomatoes. They need to be really green.....no red inside.
Sliced white onion
1 or 2 cloves garlic per jar
Black pepper corns
Yellow mustard seed
Dill seed
Fresh dill
Crushed red pepper
2 c. Water
4 c. White vinegar 5% acidity
Sugar if you want sweet dill
1/4 c. Canning salt
3-4 bay leaves

Bring water and vinegar to a boil in a non reactive pot
Add dill seed, peppercorns, mustard seed, bay leaves, salt and sugar if you like it and simmer 20 minutes to infuse the brine
Prepare sterilized jars, lids and rings in boiling water
Pack jars with a few onion slices, pepper corns, red pepper, garlic clove, a sprig of fresh dill and fill with tomatoes leaving 1\2" head space. Pack them in there ;D
Fill hot jars with hot brine. ( I strain my brine as I fill my jars.) use a chopstick to help remove any trapped air. You can also tap the bottom on the counter top. Cover and finger tighten the ring.
Though it's not really necessary, I process mine in a hot water bath for 5 minutes to insure a seal. No longer though, they'll get mushy.

I always do pints. They're easier to handle and it's just my Bride and myself.

Enjoy!
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 28, 2015, 10:19 AM
Just about everything except the tomatoes and brussel sprouts are done.
The garden didn't produce as well this year as past years.
Donna and I feel we planted too early and it took a beating from the cold and frost even though we covered the plants.
We also feel we need to add some fertilizer both during the Fall tilling when we put it up for the winter and again in the Spring when we start planting.
I typically add manure but this past spring we simply didn't.
Strange year.

I'm gonna keep making salsa with the tomatoes we continue to get.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 29, 2015, 01:43 AM
I've got a few tomatoes on two plants. Im pulling the others out today out today. I've been looking at recipes for green tomato jam I might try. Maybe toss in some sweet peppers and a jalapeño or three :w00t:

Nothing like good pepper jam on a toasted bagel with cream cheese. Mmmmmmm!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 29, 2015, 01:46 AM
I'm going to try the Pickled green tomatoes. Tomorrow..  I still have hundreds of them....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 29, 2015, 07:31 AM
I forgot to,say that after straining the brine to fill the jars, I add some peppercorns, red pepper and mustard seed to each jar before filling.

Have fun Dom!
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 30, 2015, 11:49 AM
Boy the house smells great... 
Me and my bride took the day just to can...   ;D
Got chilie sauce going now on the stove and starting some dill pickles to get rid of some of these cucumbers. I have a lot of peppers going strong, broccoli, cauliflower, and 2nd planting of beans are good so maybe a garden mix...   Was also thinking about pickled cherry tomatos...  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Aug 30, 2015, 02:39 PM
Just finished blanching 4 dozen ears of corn, off the cob and ready to bag for the freezer. It does not take long when I use my turkey fryer to blanch it. Hardly looses the rolling boil when I drop in another bunch of ear. It is a problem catching the ears with tongs when it is rolling that hard.

Still need to do at least another batch that big for the kids. Only paid $12.00 for a bushel which is 5 dozen ears. He only gets $3.60 a dozen on his stand.

I need to get some of their over size pickles to make sweet relish out of before the pickles are gone. Plus a bushel of tomatoes for the woman to teach her grand daughter to make salsa.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 30, 2015, 05:29 PM
Well this is what we did today...
14 pints of chilie sauce.
6  quarts of dill spears..
3 quarts of pickled sun sugar cherry tomatos..
5 quarts of garden mix....

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 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Aug 31, 2015, 07:05 AM

              Looks real good, Dom!  :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 31, 2015, 09:41 AM

I'm gonna keep making salsa with the tomatoes we continue to get.


Got 4 more qts made Saturday night.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 31, 2015, 03:34 PM
Good looking larder there Dom!

I did another 10 pints  of spaghetti sauce. Tomatoes are just about done. Few left ripening on the plants for salads and stuff. Good thing, I'm about tomatoed out . I'm gonna do another batch or two of pickles. The first one really came out great. May do some more pickled green tomatoes too just to use up anything that doesn't ripen in the next few days.


Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 11, 2015, 03:09 PM
Picked my pumpkins this afternoon...
One that's just a little bigger than a basket ball has a stem as big around as a 2 litter coke bottle....
Its actually 14 1/4" at the base..   ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 11, 2015, 06:14 PM
That's a weird looking pumpkin Dom.

Pulled all but one of my tomato plants  yesterday. Plants are fading. Took some cuttings from my begonias and Passion flower vines for next year. Gonna try to keep a couple of the guinea impatiens indoors this winter. It would be nice to have some flowers around indoors in the bleak months.

I do love my plants.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 11, 2015, 10:08 PM


 It would be nice to have some flowers around indoors in the bleak months.

I do love my plants.

Rg

Follow me in 5 years Bob.

 ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 12, 2015, 02:25 AM
Maybe for a weekend or so. I'd never live there. Visited several times. Just don't like it all that much.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 12, 2015, 05:10 PM
Great day cooking in the kitchen. Gave my son Lasagna lessons, made some bean soup with smoked ham and sausage, lasagna for dinner with garlic toast and double chocolate brownies for desert.

Now for a nice dram of Buffalo Trace.

Life is most certainly good ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 17, 2015, 06:00 AM
Pulled all of my pumpkin ,squash and cucumber plants last night..
The tomatoes and peppers still look great..    ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 17, 2015, 04:25 PM
Pulled all of my pumpkin ,squash and cucumber plants last night..
The tomatoes and peppers still look great..    ;D
I still have peppers and tomatos but the Romas are the last standing, and they are on the way out. Had a summer full of tomato cucumber salad, fresh broccoli and even tried 4 of the everbearing strawberries, and I'll tell you what they are still flowering and producing a dozen a week  ;D They will go in a patch with a dozen more next year for sure, cnat beat fresh strawberries in september.... heck I micht try a strawberry apple pie  :o On the topic of apples, I took a beating from the June bugs, they devistaed my apple and cherry trees again :-\ they all seem to be alive but boy, did they get hammered. Nute spikes next week and pulling the plug on the Garden for the year. Brownies sound good RG mine are a special treat  :whistling: :whistling: :w00t:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 17, 2015, 05:09 PM
Been a long time since I've had "special" brownies ::)

But, I remember them being really....really.....really good ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 17, 2015, 06:14 PM
Been a long time since I've had "special" brownies ::)

But, I remember them being really....really.....really good ;D

Rg
Well, you are retired now  :afro:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 17, 2015, 07:03 PM
I got kicked out of the brownies and sent back to the boy scouts..       8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 18, 2015, 02:01 AM
Well, you are retired now  :afro:

True, but at my age I can't spare the brain cells. :-\

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 18, 2015, 02:03 AM
I got kicked out of the brownies and sent back to the boy scouts..       8)

Peeked under your skirt, eh Dom?  :w00t:

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 18, 2015, 05:32 AM
 Who me?    :whistling: :whistling:      ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Sep 19, 2015, 08:31 AM
ok back on topic lol's

any buddies habs come in? or  Habanero peppers come in? here is what I picked today more on the way... so hope you did not pull them plants yet...


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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 23, 2015, 06:06 AM
Those Habaneros even look hot in the picture...   ;D

   We pulled most of my tomato plants last night and froze 6  gallon bags of puree for sauce..
Peppers are still going... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Sep 23, 2015, 11:29 PM
Those Habaneros even look hot in the picture...   ;D

   We pulled most of my tomato plants last night and froze 6  gallon bags of puree for sauce..
Peppers are still going... ;D

good move waiting on the pepper plants I got to go out and pull the rest of the tomato's out of the ground...some times peppers take a while to bloom.. now green peppers not so much but habs do... 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Oct 10, 2015, 10:41 AM

         OK, I need some advice I still have green tomatoes on the vine, we haven't had any frost yet, how can I get them to ripen?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Oct 10, 2015, 03:36 PM
more sun time get them out of the shade...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Oct 11, 2015, 01:15 PM
         OK, I need some advice I still have green tomatoes on the vine, we haven't had any frost yet, how can I get them to ripen?

Pick them and place them in a dark place.
They ripen in the dark
We use a paper shopping bag and close it
Or we put them in those short soda can cardboard boxes and them slide them under the bed.
Check them every few days pulling the ripened ones
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Oct 12, 2015, 05:57 AM

             Thanks for the info.!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 12, 2015, 06:26 AM
Pick them and fry them.....   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: greenhornet73 on Oct 12, 2015, 07:31 AM
Anyone else planting garlic this weekend? I just prepped my bed for planting cloves today.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Oct 12, 2015, 07:52 PM
I got my garden spot all worked up the other day. It look's like my plans for the spot will be put off until spring. To many of my neighbors leaves coming down on it to waste the grass seed. I will work them in yet this fall and plant the grass seed in the spring.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 19, 2015, 04:50 PM
Yesterday in between snow squalls my bride and I picked the rest of the peppers..   Got plenty more for freezing and some more hot pepper relish... ;D ;D ;D  

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    Garden is officially done....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 19, 2015, 06:42 PM
Yeah, my son helped me pull the flower gardens yesterday. Hate to see them go.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bartman44 on Oct 19, 2015, 07:30 PM
All good things must come to an end. Dom, those are some serious peppers.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Oct 20, 2015, 12:06 AM
yep the garden is done for me!! ... but at least you got your peppers this year lol's...  ya peppers take longer then tomato's to grow need more sunlight per growing season even in full sun light up here in the north part of the u.s. like new York ,Michigan, etc.. etc...any how at least you got some this year? or was that some one else? 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Oct 20, 2015, 12:05 PM
Picked some more peppers Sunday for a very large batch of spaghetti sauce I made.

There's still tons of peppers in mine and it's not showing any signs of giving up soon.
The weather will play a large part though.

The brussel sprouts are still kinda small but they are a cold weather plant and will grow another couple/few weeks depending on the temps.

I don't think I'll be closing the garden until the 2nd or even the 3rd week in November.

Then I till in some manure and then cover it will heavy black plastic foe the winter.
The black plastic kills and helps rot any old or new weeds and seeds.
Bakes it good in the spring giving it a good kick-start.
And the plastic is cheap at Home Depot.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Dec 19, 2015, 12:59 PM

          This fall I mulched my leaves and spread them on my garden hoping this winters snow would cover them and
          help them decompose. So with the lack of snow I went out yesterday a tilled them in and already I can see a difference
          in the soil.
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Feb 20, 2016, 12:37 AM
So what is this year's plans?? for those in to gardening??
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 20, 2016, 02:15 AM
I plan to add a couple raised beds to my veggie garden and plant the west side of the house with flowers.

It will be a while yet.  :-\

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Feb 20, 2016, 02:29 AM

ya I know it will be a while! figure I give us that don't have much to do a few suggestion on stuff to plan out....

me I want to rotate the crops for the boxes we got and add some top soil /dirt to the boxes.. this way I can grow pepper and tomato's in one and other stuff In the other two, like cucumbers and so on that why I am checking out the seed catalogs now to see what is offered.. lol's...   
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 20, 2016, 05:09 AM
We planted a couple thousand geraniums past couple days...     ;D 
And that's just the beginning... :P :P

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Feb 20, 2016, 05:40 AM
 :o wow now that's a garden lol's ..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 20, 2016, 06:06 AM
Monday have to set up the benches in the big green house and I need 4000, 12" hanging baskets filled with soil to get us started and have ready for when the first big shipment of plugs come in..
At least were not digging through this like last year..

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Feb 20, 2016, 09:00 AM
ya were blessed this year with warm weather hopefully next year is close to it but for some reason I think not?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 23, 2016, 06:21 AM
Here is a left side and right side picture of the big house..
On the left side you can see the soil machine, the 12" hanging baskets that all need inserts put in them and a lot of bails of soil behind them..  Filled almost 1100 baskets and a whole stack of soil...   It was 86* in the house with the overhead door open and the exhaust fans on and pure sun all day... TeeShirts and dirt dust...  ;D ;D ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 02, 2016, 06:17 PM
Been busy the past week.  Some pictures of the different houses as were going..Even today it was hot in the houses even though the wind chill outside was in the single digits..  Tans coming along just fine..    ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 03, 2016, 03:05 AM
Looking good Dom.

Tractor trailer after tractor trailer have been unloading stuff at the store this past week. The outside garden crew has been really busy setting up. I think I'm going to build a little greenhouse on the south side of the house to start my plants.

What do you think of those Jiffy plant starter trays Dom? I know they're not commercial, but they look easy for a home gardener.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 03, 2016, 05:19 AM
Those will work good for you Bob...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 03, 2016, 06:30 AM

I think I'm going to build a little greenhouse on the south side of the house to start my plants.



I've been thinking similar thoughts Bob.
At least about starting my own plants.
Maybe not the greenhouse part.  Yet.
Every year Donna and I buy the plants, but they are opretty expensive when compared to a pack of seeds.
Does anyone have a list of times to plant various vegetables?
How many weeks before planting should you plant various things before you actually put them into the ground.

Thanks.
Mac
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 03, 2016, 04:27 PM
Burpee's web site will give you everything you need there Mac.

Cool beans Dom! I'm planning a couple tiers of benches and a plastic cover. Long range forecast is looking warm ;D

Should b a pretty easy little starter greenhouse. If it goes anything like my other projects, I'll have the whole neighborhood under plastic in a few years :-\

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 04, 2016, 06:07 PM
Sounds good Bob.   I would put little electric heater in it for at night...  Try and keep the temp up.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 04, 2016, 06:09 PM
Burpee's web site will give you everything you need there Mac.

Rg


Thanks Bob
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 05, 2016, 06:12 PM
I'll wait a while yet Dom. No sense getting ahead of myself. Put the boat in the garage today....started the new John Deer and ran it for a bit. I might do some spring cleanup tomorrow if the weather is as good as they say. Did some spring cleaning inside today.

I love this time of year. All things coming alive.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Mar 06, 2016, 04:35 PM
Started my eggplants today.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 11, 2016, 08:00 PM
With this weather I'm going to try and start some spinach and lettuce and maybe some Snow peas in one of my raised beds..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 12, 2016, 05:48 PM
I planted around 100 bulbs today including some Asian lilies. Then I built a new fire pit
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Then I started work on a compost bin.
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Before you ask, I know it's PT wood. The compost is not going into my edible garden.....just flower beds.

Then I went after that nasty Sumac that spouted behind the garage.
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Danged thing went half way to China. I'm prepping the area for my raised beds.

Then I decided that some ribs on the Weber and a couple heinekens sounded pretty darned good.

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I was right.
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What a great early spring day ;D

Rg



Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Mar 12, 2016, 06:54 PM
awesome photo's and good job taking them and describing your long day and hard work there rg!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 12, 2016, 06:55 PM
To be honest, it didn't seem long or hard work ;D

Not bad for an old man

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Mar 12, 2016, 06:57 PM
To be honest, it didn't seem long or hard work ;D

Not bad for an old man

Rg


if it did not quit ticking your not that old!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 13, 2016, 04:03 AM
I'll be 66 on Wednesday ;D.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 13, 2016, 08:52 AM
I'll be 66 on Wednesday ;D.

Rg


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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 13, 2016, 01:59 PM
Yup!
And RETIRED!

 :rotflol: :rotflol: :rotflol:

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 13, 2016, 03:02 PM
Yup!
And RETIRED!

 :rotflol: :rotflol: :rotflol:

Rg

b***h


 :cursing:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Mar 13, 2016, 05:12 PM
I'll be 66 on Wednesday ;D.

Rg

that's not that old! the guy I fish with is 59 and I am great friends with him.  I am 36 and his other buddy which is one of my buddies is 43.. your never to old to make friend have fun and fish as far as I am concerned!   by the way happy birth day!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 13, 2016, 05:51 PM
So...here's my finished compost bin project.
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I think it will work.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 17, 2016, 04:43 PM
Great pictures of the projects Bob..   I like the ribs one the best...    ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 18, 2016, 05:46 AM
The green houses are filling up fast...

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 19, 2016, 10:00 AM
Looking busy Dom :thumbup_smilie:

I got my seed starter set up this morning. Got a damaged 2x4, 4 lamp troffer from work for $20. Already had a good supply of 5000k lamps.
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Hung it on some chains I can adjust
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Lined it with Reflectix for some insulation and light reflection.
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Should work good for me.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 19, 2016, 10:10 AM
Sweet Bob.

But....ahhhh....errrr.....where did you get the troffer from?    :whistling:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 19, 2016, 10:37 AM
That looks great Bob..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 19, 2016, 04:08 PM
Sweet Bob.

But....ahhhh....errrr.....where did you get the troffer from?    :whistling:
I was at my Lowes and was talking with the electrical dept manager. He's a real nice guy and I help out there quite a bit. I told him what I was up to and he said he had a couple damaged fixtures. I wasn't concerned about it being crushed a little. I laid it on the floor and did a little dance on it.  So, $50 fixture for $20..... Works for me.

Made progress on the new dig.
Almost halfway there.
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Lots of rocks.
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I'm beginning to think I may not need to raise the beds. The soil is pretty darned good looking. I think a bit of compost, manure...maybe some sand and vermiculite..........I may just do 2 or 3 tiers of landscape timbers. And call it good.

Question.....do radishes, peppers, garlic and asparagus like the same soil conditions?

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 19, 2016, 09:51 PM

 Got a damaged 2x4, 4 lamp troffer from work for $20.

Rg


this is what I was referring too.

work???
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 20, 2016, 01:50 PM
Well,  :-\ ;) sort of work.

Turned over the other side today. Tilled down to around a foot.
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Lots of debris removed.
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I'm ready to do a border and beef up the soil. It's mostly clay, so I was thinking a few bags of sand, composted manure and peat will help. I'm open to suggestions.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 20, 2016, 02:28 PM
If it's clay, definitely some peat moss Bob.
That reminds me this year it's time for me to add some to the garden.
Good for the tomatoes and peppers seem to like it too.

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 20, 2016, 02:44 PM
1/4 sand, 1/4 peat moss half compost..
There must be a waste management close to you that sells it..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 20, 2016, 05:12 PM
Thanks guys.
I don't need that much Dom. I'll buy it at work. As it stands now, I'm doing a 2x8 raised bed just for asparagus. From all I've read that needs to be a bed by itself. So that one is gonna be all bagged material. The rest is for my radishes, garlic, peppers and tomatoes. I may throw in some cukes and zucchini.

I'm not really concerned about cost as much as effectiveness. We sell composted cow manure, sand and peat. I can have the garden folks save all the broken bags for me and it'll cost me next to nothing. I think I'm going to fabricate a sifter to remove the stray roots and stuff. I transplanted all the tiger lilies to a row at the back but there's a lot of root left. That crap,is hard to get rid of once it's established.

I might rent a mortar mixer to help blend the mix. I figure the more I do now, the better it will be later.

I like my "job"  ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 22, 2016, 04:36 PM
My "Nifty Sifter"
(https://www.myfishfinder.com/fishing_forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fv15%2Fbrfixit%2Fimage_zpsm5yxqd4w.jpeg&hash=c24d8276f3bdd2685c63e0fafc48e5d4) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/brfixit/media/image_zpsm5yxqd4w.jpeg.html)

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Should work well to remove the left over rocks and roots. Then I can mix the peat, sand and compost in the tub to return it to the garden.

Not bad for about $15.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 22, 2016, 05:06 PM
All I can say is that's great like everything you do... :clapping: :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Mar 22, 2016, 05:33 PM
rg that is a great move and great idea! but you should run the peat and the sand threw the sifter too with the dirt you got it will mix it better unless you can get a cement mixer rented then do it that way... but great pointers and good points for us rookies lol's ...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 22, 2016, 05:38 PM
Nice job Bob.

The chain suspension so you can shake it looks simple but effective.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 22, 2016, 06:25 PM
Had 4 chains  on it to start. Didn't like it. This way I can sift then flip it over and dump the refuse into another wheel barrow. It'll work ok. I've plenty to test it on ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 26, 2016, 05:23 PM
Made some more progress on my little garden today.
Picked up a load of material this morning as well as a new, improved model of the dreaded garden implement.
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Got 3 of the posts set and the borders in place on one side.
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Put the "nifty sifter" too work and sifted out the compost bin.
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Ended up with a good pile of nice bed soil.
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Put the asparagus bed together. I'll flip it over and drive the rebars into the ground to hold it in place.
(https://www.myfishfinder.com/fishing_forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fv15%2Fbrfixit%2Fimage_zpsdahxijex.jpeg&hash=ead0c9e6bba9fe51ee2597fb1c362b6c) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/brfixit/media/image_zpsdahxijex.jpeg.html)

Still 3 posts to set, a couple beds to build, fence and gate, lots of digging, sifting and blending soil. But I'm happy so far. It's shaping up to be a nice little garden.

Rg


Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 27, 2016, 09:31 AM
Looks great Bob... :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 27, 2016, 09:38 AM
I have to drill some post holes for a fence across the back of the yard.
Would like to do it this year.
But Donna is saying to hold off another year or two.
But I was looking at renting a power auger from home Depot.
Only like $40 for the day for the biggest and baddest they got.

how did the one you bought work out Bob?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: brfixit on Mar 27, 2016, 01:19 PM
It's a great hand warmer!

Actually it worked like a charm.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: SKUNK-MASTER on Mar 27, 2016, 01:30 PM
whats up with the newbie status?     :o
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 27, 2016, 01:35 PM
Whos the new guy? brfixit

brfixit
Newbie
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Posts: 0
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 27, 2016, 02:19 PM
lol

post count got too high.

he had to start over.

Bob's a rookie now.

 :D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: SKUNK-MASTER on Mar 27, 2016, 02:30 PM
I remember people talking about gettin too high in college......never thought it was possible  ;D ;)

does this mean he is going to start asking about circle hooks, wire vs flouro, re filling 1lb tanks etc???
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 27, 2016, 05:36 PM
whats up with the newbie status?     :o

Ha! Old account I signed in on. You know how the memory plays tricks. Actually it was on my phone which I don't normally do.

Anyway, made some more progress today. Got the last 3 posts in and set the first raised bed.

(https://www.myfishfinder.com/fishing_forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fv15%2Fbrfixit%2Fimage_zpsgb0bhflz.jpeg&hash=a40b69ab9a6bf0309954ea0f2ac46db3) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/brfixit/media/image_zpsgb0bhflz.jpeg.html)

The sifter is proving to be the handiest thing I've built in quite a while. No only was I able to all the soil going into the small bed, but also about half of the soil that will make up the big bed. Still quite a bit to go.
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It's a heck of a workout too. I'll finish prepping the soil during the week I hope.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 27, 2016, 05:49 PM
By the way....anyone use WD-40 on their lures? I hear it contains fish oil.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 27, 2016, 06:46 PM
By the way....anyone use WD-40 on their lures? I hear it contains fish oil.

Rg


 ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: SKUNK-MASTER on Mar 27, 2016, 07:40 PM
By the way....anyone use WD-40 on their lures? I hear it contains fish oil.

Rg
awesome!            how many tip ups can i use again? ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 27, 2016, 07:47 PM
13 and .....your supernoodleticklemeelmo rod with custom tail lights, mag wheels, 4 on the floor and 2 in the back.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 29, 2016, 05:55 PM
Got 120 thousand plugs in today...   Mostly six pack bedding plants..

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This is what 20,000 baby marigolds look like..

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bartman44 on Mar 29, 2016, 06:40 PM
Things that look green make me happy. Won't be long.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 30, 2016, 03:51 PM
Got one side of the little garden under control. Changed the bedding plan a bit.   

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Next I'll sift out the other side and build the last two beds. It's,getting there.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: perchgypsy on Mar 30, 2016, 04:02 PM
Mine looks kinda like that I put lattice from post to post and made for a awesome green beans (pole bean) trellis..
nice garden RG
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 30, 2016, 05:17 PM
Thanks,
It's not huge, but it's been a task. I should have taken pictures of the before. Just overgrown with tiger lilies. So far I've sifted and dug out two wheelbarrows of rock. The soil looks great. Nice loam. Buy I'm going to reinforce it a bit with peat, composted manure and some sand. I'd say I've got about 4 or 5 more work days to get to planting. Still have to put up the deer fence, build the gates, set up the water barrel Etc. I may have enough time.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 30, 2016, 05:51 PM
Looks great Bob...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Mar 30, 2016, 06:27 PM
awesome job rg! that was a good idea to add that hoop In there to tend to plants  one of ours had tomato's in it till it over grew its self and we could not access it. lol's
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 30, 2016, 07:46 PM
Marigolds.......

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   Planted.. ;D

(https://www.myfishfinder.com/fishing_forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi415.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fpp237%2Fraquettedacker%2FGarden%2Fdocument_zpsr3vaf7nm.jpg&hash=09cf032ec99d9be6439414c778e677ed) (http://s415.photobucket.com/user/raquettedacker/media/Garden/document_zpsr3vaf7nm.jpg.html)

But today we got 8000 perennials in... :P

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 31, 2016, 03:19 AM
It's busy busy for you this time of year Dom. Wish I lived closer to your place.

My little seedling startup is doing well. Cukes came up fast. Maybe too fast. But I've only used a bit of the seed pack so I can direct sow if I want. My Thai basil, plumb, beefsteak and better boy tomatoes all sprouted along with the impatiens, pansies and alyssum. I still have a tray and a half to plant. I'll start some marigolds in some of those and a few other annuals for the flower boxes.

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The way the weather looks , I won't be putting anything in the ground any time real soon. I'm gonna try to build the other bed this morning before work. Need to get it set in place so I can continue sifting. I've sure move a lot of soil around in the past couple weeks. I thought about renting a little walking backhoe, but with the ground so soggy it would have torn everything up.

I'm taking the truck to work today so I can pick up the peat, sand and compost. I want to mix them up before they settle too much. I'm gonna put weed barrier and mulch in the walkways and some pavers between the gate and compost it'll give me a place to work. I got my hands on a 55 gallon plastic drum that I'm going to use for a watering system. Too far to drag a hose and I really don't like top watering anyway. I'll set up a soaker system for the beds.

It's really fun watching it come together and knowing I can use it for many years to come.

Can't wait to put some food and flowers in the ground ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 31, 2016, 03:24 AM
Dom, I was going to ask, what do you plant in the hanging green planter bags?

I was thinking I could do one on each post of my garden but don't know what will do well in them.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 31, 2016, 04:54 AM
Bob the wall bags have Begonias, Impatiants and Violas in them.. 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 31, 2016, 06:25 AM
Dom, we are always looking for stuff to put into hanging planters for our deck and awning out at the lake on Erie.
It gets quite breezy, it's not in direct sunlight, and we can't water during the week.
Although my neighbor lady does try to hit them with some water about mid week sometimes.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.
Mac
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 31, 2016, 06:52 AM
Nothing will grow in them if there's no water..  :-\
We water ours sometimes twice a day...
If you look on line or some stores carry them but you can get battery powered self watering baskets...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 31, 2016, 06:53 AM
Pretty early for cucumbers Bob..      ::)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 31, 2016, 10:39 AM
Nothing will grow in them if there's no water..  :-\
We water ours sometimes twice a day...
If you look on line or some stores carry them but you can get battery powered self watering baskets...

I actually thought about designing and hooking up a sprinkler system using small aquarium tubing and a timer.
I might actually do it this year.
Water them daily over the weekend, and if the neighbor remembers to do it, and I stop by on a weeknight and hit them.....WOW!!!   :o
Big difference!!

Yea, the water helps.

But our big issue is the wind.
Get nice hanging planters and get them growing and then we get big winds and it pounds them.
Like 40-60 mph stuff right off the lake.
Hanging planters just don't put up with that.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 31, 2016, 03:17 PM
Pretty early for cucumbers Bob..      ::)

Yeah, it is for sure. But, I was dabbling to see if stuff would start ok. Still have more than enough to do a direct sow. There's plenty of time yet.

I'll probably start some in bigger pots when the real time comes. I'll be covering the beds to speed things up.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Mar 31, 2016, 03:35 PM
Yeah, it is for sure. But, I was dabbling to see if stuff would start ok. Still have more than enough to do a direct sow. There's plenty of time yet.

I'll probably start some in bigger pots when the real time comes. I'll be covering the beds to speed things up.

Rg


here is a trick I learned some were ...

you got any paper towels and zip lock bags? you can do this all I do to get them to pop early is take a piece of paper towel get it soaking wet and lay it on the table and put the seed you wrote on the bag  in the paper towel roll up the wet paper towels with seeds in center then put in plastic bag with name on it ...then check them every day when there is a little root coming out of the seed peel the seed skin off with like a metal pick of some sort or fork etc... so they bloom faster then plant the part that was sticking out of the seed that part or point or root down goes down in to the soil you plan to use... we get high yield from doing this instead of just sowing seeds we start ours later cause they take off so fast...  and get high yield and number of plants form doing so....   
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 31, 2016, 06:49 PM
Many years ago I started seeds that way.....for a certain cash crop of the time.. Worked very well. Never made any profits though. They all went up in smoke.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 31, 2016, 09:11 PM
Many years ago I started seeds that way.....for a certain cash crop of the time.. Worked very well. Never made any profits though. They all went up in smoke.

Rg


 :w00t:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 01, 2016, 02:53 AM
Dom's not the only old hippie around here :-[

Do the math. I was born in 1950. I lived the 60's and 70's to their fullest. Somehow I managed to salvage a few brain cells in spite of myself.
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 01, 2016, 08:17 AM

Somehow I managed to salvage a few brain cells in spite of myself.
Rg


 not me
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 01, 2016, 05:08 PM
Well, I finished sifting soil
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Filled the beds nicely with room for some supplemental peat, compost and sand. The waste went into the post holes and pathways.

I'm ready for weed mat and mulch in the pathways, fencing and gates.  It's still getting there. I'm happy to be done sifting soil. Gotta see if I can flatten the apsparagus bed. Stupid thing twisted on me. Think I'm gonna pull the rebars that align the sides and whale on it with the sledge.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 01, 2016, 10:57 PM
nice
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Apr 02, 2016, 05:54 AM
Sure looks great Bob..
Morning all..  The weather is going to change today... Going to start raining and get real cold..   I might try and hit the trout stream for a while before i have to go water...
Things are growing great with a lot of color popping out...

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   Planting Rhubarb roots in containers.

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Apr 02, 2016, 11:19 AM
Marigolds.......

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   Planted.. ;D

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But today we got 8000 perennials in... :P

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Who forgot to water that flat in the last picture, it looks a little sickly. LOL Love seeing the color coming along with this screwy weather we are having. You would not be going trout fishing here as the streams and rivers are fully blown out of the banks.

Rg Plant the asparagus crowns deep so that it does not come up to early and get frost bit. Our famers plant them around a foot deep then only cover them with about 6/8 inches of soil until they come up the first year. They will finish covering them that fall after mowing the fern off or the next spring.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 02, 2016, 05:02 PM
Thanks Tom. I was trying to remember who the asparagus guru was that I chatted with on here. What I've read is to trench down 12", set the crown and cover it in increments as it grows. I think I'll follow your instructions.

Thanks, Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 05, 2016, 03:02 PM
Gonna be a big "brown plant" sale in a week or so.
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Or they might just end up in the toilets ;)

Took a big hit the last few days.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 05, 2016, 03:32 PM
Yea Bob.
Any nurseries that tried to get a jump on things and had plants delivered............and outside during the past few days, are going to take a huge hit.
Rolled the dice and they came up snake eyes for sure.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Apr 05, 2016, 06:32 PM
Ha all the big box stores had there's out by us and they got buried in snow..  Happens every year, if not snow a killing frost...   Good for us....    ;D ;D ;D ;D

Scarlet Begonias....... ;D ;D ;D

 
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 05, 2016, 06:43 PM
I was talking to th OLG mgr and she said they don't let the store cancel deliveries . Pretty big hit I'd say. Great for the small greenhouse operations around us Dom.

Me....ill pick up some cheap annuals for sure. I had nothing but bulbs in the ground as yet so I'm good. My seedlings are going strong and I think the cukes, tomatoes and peppers are gonna be fine and dandy for planting on time.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: IFF on Apr 10, 2016, 05:13 PM
Dom's not the only old hippie around here :-[

Do the math. I was born in 1950. I lived the 60's and 70's to their fullest. Somehow I managed to salvage a few brain cells in spite of myself.
Rg

Early 80's seemed like every time I walked into the engine shop, either the "He's an ole Hippy" song came on the radio, or the shop owner would look up, seeing me and start singing it  :o ;D Oh yeah guess it was 85

What you feeding the plants ?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: monkeyman2269 on Apr 10, 2016, 06:00 PM
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Waiting on the warm weather
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 11, 2016, 02:53 AM
Me too ;D Re-potted the tomatoes and cukes. The peppers are next.
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The light setup worked out great. They all seem quite happy.
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Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 11, 2016, 03:09 AM
Put the mower deck on the new John Deer yesterday and my son helped me build the garden gates. If the weather cooperates, I'll mount them tonight. We're still setting up the shop in the garage for our birdhouse/bee house project. I'm picking up a band saw today. Still have my eye open for a bench top drill press and planer, but we have enough stuff to get things under way.

Hope to get the fence finished around the garden this week as well. Looks like we're turning the corner on winter. :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:

Might even try to squeeze in some bullhead fishing. All that and "work" too. This retirement thing is really busy.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 12, 2016, 03:34 PM
Garden gates came out pretty nice.

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Got the weed mat and mulch in the pathways too.
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Got the "fixins" for the soil too. Composted cow manure, peat and sand. It's shaping up nicely. Hard to remember what it looked like before.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bartman44 on Apr 12, 2016, 04:33 PM
That looks great.  I had to build an anti-rabbit, ground hog fort around mine.  :'(

I see you have corner posts so I assume the fence is next. 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 12, 2016, 05:07 PM
Yup. There's a roll of 2x4x4' galvanized fence in the garage. I want to run some 1" emt between the posts  to stabilize everything. I'll bore into the post to set the and secure it with some long screws. It'll serve as the top fence rails as well.thats tomorrow afternoon's project.

I used a hand tamper to pound down the soil and rocks in the pathways. My Hands need a day to recover.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: perchgypsy on Apr 12, 2016, 08:30 PM
That right there is a grow palace  :w00t:
Just remember to take off your shoes before you go in ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Apr 13, 2016, 06:42 PM
Yup. There's a roll of 2x4x4' galvanized fence in the garage. I want to run some 1" emt between the posts  to stabilize everything. I'll bore into the post to set the and secure it with some long screws. It'll serve as the top fence rails as well.thats tomorrow afternoon's project.

I used a hand tamper to pound down the soil and rocks in the pathways. My Hands need a day to recover.

Rg

I have 2x4 welded wire for the fencing on my dog run. One day when I was gone on a trip one of the labs brought a baby bunny that did not have it's eyes open yet to the boss woman. Somehow the female rabbit got through the welded wire and made a nest in the high grass. Of course one of the labs had to find the nest. There I is no other way the rabbit could have gotten in other than through the wire as there is buried wood under the gate and the wire was not disturbed for it to have gotten under the rest of the fence.

Along the run of the fence I used round step in fiberglass posts with clips to hold the wire that I get from Tractor Supply. They have held to 7 or 8 years so far.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 14, 2016, 05:36 PM
Got the top rails in for the fence in this afternoon. I'll wire the fence to the top rail and nail it to the bottom border.
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Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 15, 2016, 07:05 PM
Gonna mix up some "dirt" tomorrow  then put up the fence.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 16, 2016, 04:27 PM
Mixed the soil and put up the fence

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I'll plant the asparagus and garlic tomorrow.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 27, 2016, 05:08 PM
How does your garden grow?  ;D

Remember my garden project from this last spring? Well, it's doing great. ;D

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Lots of peppers, tomatoes, cukes, garlic, beans and radishes.
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Thes a couple cubes of parsley and some giant sunflowers coming in. There's also a variety pack of sunflowers along the compost bin that are poking up.

Asparagus starting to poke through.

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A world with fresh  radishes is a wonderful place.

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Very much worth the effort.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bowmandan on May 27, 2016, 05:12 PM
Delicious
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bowmandan on May 27, 2016, 05:12 PM
Delicious
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 27, 2016, 05:42 PM
Yes they were Dan.

I love radishes. I have 8 varieties planted I think. The "square foot" plan is pretty cool.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on May 27, 2016, 07:26 PM
Yes they were Dan.

I love radishes. I have 8 varieties planted I think. The "square foot" plan is pretty cool.

Rg

My room mate and I grew radishes on college.

At least that's what we called them.

 ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 10, 2016, 06:07 AM
  "square foot" 
  Square Foot Garden, great book.. Rest in peace Mel Bartholomew...    :'(
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 14, 2016, 06:27 PM
It's working pretty well Dom.
Beans, radishes, herbs, garlic, cukes, tomatoes
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More cukes, tomatoes, asparagus bed, more radishes .....(I love radishes) more peppers. And giant sunflowers ;D
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The watering system is great. 15 minutes and everything is happy.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 20, 2016, 10:12 AM
Ours is sitting idle this year Bob.
Way too much going on so Donna and I decided to buy our veggies in bulk in August or so instead.
I'm going to add some manure to it and till it when I get back from the Canada fishing trip.
Then I'm going to close it using heavy gauge black plastic.
This will "cook" it over the summer and through next winter.
This will kill any weed seeds and promote rot to anything left in there.
I killed off all the foliage with the short term roundup that is approved for vegetable gardens.
Did that a month ago.

We talked about the garden over the weekend and how we both miss it.
Too late - the process has started - no turning back now - almost too late to plant.
And planting after the 4th when our time frees up a little is silly.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 20, 2016, 03:00 PM
Well....gotta do what ya gotta do.mine is going along great.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 20, 2016, 04:16 PM
Well....gotta do what ya gotta do.mine is going along great.

Rg

Yea
Your pix show it is doing well
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 20, 2016, 06:36 PM
I'm learning for sure. The square foot garden takes a lot of management. Just pruned up my tomato plants. I'll be pulling all the radishes later this week and putting in some more carrots. I'll plant more radishes towards fall.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 20, 2016, 06:45 PM
Mac Solarization it better with a  clear plastic.. ;)

 Two layers of 2-mil thick clear polyethylene plastic (Maximum soil temp = 128 degrees)

One layer of clear polyethylene (Maximum = 124 degrees)

One layer of black polyethylene (Maximum soil temperature = 118 degrees)

One layer of super-clear 2-mil vinyl (Maximum = 124 degrees)

One layer of black PE under a layer of clear PE (Maximum = 123 degrees)

 
While the black plastic became much hotter than the clear plastics, it did so by absorbing the sun's energy instead of transmitting it through to the soil.

The reason the super-clear vinyl didn't due any better than the plain polyethylene is that the underside of any plastic touching the soil quickly becomes covered in condensed water droplets, which refract most of the light away from the soil instead of into it. This effect greatly reduces the soil heating capability of these systems.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 20, 2016, 06:54 PM
That's good info.  Learn something every day.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 20, 2016, 07:04 PM
Your numbers are only good if the plastic is not in contact with the soil.
I use black because I allow it to sag onto the dirt
I also allow the plastic to fill with water
I use black to shut off all photosynthesis.
Also, I get it free from work.
 8)
Thanks though.
Mac
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 20, 2016, 07:12 PM
.........
Also, I get it free from work.
 8)
Thanks though.
Mac
That's worth 6 degrees in my book!    ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 20, 2016, 09:28 PM


  I'm planted as of last weekend, late but still good. Put a yard of compost, a bail of peet and a yard of screened top soil on her this year. Pics to follow....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 21, 2016, 06:11 AM
I've got to get some pictures of my neighbor's garden to post. It's the most meticulous piece of work I've seen. I thought I was a bit OCD when it comes to is stuff.

Thanks for the info Dom.

I'm going to have some free space in the square foot garden this week when I harvest my radishes. Any suggestions on stuff to plant this time of season? I already have an abundance of tomatoes,cukes, pickles, squash, garlic and beans and carrots.

What could I plant in about 8 squares for fall harvest?

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 21, 2016, 07:34 AM
Sounds to me like the only thing missing is cabbage. If you planted them as seed now, they should head out nicely for September.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 21, 2016, 08:22 AM
That's an idea. Thanks!
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 21, 2016, 05:45 PM
If you can still find plants try Brussel Sprouts... ;)  
And the garden looks great Bob....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 21, 2016, 05:47 PM
I'm planted as of last weekend, late but still good. Put a yard of compost, a bail of peet and a yard of screened top soil on her this year. Pics to follow....


    Nice little buddy..   Hope all is growing well....... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 21, 2016, 06:11 PM


What could I plant in about 8 squares for fall harvest?

Rg


Broccoli

Or the Brussels Sprouts someone else mentioned
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 21, 2016, 06:13 PM
Brussels sprouts you can pick really late
After snow actually
We did them last year
They tasted awesome
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 21, 2016, 06:37 PM
Man...we I love Brussels sprouts.

Roasted, steamed, broiled......love them sprouts.


Y'all talked me into it.   Hope I can find some plants.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 21, 2016, 07:14 PM

    Nice little buddy..   Hope all is growing well....... ;D
Some pics only you get loser  ;D But so far so good.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 26, 2016, 06:15 PM
The little garden is loving this heat.
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Fun stuff that will taste great ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Jul 22, 2016, 07:19 AM


          I have a problem, my wife's zucchini has flowers and the fruit has grown to about 3 inches and won't grow any bigger, Why?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 22, 2016, 07:39 AM
Getting enough water? My Zuchini are coming on fast. Some are putting on a pound a day.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jul 22, 2016, 08:34 AM
It sounds to me like they need water, too. Be patient, though, before you know it you'll be sneaking them onto the neighbors' steps just to get rid of them!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 22, 2016, 08:08 PM
Seriously........I'm glad I only put in 3. I'm already giving them away. On the other hand, had some in a stir fry I did tonight. Delicious!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 22, 2016, 08:15 PM
Seriously........I'm glad I only put in 3. I'm already giving them away. On the other hand, had some in a stir fry I did tonight. Delicious!

Rg


 if you get to much Iam sure the is a farmers market you can sell the extras at or even a home less shelter could use some extras.. one plant we had the same problem... lol's
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Jul 24, 2016, 06:16 AM
Getting enough water? My Zuchini are coming on fast. Some are putting on a pound a day.

Rg
               I believe they are getting enough water, I water the days it doesn't rain, they are getting an inch of water a week!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 24, 2016, 07:18 PM
Maybe a pollination problem?

I have tons of solitary bees in my gardens. Seems everything gets pollinated well.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 25, 2016, 05:47 PM
RG you need my famous zucchini relish receipt ....    ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 25, 2016, 07:42 PM
RG you need my famous zucchini relish receipt ....    ;)

Please.....please......please!

I'm having some difficulties getting my pickles to mature. I have some that really took off and some that fizzled. I'm thinking about doing a hand pollination experiment. What the heck....right!

And.........Mac..........don't even think about it!!!!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jul 25, 2016, 08:40 PM
There's just so many possibilities there, RG! Pollinatin' your pickle and all.......  :o You must be feeling better!

I picked my first tomatoes tonight!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jul 25, 2016, 09:11 PM
darn.

and you pitched it right over the plate for me too.

 ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 26, 2016, 03:30 AM
Ya just can't have a serious discussion with you kids ;D

I am feeling better, thanks.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 26, 2016, 06:34 PM
What to do with your zucchini?
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1 1/2" zucchini slices


Butter
Sea salt
Cracked pepper
Lemon juice
Chopped fresh parsley
Parmesan cheese


Coat well, grill slow till tender. Fresh corn, cukes and tomatoes from the garden.........we went veggie tonight. Yum!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bartman44 on Jul 26, 2016, 06:47 PM
What to do with your zucchini?
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1 1/2" zucchini slices


Butter
Sea salt
Cracked pepper
Lemon juice
Chopped fresh parsley
Parmesan cheese


Coat well, grill slow till tender. Fresh corn, cukes and tomatoes from the garden.........we went veggie tonight. Yum!

Rg

Nice spread, been grilling alot of zucchini  and summer squash as well.   Wife made some excellent  chili relleno  tonight with pablanos from the garden.  
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 26, 2016, 07:04 PM
zucchini bread ...


that or tin foil packs we add 2 zucchinis 2 summer squash cut in to strips or real thin circles  , two red peppers two green peppers ,all peppers deseeded and  cut in to strips  2-3 pounds of  kielbasa polish sausage cut about half in wide slices, potato's cut like steak fries  about 10 whole potato's , carrot shred's, butter about a half to a  stick per pack, and garlic salt sprinkled to liking  roll of tin foil made in to a folded pouch we roll the ends of the pouch to contain all the juices meal and throw it on the grill  but do make three layer of foil not just one.. and pouch each layer...  cook till potato's and veggies is fully soft...may burn some these were meant to throw in the fire and cook during boy scout camping trips...for quick meals...that were we got it from...two pouches about 1 foot long  width of the roll of tin foil  will serve four people that are real hungry lol's ... have oven mits or pot holder ready to flip them on the grill tin foil get hot tong will rip foil just a tip about this.. I sure you could shrink it down  for less left overs too...       
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 26, 2016, 07:34 PM
Gardens are a beautiful thing.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jul 27, 2016, 04:52 PM


  Grill it marinated in balsamic is our Favorite, but Boat style filled with venison meat sauce and topped with mozz and parm is a close  2nd. Dom's relish is awesome and I need the recipe come to think of it :)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 31, 2016, 05:22 PM
Did up some pickles, pickled cukes and pickled radishes today. Felt good to get some kitchen time.

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Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jul 31, 2016, 05:39 PM
Looks good! I don't think I've ever tried a pickled radish, but I think it'd like it.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jul 31, 2016, 06:23 PM


  I'm curious about the radishes myself, love em. I did a couple different batches of pickles with mixed results. I need to tweak my vinegar to water ratios.
 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 31, 2016, 07:12 PM
Save yourself a lot of tinkering. Try Mrs. Wages dill pickle mix. There's a refrigator variety and a processed variety. I like to process pickles. I think they come out with way more flavor and it's nice to find that jar in the back of the cupboard when you think you've already finished them off.

The radishes come out pretty good. It's a cold pack recipe. This time of summer, radishes can be very thick skinned and sharp. I get radishes from a local farm market. There's one guy there who grows them the size of small apples.

Simple recipe.
1 cup vinegar, white or cider, 5% acidity
2 cups water
3 tablespoons canning or kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar
Heat the brine till all the salt and sugar is dissolved.

Slice the radishes
Pack jars with radishes, white or Vidalia onion, garlic cloves, mustard seeds, dill seeds and any other spices you like. I add a good pinch of red pepper flakes.

Pour brine over, cover and refrigerate. Use within 30 days. Great in salads and on sandwiches.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jul 31, 2016, 08:15 PM
Thanks! I'm going to try a batch.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 01, 2016, 07:25 AM


  Thanks Rg, I'm gonna try both  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 01, 2016, 02:53 PM
Tried the radishes just now.......mmmmmmmmmmmm!

Gotta let the pickles and cukes rest for a few days if I can stand it.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 01, 2016, 08:11 PM


  Choked down the last of my pickles..... Got a huge harvest on the horizon, when I planted this year I bought A yard of compost and dropped a yard of screened topsoil over it for a total of 5 inches of new soil. I think the roots got to the compost in the last couple weeks because I am experiencing a bloom explosion ;D I'll try and take a few pics this week. Sick of watering, but impressed with the boom.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 09, 2016, 12:33 PM
My pickles and cukes have exploded this last week as well. Tons of new blossoms. Seems to be a lot of male flowers though and not so many female.

I've already put up a dozen jars. My son and I tested some yesterday. Great flavor and good heat from the hot peppers that I added.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 09, 2016, 08:43 PM


  I tried the spice you recommended, good call. Touch strong when I use it again I'm gonna cut some spice and add a touch more water. I added 4 sliced hungarian wax peppers and 1/4 cup of sugar to a jar of sliced fridge pickles and they were really good, so I brought the quart jar to work and it was gone before lunch :)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 10, 2016, 04:32 PM
Its been a very busy summer but we have been staying up with the freezing and canning....
Everyone else stuff looks great.....  Lots of relish. pickles and jams....
But still have had time to yank a bunch of bass lips....    ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 10, 2016, 05:12 PM
Good looking stash Dom :thumbup_smilie:

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bartman44 on Aug 10, 2016, 06:30 PM
Wow!  Nice stash Dom.

My garden has an issue. Before I left for Maine I had a variety of tomatoes turning red and when I came back there were none, just green ones.  I immediately thought family but my wife was looking out the window and a squirrel had a whole jet star and was heading out of my yard with it.   I've dealt with deer, rabbits, groundhogs @ chipmunks and have beat them all  but I never had squirrels take tomatoes. They steal the whole thing and leave no evidence.

Can't use a gun so need to borrow my friend's crossbow.

Darn varmints.

   
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 10, 2016, 07:03 PM
Dom.....  :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :flex:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 10, 2016, 08:04 PM
Bart, get some Sweenys poison peanuts.

They're a mole bait.  But they've taken care of the chipmonks and red squirrels that were destroying my heirloom yellow stripy tomatoes. Just put out a dish or two. They'll disappear.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 10, 2016, 08:24 PM
Bart could drown them rats take a 5 or 6 gallon pail fill it half way with water buy some sun flower seed and layer the top of water so it looks like bucket full of seeds make a ramp that leads to it then add a few seeds along as a bread Crum trail when they jump in they drown cause the water under the seeds it works so try it before the x bow.. or the peanut idea rg said... by the way nice winter stash of food!! I leary of the peanut idea cause they will carry them off and die some were like trees and parts of the wall of homes do carefully with them also bird eat peanuts so another reason not to use them..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 10, 2016, 09:24 PM


Can't use a gun so need to borrow my friend's crossbow.


    

Bart, Bob's solution works, but without any real benefit.
Get a Crossman pump.
Quiet as the crossbow and affective.
And you can stew of the rodent afterwards.
Good luck.

Mac
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 10, 2016, 09:49 PM
Another good point is don't use lead pellets they tend to explode when they hit bone use bb's then all you find Is one I hear that them tree rats are good eating all I find a use for them is there tails for fly tYing  any how carefully with poisons like attack and I have said there not that good for any thing like bad for the envirement poison is..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 10, 2016, 10:00 PM
any how carefully with poisons like attack and I have said there not that good for any thing like bad for the envirement poison is..

Sometimes, reading your stuff really makes my head hurt.

But, yea, you are correct.

No poison please.
Shoot the bugger.

Then cook him.
 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 11, 2016, 04:45 AM
Boon....you're e king of the one sentence post ;D


Well, not always possible to get a shot at the little thieves. They've evaded 2 sizes of havaheart traps and managed to clean off 2 types of mouse traps without so much as a footprint left behind.  Unless I want to donn tomato and zucchini camouflage and make like a leaf....there's no way I could pop them with the pellet gin.  I did trap one grey at my bird feeder. It was the one that figured out how to climb up my Weber and jump the 7' up and over to the feeder tray. Big old doe. She got a ride to the park.

The poison pellets go in a foil dish under the tomato plants they were munching. No birds were harmed in this exercise. They don't eat tomatoes and there's no food source for them to be foraging around under the plants. Maybe a sparrow.......and they can die right along with the tomato thieves for all I care. 

As for where they die......they don't live in my garage or house so I don't give a d**n where they expire....just that they do.

By the way, I love squirrel fried or stewed. I have a nice little Marlin 69A with a 2-10 on it, and a Ruger MK1 custom built target with a red dot .....just for squirrels. There's also a sweet little 20ga. SBS stashed in the safe if I don't feel particularly accurate ;D

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 11, 2016, 06:58 AM
Lol.  I bought my wife a .177 pellet rifle years ago, and we haven't had a squirrel problem since.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 11, 2016, 07:20 AM
I used to have a .177 Crosman Olympic. Some dirtbag stole it from my shop.

This morning's harvest.
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Guess I better do some canning today ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 11, 2016, 07:44 AM
Lol.  I bought my wife a .177 pellet rifle years ago, and we haven't had a squirrel problem since.   ;D


How many new windows have you bought for the neighbors?

 :D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 11, 2016, 10:02 AM

How many new windows have you bought for the neighbors?

 :D
I haven't ever even had to consider it. I've seen her shoot the eye out of a chipmunk that just peeked his head out of the wood pile at 20 paces!  ;D

Nice haul, RG. Your work's cut out for you!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 11, 2016, 02:01 PM
Looks great Bob.  Glad to see your felling better...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 11, 2016, 02:34 PM
Thanks Dom. I'm about 85% and improving every day. Nothing can stop me from making pickles though ;D

Got those done.
 Did this batch a bit sweeter with some Serrano peppers I picked up at a local farm market.should have some good zing.
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My son is stopping by with some porter. Need to do some quality control on the last batch. It takes a certain palette ya know.

Salsa tomorrow.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 12, 2016, 11:38 AM
Yesterday morning I fabricated/attached a hose to the condensate tray on the A/C and ran it into a small "rain barrel". It's so humid out, I "made" 12 gallons of water for the garden in 24 hrs. !   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Aug 12, 2016, 12:03 PM
Yesterday morning I fabricated/attached a hose to the condensate tray on the A/C and ran it into a small "rain barrel". It's so humid out, I "made" 12 gallons of water for the garden in 24 hrs. !   ;D

We put gutter on my buddy's pole barn one spring. We ran it into his spray water tank so he could use it to spray his asparagus field. That was a fantastic idea but mother nature did not cooperate as it did not rain enough all that summer to grow mosquitoes in the tank.

I tilled up my old garden spot the other day. It was powder dry. Waiting for enough rain to allow me to run the roller over it as it will not compact as dry as it is. Next step is plant it to grass.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 12, 2016, 05:28 PM
Soon as the weather breaks, I'm pulling the zucchini and pepper plants. I'll start some radishes.

I need to take a picture of the sunflowers I grew. They're around 12' tall and just starting to flower out. Gigantic!
Pickles and cukes are still coming and sauce tomatoes are not too far away.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: IFF on Aug 12, 2016, 10:10 PM
I am beginning to think you enjoy eating more than fishing RG
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 12, 2016, 10:52 PM
Soon as the weather breaks, I'm pulling the zucchini and pepper plants. I'll start some radishes...........m

Rg
Nobody likes a quitter!    :P
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 13, 2016, 03:33 AM
I am beginning to think you enjoy eating more than fishing RG

Well, I can only fish when weather permits.  ;D

And........I've had my fill of zucchini. Next year......1 plant only!!!

I got up early to take my walk to the park and back. (I'm not quite up to running as yet) I had hopes of catching some of the Perseid meteor shower. But, after 2 solid weeks of crystal clear morning skies, cloud cover both yesterday and today :-\

I'd go fishing, but it's already 78 degrees with 90% humidity and no break in sight till tomorrow. The geniuses are calling for yet another day around 90 with oppressive humidity again and thunderstorms. We broke a 130 year record yesterday at 96. We're in a severe drought condition here. The streams are nothing but a few dribbles with an occasional puddle. We look to get some spotty rain with the thunderstorms but, nothing like what we really need.

I hate to say it, but I can't wait to feel the need to wear jeans and a sweatshirt to keep warm.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 13, 2016, 08:32 AM


I hate to say it, but I can't wait to feel the need to wear jeans and a sweatshirt to keep warm.

Rg

shaddup

 >:(
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 13, 2016, 11:01 AM
The giant sunflowers
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I'm 6' tall.

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The zucchini jungle
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Asparagus and carrots, pickles, tomatoes and some peppers.
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The pickles are vining up the giant sunflowers.

My Passion flower vines went crazy this season.
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Cukes, pickles, more tomatoes and Passion flowers.
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Mama's plantings did well this year too.

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Tough weather, lots of watering, but great results.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 13, 2016, 11:26 AM
What happened to those sun flowers ? Did Michel Phelps pee on them to get them to grow that big?? Of you feeding them the same stuff???
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Aug 13, 2016, 12:07 PM
The birds have cleaned all the seeds off my volunteer sunflowers that came up from feeding the birds last winter. Neat to see a cardinal hanging up side down getting a crop full of seeds off the sunflowers.

Dumped 1.75 inches of rain out of the gauge a bit ago.  We had as shower a few minutes ago while the sun was shining. A lot of pop up showers around.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 13, 2016, 12:34 PM
What happened to those sun flowers ? Did Michel Phelps pee on them to get them to grow that big?? Of you feeding them the same stuff???

A-Rod sold me his left overs. He doesnt need them any more.


I need to get a rain gauge.

Clouds are starting to get organized around here. I have a feeling we're in for some strong storms in the next 8 hours.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 13, 2016, 12:53 PM
Lols... the stronger storms were last night they seemed to be moving real slow tons of lightning strikes.. heard 6 people got hit or struck by the lightning in new York 3 were on the same bench under a tree.. when they got struck so careful rg don't want you looking like that guy in the movie the great outdoors! The one with John candy...the guy with the skunk hair due..lol's ya that's about what we got here 1.5 inch of rain.. on a side note got a few Tomato's from the garden we did not plant much this year did not want the up keep.. 2 sunflowers 3-5 tomatoes no cucumbers no squash no radishes no corn etc... small one this year but less up keep was nice..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 13, 2016, 05:56 PM
Actually, it was 2 people killed by lightening in a cemetery in Batavia Ny. They were engaged in amorous behavior under a tree and killed by a strike according to the Batavia police.

We did get some weather today.
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Not a lot of rain really. Hope we get more overnight.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 14, 2016, 07:54 AM
In the BN -


Lightning apparently claimed the lives of two people found dead Wednesday afternoon under a tree in St. Joseph Cemetery in Batavia following a thunderstorm earlier that morning, Batavia police said.

Richard T. Garlock, 34, of Newstead, and Jenea M. Macleod, 32, of Corfu, suffered from injuries consistent with being struck by lightning, according to the Erie County medical examiner, though the cause of death is still pending further tests.

Lightning struck the area sometime between 2:30 and 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, when a storm passed through the area, the National Weather Service said.

Both Garlock and Macleod were arrested last August in Bergen on drug charges, including possession of heroin and crack cocaine, along with hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 15, 2016, 08:08 PM
Bob garden and flowers look great.....
I'm ready to make more pickles and zucchini relish this week...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 16, 2016, 07:00 PM
Today's harvest.
 And, yes...that fat green thing is a pickle gone wild.
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I pulled a couple of the pickle vines and one zucchini plant today to give the peppers some more room and light. Pruned back the other zucchini and tomatoes as well. I'm finding that the square foot garden plan needs active pruning, planting, harvesting etc. I'm ready for some fall planting. Another radish crop and garlic for the spring. The asparagus is really taking hold nicely. Carrots are growing....we'll see about them when the time comes.

I've learned a lot this year. Lord knows what I'll do next year :-\

Fun stuff for sure.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 16, 2016, 09:40 PM
Made some salsa today.
Gotta get some lime and cilantro for it tomorrow
Also needs some onion ground into it
It's got 3 jalapeño peppers in it and a few pretty hot banana peppers
So the heat it pretty high
I might add a few more tomatoes and sweet bells to it and tone it down some.
Maybe not. 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 17, 2016, 06:02 AM


 Man, the tomatoes look delicious  ;D ;D ;D I'm trying to squeeze a few more batches of pickling cukes outta my vines, the advice you gave me about using Mrs. Wages as my base was spot on. I added a tablespoon per jar of Honey and sliced 3 hungarian waxed peppers per jar for my last batch and they are phenomenal. My tomaotes are taking their sweet time but the plants are healthy, no blight in sight. Brussles sprouts are showing up and Beans are winding down, might replant some beans and peas.....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 17, 2016, 08:11 AM
I pulled he zucchini this morning. Pulled a couple of cute vines yesterday. A little more cleanup and I'll,be ready for the late season crops.

Got enough salsa and a couple dozen jars of pickles. I'll be making marinara next. The plumb tomatoes and peppers are coming along nicely.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishin4eyes on Aug 18, 2016, 06:21 AM
Anyone ever bought any plants through kriegers wholesale nursery? Going to put in another 150 blueberrys and some raspberries next spring. Not many reviews on them
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 18, 2016, 07:04 PM
You've got a lot of room to be adding that many plants. Good luck with your planting.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishin4eyes on Aug 18, 2016, 09:18 PM
I'm working on starting an orchard. Got 41 apples 4 pears and 60 blueberrys in this year. Trying to find a good company to buy in bulk from.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 20, 2016, 04:17 PM
Looks awesome Bart...........
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 20, 2016, 04:21 PM
Posting these pictures for  drowndin dots ..

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 20, 2016, 04:36 PM
We made 14 quarts of cinnamon spiced peaches last night..  OK really we made 16 but two of those and 1/2 gal french vanilla icecream disappeared...    ::)    ;D ;D ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 20, 2016, 06:16 PM
Man those look good Dom. My Mom and Grandma used to can peaches. Too good for words. I'm thinking I might do some myself. Maybe some pears too.

I like the pickle trellis DD. Great idea. I picked my remaining cukes and pickles and pulled the plants. Made garden vegetable sauce today with the tomatoes, peppers and zucchini. I turned over a couple of the beds and plan to start some more beans and radishes.

Got some much needed rain today with more on the way tomorrow.

I love seeing all the garden pics guys. I'm already thinking about next year.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 20, 2016, 08:08 PM
Posting these pictures for  drowndin dots ..

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Thanks Dom, I'll take some good ones tomorrow to show the progress .... Or lack of in the case of my Maters..... And to better capture the layout.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 20, 2016, 08:10 PM


   Thanks RG, really makes finding and monitoring the progress of the vines easier, also I believe the flowers get pollinated better with the increased visibility.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 21, 2016, 04:22 AM
I believe you're right on both counts. I had a couple cukes and pickles go wild on me for not seeing them in the tangle of vines. They produced alright as I have a great solitary bee population around my gardens. But I did do some pollinating with a small artist brush to help things along. This was my first planting in the square foot gardens so there's plenty for me to learn.

Right now I'm on a quest for a wood chipper/shreader to mulch my garden and yard waste. I've been looking and studying. Any suggestions from our gardeners would be appreciated.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 21, 2016, 07:24 AM
What about a cheap harbor freight model... I think costs 149.99 minus 20% might sweeten the deal on a wood chipper shredder... Here is a link to that very model..you get 20% off coupons all the time in the news paper and in magazines ..


http://m.harborfreight.com/14-amp-1-12-in-capacity-chipper-shredder-61714.html (http://m.harborfreight.com/14-amp-1-12-in-capacity-chipper-shredder-61714.html)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 21, 2016, 07:32 AM
Next cheapest shredder is at link below..as for quality of each is beyond me ...


http://m.homedepot.com/p/Lawnmaster-1-5-in-15-Amp-Electric-Chipper-Shredder-FD1501/203457389 (http://m.homedepot.com/p/Lawnmaster-1-5-in-15-Amp-Electric-Chipper-Shredder-FD1501/203457389)

By the way each cost about the same when you include shipping from harbor freight..  versus free shipping at homedepot and taxes etc.. but for price I think the 15 amp motor would be better for garden composting .. just from  knowing motors.. you don't want under powered .. also bought a muti speed buffer at hf it worked fine only complain the motor was noisy as can be..  I am guessing the hf shredder would be worst..

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 21, 2016, 10:35 AM


  Welp, wont be watering today it seems  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 21, 2016, 02:05 PM
We got a good rain all morning long. Temps dropped into the 70's so I took advantage. Canned up the last of my pickles and a good batch of sauce.

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Thanks for the links Boon. I'll get something more substantial than those electric units. I'm looking at a 5 hp MTD chipper /shreader tomorrow evening. Looks like a solid, all steel machine. Good reviews and parts are available. They're asking $150.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 21, 2016, 02:26 PM
Looks awesome Bob.. I watered plants for 3 hours this morning.. At work...Started raining  here  around  2...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 21, 2016, 04:13 PM
I was thinking of you Dom. My Bride and I were at the greenhouse looking for some mums today. Nothing too exciting around here yet. I'll get my Hardy's from my favorite farm stand. He grows some beauties and sells them very reasonably.

One bad part about this rain......gotta mow my d**n lawn again :-\

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 21, 2016, 06:11 PM


Thanks for the links Boon. I'll get something more substantial than those electric units. I'm looking at a 5 hp MTD chipper /shreader tomorrow evening. Looks like a solid, all steel machine. Good reviews and parts are available. They're asking $150.

Rg

Ya that a heck of a deal on a mtd chipper those sell new for 499.99 to 799.99 most places.. we got a mtd snow thrower all steel had it the last 20 some years.. original spark plugs in it electric start etc etc.. always change the oil and it will run forever... sooner or later I got to change the spark plugs but it not a problem why make it..lol's
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Wnthunting on Aug 21, 2016, 06:33 PM

Hey Rg .. I've been looking for a good sauce recipe to use up all my brandy wine tomatoes .. Would you mind sharing your recipe ?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 21, 2016, 08:12 PM
Recipe? What recipe ;D

There's no 2 batches the same, but, there are some basic ingredients. That said,we make our sauce to be a "cooking sauce". Meaning that it's a base to work with to create other dishes. We use many varieties of tomatoes in the sauce. Yellow heirloom, Mr. Stripy, giant plumb, Better Boy, Cherry Plumb etc. all are peeled and thoroughly drained, smashed and drained again. We do not remove seeds as neither of us has any dietary concerns related to seed consumption. We feel there's too much nutrition lost if the seeds are removed.

So....if you want to make pasta sauce, you'll want to use a food mill to separate the seeds and skins.

Anyway, the basics are:
Tomatoes
Garlic........garlic.......some more garlic and a bit more garlic.
Bell peppers. This year I grew purple and green bell peppers.
Hot peppers. We grow Hungarian , Yellow Cow horn and jalapeño.
Onion
And...the last of the zucchini, chopped.
Fresh basils....yes....basils....I use 3 kinds of fresh basil from the herb garden, Thai, cinnamon and spicy basil, along with fresh parsley and Greek oregano.
Kosher salt and coarse ground pepper
Sugar


Peel, smash and drain the tomatoes. Drain them....smash them.....drain them again then drain them again.

Start the onions, peppers, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper and sugar with olive oil in a big pot. Sweat till translucent.

Add the tomatoes and bring to a slow simmer. Cook it down at least 30% tasting and adjusting seasonings as you go. Mine cooks about 5 hours total.

I can my sauce so I bring it to a temp of 185 and add it to hot, sterilized jars leaving 1/2" head space. I process in a full roll hot water bath for 40- 45 minutes.

We add whatever other ingredients we like for the finished sauce. Cheeses, meats, seafoods etc. and sauté to the finish.

That's what we do anyway.

When I try to explain it, it sounds complicated, when I actually do it, it's a labor of love. It just seems natural. I love to cook......eat.......cook.....eat......cook......e at.....well, you get the idea ;D

Rg


Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 22, 2016, 04:43 AM
Since this is my first year with these raised beds, I'm looking for advice as to what I should be doing to prep them for winter. So far the only common online advice is to mulch with leaves. There's a slew of other suggestions which seem to be gardener's choices rather than bona fide information.

One said to lay down layers of newspaper and mulch over top. Another says to top plants, leaving the root structures in the soil rather than pull the plants out completely. Yet another says to add manure and organics and cover with black plastic. I'm not quite sure what I want to do.

You're advice is appreciated.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 22, 2016, 05:23 AM
Pull all the dead stuff, add more compost wait till spring and plant...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 22, 2016, 07:59 AM
That's simple enough ;D

K.I.S.S. Method eh!
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Wnthunting on Aug 22, 2016, 08:58 PM
Thanks RG .. Think  I'll try and get some made this weekend.. I guess sauce is one of those things you just have to keep playing with it until you find what you like. The wife and I usually make a very saucy Ratatouille with all the garden veggies and freeze it .. But I've been on a canning kick this year .. It's nice not to have to thaw things out
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 23, 2016, 04:57 AM
Looks like I'll be doing another couple batches this week. Tomatoes show no signs of ending anytime soon. Got my fall radish crop started yesterday. Put in some beans too. Don't know if they'll produce this late, but it's been warm so what the heck.

 Took a look at the chipper shreader last night. The guy couldn't get it started right off. He had to put gas in the cylinder to get it going. When it did start it made the most god awful squealing sound I've ever heard. He tried to tell me it could be repaired for $50. Needless to say, I passed. It's probably more than I want anyway. I'll keep looking. I told him I'd buy a new one before I'd mess around with that one.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 23, 2016, 06:18 AM
Donna's tomatoes in the 2 pots aren't even turning red yet.
And one of them is starting to die, AND there are tomatoes missing.
They were green too.
We thought maybe deer, but we have not seen any this year.
And I thought green tomatoes weren't anything a squirrel would eat.
And the rabbits, which we have tons of, can't reach that high.
The other plant right next to it is fine.
Crazy.

 :blink:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 23, 2016, 07:43 PM


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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 23, 2016, 07:44 PM


  No clue why it did doubles......
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 24, 2016, 05:15 AM
It looks doubely great buddy...  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 24, 2016, 05:36 AM
Nice plot DD. I'm gonna steal your pickle frame idea next year.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 24, 2016, 04:20 PM
It looks doubely great buddy...  ;D
I'm pleased with everything I grew this year  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 24, 2016, 04:28 PM
Nice plot DD. I'm gonna steal your pickle frame idea next year.

Rg
In that case, it WAS a cheap green house from Christmas tree shops. The plastic got destroyed during a storm while I was in the hospital. Simple to replicate, but I didn't want to wast it so my Bride and I  .... Mostly her  ;D came up with that. I used to make tee-pees with bamboo steaks. This by far trumps my idea. All organic BTW Only used Neem Oil for pest control. One thing I do, and I cant stress this enough, is burn every spring. And there is no such thing as too much. I burn every down branch, leaf and then some, great food and kills mold and fungus.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 24, 2016, 06:15 PM
I thought it looked familiar DD. We've got the same greenhouse.  Haven't lost the cover yet.  We tried the trellis thing with chicken wire a couple years ago.  It worked okay but the cukes always wanted to grow inside the wire "O's".
Nice garden!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 24, 2016, 07:22 PM
Yeah, I had some cukes and pickles grow through the chicken wire. I won't be able to do a burn....unless I want to lose my garage :-\

This fall I'm gonna beef up the soil with compost and mulch the beds with a good layer of leaves. Especially the asparagus bed which is doing just great. It's shooting out sprouts the size of my thumb already. I'm thinking I'll have a small harvest next spring.

It's been a fun growing season and it's far from over.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Aug 25, 2016, 03:13 AM
I know it will be tempting next spring but let the grass grow another year to strengthen the crowns. there have been fields here that lasted 40 years. I would not cover it with black plastic for the winter as that would warm the ground earlier in the spring making the asparagus sprout early before last frost. Remember when you do start picking it snap it of do not cut it. Then ever inch is ediable unlike the California stuff that is cut and you throw half of it away.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 25, 2016, 05:16 AM
Thanks for the advice Tom. I won't cover it with plastic. Just mulched leaves. I can't believe how thick they have gotten in just one year. There's 15-20 sprouts from each crown and they're 4' tall. There's lots of little green berries as well. I assume those are seeds. Guess I'll have to be patient ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 25, 2016, 05:37 AM
I thought it looked familiar DD. We've got the same greenhouse.  Haven't lost the cover yet.  We tried the trellis thing with chicken wire a couple years ago.  It worked okay but the cukes always wanted to grow inside the wire "O's".
Nice garden!   ;D
Thanks  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 25, 2016, 06:00 AM
Every ones stuff looks great...  Mines coming a long just fine..    ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: wallyworld on Aug 25, 2016, 06:12 AM
Help, please.
I planted pumpkins this year for the first time. Thought I would have a bumper crop based on the number of flowers there were, but....flowers were all i got, no pumpkins at all!!!!! Any suggestions for next year??
Thanks in advance  ;D

P.S.
Tomatoes, peppers and cukes all did good, just the pumpkins failed to fruit.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 25, 2016, 06:25 AM
Wally if you look at the first picture in my post  you will see an empty bed..  I had 3 huge giant max plants in there and they had lots of flowers..  They never had a pumpkin start..
I always get several big pumpkins but not this year.. Dont know why..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: wallyworld on Aug 25, 2016, 06:41 AM
Raquette....that certainly makes me feel better, at least it's not just me  ;D ;D  Thanks!!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 25, 2016, 02:35 PM


  Looks great Dom  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 25, 2016, 03:54 PM
Great looking garden Dom. Wish I had the room.

My radishes already poked through. Just letting some more tomatoes ripen before I make another batch of sauce.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 25, 2016, 04:01 PM
Thanks Ed and Bob.. The hard part i find about my beds is they dry out fast. But than some of them have 5 different  types  of  vegetables in them... ;D  I'm going to try rows of garlic  in my empty bed ( plant next week) for the winter and plant around them in the spring..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 25, 2016, 07:35 PM
Thanks Ed and Bob.. The hard part i find about my beds is they dry out fast. But than some of them have 5 different  types  of  vegetables in them... ;D  I'm going to try rows of garlic  in my empty bed ( plant next week) for the winter and plant around them in the spring..
First full moon in October  ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 25, 2016, 08:05 PM
Thanks Ed and Bob.. The hard part i find about my beds is they dry out fast. But than some of them have 5 different  types  of  vegetables in them... ;D  I'm going to try rows of garlic  in my empty bed ( plant next week) for the winter and plant around them in the spring..


Sounds like you need a soaker hose set up or three..  like at link ran threw the garden .. some people bury these under the plastic in next to the roots of plants or close to them..


http://m.homedepot.com/p/Element-SoakerPRO-3-8-in-Dia-x-100-ft-System-Water-Hose-ELSSK38100CC/204760316 (http://m.homedepot.com/p/Element-SoakerPRO-3-8-in-Dia-x-100-ft-System-Water-Hose-ELSSK38100CC/204760316)

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 26, 2016, 04:11 AM
First full moon in October  ;)

For garlic planting DD?  I've got one bed I planted last spring. It didn't produce well at all so I pulled it and planted radishes.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 26, 2016, 05:32 AM
Supposed to plant garlic the week the kids go back to school.....
You have to listen to Mike McGraths "you bet your garden" on NPR radio 7am Saturday and Sunday..Garlic was the topic last weekend..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 26, 2016, 05:39 AM
Boon I have a couple soaker hoses and they work ok but I need 9 of them and some way to hook them to a manifold soil can run them all at once and put a timer on them..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 26, 2016, 05:40 AM
For garlic planting DD?  I've got one bed I planted last spring. It didn't produce well at all so I pulled it and planted radishes.

Rg
My bride's uncle has a very successful garlic harvest every year and that's his schedule. Works for him and he fills a sack with fresh garlic year in, year out. Plants the buds covers the garden with leaves and compost, and the first green he sees every spring is the garlic.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 26, 2016, 06:10 AM
My garlic didn't come back up this spring either and I had green last fall.  I think with our lack of snow it winter killed. 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 26, 2016, 08:02 AM
Boon I have a couple soaker hoses and they work ok but I need 9 of them and some way to hook them to a manifold soil can run them all at once and put a timer on them..


Soaker are a pain and cost to much to set up like your saying... unless you using black plastic to cover the gardening soil  then you don't need soakers... if the beds are open uncovered get something like s square pattren metal vane whirling sprinkler and mount it to pvc pipe so it's up high. Then just turn it on..  this is another good sprinkler for open gardens .. at link..

https://www.menards.com/main/outdoors/watering-irrigation/sprinklers/brass-telescoping-3-arm-sprinkler-on-aluminum-step-spike-with-plastic-connections/p-1444450327995-c-8661.htm?tid=-6036865513781615252 (https://www.menards.com/main/outdoors/watering-irrigation/sprinklers/brass-telescoping-3-arm-sprinkler-on-aluminum-step-spike-with-plastic-connections/p-1444450327995-c-8661.htm?tid=-6036865513781615252)

Mount it up high above the plants and just turn it on.. you can bury pvc and have the connection points above ground so it stable like a spike sprinkler.. and use a square pattren any how there is alway next year to figure out irrigation.. since its the end of season..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 26, 2016, 01:51 PM
Yeah think I will stick to doing it by hand..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 26, 2016, 02:27 PM
Yeah think I will stick to doing it by hand..

Yea, the older you get the more that phrase applies.

 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 26, 2016, 04:30 PM
OYE! You never stop Mac.

I used soaker hoses for my beds this summer. Made quick work of watering. Got a 4 outlet manifold at Lowes and set up 4 zones. I think I spent $15 for the hose, another $10 for additional fittings and that's it. I used some galvanized wire to make some loops to hold the hose in place.  I cut up an old hose and added ends to make the feeds from the manifold to the beds.

I was gonna mess with a timer, but just opened and closed the different zones as needed. I found it cheap and effective.

Thanks for the info on the garlic. I think I'll wait till I'm done with radishes then drop some garlic in.  What other fall plantings do you do if any?

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 26, 2016, 08:41 PM
OYE! You never stop Mac.


Rg

Don't worry Bob.
I'm going fishing in the morning tomorrow.
I'll be much better afterwards.
With any hope.

😎
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 26, 2016, 09:24 PM
I don't always do them Bob, but parsnips are a fall planting, too.  I was taught that that should be sewn in the fall and harvested mid-summer.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 27, 2016, 03:44 AM
I don't always do them Bob, but parsnips are a fall planting, too.  I was taught that that should be sewn in the fall and harvested mid-summer.   ;D
Not a big fan of parsnips. Think I'll stick with some greens. Maybe leaf lettuce, spinach and chard.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 27, 2016, 08:03 AM
My spinach didn't do squat this year for some reason. It basically didn't even come up (maybe 6 +/- plants?) and I planted that row 3 times. I'm going to put in some peas this week and hope for a nice fall crop.  I'll probably do a 50/50 with Snow peas and Little Marvels.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Aug 27, 2016, 10:08 AM
My buddy that grows parsnips plants in the spring, mulches them in the fall and harvests as soon as the weather breaks the next spring. Over  wintering makes them sweeter.

Same with carrots. I gave some to a friend whos kids would not eat carrots. They devoured the over wintered ones looking for more. She hardly got a taste.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 27, 2016, 12:54 PM
Spent a long morning in the garden today. Pulled the giant sunflowers and most of the tomatoes. Left the hot peppers ant the tomatoes in the other gardens. I'll be planting, chard, spinach, 2 varieties of leaf lettuce and snow peas in addition to the beans and radishes already sprouting.

Right now it's time for a beer and the little league championship games.


Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 27, 2016, 03:28 PM
Beer is good!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 27, 2016, 03:32 PM
Beer is great.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 27, 2016, 03:36 PM
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
                                                                                 Ben Franklin
 ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 27, 2016, 04:55 PM
One of the songs on our camp CD..     ;D
   
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 27, 2016, 05:21 PM
And........Maine-Endwell wins the US championship and stays undefeated for the season.

I say hoist one to celebrate!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 27, 2016, 05:32 PM
And........Maine-Endwell wins the US championship and stays undefeated for the season.

I say hoist one to celebrate!

Rg

Wrong thread buddy

BTW, we did alright on the walleyes today.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 28, 2016, 12:21 PM
So....the little garden got a makeover the past few days.  With forecasted temps staying up around the 80 mark well into September, I thought ...what the heck. Let's plant some more stuff. I  pulled almost everything, leaving the hot peppers, parsley and a couple tomato plants and of course, the asparagus and carrots.

I measured the biggest sunflower. It was 14' tall with a 22" diameter crown. The stalks were as much as 3" in diameter.

They won't be in next year's garden. The sucked the life out of that end of the bed. I might do a planting out in the yard somewhere.

I also moved the compost bin outside of the garden and dug up all the blasted tiger lilies. More room to work :thumbup_smilie:
Planted 4 varieties of radishes, 2 varieties of leaf lettuce, snow peas, green and wax beans and chard.
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I fortified the soil with cow manure with compost and a pretty good garden soil mixture. The soil looks really good.

Having fun with some fall crops is new to me. I like it!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 28, 2016, 02:38 PM
I think I solved where Donna's green tomatoes went.
Out at the lake my neighbor has a small raised bed.
2 tomato plants are in it.
Last night I saw a small black squirrel running across my lawn with a green tomato in its mouth.
The tomato was larger in diameter than the squirrel's head.
Goofiest looking thing.
I would have thought that green tomatoes would be too bitter for a squirrel's liking.
Obviously not.

BTW Bob, I just showed Donna your garden pictures there.
She is very impressed.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 28, 2016, 02:41 PM
Looks great Bob. Very clean and organized. After working today just spent an hour  watering mine. Went back and dug down a little and it was  bone dry.. Spent another hour doing it over.But everything is growing  great. Still got a lot of baby cucumbers and peppers and tomatoes are going strong. Pulled my broccoli and cauliflower so I put in some lettuce seeds..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 28, 2016, 02:53 PM
Thanks guys,

A small garden is easy to manage I guess. I have an idea for a potting bench that's been rattling around my brain. I think it mite take shape before the end of the growing season this year.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 28, 2016, 03:19 PM
Rg that asparagus looks awesome!! Micro gardening works for you? I know it works for us...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 28, 2016, 05:12 PM
This is the first year with the little square foot garden. I learned a lot about placement, spacing and timing. But, it produced like crazy for the size of it.

The asparagus bed is humming along very nicely putting up shoots the size of my finger in diameter. I'm amazed at how well it took off . The bed is deep...18"... And filled with a pretty good soil mix.

I wish I had room to really do it up right, but I don't so I'll make the best of what I have.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 28, 2016, 05:43 PM
Ya they really over grow quickly.. we had 50 Tomato plants. We sprouted from seeding one box man every thing from brandywine to cherry Tomato's.. had to thow 100% of yhem away cause we had to many and bugs got to them.. the next year we planted 12 sunflowers in the front of that box like a fence.. and thet grew big like 14 footers .. smallest was about 10 foot another thing that grew like weeds .. any how enjoy what you got and keep it simple is all I can suggest like you got.. cause it makes it easier to keep up on the weeding pruning  watering etc.. big gardens are arse breakers no question about it..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 28, 2016, 06:23 PM
I can't fathom 50 tomato plants. With only 14 and still canning. Started a batch of sauce today.  It'll be a lot of fun come time to plan next year's planting. Life is all about the 4 seasons. I could never live in a mono-climactic area. The 4 seasons are what life is about.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 28, 2016, 07:07 PM


   Very nice Rg, I pulled all but 1 of my Zucchini plants. The pickling cukes are winding down, still a few flowers and little ones coming but man the market more cukes are cranking 4 vines and counted over 30 small ones with as many flowers, should be getting cukes till October. Finally getting some ripe maters, beefsteaks and romas with about 8-10 cherrys a day. Peppers are all flowering again and the brussles are really starting to get some size to them. And I thought my green beans were all finished but much to my surprise they all flowered again and sprouted new growth. The only thing I fed besides whats in the soil was 2 doses of Kool Bloom about 3 weeks ago. Must have given them a kick in the arse. I think I'll plant a round of peas tomorrow but with Hunting season nearly upon us i don't want to be a slave to the garden much longer......
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 29, 2016, 02:00 PM
Taking care of my neighbour's chickens for 3 weeks while they drive cross country..   Been getting 12 to 14 eggs a  day..  The other night my bride made quiche and only the pie crust  and cheese came from the store..   All veggies from the garden and ham from a hog my buddy had slaughtered...

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 29, 2016, 02:15 PM
I can't fathom 50 tomato plants. With only 14 and still canning. Started a batch of sauce today.  It'll be a lot of fun come time to plan next year's planting. Life is all about the 4 seasons. I could never live in a mono-climactic area. The 4 seasons are what life is about.

Rg


We thought hay it would be cool having 2to3 of each type of Tomato and we grew way to many is what happened started from seed in paper towels that were wet threw them in plastic bags and let them pop . After they poped threw the shell we removed the seed shell and planted point down.... had one hell of a yield that year and threw out almost 100%of the Tomato's cause we could not use that many mostly the bugs got to them etc.. etc.. and most went in trash cause of bugs.. aphids got to them .. did not want the bugs coming back so we got rid of them.. .
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 29, 2016, 05:31 PM
Oh my Dom! At looks incredible. Wish we were neighbors :w00t:

d**n the cardiologist.......full cheese ahead!


Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 29, 2016, 05:43 PM
Finally found a good deal on a chipper shreader.
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MTD 5 hp. Takes up to 2 1/2" branches. Chute drops to ground level for leaves. Looks to be very well taken care of.

$225. But, I have to drive a bit to get it. About 120 miles one way. But a good deal is worth a little effort.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 29, 2016, 06:07 PM
Those look awesome Dom.  We've got chickens too and when the eggs get way ahead of us, my bride makes quiches for us too.  They freeze really well both in slices and whole.  Whole makes for a nice quick dinner and the slices are an awesome breakfast on the run.  Yum!    ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 29, 2016, 06:11 PM
Looks like a good deal RG. You may have a 2 hr. ride to get there,  but y that let's you find the fishing holes to hit on the easy home.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 29, 2016, 06:13 PM


 My Lord Dom, they look scrumptious  :o :o :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Aug 29, 2016, 06:28 PM
I miss being able to have chickens. I have not had a quiche in years.

One time when the chickens were way ahead of us I decided to make custard out of a dozen. I ate almost the whole bowl in one sitting. I think that is the last time I have had real egg custard. Sounds pretty good so maybe it is time to make another bowl.

I guess it was not if you count the diabetic coconut custard pie the wife developed. We took a couple of  pies to my diabetic doctor appointment. When I told him to make sure he got a piece before the girls ate it all. He flipped when we told him it was 100 carbs thinking we meant for a piece when it was for the whole pie.

RG great find. I am looking for a shredder that  size as I am always trimming back the neighbors trees that over take my yard. Better to be able to shred them vs. haul the to the property.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 29, 2016, 06:35 PM
Looks like a good deal RG. You may have a 2 hr. ride to get there,  but y that let's you find the fishing holes to hit on the easy home.   ;D

Yeah, I spoke with the owner. Struck me as an older, honest individual. I'll go with my gut and take the ride. All aside, my Bride and I will have a nice day on the road together.

Nothing I don't know about fishing that area. Lots of great stream fishing over there. I dare say I've hit most all of them at one time or another. Spent a lot of time at my friend's farm in Strykersville. Fished and hunted all over those counties.

In my working life, I tended lighting and electrical systems in countless stores all over Western NY.

Don't miss it one little bit, but I did gather a lot of good fishing info.😀

Always good to dupe he Doctor Tom. They only think they know everything because they paid so much to learn it all. They still put their pants on one leg at a time.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 29, 2016, 06:55 PM
Great find Bob...
 And real men , or even old hippies eat quiche...    ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 29, 2016, 07:16 PM
Great find Bob...
 And real men , or even old hippies eat quiche...    ;D
I used to make a half dozen Quiche per day, and sold every slice. Minus the one I decided to eat  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 29, 2016, 07:26 PM
Love a good Quiche. Back when I was an inner city hippie, there was a bakery nearby that made fresh every day. Many was the evening we took a walk for Quiche.

I've never been any good At baking. It is to weep!


Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 29, 2016, 08:18 PM
Bob, it's funny that you mentioned your old lightning thing.  When I was a much younger, sprier, and care - free fella I worked for an old  man who's claim to fame was that he was the only UL licensed lightning rod installer east of Syracuse.  We traveled and worked all over eastern New York and New England "protecting" many federal and state buildings and sites. I always had a fishing rod and tackle bag in the work van. One year I was licensed to fish in 5 states.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 30, 2016, 03:55 AM
3 states and 2 Canadian provinces was the most I was ever licensed to fish at one time. To clarify, I want nothing to do with lighteNing......I did LIGHTING work ;D

Don't think I've ever met anyone who installed lightening rod systems.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 30, 2016, 05:51 AM
Lmao! My bad? I'd swear there was an extra 'n' in there. ... :laugh:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 30, 2016, 10:35 AM
Anyway, because I brought us way off tangent because I couldn't read, I'll bring us full circle and back to gardening with this little fun fact.

Lightning that accompanies thunderstorms can act to add nitrogen to the soil. Gaseous nitrogen (which makes up about 78 percent of the atmosphere) is unusable by higher plants because of its chemical composition. Nitrogen is transformed to a plant-usable form (nitrogen fixation) by the electrical discharges that can occur within thunderstorms.

The usable nitrogen is added to the soil as a component of precipitation. While this process is beneficial to plants, the vast majority of nitrogen fixation is accomplished by microorganisms in the soil.

Garden on, Garth.     ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Wnthunting on Aug 30, 2016, 12:48 PM
Well I was busy this weekend .. I froze 3 gallon bags of sweet peppers fresh out of the garden.

No matter how many I freeze , we always eat them all by time the fresh peppers come on again .. There's nothing like a hot venison sausage sandwich with peppers and onions  while we're sitting in the ice shanty in mid February 😬

I also canned 6 jars of stewed tomatoes .. It was my first time canning tomatoes and they turned out great ... Lots of garlic, peppers, basil. Think I'll try sauce with the next batch



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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 30, 2016, 01:15 PM
Your right Bill...  Our mums were turning yellow because all our thunder storms went around us this summer...  But lightning only adds 5 to 10 percent nitrogen to the soil after the particles are split...  We add a supplement to our watering system to help them....

 Wnthunting those peppers look great we also freeze a lot for sausage and peppers....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 30, 2016, 01:40 PM
Peppers look great.

Didn't get the chipper after all. The jerk sold it to someone else after making a deal with me. Oh well, I'll find one eventually.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 30, 2016, 01:50 PM
I always wanted a chipper.
But now that I have cut all the trees down I don't need or want one anymore.

Yup - the peppers look killer!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Aug 30, 2016, 02:12 PM
Bob if it was ment to be it would have happened..  I want a leaf vacume that sherdes the leafs.. Right now I just mow them all into a pile and rake them up and put them in the wheelbarrow...
If you do get a chipper and do small limbs make sure you compost it for a couple years..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 30, 2016, 02:42 PM
I was more hinting about the leaf shreading than branches. I can burn branches easily enough. The leaves and garden waste are what I want to grind to help the compost pile along. I can always use my hand mower. It's a mulcher with a bagger but that doesn't help with the garden waste.

I might just buy a new one.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 30, 2016, 03:26 PM
I do have a leaf sucker/mulcher.
Awesome little badboy.
Love it.
Rake the leaves into a pile and suck them up.
It sucks them through a high speed plastic turbine that creates the suction and also provides the mulching action.
It then spits them out into a large fiber bag on the outlet.
The bag has a zipper down the side that allows you to open it and dump the ground up junk into the garden.
Really cool.
It's green.
I like red better, but it works great.

 ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 30, 2016, 03:29 PM
looks like this one...................but green



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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 30, 2016, 03:30 PM
By the way, wet leaves are tougher to suck and mulch.
They tend to plug up the turbine and then I have to take it apart and clean it.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 30, 2016, 05:31 PM
I could break one of those.   :-[
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 30, 2016, 07:18 PM


    Rg could you just rent one for a day? Even if you do it every year for the next 10 or so you'd still save some cheddar
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 30, 2016, 07:24 PM
A few years back I tried to rent a chipper here in the Buffalo area.
The 2 places I called said they stopped renting them because of the liability and also because they always came back broken.
They said people were simply trying to chip up too big a branch.
So I stopped looking.
I put the stuff out to the curb instead.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 30, 2016, 08:52 PM
Yeah, I checked a couple of places. They don't rent them around here ever. I don't mind spending some cash if I find a deal and it's not like my world will come to a halt if I don't find one this year.

Heck, I can get a double bagger for my John deer for about $300 with my discount at work. That'll mulch any leaves I have and add some green matter as well. All I have to do is drive around. The more I think about it, that may be a better way to go.

I hate raking leaves.

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 31, 2016, 06:23 AM

I hate raking leaves.

Rg



That's why I cut all my trees down.

 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 31, 2016, 08:29 AM
No wonder your dome gets burned so easily.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 31, 2016, 08:31 AM
No wonder your dome gets burned so easily.

Rg

lol.

I still get leaves though.
My neighbors all have trees.
And they don't rake!!!!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 31, 2016, 08:38 AM
lol.

I still get leaves though.
My neighbors all have trees.
And they don't rake!!!!

Do you have a riding mower ?? Then run over them and bag em..  but be careful around deep piles cause they get in the  drive belts..  seen a guy on 5 and hagerty he left his tractor running...   it was starting to catch fire cause leaves were in the drive belts...  guy was not around so kept going..  any how clean the belts so no fire starts.. instead of raking mow them..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 31, 2016, 08:50 AM
Do you have a riding mower ?? Then run over them and bag em..  but be careful around deep piles cause they get in the  drive belts..  seen a guy on 5 and hagerty he left his tractor running...   it was starting to catch fire cause leaves were in the drive belts...  guy was not around so kept going..  any how clean the belts so no fire starts.. instead of raking mow them..

My lot is 50' x 150'.

Nope - no rider.   :D

But it's fenced.
And all of the leaves blow into my yard and get trapped.
So I gotta rake.
And, I use the mulch from them in my garden, which laid fallow this year (another story).

Also, the leaves blow up under an overhang on the back of my house, between it and the AC unit.
I don't need "critters" nesting in there for the winter, and chewing on the wiring and tubing of the AC unit, etc.

So I rake.

Besides, as Bob will attest, I'm kinda "bulky".
So any form of outdoor activity is good.
 ;D

Bob - all of this is making me hungry.
We need to hook up for lunch.
It's been a while since last time.
I can bring a rod and reel.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 31, 2016, 03:12 PM
As long as Heres no gorilla glue to remove, you can bring a rod. ::)

Made up a couple batches of sauce . One in the pot.
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One in the canner.
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And....some for dinner. Linguini and meatballs tonight ;D

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I'm getting hungry too :w00t:

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 31, 2016, 03:20 PM
As long as Heres no gorilla glue to remove, you can bring a rod. ::)



Rg



huh?

(I know)


Got a question.
I've been canning salsa.
And the water from the canner is getting into the jars.

I'm cold canning and I think this is why.

Salsa is cold when going into jars.
Allowed to sit an hour or more while the water in the canner is coming to a boil, but still only room temp.

I tightened the rings by hand this last time.
Had like 1/2"-3/4" space in top for expansion.
When I take out the jars they are full - no air gap.
And if left on the counter to cool, things settle and float upward, leaving about 1/2"-1" of liquid in the bottom.

Do you think I should bring the salsa to a boil and then transfer it into the sterilized and hot jar before inserting the jars into the canner to avoid the water I'm getting?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 31, 2016, 04:06 PM
Stupid iPad.

I always fill hot jars with hot salsa or anything else I'm canning. Never had but maybe a couple of jars that didn't seal. Stuck them in the fridge. None have separated. Are you removing as much water from the tomatoes as possible? I give them a good squish to remove some of the seeds and as much water as I can. Then they sit in a colander to drain some more.

Made some spicy meatballs for supper.

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Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Aug 31, 2016, 05:19 PM
No onions or mushrooms to go with??
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Aug 31, 2016, 06:18 PM
Get rid of the rake and use a blower. The only time I use a rake is to put the leaves on a tarp to haul them to the pile out back. I have probably an 8x10 cheap blue tarp that I put HD wire ties in all the grommets. I stake two corners by the leaf pile. Then rake the pile on the tarp, pull the stakes and gather up the tarp by the ties. I some times put the tarp in a wheel barrow to transport the leaves, some times just throw the tarp over my shoulder to carry it.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Aug 31, 2016, 06:26 PM
Stupid iPad.

I always fill hot jars with hot salsa or anything else I'm canning. Never had but maybe a couple of jars that didn't seal. Stuck them in the fridge. None have separated. Are you removing as much water from the tomatoes as possible? I give them a good squish to remove some of the seeds and as much water as I can. Then they sit in a colander to drain some more.



Rg

Everything goes into the food processor.
Then it gets heated till it just about boils to kill germs.
But it then goes into the fridge because I do it a little at a time.
Then when I have enough, I can it.
It's not tomato water.
Like I said, the jars start out with about 12"-3/4" air gap in the top.
After canning, when I pull them out of the water, they are filled.
No air.

I'm going to reheat it all again and can it it hot and see if it makes a difference.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Aug 31, 2016, 06:38 PM
I do the same Mac. But I reheat to at least 190degrees before canning. I'm pretty fussy about this stuff. Water needs to be 190 or slightly above to start. Jars sit in the bath till I'm ready to fill. Tablespoon of lemon juice per jar to assure acidity. Back in the bath. 40-50 minutes after it reaches a rolling boil.

Don't know what is happening with you're stuff.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Aug 31, 2016, 07:28 PM
It's quiche day at my house. 2 summer squash, zucchini, bacon, and cheddar cheese.  1 bacon cheeseburger quiche, and an 8 egg Ice Box Lemon Pie.  Yum!  ;D
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 31, 2016, 07:36 PM
It's quiche day at my house. 2 summer squash, zucchini, bacon, and cheddar cheese.  1 bacon cheeseburger quiche, and an 8 egg Ice Box Lemon Pie.  Yum!  ;D
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AMEN. that is all ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Aug 31, 2016, 07:40 PM


  Love that this tread is all the rage, there is some great passion here. When the Zombie Apocalypse is upon us I suggest we form a cell, I'm willing to bet we could come up with some solid defensive strategies too.     
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 01, 2016, 03:31 AM
I have a safe full of "defensive strategies "  and a fair larder as well ;).

You're killing me with the quiche........they look terrific.

Yesterday's sauce batch.
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Did something different this time. After peeling, coring and giving them a good squish, I ran them through the Kitchen Aid meat grinder. It produced the nicest purée I've made. It worked very well. More "food for thought".

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 03, 2016, 06:19 AM
The quiche looks great Bill...
So does the sauce Bob..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 03, 2016, 06:25 AM
Bob you should look into a Victorio food strainer..  It's a grinder but you get different strainers for different vegetables  and it takes skins cores and seeds out of almost everything..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: SKUNK-MASTER on Sep 03, 2016, 07:14 AM
been reading the stuff you guys are saying about canning.......stupid question......why not just freeze it? is there a reason or is it just your preference to can?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Wnthunting on Sep 03, 2016, 08:34 AM
been reading the stuff you guys are saying about canning.......stupid question......why not just freeze it? is there a reason or is it just your preference to can?


We used to freeze almost everything , but I'm starting to can almost everything now, it takes a little more time but is much easier when you are ready to use the food. No thawing out and and some stuff I eat right out if the jar.. Like beans , peaches , and pears. Also It saves me room in the freezer for more venison😁

Nothing like opening the cubbord in February and having all your own fresh canned fruits and veggies that you grew yourself 👍
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 03, 2016, 10:40 AM
The only thing we freeze now is peppers and shredded zucchini..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fish/hunt4ever on Sep 03, 2016, 05:04 PM
Plus with canning there is no other charge or cost as you put it to store the canned stuff compared to freezing the food. Plus I like the room in the freezer for the elk that I maybe can get this fall or any fall.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 03, 2016, 06:45 PM
I find that freezing  tomato sauces especially, tends to make them watery and they lose some flavor. The sauce I can stays the same consistency and never loses flavor. I put a lot of time into my sauces and salsa. It's well worth he effort for me.

Can't freeze pickles....so what the heck. As long as I'm at it...... ;D

Beans and other green vegetables I blanch  and freeze. Doesn't seem to make any difference. Besides they're hard to can without a pressure cooker. I'm not using a pressure cooker for anything.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 03, 2016, 09:22 PM
I'm not using a pressure cooker for anything.Rg


  Scardy cat...   I'm getting a brandy new one..   My buddy has been doing my venison for me but i want to do it myself again..   Lightning cant strike twice in the same spot, can it?  :blink:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 04, 2016, 03:16 AM
I don't know, but I'm not one to tempt fate....at least not at my age. I've never tried canning meats although I love pickled heart.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Sep 04, 2016, 03:18 AM

  Scardy cat...   I'm getting a brandy new one..   My buddy has been doing my venison for me but i want to do it myself again..   Lightning cant strike twice in the same spot, can it?  :blink:
              Let's hope not Dom.

I find that freezing  tomato sauces especially, tends to make them watery and they lose some flavor. The sauce I can stays the same consistency and never loses flavor. I put a lot of time into my sauces and salsa. It's well worth he effort for me.

Can't freeze pickles....so what the heck. As long as I'm at it...... ;D

Rg
             There is a recipe for "Freezer Pickles"
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 04, 2016, 03:35 AM
Freezer pickles ???

I can't imagine.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 04, 2016, 07:31 AM
We make refrigerator pickles. There awesome but take up a lot of room in my beer refrigerator... ::)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Sep 04, 2016, 09:22 AM
I too make fridge pickles, they're the best.

Not the worst problem in the world, but I have an abundance of jalapeños and all I know to do with them is fill them will cream cheese and wrap them in bacon. Does anyone have any particular recipe they'd be willing to share?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 04, 2016, 11:33 AM
The last of every batch of pickles I make end up in the fridge. Gotta have something to test ;D

Anybody pickle jalapeño peppers? Mine are coming on strong. All my hot peppers are doing great.

I've got snow peas leaf lettuce, chard and spinach sprouting. The wax and green beans are getting taller and the radishes and carrots are going strong.

There's a bunch of tomatoes left as well.

Fun fall crops.
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Sep 04, 2016, 12:54 PM
You got the peppers and tomatos to make salsa why not package for game day.. like can it ... if you buy that block cheese called velvetta you microwave the cheese and stir in salsa and maybe some refried beans.. I like those chipa that are cheap like $2 at wall mart called santia brand chips their made by frito lay  brand but just cheaper.. find a good salsa recipe  I use Tomato chunks sauce is to thin chunk onion and chunks of peppers..  I usally make round pepper rings .. but each their own..

Or you can stuff them with cream cheese and blended up peppers and bread and deep fry the peppers  and enjoy with the catch of the day??
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 04, 2016, 12:58 PM
I've already got a dozen pints of salsa in the cupboard and the remaining tomatoes will also be salsa so hats covered. I use Velveta slices to warm up in the salsa. Easier to deal with than the blocks.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Sep 04, 2016, 01:09 PM
Thanks for the tip on slices versus  blocks lol's ..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Sep 04, 2016, 01:16 PM
You could also bake  the peppers with cream cheese in them I use bread crumbs plain pergresso bread crumbs either egg white and or water dip them in the egg whites then in to bread crumbs I suggest boats cut down the middle of the pepper and bake them..till pepper is soft and cheese is soft..a lot of guys I seen just can peppers so they can break them out later to do this kinds like pickles.. like pickled banana peppers.. with cream cheese stuffing , breaded ,and beaked..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Sep 04, 2016, 01:21 PM
There is also pickeled pepper relish you should can up to for hot dogs, brat worsts ,sausage etc..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 04, 2016, 02:32 PM
I've got the salsa covered.
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And the cheese.
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Found some recipes for pickling the jalapeños. They'll be good on sandwiches. And the nacho trays.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Sep 04, 2016, 02:50 PM
I've got the salsa covered.
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And the cheese.
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Found some recipes for pickling the jalapeños. They'll be good on sandwiches. And the nacho trays.

Rg

Are they regulation?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 04, 2016, 02:52 PM
Ha! Guess I need to check my pics closer :rotflol: :rotflol:

And yes....they're regulation!
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Sep 04, 2016, 02:58 PM
Ha! Guess I need to check my pics closer :rotflol: :rotflol:

And yes....they're regulation!
Rg

As some say close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades. .

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 04, 2016, 04:40 PM
Yup ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 04, 2016, 06:35 PM
I've got the salsa covered.
Rg

You're kidding...........right?!?

I do salsa in quarts.
I'm doing 8 more right now.
And have a full stock pot of salsa that will fill at least 16 more quarts.
Plus the 6 I did 2 weeks back.
Will probably do about 16 more next week end.
We like to have about 40 quarts canned for the winter.
Donna eats the stuff with a spoon.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 04, 2016, 06:48 PM
All things in moderation.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 04, 2016, 07:16 PM
All things in moderation.

Rg

Sorry, wasn't jamming you Bob.
I just figured you for a guy who makes a ton of salsa.
Especially with all the hot peppers you grow.

We eat a lot of salsa.
Use it on lots of stuff.......like ketchup.
And making it from scratch is WAY cheaper than store bought stuff.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 05, 2016, 03:27 AM
All of the above, and.....you can control the sodium. Way too much salt in the store bought junk.

Try grilling some walleye fillets with a brush of olive oil and fresh garlic topped with salsa.

Another one I make for my bride and I is my veggie egg thing.

In a frying pan,

Sauté fresh veggies like broccoli, peppers, onion, cauliflower and asparagus in a tablespoon of olive oil till they're soft. Just enough veggies to make a single layer in the pan.

Beat 4 eggs with 1/3 cup of 1% milk
Reduce the heat to low, cover the veggies with the egg and top with some strips of cheese. We like jalapeño Jack.

Cover tightly and cook slowly till cooked through.

Serve pie shaped slices topped with salsa.
Dang, I might make that for our breakfast later ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Sep 05, 2016, 07:26 AM
I have never figured out what you hot pepper lovers have against the REAL taste of food so you have to cover it up with fire. ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Sep 05, 2016, 07:32 AM
Got that covered! Nothing better than a raw pepper but want to preserve the extras before it's too late. Found a pickled jalapeños recipe going to give that a shot as well.

Thanks for the feedback everyone!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 05, 2016, 08:30 AM


All of the above, and.....you can control the sodium. Way too much salt in the store bought junk.


Rg



Donna and I were just speaking about this fact Bob.

 :D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 05, 2016, 02:29 PM
There's a batch of salsa brewing on the stove right now.
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Decided to add a couple more peppers after a taste test.
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Yes....I wear heavy duty gloves when handling these peppers.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Sep 05, 2016, 03:47 PM
Could always make some spicy chilly and freeze it? I do portions I can hadle like heat fast for like a snack..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 05, 2016, 04:57 PM
Finished product. This is private stock so I do half pints that my Bride and I can open and enjoy without leftovers. It's a really tasty batch. We've been sampling all afternoon ;D
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Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 05, 2016, 05:09 PM


Yes....I wear heavy duty gloves when handling these peppers.

Rg

The batch I brewed up 2 weeks back I didn't use gloves.
Dumba$$ !!!

My nose and forehead were red and hurt like HELL

Good think I didn't scratch my butt.

 :rotflol:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 05, 2016, 06:07 PM
Or take a leak :w00t:

I'll tell you, just the fumes from cutting up the peppers had my nose running like a faucet. Last time I did salsa, I didn't wear gloves thinking that just washing my hands would do the trick. WRONG!

Felt like fire under my fingernails for hours later.

Good news is, they mellow considerably when cooked leaving a nice heat behind that builds and doesn't overwhelm.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 05, 2016, 06:28 PM


I didn't wear gloves thinking that just washing my hands would do the trick. WRONG!



Rg

yup

 :w00t:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 06, 2016, 12:30 PM
We made a few more jars of zucchini relish over the weekend... ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 06, 2016, 05:56 PM
Mmmmmmm, happiness in a jar.

I picked up some baby pickles from the farmers market in town on the way home today.
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Gonna do up some spicy bread and butter.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bartman44 on Sep 06, 2016, 08:53 PM
Lookin delicious.. It's harvest time for sure. 

It's tomatillo time for us.  Wife made some green salsa and also made a green sauce that she dipped the tortillas in for our chicken enchiladas. I'm the gardener, she's the chef. Works out well.

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 06, 2016, 09:02 PM
Oh man, looks awesome!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 07, 2016, 04:34 AM
You've got style Bart!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 07, 2016, 05:22 AM
Looks real good..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: 800stealth on Sep 07, 2016, 12:03 PM
I've been following this thread all summer now and I want to thank everyone who's contributed. I've always thought about starting a garden but every spring other things take my time and another year passes without one. But I think you guys have given me the inspiration to make it a priority this coming  spring. Last weekend I dug the basic foot print (about 20'x20') down about 2 feet with the mini-ex and will be filling it in with quality soil next weekend. Do you cover your garden plots for the winter? or just rake the leaves off them? or not even worry about the leaves?
Carry on boys, much appreciated.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 07, 2016, 12:24 PM
I've been following this thread all summer now and I want to thank everyone who's contributed. I've always thought about starting a garden but every spring other things take my time and another year passes without one. But I think you guys have given me the inspiration to make it a priority this coming  spring. Last weekend I dug the basic foot print (about 20'x20') down about 2 feet with the mini-ex and will be filling it in with quality soil next weekend. Do you cover your garden plots for the winter? or just rake the leaves off them? or not even worry about the leaves?
Carry on boys, much appreciated.


Mulch the leaves and then mix them in to add to compost.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 07, 2016, 12:28 PM
Stelth you should start out with two 4x8 foot raised beds...
Not sure what you want to plant but you can get a great crop out of that much space.  And for a first timer its just enough to get you started..
You dug a hole ,past the humus and topsoil to probably into the eluviation layer which if you fill with loose compost/soil might just be a wet pit.  Just a thought...  
And do it now so come spring all you have to do is plant...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: 800stealth on Sep 07, 2016, 01:32 PM
Thanks guys, I definitely want it to be done this fall that way come spring all that needs to be done is the planting.
The spot and size I chose came about from a previous garden plot from around 20 years ago (not mine), so basically I'm just restoring a garden that was thriving  when I took possession of the home a long time ago. I dug down until I had removed the old garden soil and will just refill so drainage should be fine.  Being a newbie, it's likely that I won't use the entire space. My wish list is... Tomato, cucumber, squash (a few types), peppers (bell and some hots), carrots, radishes, and some sort of lettuce/greens, and fresh herbs.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Sep 07, 2016, 01:44 PM
I started with a 4x8 raised bed last year, and graduated to a total of three this year. I think raised beds are the way to go, covenant and pleasant to the eye. Not sure if it was the right move, but i used composite to make the beds. My thought was that it would be healthier than using pressure treated.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 07, 2016, 02:03 PM
It's a great start for sure. Having limited space available, I put in a couple raised beds that total about 42 square feet each. I used 2x8 untreated hem/fir. They produced like crazy this year and are gearing up for a great second harvest. If it rots out it'll give me a good reason to do some digging. They show no signs of deterioration so far.

RD's advice is well worth listening to. He qualifies as a bona fide expert. He's sure helped me get going.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 07, 2016, 02:30 PM

 I used 2x8 untreated hem/fir.

Rg


I used pressure treated.
Flavors the veggies great.

 ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 07, 2016, 03:12 PM
That explains that yellowish, greenish tinge to your complexion......and .....why your hair is gone ;)

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 07, 2016, 06:41 PM
Yup

And a few other oddities too
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Sep 08, 2016, 09:58 AM
I made some hot dog sauce with the jalapenos. Basically a salsa recipe put through the blender a few times. Garlic, white onion, fresh cilantro, a variety of different tomatoes i had left over and of course jalapenos to taste. Taste was out of this world on a chip, can't wait to have them on hot dogs at camp
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 08, 2016, 02:59 PM
My jalapeños are coming on real strong the past week. I'm going to have enough to pickle a good batch. We love them on sandwiches, subs and the like, but I've never picked them.

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 08, 2016, 03:39 PM
My jalapeños are coming on real strong the past week. I'm going to have enough to pickle a good batch. We love them on sandwiches, subs and the like, but I've never picked them.

Rg



OK......................so................how do you do anything with them if you never pick them?

 :whistling:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 08, 2016, 03:40 PM
You have a crew of migrant workers.

Never actually do the work yourself.

Plantation owner.

 :D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 08, 2016, 03:41 PM
Sorry Bob.
At work, been a stupid day.................and I need a cold beer...............or 3
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 08, 2016, 03:42 PM
Wait till they turn black and or purple and are ripe..
 ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bartman44 on Sep 08, 2016, 04:25 PM
My giant jalapenos are still cranking out as well as the pablano patch. Wife made baked shrimp stuffed pablano, good eats (goes well with beer) 

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 08, 2016, 05:30 PM
That looks great Bart....  You got my wife thinking. For her being Dutch and me being Italian we eat a lot of Mexican..   I wish I took a picture of the garden Spanish rice she made the other night.It was awesome...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 08, 2016, 05:33 PM
I pick them...when they're ready and not before.

That said, my egg thing was dinner tonight.
Start with
5 whole eggs
3/4 cup 1% milk
Chopped, fresh parsley, some salt, cracked pepper
Chopped ham or whatever other meat you like.....or no meat oat all.
Chopped jalapeño
Chopped onion
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Jalapeño Jack cheese
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Sauté the broccoli and cauliflower in some olive oil for a bit to soften
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Add the ham, onion and peppers and sauté some more till tender
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Whip up the egg mixture and pour over the veggies and ham, top with the cheese strips. Reduce the heat to low.
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Cover and cook on LOW HEAT till the surface is firm.

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Cut pie shaped slices, top with your best home made salsa and chow down.
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Seriously good eats. Vary the veggies and meats to suit your tatste.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 08, 2016, 05:36 PM
I love this thread. We grow....we cook.....we eat!

It doesn't  get any better than that!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 08, 2016, 05:41 PM
OK, that looks really good also.....    :clapping: :bowdown:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 08, 2016, 05:50 PM
Tons of possibilities there Dom. It's one of those "refrigerator recipes" . Look around and use what you have. If there's eggs and cheese, it cant be bad ;D

Bart, those look amazing. Does the Mrs care to share a recipe?

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 08, 2016, 05:55 PM
Bob, my bride says it looks like a quiche without the crust..  Which at our age is a good thing, we don't need any more bread...   ;D ;D      ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 08, 2016, 05:59 PM
White flour is a killer Dom. Pastry is that and more.  But, dang it's good once in a while.

Bob
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: 800stealth on Sep 08, 2016, 06:11 PM
Look's really good, in my neck of the woods we call that a frittata. Big fan of them, quick, easy, leftovers make great sandwiches.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 08, 2016, 06:17 PM
Looks awesome,  Bob.  ;D

Not to change the subject, but I am SOooo... disappointed in this "rain." We didn't get 1/16 of an inch. My poor eggplants look like scrotums hanging on the plants.  Peppers are withered and wrinkled.  Broccoli isn't growing. The spring fed farm pond is so low that I can't create a siphon any more to water the cattle.  I had to start hauling water yesterday and I don't see an end in sight.  Gonna ship them next Tuesday. I have never seen it so dry. Oye Veh!   :'(
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 08, 2016, 06:42 PM
That's OYE VEH!

Hope you make out ok with the herd. It's  gamble every season I'm sure. I have a friend who was in the dairy business on a 200 year old farm who fought year after year for his way of life. Happy to say he's retired now.

That aside, my bride wanted some peach shortcake for desert.

Peaches
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+drop biscuits
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+ whipped cream...=....peach shortcake.
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Mmmmmmmmmm!

Goes very well with a wee dram of Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 08, 2016, 06:51 PM
Thank you.  ;)
One of my favorites, right there........ and the shortcake looks pretty darned good, too!   :D  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 08, 2016, 07:00 PM
Lol.  My bride just put a plate of fresh, hot out of the oven, peanut butter chocolate cookies in front of me!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 08, 2016, 07:02 PM
............ and I didn't raise a dang thing in them!   :rotflol: :rotflol:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 08, 2016, 07:04 PM


  I have a puddle of drool on my keyboard........
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 08, 2016, 07:13 PM
Sorry :-\

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 08, 2016, 07:44 PM
Sorry :-\

Rg
All good, I have napkins  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 08, 2016, 08:09 PM
Who would think a bunch of fishermen would be interested in this stuff and not even a fish or lure picture on the thread.. ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 08, 2016, 08:53 PM
Who would think a bunch of fishermen would be interested in this stuff and not even a fish or lure picture on the thread.. ;D
I have a bunch of fish buried in my garden..... That counts  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 09, 2016, 03:48 AM
My little red truck comes back from the shop today with a new steering rack. Blew out a line on the other one. I fully intend to put a hurt on the crappies this week when the weather becomes a bit more reasonable.

92 yesterday with a dew point of 77. Worst humidity and heat I can remember.

But.......my garden is thriving like its the middle of June.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 10, 2016, 03:35 PM
After work today I made 13 jars of spicy pickles and 3 jars of some hot cherry peppers...   ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 10, 2016, 03:55 PM
Looks delicious!

I just started using the pint and a half jars for my pickles. I kind of like them.

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 10, 2016, 04:10 PM
Question.....why do you turn the jars over?

Bob
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 10, 2016, 04:16 PM
Just old habit I guess .  Gramps ( on my moms side) use to do that. Give them a few minutes  to reheat the seals than turn right side up...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 10, 2016, 04:25 PM
Gotcha!

Bob
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 10, 2016, 04:35 PM
Gave someone a jar of zucchini relish a couple weeks ago and he showed back up with a few boxes of some old jars in mint condition..  I can get seals for these still but he asked me if I was interested in, 5 unopened, cases of these in blue/green glass... :o
Told him he can pick out anything from my canning shelf's he wants..    Those will make great Christmas presents.... ;D    

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 10, 2016, 04:45 PM
Awesome find. Fill them with candy. I used to do that at work. They weren't real antiques though, repro's.

Guess what's for dinner

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 ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 10, 2016, 05:49 PM
Mmmmmmmmm!
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Blt subs.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 10, 2016, 09:04 PM
The summer time classic! That was my lunch Thursday, only on homemade wheat toast.  Yummm! ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 10, 2016, 11:55 PM
Last weekend we did all of those qts of salsa.
Today we did 1.5 bushels of tomatoes and made and canned tomato sauce for this winter.
Past years we froze it.
This year we canned it.
WAY more work.
I just pulled the last jars out of the canning pot.
Time for bed.
A job well done.

 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 11, 2016, 05:15 AM
I've got the small batch process down to a science Mac. Takes me about a hour from raw tomatoes to 8 pints of canned salsa, pickles or whatever. Sauce takes a bit longer. It needs to get happy in the sauce pot for a while. But, my Bride tends the pot while I keep busy elsewhere.

With my limited garden space, I think it's almost easier to buy plumb tomatoes at the farmers market in town than to grow them myself. I think that next year I'm going to concentrate on more leafy veggies, peppers of different types and pickles and cukes.

I have an idea for a 2' X 8' raised bed with a removable framed wire cover to grow leafy veggies without feeding the deer and rabbits. I can see a hot box option  for starting as well.

I wonder if anyone does outdoor hydroponic beds?

Better go for my fun now :-\

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 11, 2016, 11:52 AM


With my limited garden space, I think it's almost easier to buy plumb tomatoes at the farmers market in town than to grow them myself.


Rg



plumb?   ;D

Yea, we bought plum tomatoes.
veggies are scarce and also high cost around here this year due to the drought.
I feel growing is less money but buying is easier.
Growing them has tomatoes ripening here and there.
Buying allows you to process them all at once and get it over with.

Tomato sauce is still WAY cheaper to buy in a can from the store.

But as we discussed, there are other driving forces and reasons to process them yourself.

This morning when I woke I was d**n glad we finished them last night.
There was a point where we almost decided to finish them the next day.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 11, 2016, 04:42 PM
So,I've been looking at hydroponic towers as a fun thing to play with next year. Looks simple and complicated all at once. Seems very technical. Keeping the water in balance looks to need constant attention.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 13, 2016, 06:35 PM
 I did my last batch of MY pickles last night, did em with the Hungarians again in polish dill. The previous batch was with the spicy mix and I added a cup of sugar, I'm headed to the market to get 20# more to do that way, unanimous top choice among my testers   ;D Harvested 20 # of tomato's tonight, guess what my next canning project will be  ::) ::) Scored some local organic honey this weekend, turns out my neighbor 3 doors down has 5 hives   ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 13, 2016, 07:30 PM
Lucky you to have honey so close. I travel way down the east side of Keuka lake to get my honey. Nature's gold for sure.

All I have left for maters are some better boys, a few plumb and a bunch of cherries. All are as good as tomatoes get. Sweet and meaty. We had grilled cheese and tomato for our Friday night dinner.

My beans, chard, radishes and snow peas are humming right along. I'm gonna need to harvest
some  carrots this weekend too. Asparagus is going crazy. I think I should have planted it at the back of the plot rather than the front.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 13, 2016, 08:17 PM

 I travel way down the east side of Keuka lake to get my honey.

Rg

Excuse me?!?

 :o
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 13, 2016, 08:44 PM
Once you get her does she give you a little sugar?  8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 14, 2016, 02:49 AM
When am I ever gonna learn?

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 14, 2016, 03:09 PM
Frigidator pickles. Mmmmmmmmmm! Spicy dills.
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I'll let them get happy for a week or so. They're for horseshoes ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 14, 2016, 03:30 PM
Looks great. I think the longer they soak  the better...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 14, 2016, 05:48 PM
That's the problem Dom. How long can we hold out.

Wish you were around to test them over a frosty cold one and some shoes.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 14, 2016, 07:38 PM
That's the problem Dom. How long can we hold out.

Wish you were around to test them over a frosty cold one and some shoes.

Rg
That sounds terrible.....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 14, 2016, 07:38 PM


  Hey Loser, when are you and the other losers hitting the port?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 15, 2016, 05:41 AM
Not sure yet. Was just talking about it the other day.. Not gonna be any salmon this year..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: SKUNK-MASTER on Sep 15, 2016, 09:57 AM
just getting started with the whole canning thing........canned some applesauce and some peaches......want to do some pickles.....any suggestions on recipes or hints for spices etc. will be greatly appreciated......also salsa and sauce......I have made a few batches of sauce myself, but would like to know how people vary it?  Thanks in advance, SKUNK-MASTER
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: SKUNK-MASTER on Sep 15, 2016, 09:58 AM
oh yeah.....its kinda the horse b4 the cart thing, but going to build some raised beds for our first year garden in the spring......ideas/suggestions please ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 15, 2016, 10:29 AM
Raised beds use 3 , 2x10x8's to make 4x8 raised beds..
For pickles I just use Mrs. Wages comes in a bag just add water and vinegar and follow the recipe..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Fishermantim on Sep 15, 2016, 01:07 PM
Not directly related to gardening, although there is a garden nearby....

I had been putting out hummingbird feeders for a few years now, and this year they finally started showing up.

Here's an interesting observation..

Because of what the food consist of, I started having hornets, wasps and yellow jackets feeding from them.
No problem, as there was enough for everyone, birds and bees, to feed.

This week, however, I have been inundated by daily swarms of honeybees. They swarm the feeders from dawn to dusk.
They have pretty much shut out the hummingbirds because of their sheer numbers.

I did set out a wasp trap (device that traps and eventually drown the offending pests), but stopped using it because of all the bees that are around.

When I say sheer numbers, I'm talking from the hundreds to possible thousands, depending on the weather.

I figure that because of the drought conditions, these guys are hurting for reliable food source. No water means little or no flowers, which means little or no pollen. I figure that the bees have a hard enough time as it is, so a little food could go a long way to helping the little guys survive.

The best thing is that unlike hornets, wasps and yellow jackets, bees are generally non-aggressive and are only concerned with food.
I had them landing on me while I refilled the feeders and small bowls for them to feed from.

I might shoot for a video of me with a "swarm" of them on me (lured by sweet stuff) but I'll see how they are before I try.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: wallyworld on Sep 15, 2016, 02:54 PM
That must be something to see. Not a fan of the yellow jackets, wasps  & hornets, but honey bees are kinda cool  8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 15, 2016, 06:41 PM
My home made yellow jacket trap seems to work pretty well.

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Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 15, 2016, 07:11 PM
just getting started with the whole canning thing........canned some applesauce and some peaches......want to do some pickles.....any suggestions on recipes or hints for spices etc. will be greatly appreciated......also salsa and sauce......I have made a few batches of sauce myself, but would like to know how people vary it?  Thanks in advance, SKUNK-MASTER
I will pass on some advice I received from a most wist Fix It guy..... Use Mrs. Wages. That is all  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 16, 2016, 04:27 AM
I like Mrs Wages, but , I've been experimenting a bit with my own as well. That yellow dye they use is a bugger to clean.

3 cups water ( distilled is better)
6 cups vinegar (5% acidity)
1/3 c canning salt
1-3 cups sugar depending on how mild you want them
2 tbsp mustard seed
2 tbsp dill seed
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp celery seed

Bring to almost a boil ( open the windows) and steep the spices in the brine. Use a non reactive pan. I have a stainless steel pot I picked up at Goodwill for a few bucks that's the designated brine pan. Although a good Teflon or ceramic pan will work, it'll take weeks to get the taste out of it. Pasta with a hint of brine ain't so good.

Pack the jars with chopped onion, a good teaspoon of chopped garlic, and a sprig of fresh dill. I also add some pieces of jalapeño, cowhorn and some nasty little green peppers for some heat.

You can process them in a hot wat bath for 10 minutes or just do refrigerator pickles. Refrigerator pickles come out with a little less intense flavor and heat and should be consumed within 60 days.......like that's a problem.

For hot water processing, follow good canning procedures using clean sterilized jars pouring hot brine into hot jars. Those will keep for a year and just get better, hotter, better, hotter..........

To vary the flavor  a bit, I've used apple cider vinegar too. We like it, but it seems to soften the pickles a bit more than white vinegar.

As a side note, that same brine mixture makes dynamite pickled perch.

Chunk up some fillets and soak them in the fridge for 4 hours in a mixture of canning salt and distilled water. Use enough salt to float an egg. You'll have to warm the water a bit to dissolve the salt.

Drain and rinse the perch.

Same ratio of water to vinegar for the brine.

Cut the salt back to 1/4c

2 cups sugar

1 cup good semi sweet white wine

Add a couple tablespoons of pickling spices and bring the brine to a slow boil for a few minutes. Let the brine cool completely and  strain it before using it to fill the jars.

Pack the jars with layers of perch and onions, skip the hot pepper and peppers ( although I've never tried them with peppers Hmmmmm!) .
Stick a big jar of those in the back of the fridge for a couple weeks if you can stand to wait that long.

Remember to use only thoroughly frozen fillets. There's a possibility of parasites in any raw fresh water fish. Freezing completely eliminates any threat. At least a week in the deep freeze is good.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 18, 2016, 06:33 PM
It was Tomato Day for us.  We've put 14 trays of sliced plum tomatoes in the dehydrator, a 3 x 12 x 16 roasting pan full of chunked Italian style (roasted garlic olive oil, garlic, and sweet basil) tomatoes in the oven, and another equal sized pan of Mexican (garlic, cumin, cilantro, and chili powder) tomatoes in the oven. We also set up the kitchen-aide juicer and processed close to 8 gallons of sauce.  The roasted tomatoes will stay in the oven for a couple more hours (8 or so total) and will go into the freezer in the pan until they're set up.  Then we'll vacuum seal them into portions.  Once frozen the vacuum doesn't suck juice. The dried tomatoes will go into a gallon zip-lock. The sauce will probably simmer a couple more days, frozen in square plastic containers, then vacuum sealed. They stack like bricks on the freezer when done.  ;D
   I took pictures  of each step throughout the day to share, but unfortunately my SD card decided to mess the bed today.  I lost around 190 pictures in all.  :(
Oh yeah, I almost forgot the absolutely freshest Bloody Marys you could ever have!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 18, 2016, 07:01 PM
That's  a full day in the kitchen for sure. I made pasta sauce yesterday and canned it up today. Probably the last 10 pints I'll do. It's just my Bride and I. How much pasta can we eat ???

I'm definitely gonna pickle some jalapeño peppers and maybe some of my other hot peppers. We'll do a good batch of apple sauce over the next few weekends and maybe freeze up some beans if the crop I planted produces. I may buy some from the farmers market anyway.

I like knowing where my food comes from. I have a deal working for half a pig hat should fill the freezer with meat. My good friend "The Old Man" will provide me a deer as well. All I need to do is add some perch and we'll be happy for the winter. And, Wegmans is right down the road ;D

I haven't starved yet.....and it shows :-\

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 18, 2016, 07:47 PM
We like knowing, too. That's why we do it.  It's just the two of us now, too.  ;D
I asked my brother one spring if he was ready to plant his garden and he boldly stated that he could go to Price Chopper and buy frozen vegetables for a lot less effort than a garden took, but still asks me for stuff every year.    ???
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 18, 2016, 08:54 PM
Sure sounds good Bill..
Even when I was a punk kid back in the day, living with 5 other punks at times in apartments I always grew tomato's and peppers one way or another...  Either in planters or a spot in the yard but the best was when I asked a neighbour if I could help him grow more in his garden.... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 19, 2016, 04:14 AM
In the end, it's a perfect "old man" past time. I've had house plants for more years than I can remember. It wasn't until a few years ago I discovered growing my own veggies. Didn't take long for me to dive right in.

Question......I have about 250 bulbs to plant for tulips, daffodils, iris, Asian lilies, crocus and the like. Should I wait till it's cooler to do that? I was thinking that with this unusually warm fall they might try to start ad and fail. I don't want them to die off.

What do you think?

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 19, 2016, 06:04 AM
I would wait. That also gives the squirrels less time to find them and eat them..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 19, 2016, 07:36 AM
Good point.
I pulled the last tomato plant in the raised beds this morning. Also repositioned the trellises for the beans and snow peas.. They're going crazy. Pulled the radishes. Marginal crop this time. Over the next few days I'm going to plant another small crop of radishes. I decided to turn the planting at the back of the house to all flowers for next year,  so I'll be pulling the last tomatoes from there and preparing that for spring planting.

For now I'm waiting to plant bulbs and garlic.

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 19, 2016, 07:41 AM
I was always told to plant the garlic when the kids go back to school. You're in that window now, and with the recent rains, it might be just right. We got 2 1/2" last night!!!  :clapping:
I don't think squirrels like garlic.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Sep 19, 2016, 10:09 AM
I was always told to plant the garlic when the kids go back to school. You're in that window now, and with the recent rains, it might be just right. We got 2 1/2" last night!!!  :clapping:
I don't think squirrels like garlic.   ;D

I've been told this as well, but i recently heard from a few people to plant it during the full moon in October, which is the 16th this year. I haven't planted mine yet, as the garden keeps producing. So,  i thought about meeting the first day of school (9/7) and the October full moon (10/16) half way, and planting the weekend of 9/24
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 19, 2016, 12:31 PM
Supposed to plant garlic the week the kids go back to school.....
You have to listen to Mike McGraths "you bet your garden" on NPR radio 7am Saturday and Sunday..Garlic was the topic last weekend..


 Yeah that's been said before.. ::)   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 19, 2016, 01:04 PM
I guess so........  :-[  I didn't argue with you, did I.  8)
I will say that i didn't planted mine then because I felt it was too hot and dry.  :-\

We went to the Garlic Festival in Bennington, VT over Labor Day weekend. Very interesting. Everything garlic, garlic cheese curds, pickled garlic, garlic ice cream, garlic chocolate chip cookies...... the list goes on. There were also several small breweries, wineries, and distilleries mixed in that offered samples, sort of to cleanse your palette between "garlicy" things. It was a fun afternoon. I picked up a couple different varieties of bulbs that I'm going to try.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 19, 2016, 01:21 PM
Garlic festivals are great.  We have one close by we go to..
I was lucky enough to go to one in Gilroy California ,the garlic capital of the world,years ago when my in-laws lived out there...
Got mine in.... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 19, 2016, 04:02 PM
I think it's still too warm in my neck of the woods. 84 out there right now. I'll take my vpchances and wait a couple weeks.

How close do you guys plant your garlic? I'm wondering how densely I can plant in my square foot garden.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 19, 2016, 07:29 PM
I plant mine 6"- 8" apart, just like I plant my onions.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 19, 2016, 07:37 PM
I lost my tomato pics yesterday, but throw in a new SD card and we're good to go.  At least I can share some results.  Here's 3/4 of a bushel of plum tomatoes, minus the ends, which went into sauce.  They were 3/8" to 1/2" slices on the dehydrator trays.

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 ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 20, 2016, 03:21 AM
Interesting. So, you dehydrated the tomatoes then made sauce out of them? What happens to the skins?

 Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 20, 2016, 05:46 AM
Those look good Bill. What kind of dehydrator do you have. I have a cheep one I got at a church sale and it just doesn't do the job..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 20, 2016, 06:07 AM
We dehydrated and made sauce. The dehydrated ones go through a quick hot water bath into ice water and the skins pinch right off. Then sliced and onto the dehydrator trays.
The tomatoes that go into sauce just get quartered and run through the mill.  Seeds and skins come out the end; juice and pulp come out the bottom and gets simmered down to sauce.
The chickens get the skins and seeds. They live them.  Next year's  tomatoes get the chicken......  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 20, 2016, 07:25 AM
I have two, Dom . There's the old Waring that's only five trays under a dome.  It was my first, probably 25 yrs. old. It's very basic but works. The other is a NESCO brand.  It doesn't have a dome. The  stackable trays make the enclosure with the heat element and fan at the top.   The book says you can stack up to 20 trays, but I think you could double that. Thermostatic control.  It works great.

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 20, 2016, 08:20 AM
Been considering a dehydrator for years.
I have a very general cost question.
I love dried fruit.
Specifically, bananas.

Is it cheaper to simply buy the dried fruit in bulk at Wegmans.
Vs the cost of the unit, fruit, and the electric?

Just curious.

Sometimes, making your own does cost more, but is better.
Like less additives (sugar, sodium, etc.)
Not sure if this is the case with dried fruit from the bulk food department at the store though, but maybe.

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 20, 2016, 09:21 AM
It's definitely easier to buy banana chips, but not by a lot. Bulk chips run around $3.00/ lb. I think. Fresh bananas are around $.39/ lb. I would guess an average 2 lb. bunch would yield a half a pound of dry chips. 1/2 hour of labor pealing and slicing. Less than a day in the dehydrator, but generally I let it go 24 hrs. just for convenience sake. I'm not going to leave work or get up at 3:00 AM to pull things from the dehydrator. The electric, I'm not sure of, but it can't be much; tiny fan and element at generally 145* max.

In the end it's probably close, but I know that that little black "seed" in the chips is a banana seed and not something the factory mouse left behind.

I've dried all kinds of things, but the foods I commonly dehydrate are the yearly gallon bag of tomatoes, cucumber chips (really good with beer), apples, peppers, herbs, and mushrooms. When the store has the fresh sliced button mushrooms or baby Bellas on sale, I'll buy 5 or 6 containers and just load the dehydrator straight out of the carton. There again, the next evening they're done, in the cupboard, and good for months.

I'm rambling now....... Hope I helped.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 20, 2016, 12:20 PM
Thanks.

I've got so darn many "toys" now.

But thought drying my own fruit would be cheaper than buying it.
Then I got to thinking about it and......................
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 20, 2016, 01:41 PM
Here's a link to a cool chart on how much it costs to run a dehydrator -

http://www.dehydratorreview.net/articles/how-much-does-it-cost-dehydrate-food (http://www.dehydratorreview.net/articles/how-much-does-it-cost-dehydrate-food)


I was looking at a 600 watt Nesco unit.
To run it continuously for 24 hrs runs about $1.72

Not as bad as I thought.
I got nervous when I saw the 600 watts.
I started thinking six 100 watt lightbulbs and thought this thing was going to really suck up the electric.

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 20, 2016, 03:42 PM
Now wait a minute here Mac. 600 watts is 600 watts whether it's a dehydrator or one of your other favorite toys.

Anyway, who cares how much it costs to run. If you want to make your own prunes....make your own prunes ;D

Fishmachine.....did I read right that you use the Kitchen aid attachment?  I've been looking at that one as I already have the grinder.  The grinder works marginally well for meat. I've been peeling the tomatoes same as you, seeding by hand and then sending them through the grinder.  It makes a really nice purée. I've also been looking at electric food mills and the Vitoria mill that Dom suggested. I'll choose something by next year.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 20, 2016, 05:48 PM
   https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=victorio+food+strainer (https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=victorio+food+strainer)
   ;D ;D ;D  There awesome...

  My garden is still strong... Lots of tomatoes, peppers, squash, egg plant and cabbage...

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 20, 2016, 06:01 PM
You're amazing! Truly a good gardener.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 20, 2016, 06:32 PM
This is the strainer we use Bob -

https://www.amazon.com/Strainer-Sauce-Maker-Fruits-Vegetables/dp/B0000BYDR1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474413819&sr=8-1&keywords=roma+tomato+strainer (https://www.amazon.com/Strainer-Sauce-Maker-Fruits-Vegetables/dp/B0000BYDR1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474413819&sr=8-1&keywords=roma+tomato+strainer)


It works well.
But if you are doing a lot, at one time, get a good electric.

I have a Gander Mountain #12 Professional Series meat grinder and it works awesome for grinding meat when I make sausage.

http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Gander-Mountain-12-Professional-Electric-Meat-Grinder&i=754157 (http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Gander-Mountain-12-Professional-Electric-Meat-Grinder&i=754157)

I do not use to stuff the casings though.
I bought a 5# sausage stuffer and it works awesome.

Anyway, I'm looking into the Cabelas tomato strainer and wondering if it will fit my grinder.
I might buy it and if it doesn't then return it.

Here is what I'm looking at for my grinder -

http://www.cabelas.com/product/home-cabin/food-processing/food-grinders%7C/pc/104798880/c/104723280/sc/104364180/cabela-s-tomato-strainer-attachment-for-8-and-12-grinders/2288616.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2F_%2FN-1101293#tabsCollection (http://www.cabelas.com/product/home-cabin/food-processing/food-grinders%7C/pc/104798880/c/104723280/sc/104364180/cabela-s-tomato-strainer-attachment-for-8-and-12-grinders/2288616.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2F_%2FN-1101293#tabsCollection)



Oh yea...........watts is watts.
I know.
My point was that I would have thought a 600 watt dehydrator would have cost me more than $1.72 to run it for 24 hrs.
Off the top of my head, I would have thought that.
But when I saw that chart on that site I posted (and did the math myself).............you know.
 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 20, 2016, 06:35 PM


  Dom ..... :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :clapping: :clapping: :clapping: :clapping:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 20, 2016, 06:46 PM
Just got to do it Bob, love picking fresh food...   ;D

Thanks Eddy.. How did  those perch taste?    ::) ::) ::) ::)   :P :P

The Victorio works great and you can get screens for jellies and jams ..  
But I heard the attachment for the other grinder works well..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 20, 2016, 07:05 PM
RG, yes we use the Kitchen - Aide attachment.  This is our second year with it.  Before that we had a neighbor that insisted we use his Vitoria. We are very pleased with it and see no difference in the  results between the two. No more peeling and seeding.  Just wash and quarter the tomatoes and run then trough.  Seeds and skins out the end and juice and pulp out the bottom. I recommend it.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 20, 2016, 07:25 PM
A tip when using any strainer.........run the "junk" through a 2nd time.
You will be amazed at how much more you extract.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 20, 2016, 08:36 PM
That is beautiful, Dom!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bartman44 on Sep 20, 2016, 09:25 PM
Dom,

Your garden is impeccable and well maintained, a work of art if you will.

 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 21, 2016, 04:43 AM
Thanks guys. I like my Kitchenaid. Their accessories are a bit overpriced, but they generally work pretty well.

I'll ponder it some more.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 21, 2016, 06:18 AM
Thanks guys. Took those pictures just before I posted them. Garden looks a mess because it's full of pine needles because of the wind the past couple days..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 21, 2016, 06:26 AM
Thanks guys. I like my Kitchenaid. Their accessories are a bit overpriced, but they generally work pretty well.

I'll ponder it some more.

Rg
We pondered it quite a while, too but finally decided that since we already had the grinder attachment we had it half whooped. Never been sorry!
http://m.ebay.com/itm/Kitchen-Aid-Fruit-and-Vegetable-Strainer-FVSP-/151964125798?nav=SEARCH (http://m.ebay.com/itm/Kitchen-Aid-Fruit-and-Vegetable-Strainer-FVSP-/151964125798?nav=SEARCH)
 ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 21, 2016, 08:11 AM
You talked me into it. Right after I buy a new pair of golf shoes ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Sep 21, 2016, 09:09 AM
Sell more bird houses and you will have it covered.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 21, 2016, 10:00 AM
Sell more bird houses and you will have it covered.

Bob is independently wealthy.

 8)

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 21, 2016, 01:40 PM
I'm gonna start on feeders for the winter. Myabe a couple special houses this winter as well. I won't be canning any more tomatoes till next year. We're tomatoed to the hilt.

But....there's lots of good golf weather left ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 21, 2016, 01:51 PM
Good golf weather is even better fishing weather.........  ;D
because the next thing you know, you've got to use these>>>>>  :tipup:  :tipup:  :tipup:   :tipup:  :tipup:  :(
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 21, 2016, 02:10 PM
I'll tell ya a few winters back we met all my in-laws, parents, brothers sisters and all there spouses at Nick Faldos resort in Orlando.  They all brought clubs and I brought two bass poles.. ;D  Caught bass,brim,and tolapeia.....
Never touched a golf club.. ::)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 21, 2016, 03:01 PM
I'd have taken both Dom. Clubs and rods.

I'll be doing both for sure as the weather cools.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 21, 2016, 03:11 PM
I had fun driving the cart... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 21, 2016, 05:28 PM
What a shame to not play a course like that...even if you stink. Well, at least you had fun.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 21, 2016, 06:53 PM
I mentioned Sunday that we also made a couple batches of oven roasted tomatoes.  Here are the Mexican ones after slow roasting for 6 hrs. and then frozen right in the roasting pan.  A couple seconds over a pan of hot water, invert the pan, and they fall out onto the cutting board. These are cut into the blocks that will be vacuum sealed for keeps.   ;D
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bartman44 on Sep 21, 2016, 09:09 PM
Never heard of those but they look tasty.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 22, 2016, 04:13 AM
That's an odd concoction.....I like odd!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 22, 2016, 05:40 AM
Brownies?     ::)       ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 22, 2016, 06:21 AM
Brownies?     ::)       ;D


That's what I was thinking.


 :whistling:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 22, 2016, 06:27 AM
Brownies?     ::)       ;D
Lol.  Yeah, except they're frozen tomatoes and spices.    ::)
They're a great starter for a chili; brown and drain your meat and throw in a brick.  Bang, chili. Add beans of you like.   They're also great just as a side dish.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 22, 2016, 07:54 AM
I like the idea.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Sep 22, 2016, 08:18 AM
Lol.  Yeah, except they're frozen tomatoes and spices.    ::)
They're a great starter for a chili; brown and drain your meat and throw in a brick.  Bang, chili. Add beans of you like.   They're also great just as a side dish.   ;D

At first glimpse I thought you baked in mushrooms in your brownies?? And thought to my self why he would do that?? Then I read the article and found that they were not brownies but tomatoes and spices.. very cool IDea none the less will have to try it some time..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: UglyStik on Sep 22, 2016, 11:23 AM
I was up at the SU campus and I spotted the perfect way to make all your neighbors envious. Remote Control Drone Lawnmower. Imagine yourself in a lawnchair with your remote and a cold drink.
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Video of it in action:
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I don't believe they have a rototiller model yet.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 22, 2016, 01:56 PM
I like it!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 24, 2016, 05:47 AM
Looks like I will be covering the garden the next two nights... Frost warnings. 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: hunts2long on Sep 24, 2016, 07:33 AM
This was my first year in more than 40 years that I didn't put a garden in so I have enjoyed reading about and seeing all of your gardens. We knew that once the wife had her lung transplant we would have to make some big changes. She cannot eat or touch any fresh fruit or veggies for about a year. No plants in the house. Can't cook or drink the well water, swim in the lake, the list goes on but it is great for her to be breathing on her own. She is doing very well. I have to go peel some apples so I can have a pie....lol....h2l
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 24, 2016, 09:51 AM
Doug pm me your address and I will send you some goodies..   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 24, 2016, 05:00 PM
Glad to hear she's doing well h2l. I can only imagine how difficult it's been for you both.

 This thread has been a joy to read. I'm planning an extension to the little garden. I picked up some good German purple stripe hard neck garlic from a vendor at the farmers market this morning. He was us
Re helpful with information. So......I'll be adding a 2' 6" x 8' bed to the outside of the garden just for garlic.

I figure I can get around 60 heads in that space. The critters shouldn't bother it either. It'll be adjacent to the asparagus patch so it should help deter the detrimental insects.

Somehow I just knew I'd be adding to the plot ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 25, 2016, 01:18 PM
First day in jeans cutting some wood and it feels good..
Started the morning with a stop to get the paper and on to the friendly bakery to get donuts , some tomato pie and buns for dinner...

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Than I started a crockpot of sausage and peppers ( peppers and tomatoes from the garden) for those fresh rolls...    ;D ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: KingPerch on Sep 25, 2016, 01:51 PM
When is dinner Dom? ;D that looks tasty.  8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 25, 2016, 05:04 PM
I'll pick you up on the way Larry  ;D


Spent the morning rearranging the garage and doing something pre fall cleanup. Then my son stopped by. We pitched a few games with the new horseshoes and had a couple porters. I put a chicken on the Weber rotisserie and enjoyed a fine dinner with my bride.

A full day ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 26, 2016, 05:33 AM
30* glad I covered everything again last night.. Looks good for another week.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Sep 26, 2016, 06:07 AM

Yesterday the wife and I vac packed up some green and yellow beans , plus canned up some 3 bean salad ,
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 27, 2016, 05:04 PM
So....the garden is doing ok....I think.

Beans are coming along.
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Snow peas are coming along slowly
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The asparagus patch is crazy healthy.
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Peppers are very happy
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There's a burrowing critter who's about to meet his maker.
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I think I have nearly enough parsley for the winter. Curley and flat leaf.
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Very marginal growth on the chard, but the radishes I planted a couple days ago are already coming up.
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Hopefully I'll get some results before ma nature closes the door for the season.

I'm building the garlic bed this weekend and weather permitting, I'll get some in the ground.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 27, 2016, 06:38 PM
Crap!!
I wanted to show Donna your gardens.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 27, 2016, 06:47 PM
Looks good, Bob.  You never know.  The late garden is always a gamble, but I think you'll be okay.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 27, 2016, 06:55 PM
Crap!!
I wanted to show Donna your gardens.
There was time...you were in a hurry. Old bull eh?

 Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 27, 2016, 07:00 PM
Looks good, Bob.  You never know.  The late garden is always a gamble, but I think you'll be okay.   ;D

I'll  go with the flow. I think it's up to nature at this point, although I'd like to see some results,I'll live with the consequences.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 27, 2016, 07:07 PM
That's all you can do.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Sep 28, 2016, 01:15 PM

             Remember a while back I posted that I had Zucchinis about 3" long and was that way for a couple of weeks, well they
             took off and my wife put up 15 quarts of relish and 10 quarts of salsa, they rest of my garden did great. Last year she
             had plenty of Tomato's but would not ripen, this year they did and she put up lots them for sauce and we ate a lot in
             salads. Her cucumbers also did well, she put up lot's of different pickles. and a lot of Dilly Bean! 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 28, 2016, 02:26 PM
I love Dilly Beans! Yum!!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 29, 2016, 04:11 AM
This weekend my son and I are canning up some pickled onions and a batch of pickled hot peppers. I have a pretty fair crop of cowhorn and jalapeño and Serrano  peppers left. We like them pickled on sandwiches, pizza, subs , salads and such. I'll pick up osme yellow banana peppers and maybe a basket of cherry peppers at the market on Saturday.

Any of you dry hot peppers? I've never tried it, but I'd like to.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 29, 2016, 07:24 AM
A couple of years ago I had a bumper crop of red chilies.  They dried and keep very well. I've also dried hot cherries, jalapenos, and habaneros in the past. They're great to throw one or two into a pot of chili, a jar of pickled eggs, or whatever else you'd like to kick up a notch.  :o

The trick to drying peppers is to make sure to cut a slit in the pepper before drying. Pepper skin naturally holds moisture inside, so unless you open them up the water can't get out, which takes longer to dry and yields less than satisfactory results. I wear gloves and using an exacto knife, open them up just like gutting a fish . I even slit them if I want to air/ sun dry them on the plant hanging by the roots.  

Dry some. You'll be glad you did.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 29, 2016, 12:30 PM
I have dried a lot just by pulling the whole plant, cutting off all the leaves, leave peppers on stalks, little slit in each pepper and hanging them above my dehumidifier in the basement....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 29, 2016, 12:33 PM
  Well this salad came from the garden, the rest is one of my favorite meals, Lasagna cup cakes... Hold the frosting.....  ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 29, 2016, 12:38 PM
BOOM!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Sep 29, 2016, 02:16 PM
  Well this salad came from the garden, the rest is one of my favorite meals, Lasagna cup cakes... Hold the frosting.....  ;D

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the cup cakes look great any special recipe??
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 29, 2016, 03:03 PM
I can use my imagination ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 29, 2016, 03:05 PM
This weekend my son and I are canning up some pickled onions and a batch of pickled hot peppers. I have a pretty fair crop of cowhorn and jalapeño and Serrano  peppers left. We like them pickled on sandwiches, pizza, subs , salads and such. I'll pick up osme yellow banana peppers and maybe a basket of cherry peppers at the market on Saturday.

Any of you dry hot peppers? I've never tried it, but I'd like to.

Rg
I dehydrate most of my hots, We slice them thin, use all the seeds and pith. We blend Japs and Hungairans, grab some Habenaros from a friend and call it En Fuego..... And let me tell you I use it in about everything. You wont be disappointed. We started gifting a few shakers full to good friends last Christmas, they have not stopped asking to make sure we are doing it again ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 29, 2016, 03:06 PM


  Dom, try it with spaghetti squash some time.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 29, 2016, 04:20 PM
You talked me into it ;D

 I'm hitting the farmers market this Saturday to get a stock of other peppers. Do you all just hang them to dry or do osme use a dehydrator? I don't need much of an excuse to buy one.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 29, 2016, 05:00 PM
  any special recipe??

   Nope, just soften the pasta so you can put it in the cups and fill with your favorite lasagna filling.. ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 29, 2016, 05:01 PM
Dom, try it with spaghetti squash some time.

   Squash instead of the lasagna pasta?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 29, 2016, 05:53 PM
I can see spaghetti squash instead of the pasta. Love spaghetti squash.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Sep 29, 2016, 06:23 PM
Dom!  Those look awesome!  :clapping:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Sep 30, 2016, 05:24 AM
Me to Bob, but how would you line the cups? Make it into a paste maybe?

Thanks Bill..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 30, 2016, 05:26 AM
You talked me into it ;D

 I'm hitting the farmers market this Saturday to get a stock of other peppers. Do you all just hang them to dry or do osme use a dehydrator? I don't need much of an excuse to buy one.

Rg
I use the dehydrator, lay some foil over the tray and poke lots of little holes.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 30, 2016, 05:27 AM
Me to Bob, but how would you line the cups? Make it into a paste maybe?

Thanks Bill..
Shred it with a fork and layer it around the cups. I do Spaghetti squash Pie with meat sauce and mushrooms... Man it's good. 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 30, 2016, 04:04 PM
We have spaghetti squash casserole sometimes. Make it in layers with sauce and cheese.

I'm sure it will line the cups just fine. I'm looking for a couple good squash tomorrow morning at the farmers market. Gotta have a try with it.

Thanks DD. I'm starting a search for a dehydrator.  :w00t:

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Sep 30, 2016, 04:24 PM
We have spaghetti squash casserole sometimes. Make it in layers with sauce and cheese.

I'm sure it will line the cups just fine. I'm looking for a couple good squash tomorrow morning at the farmers market. Gotta have a try with it.

Thanks DD. I'm starting a search for a dehydrator.  :w00t:

Rg
We got ours from Gander. Works great ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Sep 30, 2016, 06:06 PM
I was looking at a 9 tray Excalibur, refurbished for around $180. Great reviews for All types of food.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 01, 2016, 07:08 AM
This weekend's canning supplies  :w00t:

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He cowhorn, Serrano and larger jalapeño are from the garden. Got the onions, beans and smaller jalapeño at the market. Those white onions are amazing. Very nice Amish farmer. Thought I'd do osme dilly beans too.

Also found a guy with 12 varieties of hot peppers ranging from hot to melt your face off. I might have to get some of those to dry.
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Oct 01, 2016, 07:30 AM
I bought I think what is an Excalibur off of EBay years ago. The guy selling it never washed the marks from drying tomatoes off of the screens. I figured that they would wash off so I bid on it. I had the only bid because of those marks. I paid under $50 for it DELVERDED. About all I use it for is making jerky. Works great.

Edit: I looked to day. It has 8 trays but I did not look at the back to see what brand it is for sure. It is heavy!!!!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bigkid69er on Oct 01, 2016, 08:49 AM
Didn't read all through but has anyone made their own saurkraut?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bigkid69er on Oct 01, 2016, 08:50 AM
I also love peppers. Usually grow my own but got too busy this year so I went to market and got tons of sweet and some hot peppers. Pickled em in oil and vinegar with shallots garlic and other spices. So good on everything
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 01, 2016, 01:09 PM
Talk to Attack about sauerkraut. He's an expert.

My newest raised bed. This one just for garlic. 32" x 96" x 11" deep.

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I'll give it a week or two to settle then plant. I like the way it turned out.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Oct 01, 2016, 01:21 PM
If there is deer or rabbits in the area fence it off they will be in it in a minute.. buddy of our has a deer garlic problem in his neighbor hood just a suggestion..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 01, 2016, 02:58 PM
I can take care of that.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Oct 01, 2016, 06:57 PM
Didn't read all through but has anyone made their own saurkraut?

Yup.

Easy.  Very easy.

Tons of you tube videos -

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=making+sauerkraut (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=making+sauerkraut)

Mac
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 02, 2016, 04:29 PM
Pickled up some big Sandy and red onions, cow horn and jalapeño peppers today. Other than some applesauce and a batch of dilly beans......I'm done!

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Had a nice veggie salad for dinner too.

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Good day in the kitchen and shop.
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 02, 2016, 05:40 PM
Hey Dom, found a puffball this morning when I was running.

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Not quite as big as what you found. :-[

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 03, 2016, 06:13 PM
Hope you didn't eat it Bob  pretty sure those give you a tummy ach... :-\
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 03, 2016, 06:14 PM
But the stuff you canned looks great. .
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 03, 2016, 06:35 PM
Nah, I know better than that. Don't want to end up like Euell Gibbons.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Oct 03, 2016, 06:36 PM
Nah, I know better than that. Don't want to end up like Euell Gibbons.

Rg

dead?

no choice on this
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 04, 2016, 03:28 AM
Urban legend has it that he died from eating wild mushrooms. Just figured an old hippie like Dom would know the name
 ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 04, 2016, 05:39 AM
He ate to many Grape Nuts..... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 04, 2016, 04:47 PM
Boy...I've got a good one...but I better not :-\

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 05, 2016, 05:48 AM
Pulled all my cucumber plants last night..Picked 3 bags of tomatoes which my wife brought down to a friend. Still lots of cherry peppers..   Cabbage and Brussels sprouts look great...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Oct 05, 2016, 06:12 AM
Boy...I've got a good one...but I better not :-\

Rg


Over in the jokes thread.....................but, keep it clean.

 ;D


And speaking about pulling cucumbers.................. :whistling:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 05, 2016, 05:56 PM
If you look up "Dirty old man" in the encyclopedia Brittanica your picture is all they print.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 05, 2016, 06:38 PM
Been working up a potting bench in the little wood shop. None of of the designs I saw had any good storage for soil. I settled on a 20 gallon galvanized trash can. It'll hold a full 2  cubic foot bag of potting soil plus.

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Added a tote to catch the excess from potting.

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Still working out the back of the bench. Shelves....cabinet....storage....there's some ideas rolling around in  my head.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 06, 2016, 04:12 AM
I woke up pretty early this morning and couldn't get back to sleep. Just finished browsing back on all 54 pages of this thread. What a fun topic this has been. I'm sure most of our gardens will be winding down soon. But,  we'll be planning next year's plantings and enjoying the fruits of our efforts all winter long. After all, that's what it's about, for the most part. Good eats!

So I just wanted to say thanks for all the help, advice and company. You're a lovely bunch of coconuts  ;D

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on Oct 06, 2016, 04:36 AM


                 Nice job on the potting bench Rg. I guess you are enjoying your retirement to have the time to do projects like
                 this.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 06, 2016, 05:14 AM
Great job on the bench Bob..
I have also enjoyed this thread.. It was great seeing others gardens and all the veggies and canned stuff...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Oct 06, 2016, 08:39 AM
Nice bench, Bob. This is a good thread. I enjoy it, too.  ;D

The garden is winding down. Peppers are thriving, but my tomatoes are all of a sudden inundated with Horned Tomato Worms! I've never seen them this late or this thick. I'm talking 12 to 16 a day (for 18 plants) for the last 4 days, and ranging in size from 3/4" to 3" long. It's always something!   ::)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 06, 2016, 04:23 PM
Thanks guys! Should have it pretty well finished this weekend. Fun stuff.

I've been seeing a lot of red Lilly leaf Beatles around. They're not bothering my plants that I can see. The little garden is still humming along for now. I should get some beans, radishes, chard and maybe some snow peas. Still bunch of peppers going too.

There's a new farm market down the road from me that just opened. I stopped in and showed the owner some pictures of my bird houses. He wants to take some on consignment. Sounds good to me ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Oct 06, 2016, 06:21 PM
I woke up pretty early this morning and couldn't get back to sleep. Just finished browsing back on all 54 pages of this thread. What a fun topic this has been. I'm sure most of our gardens will be winding down soon. But,  we'll be planning next year's plantings and enjoying the fruits of our efforts all winter long. After all, that's what it's about, for the most part. Good eats!

So I just wanted to say thanks for all the help, advice and company. You're a lovely bunch of coconuts  ;D

Rg


I agree, I have enjoyed this thread as much as you. Wonderful tips and pics.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Oct 06, 2016, 06:25 PM
Great job on the bench Bob..
I have also enjoyed this thread.. It was great seeing others gardens and all the veggies and canned stuff...

Another for sticky or pin so it is easily found for others.. any how thanks again raquettedacker for starting this great thread have enjoyed reading threw it my self.. that's why I suggest a sticky or to pin it so it is easy to find for others..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Oct 08, 2016, 01:11 PM
Garden is winding down, Maters are toast. Still lots of Peppers and Carrots. Brussles Sprouts are starting to tighten up. Lots of canning and a big ole pot of Venison Stew today me thinks :)
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bartman44 on Oct 08, 2016, 01:28 PM
Its has  been fun and I have some great tips from all of you for next year. I just got done clearing out the garden with the exception of a batch of Brussel sprouts. 

Bob, I don't even know what a potting bench is but it looks like you did a great job on it, as usual.   
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 08, 2016, 03:07 PM
Great harvest Ed..  I was just out in the rain picking tomatos and peppers for Herbs mom and dad.
Brussels sprouts, cabbage  and cherry peppers are still going strong. I have a lot of green tomatoes along with a bunch of red ones but Imy going to pull the plants next week and clean those up.. leaves are falling good today so I can chop them up and put them in my beds...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 08, 2016, 05:54 PM
Great looking harvest there DD. I'm not giving up just yet.
Here's the potting bench in place. Just need to add some patio blocks and level it.

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Gardens going strong. Asparagus, beans, radishes, chard, snow peas and peppers.
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Planted the garlic bed today.
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Don't know how long it will last, but I'm in it till the horse bucks me.

Getting ready to get the bench dirty with bulb planting and reclaiming the flower pots.

I'm still kicking around the hydroponic garden ideas.  :w00t:

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 09, 2016, 05:30 AM
Wow that looks great Bob..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 09, 2016, 04:44 PM
Thanks Dom.Got it leveled up and dirty today ;D

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I like it. Looks like it belongs there. Works well too.
 Already have orders for two more. My daughter wants one and my son wants one for his girlfriends mom. I'm thinking they'll be gratis :-\

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 10, 2016, 03:56 AM
Getting kind of sketchy in the garden. Looks like first frost could come this week. Think I'll harvest the peppers this morning. The rest will do what it does at this point. Planted half e new bed with garlic and covered it with chicken wire to keep the critters out. Pulled the parsley and worked in compost and manure in that part of the bed.transplanted a few roots to a small flower box for an indoor herb garden. I'll add some Thai basil to it as well.

 Leaves are falling pretty good now. I moved really short yesterday so I can bag leaves for mulch  with the mower and not pick up too much grass. Some of the asparagus is starting to yellow, but there's also new shoots.

I might transplant a couple of the smaller snow peas to a pot and bring them inside just as an experiment.


Any of you guys use a cold frame in the spring? I know ...........I have all winter to think about it .  ::)

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Oct 10, 2016, 05:26 AM


 I really like that bench ;D I plan on getting my Garlic in this week too, pulled all my Maters. Anyone ever let the carrots go till Spring?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 10, 2016, 05:31 AM
The carrots will turn to mush..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Oct 10, 2016, 10:12 AM
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Oct 10, 2016, 04:33 PM
Cover the carrots with a thick layer of leaves and leave them until spring. They will be the sweetest carrots you have ever ate come spring. Same with parsnips.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Oct 10, 2016, 04:51 PM


  That's what I heard the other day..... Maybe I'll try it with half.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Oct 10, 2016, 04:51 PM
The carrots will turn to mush..
I'm not that old  :w00t: :w00t: :rotflol:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Oct 10, 2016, 06:16 PM
Cover the carrots with a thick layer of leaves and leave them until spring. They will be the sweetest carrots you have ever ate come spring. Same with parsnips.
The parsnips have worked for me but I've never had success with the carrots.  My best results were layering carrots and sand in a plastic tote in the cellar.  Sand, carrots, sand, carrots, etc. They stayed fresh and crisp through March.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 11, 2016, 03:38 AM
Frosty punkins out there this morning. I covered things up.....we'll see if anything survives. Supposed to be 74 tomorrow. 32 out there now and I think it could drop a bit more. That's a 42 degree swing in 24 hours.

Gonna need a couple extra layers for my walk this morning. Wonder if they make electric knee warmers ;).

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 11, 2016, 05:21 AM
Covered some things up also but it's 28* here. I hope the trees helped protect it..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 11, 2016, 05:10 PM
I escaped unscathed. Not so cold tonight so I'm good. Next problem will come Friday night. In the 30's again. I just want to see a few beans and I'll be happy ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 11, 2016, 05:32 PM
I came home from work at noon to take my tarps off and everything looked so good I watered everything..   But last week I took the electric fence down and I noticed all the ends of the tomato plants have been browsed by the deer....    I might get a couple more weeks out of it...     And put my ground blind up by it.. ::) ::)     ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 12, 2016, 04:52 AM
Good idea Dom. Wish I could do that. The bandits haven't bothered my bird feeders as yet. Things are pretty easy for them right now. Lots of feed. But they'll be around soon enough.

I've been thinking about the obstacle course for our squirrels. I might start with a maze box on a post and go from there. There's one big buck in the area that's pretty smart. My bet is he's the one we'll have the most fun with.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Oct 12, 2016, 03:14 PM
I came home from work at noon to take my tarps off and everything looked so good I watered everything..   But last week I took the electric fence down and I noticed all the ends of the tomato plants have been browsed by the deer....    I might get a couple more weeks out of it...     And put my ground blind up by it.. ::) ::)     ;D
You ain't gonna hunt till November  :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 12, 2016, 03:28 PM
You ain't gonna hunt till November  :-* :-* :-*


    Or it gets to cold to fish in a boat.   :P :P
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 12, 2016, 05:06 PM
Sounds like a nuisance permit to me :w00t:

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 15, 2016, 07:17 AM
Glad I picked the rest of my tomatoes last night. 26* here this morning and pretty frosty....  Covered the peppers that are left with one of my Teepee covers so there still good..
The season  is over its sad but I'm done.. ;D
Through my back out yesterday putting benches away at the greenhouses so it's going to be a day off and take it easy..  Maybe a little boat therapy later when it warms up... ::)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 15, 2016, 12:11 PM
Got the rest of my garlic in this morning.
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Bought some more seed from my guy at the farmers market. Got a couple for the fridge too ;D
We had 31 and  a frost on the grass this morning. I didn't cover anything last night and had no damage to the garden. Gonna pull the last tomato plants and plant the flower bulbs next.

Take it easy old man! I'm getting some "boat therapy" tomorrow morning and some "golf therapy" at 9:50 Monday morning. ;D

Chili is on the stove and smelling good.

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 15, 2016, 04:16 PM
Planted about 300 bulbs today. Critter deterrent installed till spring.
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I'll pull the wire up in the spring.

Stuck some bulbs in the planters by the woodpile.

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Covered the rest of the garlic bed too. I'll mulch that with leaves when I start picking them up.
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All in all....a good day gardening.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 15, 2016, 04:54 PM
Sure looks great Bob. Can't wait to see all those bulbs in bloom....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 16, 2016, 03:52 AM
Should be fun. It goes from Asian lillies next to the pole, to tulips, to daffodils to crocus and iris. Should be stuff blooming most of the spring and summer.

My Bride will be happy  ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 16, 2016, 08:41 AM
Anyone else pickle garlic? Did a small batch this morning.

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Very yummy in salads, or straight up ;D the pickling takes a lot of the edge off.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 20, 2016, 05:46 AM
That looks interesting. Did you use your own pickle recipe?
I have a lot left over that I didn't plant.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 20, 2016, 03:42 PM
Yup. Pretty much the same as the refrigerator pickle recipe, but without the dill. Had some in a salad last evening. Really big flavor. Good stuff!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Oct 20, 2016, 04:58 PM

Looks great RG
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 20, 2016, 06:11 PM
One of those things you put in the back of the fridge in October and discover again in December......much to your delight.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: JoeGG on Oct 20, 2016, 08:06 PM
How deep do you plant garlic? I hear the larger the cloves the better? And can you use supermarket garlic your first year to get the ball rolling?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: JoeGG on Oct 20, 2016, 08:07 PM
I planted sweet potatoes this year. Should I be digging them up by now?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 21, 2016, 04:53 AM
This is my first year with garlic, but I've done a ton of research and met a great guy at the local farmers market. He grows amazing garlic and has shared a bunch of info with me. Supermarket garlic is usually treated with a growth inhibitor to extend its shelf life. Although, most organic you'll find will not be treated.  That said, they just don't compare to good seed garlic. The cloves are tiny. I planted a German purple hard neck variety. The seed cloves were about 1 3-4" long and bigger around than my thumb. Huge in comparison to the stuff on the shelf at the grocery store. It's very hardy and has a big, bold flavor.

I bought 8 heads of seed garlic that gave me around 60 really large cloves with some left over for the kitchen. The heads were $1.00 each at the market. I used my home made dibber with a mark at 6" deep on 6" centers. That's what was recommended to me. I built the bed 32 x 96" to accommodate rows of 5 with a 3" border.

Along about next august we'll see if my planning worked ;D

Sorry, don't know about sweet potatoes. I'd guess you'd want to dig them before the ground freezes.

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 21, 2016, 05:42 AM
I planted sweet potatoes this year. Should I be digging them up by now?

     Not sure where you live but I would say yes.. Especially if the tops are dead ..   Now these are true Yams and not the sweet potato vine?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Oct 21, 2016, 11:34 AM
This is my first year with garlic, but I've done a ton of research and met a great guy at the local farmers market. He grows amazing garlic and has shared a bunch of info with me. Supermarket garlic is usually treated with a growth inhibitor to extend its shelf life. Although, most organic you'll find will not be treated.  That said, they just don't compare to good seed garlic. The cloves are tiny. I planted a German purple hard neck variety. The seed cloves were about 1 3-4" long and bigger around than my thumb. Huge in comparison to the stuff on the shelf at the grocery store. It's very hardy and has a big, bold flavor.

I bought 8 heads of seed garlic that gave me around 60 really large cloves with some left over for the kitchen. The heads were $1.00 each at the market. I used my home made dibber with a mark at 6" deep on 6" centers. That's what was recommended to me. I built the bed 32 x 96" to accommodate rows of 5 with a 3" border.

Along about next august we'll see if my planning worked ;D

Sorry, don't know about sweet potatoes. I'd guess you'd want to dig them before the ground freezes.

Rg



I am giving garlic a try as well. I was told as shallow as 2" but no deeper than 6". I planned to be conservative and plant them at 6". 6" on center was a common distance as well.

I hadn't planned to cover them from critters, but after looking at your photos it doesn't seem like a bad idea.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 21, 2016, 02:11 PM
I live in the village so there's a resident population of squirrels and deer that roam unchecked. I just thought covering them this winter might be a good idea.

I'm getting ready to mulch them up with the maple leaves that are dropping now. I'm going to put up a good sized pile to use as mulch on all my beds this winter. Once they dry out a bit from all this rain, I'll run them over a couple times with the mower then pick them up with the bagger. That's the plan anyway.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 22, 2016, 06:18 AM
Well I have been wanting to do this and started yesterday. Started making new 4 x 8 x 10" frames to put on top of my existing ones. That raises them to almost 20"...  No more bending over..Had enough compost to fill one so I will be making a few trips to the sheep farm and wast management for a few more truck loads.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 22, 2016, 08:16 AM
Beds that deep should really produce Dom. Good project for sure!
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Oct 22, 2016, 08:26 AM
Well I have been wanting to do this and started yesterday. Started making new 4 x 8 x 10" frames to put on top of my existing ones. That raises them to almost 20"...  No more bending over..Had enough compost to fill one so I will be making a few trips to the sheep farm and wast management for a few more truck loads.

That should be amazing. What's the plan on attaching the new to the old?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 22, 2016, 08:35 AM
Just a 2x6 nailed in each corner and in the centers...   To bad its raining so hard or I would have went to get more compost and make some more.....   Might not get them all done by spring but its a start. ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Oct 22, 2016, 08:40 AM
Thanks for the info. I used 4x4s in my corners. My beds are 4'x8'x8" and I regret no going bigger now that it has become a hobby for me and my 8" daughter. I am sure I will appreciate the higher beds once the novelty has worn off for her!

I am putting the garlic in today even though it's gonna rain all day here in the capital district. It's now or never!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 22, 2016, 09:14 AM
OK went out in the rain and took some pictures..   Its 35* and I think its turning or mixing with snow..

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Oct 22, 2016, 09:25 AM
Nice garden! Hoping for some snow up your way this week and the radar shows it may happen. Heading to the Adirondack lake area to chase white tails next weekend!

Thanks for sharing the pics!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 22, 2016, 10:06 AM
Beds that deep should really produce Dom. Good project for sure!
Rg

   That and I am hoping they stay more moist if we have another hot summer... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 22, 2016, 06:24 PM
Should have phase one squirrel maze in place tomorrow to start training the local population. Put a final coat of paint on it earlier today.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Oct 22, 2016, 08:08 PM
Should have phase one squirrel maze in place tomorrow to start training the local population. Put a final coat of paint on it earlier today.

Rg

Do you have one of those little wheels?

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 23, 2016, 03:48 AM
I tried one once, but I got very dizzy and disoriented. Of course, that was back in the 60's. Dizzy and disoriented were a way of life. Might be fun for the squirrels though ;D

My son is coming over today for a bit. He shares my warped sense of humor so, we'll be planning phase two as we watch phase one progress. I have high hopes for two of the area critters. There's "Bucky" the big male grey squirrel and the "Little Red" the  tomato theif. Both are particularly adept at circumventing the bird feeder defenses.

I've already thought of an impeller type obstacle that could interrupt the path inside the maze. There's some really fun YouTube videos of squirrel olympics and obstacle courses. If nothing else, my Bride is going to have fun watching their antics. I'll have to teach her how to operate the camera video. That will be an even bigger challenge  ::)

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Oct 23, 2016, 07:48 AM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsv2QKVu7_Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsv2QKVu7_Y)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV4Bo7I6Ztk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV4Bo7I6Ztk)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 24, 2016, 05:13 AM
Back when I was a regular traveler to Canada for week long fishing trips with the guys, we used to have chipmunk launching competitions. Winning was based on distance and a live chipmonk on landing. Somewhere I have photos of my chipmonk trebuchet.

Here's the maze set up for training. Started with a simple back and forth format.
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No participants as yet, but they did take the peanuts from the table. Been pretty cold and windy the past few days. They're hunkered down.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 24, 2016, 02:33 PM
Pretty cool. Can't wait to see some video.. ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Oct 24, 2016, 04:26 PM
Pretty cool. Can't wait to see some video.. ;D
X2
Well looks like it's going to get cold so I decide to pick the garden almost clean ,  green&yellow beans , green peppers chard and yellow squash
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 24, 2016, 05:06 PM
Covered mine up for tonight. Not supposed to get below 40. Staying cool for the rest of the week but reasonable. No real freezing temps in the forecast for the next 10 days anyway. I'd like my beans to get a bit bigger. Doubt I'll get any useable radishes or snow peas, but there's chard and spinach and still hot peppers on the plants.

I'll wait it out a bit longer.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Oct 24, 2016, 11:46 PM
Last of ours came out of the ground tonight garbage night so it will work out for us.. there is always next year on the plantings for us..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Oct 25, 2016, 09:47 AM
Pulled what was left of the garden out this past weekend. Planted garlic Sunday night.

Time to get after the whitetails and prep the ice fishing gear, now that the garden is done and the golf clubs are in storage
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Oct 25, 2016, 12:17 PM

It spit snow here this morning
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 25, 2016, 12:27 PM
It spit snow here this morning

    Been doing that off and on all morning here...  Still windy as heck...... :P
Threw out about 100 mum plants today.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 25, 2016, 05:00 PM
Covered up the beans, chard, spinach and snow peas again tonight. I've got some beans, the chard is edible as is the spinach. No radishes really took. So much for them being a cool weather crop. Peppers will be ok I think. If the leaves show any damage I'll pick them clean tomorrow. Same with the chard and spinach.

If they can hold on the next couple days, I'll have another week of well above freezing temps for them to grow.

I fear the end is coming :-\

Right now it's dark chocolate, pecan brownies and a wee dram of McKinny Single Barrel 10 year old Bourbon.

Dang........life is sooooooo gooood!  ;D

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Oct 25, 2016, 05:03 PM
   Been doing that off and on all morning here...  Still windy as heck...... :P
Threw out about 100 mum plants today.
Sorry to hear , I'm fond of mums
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 25, 2016, 05:31 PM
Sorry to hear , I'm fond of mums

    Stop by tomorrow and I will give you a bunch.  
The  front of my house is decorated pretty good.     ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 25, 2016, 06:59 PM
Still have some decent looking mums in the yard. Took a while for the last to bloom. But they're nice to see at the end of the growing year. Most everything else is peaked and on the way out.  We're heading into the "grey days" . Good thing I have a bunch of indoor greenery. There's something therapeutic about tending indoor plants when it's cold and snowy outside.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Oct 26, 2016, 05:38 AM

  Mums are doin great still, Brussles are tightening up nicely and the peppers are giving me a heck of a crop. This was a fun season, I'm sad to see it end.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 26, 2016, 02:23 PM
Only got down to 38 last night. Everything looks ok so far. One more really cold night predicted tonight then it moderates some for a week or so.

I'm gonna hang in there for now.


Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 26, 2016, 03:52 PM
Dom, how do you freeze your peppers. Do you do them raw?  I decided to pick all my hot peppers tonight. Forecast is for a freeze. I have quite a pile of jalapeño , cowhorn and Serranos.

Also decided to pull the chard, spinach and beans. Guess I'm done after all :-\

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Oct 26, 2016, 04:30 PM
Rg just cut into pieces blanch and freeze , that's how I do it
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 26, 2016, 05:05 PM
Thanks Fred. I was wondering about blanching.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Oct 26, 2016, 05:19 PM
Rg just cut into pieces blanch and freeze , that's how I do it

yup - works great
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 26, 2016, 05:59 PM
I don't blanch mine just vacuum pack and there fine....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Oct 26, 2016, 06:08 PM
I don't blanch mine just vacuum pack and there fine....
Never tried that , interesting , most of my peppers were made into stuffed peppers and froze
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 26, 2016, 06:15 PM
Ok....I'll split the harvest in two. Some blanched....some not.........reports in about March

 ;D ;D

You guys are a riot. Love this thread.

Thanks,
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 26, 2016, 06:17 PM
Wouldn't it be great if we "gardeners"  all got together sometime, bringing our best of harvest and home made dishes to pass.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Oct 26, 2016, 06:30 PM
Wouldn't it be great if we "gardeners"  all got together sometime, bringing our best of harvest and home made dishes to pass.

Rg

That would be fun
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: KingPerch on Oct 26, 2016, 08:41 PM
Wouldn't it be great if we "gardeners"  all got together sometime, bringing our best of harvest and home made dishes to pass.

Rg

I'll bring a fork! ;D I envy you guys with the great gardens. I'm not a good gardener.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Oct 26, 2016, 09:12 PM
Wouldn't it be great if we "gardeners"  all got together sometime, bringing our best of harvest and home made dishes to pass.

Rg

That would be something!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 27, 2016, 03:32 AM
I'd travel a good long ways for that feed.

Something tells me we'd have enough for you too KP. You can bring the duck ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Oct 27, 2016, 06:35 AM

Well if it ever get that far might as well bring perch, panfish and walleye fillets
They go good with veggie dishes 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Oct 27, 2016, 07:37 AM
Well if it ever get that far might as well bring perch, panfish and walleye fillets
They go good with veggie dishes 
That they do..... I guess we could call it the pickle fest  :w00t: :w00t: :rotflol:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Oct 27, 2016, 09:17 AM
I don't blanch mine just vacuum pack and there fine....

Actually, I have done both.
I really have not seen a difference.
One thing is always in my mind though.
Germs, etc.
The blanching does help to insure you kill the micro organisms, etc.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 27, 2016, 12:53 PM
This is what my mums looked like yesterday....

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    This is what they look like now....   :P

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Oct 27, 2016, 01:12 PM


  LOL go hunt  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Oct 27, 2016, 02:21 PM
They'll be pretty again in the morning.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Oct 27, 2016, 02:24 PM

Dom that looks really nice
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Oct 27, 2016, 02:30 PM
RG, we freeze our peppers raw after we wash them. We put them in gallon zip-lock bags. We do bags of strips that are great for sausage and peppers, and bags of diced (3/8" square or so) that are great for chili, pizza, omelets, etc. Open the bag, grab what you need, reseal the bag, and back into the freezer. If you keep the air out of them, they'll keep for a couple years.    ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Oct 27, 2016, 02:46 PM
Here's a trick.   8)
When freezing anything in a zip-lock bag, whether it be veggies, fish, meat, or anything else, fill the bag with your goodies and submerse it in water up to the zipper before closing. The water pressure surrounding the bag will force the air out. No sucking on a corner of the bag.  ::)    No more freezer burn.   :-X
Try it. It works.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 27, 2016, 04:16 PM
Cool idea FM. Thanks!

I was contemplating a vacuum sealer. I like your idea better.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: KingPerch on Oct 27, 2016, 06:30 PM
I'd travel a good long ways for that feed.

Something tells me we'd have enough for you too KP. You can bring the duck ;D

Rg
I can do that! ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Oct 27, 2016, 10:06 PM
If 'dacker didn't bring those lasagna cupcakes I'd be disappointed!   :o
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 28, 2016, 04:32 AM
Yeah!

I'm gonna give those a try this weekend.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Fishermantim on Oct 28, 2016, 12:25 PM
Here's a trick.   8)
When freezing anything in a zip-lock bag, whether it be veggies, fish, meat, or anything else, fill the bag with your goodies and submerse it in water up to the zipper before closing. The water pressure surrounding the bag will force the air out. No sucking on a corner of the bag.  ::)    No more freezer burn.   :-X
Try it. It works.  ;D


That's a GREAT idea!
Just don't let the vacuum sealer companies know or it will "let the air" out of their business balloon!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Oct 28, 2016, 01:00 PM
Well the mums didnt look so good this morning... 
We had 2" wet snow with rain and freezing rain with ice on everything. Woke up at 230 to the sound of limbs crashing..
My yard is a mess and it up rooted my favorite tree, my white birch. I carried that tree out of the woods as a sapling 25 years ago.. >:( >:(
When it pulled up it also pulled  up the underground cable..
Now I have a temporary  cable laying on the ground all the way out to the  pole..
And it's snowing/raining again...

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Oct 28, 2016, 01:07 PM

That's ok I'll keep them in business if my vac sealer ever gives up the 👻
That sucks Dom
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 28, 2016, 02:08 PM
Bummer Dom!

Well, at least you know where you can get another tree. And, I'm sure you'll be around in another 25 years to admire it.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Oct 28, 2016, 04:40 PM


  Wicked bummer Dom.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Oct 30, 2016, 06:22 PM
Well, the garden is officially asleep. Picked it clean and turned it over. Piled a bunch of mulched leaves and grass on the beds and wished it well till spring comes around. For dinner we had the last of the fresh beans, spinach and chard with our steak and potatoes. The hot peppers are chopped, bagged and waiting their duty in the freezer. Can't believe the amount of peppers I harvested from just 3 plants.

The asparagus is still very green so it will go on till it dies off. Then I'll cover the beds with mulch.

Sure was a fun planting season. Lots of good eats and a fair stash in the cupboard.

Very much looking forward to next year.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Nov 02, 2016, 06:03 PM


  Final pull for the season, still got some carrots out might let some go till spring and some I'll pull after a good hard freeze. All the peppers will head for the dehydrator except for a jar of Japs that I'm gonna try canning Bread N Butter style. Brussles freeze well and the carrots are destined for a stew this weekend. Life is good my friends, sad to see the season come to an end, but very pleased with the garden this year.  ;D
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Nov 02, 2016, 06:29 PM
Great harvest Ed.......
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 02, 2016, 06:41 PM
That's a fitting table to end the year.

My Bride and I had Tuna Subs for dinner with pickled jalapeños and sweet pickles on the side. Pickled jalapeños are really delicious. They lost some of the serious bite, but kept all their lingering heat. I haven't tried the pickled cowhorn peppers as yet. I have a feeling they're gonna be dynamite.

I'm thinking about growing peanuts in containers next year. ....ahhhhh.....next year.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Nov 02, 2016, 07:00 PM
That's a fitting table to end the year.

My Bride and I had Tuna Subs for dinner with pickled jalapeños and sweet pickles on the side. Pickled jalapeños are really delicious. They lost some of the serious bite, but kept all their lingering heat. I haven't tried the pickled cowhorn peppers as yet. I have a feeling they're gonna be dynamite.

I'm thinking about growing peanuts in containers next year. ....ahhhhh.....next year.

Rg
Yup, sad to move on, but the changing of the seasons defines us here in Upstate NY and I'm excited for the rest of hunting season, Ice season commeth and still plenty of good perchin and shoreline eyes. Now for some surf n turf with a side of brussels sprouts :)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Nov 02, 2016, 07:00 PM
Great harvest Ed.......
thanks bud. see you soon ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 02, 2016, 07:19 PM
I have an actual paid vacation form my part time gig next week. That's hilarious! I'll be on the finger lakes filling the freeezer with perch and pannies. Fall fishing is the best.

I'll pickle some fillets of course. What's life without something pickled ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Nov 02, 2016, 07:30 PM
I have an actual paid vacation form my part time gig next week. That's hilarious! I'll be on the finger lakes filling the freeezer with perch and pannies. Fall fishing is the best.

I'll pickle some fillets of course. What's life without something pickled ;D

Rg
Do share the results, I'm most curious. I buy a jar of pickled herring once a month.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Nov 02, 2016, 08:37 PM


  Why I hunt, fish and grow in one beautifully delicious pic.
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 03, 2016, 03:44 AM
Oh man that looks good DD.

I copied this from the shanty. Over the years of pickling fish I've perfected my recipe.


Only pickle thoroughly frozen / thawed fish. Parasitic worms are a real possibility.

Wash fillets in cold water and cut into chunks

Brine; Thoroughly dissolve;
2 cups pickling salt
6 cups distilled water (very important to avoid a nasty mineral taste)


Soak fish in brine 4-6 hours or so in the refrigerator.
Remove fish and rinse thoroughly in cold water...discard brine


Heat;
3 cups white vinegar ( at least 5% acid)
1 cup cider vinegar ( at least 5% acid)
1 cup semi sweet white wine (something you'd drink)
2 cups sugar
4 tsp pickling spice

Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or so to infuse the spices into the pickling.  Remove from heat cool to room temp.

Strain pickling spices through cheesecloth or fine sieve to remove spices (I don't always do this, but it's better if you don't like chomping into a chunk of clove or a pepper corn)

Layer fish / Vidalia onion, sliced about 1/8," in a clean glass jar. (I save my pickle jars) Pack fairly well.

Pour cooled pickling over fish/onions to completely cover contents.

With a long utensil (I use a chopstick) poke down into the packed jar to remove any air bubbles and refill with remaining pickling solution.

Cover tightly and refrigerate for a good week before eating (if you can stand to wait that long )


Keep refrigerated!

Should be consumed within 4 - 6 weeks......like it's gonna last that long

Looks like this ;D
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Works for any mild fish. Walleye gets much firmer than perch, bluegill or crappie. Bass through the ice come out pretty tasty too. I remove the lateral lines on bass and walleye.

Perch are still my favorite.

RG
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 03, 2016, 03:45 AM
Maybe we should just switch this over to a recipe thread for he winter ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Nov 03, 2016, 05:22 AM


  Good thinkin!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Nov 03, 2016, 06:39 AM
That looks great Bob. I have a few bags of of pickerel in the freezer to use up..
I have also been looking at sourkruat recipes  for  something to do this weekend..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 03, 2016, 06:58 AM
Talk to Attack about sauerkraut. He's an expert.

Pickerel should be good.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Nov 03, 2016, 07:03 AM
I have been looking at recipes on how to make it in Mason jars.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Nov 03, 2016, 07:04 AM
That looks great Bob. I have a few bags of of pickerel in the freezer to use up..
I have also been looking at sourkruat recipes  for  something to do this weekend..
Man, if you paid as much attention to the small game challenge as you did to this thread  :whistling: :whistling: :w00t:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Nov 03, 2016, 01:29 PM
Talk to Attack about sauerkraut. He's an expert.

Pickerel should be good.

Rg

Or simply go further back in this thread for the info.


 ;D


Youtube guys!!!!

It's easy to do and plenty of instructions there.
My neighbor taught me, but youtube is just as good and easy.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 03, 2016, 01:47 PM
I just checked out making it in a jar. Dirt simple. I'm putting up a batch this weekend. Might take a ride to Phelps.....Sauerkraut Capitol of The World, and buy a cabbage or two.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Nov 03, 2016, 02:12 PM
Yeah Bob, pretty simple.. I have a bunch of heads in the garden  still that are a little bigger than a soft ball.
Plus it won't take up freezer space..
Have you been using any relish?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 03, 2016, 04:20 PM
It seems to have disappeared. Hot dogs, sausage, burgers....it was great on all of them. I even tried it on some grilled fish. Awesome stuff!

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Nov 03, 2016, 09:29 PM


    15 pounds venison summer sausage  ;D
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 04, 2016, 04:01 AM
I have a package of venison polish sausage in the freezer gifted to me by a friend that are gonna hit the grill this weekend. Might just make some six beer chili too ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Nov 04, 2016, 07:11 AM


  Whats with the pictures not working?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 04, 2016, 07:16 AM
It appears that Photobucket is down for maintenance.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Nov 04, 2016, 08:00 AM

Well yesterday I pulled the rest of my garden , got 2 more squash and 1/2 dozen green peppers
  Only thing left are the marigolds that were at the end of the rows which are in full bloom
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Nov 06, 2016, 01:36 PM
Head's up Bob.
I'm making sauerkraut.
Donna bought 10 large heads of cabbage today.
Jeff took them up to the pizzeria to shred.

I'll take pics and document as I go.

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Nov 06, 2016, 03:37 PM
Here we go.
Here is the shredded cabbage that Jeff brought back.
BTW, these are food grade buckets.
You can buy them on Amazon cheap or get them from any restaurant.
I sometimes use a pickle crock but these are WAY lighter and work great.


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Then you add pickling salt to it.
I used about 1/2-2/3 of this box for all this cabbage.

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I pulled out the cabbage and slowly added a little at a time, with a little salt, mixing with my hands.
Mixed it all in the 2 buckets but then decided I could combine it all into one bucket.
It's really tight but it will reduce as it ferments.
When mixing it you pound on it and this forms water.
The water will keep coming out of the cabbage and eventually ride over the top of the cabbage.
When you are done the cabbage must be about 1/2" below the water.
You can add water if you need to.
I don't add water until about 8-12 hrs after I get it all mixed and sitting to ferment.
Tomorrow morning I will check it before work and add some water if needed.

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Next you find a heavy brick.
It goes on top of a large plate that rests on top of the cabbage.
The plate, with the weight of the brick, pushes the cabbage down, keeping it submerged under the water away from any air.
I wrap it in an old shirt so it doesn't chip the plate.
Before I insert the plate and brick, I put in a large kitchen garbage bag.
The plate and brick goes inside this.  This makes it easier to lift out the plate and brick to check on things periodically.
Lifting it out allows you to skim off the "junk" that forms from the fermentation process.

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Now I simply wrap the bag up and around things and move it into a corner in the kitchen.
The bag also keeps dust and junk from falling into it.
As time goes on I check it about once a week.
I skim out the "junk" and maybe even remove some of the water.
Eventually it might lower enough down into the bucket for me to put the lid on the bucket.
I won't fasten the lid tight so pressure can continuously vent during fermentation.
Taste it after a week and each week you check it to see how it is coming along.
When we are done we freeze it in either vacuum seal bags or double zip loc freezer bags.
It freezes very well.
Once you make your own you will NEVER buy it in the store anymore.

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You can get more info on YouTube.

Here's a link to one -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAByu1Lb8GM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAByu1Lb8GM)


Have fun guys.
Mac
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Nov 06, 2016, 04:07 PM

  Awesome deal, thanks for sharing  8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Nov 06, 2016, 08:37 PM
Yea, I'll update here and there with a pic or two.
I'll show you the foam that forms that you need to skim off.
Not brain surgery.
It's so easy and it tastes so awesome........if you like kraut.

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Nov 07, 2016, 06:11 AM
quick update.
The water started coming up and out of the bucket overnight.
I have too much in the bucket.
After work tonight I will split it back up into 2 buckets.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 07, 2016, 12:51 PM
Started out with a pretty frosty boat this morning. I forgot to throw the cover over it.
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Ended up with 40 perch in just a couple hours.
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I'm happy ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Nov 07, 2016, 01:46 PM
10 short of your limit.
Moderation is a good thing Bob.

 ;)


You fished....................I came to work.

Sounds fair.

 :D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bartman44 on Nov 07, 2016, 03:58 PM
That's a nice day on the water and some nice fillets to go with your vegetables.  Just finished picking all the Brussel sprouts the other day so 2016 is in the books. Garden needs some work next spring to get it looking like yours and the rest of the gangs. Good thread and posts  this year, I got some good ideas from everyone.       
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 07, 2016, 04:08 PM
10 short of your limit.
Moderation is a good thing Bob.

 ;)


You fished....................I came to work.

Sounds fair.

 :D



Heck, I got paid to fish today :rotflol:

It was a very nice fall day on the water for sure. I started worrying about getting sunburned......in November.

Good eats for sure Bart. I'm probably going out again tomorrow since it looks to be a carbon copy of today. Might just chase some of those gills on Honeoye.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Nov 12, 2016, 08:43 AM
Well I'm bummed, went to waste management first thing this morning  for a truck load of compost and they stopped loading it November first... :P
I was hoping to raise a few more beds this weekend..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 12, 2016, 05:02 PM
No worries Dom. Spring is just around the corner ::)

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 12, 2016, 05:35 PM
On a happier note....I pickled up a jar of perch this morning.

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It's getting happy in the fridge. In a week or so....if I can wait.....it'll be darned tasty. Save your extra brine and make another batch in a couple weeks. The brine keeps for months in the fridge. The fish should be consumed in 4-6 weeks.....like it takes that long.

It's why I fish DD ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Nov 13, 2016, 02:20 PM


  Cant wait to give it a whirl, and if I'm fortunate enough to get another deer I'm gonna try pickling the heart.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 13, 2016, 04:28 PM
Ive pickled heart using cold process. Cook it thoroughly first then jar it up with onions and a good vinegar brine mixture. Forget about it being in the back of the fridge for a week and enjoy.

Good stuff!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Nov 13, 2016, 04:44 PM
Right RG..  I like a bread and butter brine for my hearts.... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Nov 13, 2016, 05:33 PM
It's taken me all day to upload, downsize, and get this posted, but Breakfast anybody?
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Bacon, onions, mozzarella, parmesan, fresh spinach, basil,  and eggs, cherry toms, and feta.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Nov 13, 2016, 07:20 PM
Or how about dinner?
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Duck a l'orange over apple stuffing with roasted sweet potatoes and fresh picked brussel sprouts.  
Life is good today!  Credits to my bride.   ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 14, 2016, 04:09 AM
It's taken me all day to upload, downsize, and get this posted, but Breakfast anybody?
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Bacon, onions, mozzarella, parmesan, fresh spinach, basil,  and eggs, cherry toms, and feta.   ;D

OH MY! What an awesome looking dish. Looks like some mushrooms in there too. Is that topped on a pizza dough ? The duck looks yummy too.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Nov 14, 2016, 05:38 AM
All that looks real good..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Nov 14, 2016, 05:49 AM
You're right RG, sliced fresh mushrooms, too.  It was all built on top of crescent roll dough.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 14, 2016, 08:34 AM
Thanks...that makes sense. Just showed myBride the pics and description .......she likes that idea. Maybe for dinner tonight.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Nov 14, 2016, 09:26 AM
Sauerkraut update -
I checked both buckets last night.
Smells like kraut, so fermentation is well underway.
Not really any scum yet to skim off.
Might be bagging it sooner than originally thought.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Nov 14, 2016, 12:26 PM
Just to let you know RG, we precooked the bacon and onions and spread that on top of the mozzarella and Parmesan. We didn't crack the eggs onto the pie until halfway through the baking time for the crescent rolls, and when that time was up we put it under the broiler for a minute or so just to firm up the tops of the eggs. They were done perfectly. No runny whites, but the center of the yokes were still soft.  Enjoy.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 14, 2016, 01:48 PM
Just to let you know RG, we precooked the bacon and onions and spread that on top of the mozzarella and Parmesan. We didn't crack the eggs onto the pie until halfway through the baking time for the crescent rolls, and when that time was up we put it under the broiler for a minute or so just to firm up the tops of the eggs. They were done perfectly. No runny whites, but the center of the yokes were still soft.  Enjoy.   ;D

Nice recipe. Thanks for sharing.

I can smell the sauerkraut from here Mac. West wind ya know ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Nov 14, 2016, 02:30 PM


I can smell the sauerkraut from here Mac. West wind ya know ;D

Rg

If your timing is right when you get that treadmill motor................. 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Nov 14, 2016, 04:23 PM
Well, I'm in the throws of moving stuff around....again. Most of my fishing stuff  and fly tying stuff is back in the spare bedroom...in other words, I'm slowly gutting the basement to make room for the wood working equipment. It's pretty much re-assess and purge at this point. The pickup is slowly filling up for a trip to the dump in the near future. I'm amazed with how I can accumulate stuff.

My saving grace is, I can let go of it too......thank heavens.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Nov 16, 2016, 09:51 AM
Does anyone know how long pine needs to dry before you can split with an ax? I dropped 3 large pines in June. I used a piece of trunk of one of them as a chopping block to split other wood this past weekend with the Fiskars and the the chopping block was splitting by the time i finished the chore.

I would have thought 5 months wasn't enough, but would love to get it split and stacked next to the fire pit before the start of hard water season.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Nov 16, 2016, 09:59 AM
I live in a  pine Grove and burn a lot of pine in my fire pit.  Split once or twice and it will burn.. Whole chunks of fresh pine burns well. Split what you want now and stack it and burn away.. ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Nov 16, 2016, 10:03 AM
Thanks. I have been clearing my yard of pines for years now. Pine sure does burn well in the fire pit out back, regardless of whether it's August or January
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Nov 16, 2016, 10:14 AM
We Camp in the adirondacks right after ice/snow out and the first thing we do is look for a downed pine  for insta  heat.. ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Nov 22, 2016, 08:08 AM
Gave it the ol' college try this morning. the main trunks laughed at the fiskars. covered them up and will have at them come spring time
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Dec 04, 2016, 04:31 PM
Sauerkraut update.
We bagged it up tonight.
Got 19.5 quart freezer Ziploc bags filled.
Smelled awesome.

I saw cans of kraut at the store on sale yesterday for $2 a can.
I figure ours is about the same as 30 cans.
So we spent $20 for about $60 worth of kraut.

If it cost more than store bought I would still make it because of how good it tastes.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Dec 04, 2016, 05:23 PM
Well, I'll hope for prevailing East winds ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Dec 04, 2016, 05:51 PM
Well, I'll hope for prevailing East iwnds ;D

Rg

Yea Bob.
The kitchen stinks pretty good.
 :D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Dec 13, 2016, 08:50 PM
Sauerkraut update.
We bagged it up tonight.
Got 19.5 quart freezer Ziploc bags filled.
Smelled awesome.

I saw cans of kraut at the store on sale yesterday for $2 a can.
I figure ours is about the same as 30 cans.
So we spent $20 for about $60 worth of kraut.

If it cost more than store bought I would still make it because of how good it tastes.


2nd update.
Never rinsed it before I bagged it.
So I never got the excess salt out of it.
First bag we cooked up was salty as help.
Next bag I rinsed before we cooked it and it was fine.

Also, 3 weeks wasn't enough.
At least not for us.
2-3 more weeks would have been better.
It's sauerkraut, but it's mild.
We like it stronger.
More fermented.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jan 19, 2017, 11:22 AM
The deer have been liking whats left of my Brussels sprouts...     ;D
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 19, 2017, 02:45 PM
That's a good landlord :clapping:

They browse around my bird feeders all the time. I leave a couple corn cobs out for the squirrels and blue jays. They nibble on them.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jan 19, 2017, 03:03 PM
Yeah that was last week before the snow melted.
I got a few that hang around..   
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jan 19, 2017, 03:06 PM
It's hard to believe we start filling pots with soil in 3 to 4 weeks....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 19, 2017, 05:10 PM
They already have the pergolas and summer furniture being set up at the store. We still have 57, 24" snow blowers in stock. They're moving the garden tractors inside in the next couple weeks.

My garden still looks sound asleep.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jan 19, 2017, 08:30 PM
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My bride's new little hydro-ponic herb garden. Dill, Thai basil, and Genovese basil are up. Mint sprouted today.  Still waiting for cilantro and parsley.  She started it all 10 days ago.  Fun!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jan 20, 2017, 05:39 AM
That's pretty cool Bill.   I bet you could grow all kinds of things in that ...... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jan 20, 2017, 12:03 PM
You know Dom, I think we could.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 20, 2017, 01:35 PM
Old hippies :rotflol:

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jan 20, 2017, 01:51 PM
Oh my gosh. I'm talking bout peppers and tomatoes... :P.     ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jan 20, 2017, 01:53 PM
And I like the almanac in the picture.....   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jan 20, 2017, 02:25 PM
Oh my gosh. I'm talking bout peppers and tomatoes... :P.     ;D

uhuh.............. 8)


 :rotflol:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jan 20, 2017, 02:44 PM
And I like the almanac in the picture.....   ;D
Can't go a year without it!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jan 20, 2017, 02:46 PM
Old hippies :rotflol:

Rg
Uhhhh..... I understand that's way too aromatic for in the house....   ::)

We envision having fresh cherry tomatoes throughout the year after the herb thing is done.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jan 20, 2017, 02:54 PM
Nothing better than the smell of tomato plants.. 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 20, 2017, 03:29 PM
Well, I know how you kids are ;D

I was browsing around the herb seeds in the store the other day. I was thinking about putting some up in one of my small window boxes. I can find some window room somewhere. Sure miss the fresh parsley and Thai basil.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jan 20, 2017, 04:29 PM
Yeah you know, older hippie!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Jan 23, 2017, 09:40 AM
I planted garlic for the first time in October. I was pleasantly surprised to see what appears to be a sprout shooting through the snow. I didn't think i would see a sprout so soon.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 23, 2017, 03:50 PM
I planted 64 cloves in a new bed last fall. There's several sprouts coming up through the 8" of mulch I put on top at the end of the season. I'm hoping for a good crop of garlic this season. Everything's bett with garlic ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jan 25, 2017, 02:02 PM
We got our order for 26 thousand plugs for our first planting conformed.  Won't be long, bout 4 1/2 weeks..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jan 25, 2017, 05:23 PM
Then you'll be just pluggin' along!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 25, 2017, 05:48 PM
That's a lot of marigolds Dom ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 25, 2017, 05:54 PM
Please keep us up to date with pictures. It's a very interesting process to many of us. I really don't know what a "plug" is or how you handle them.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jan 25, 2017, 06:27 PM
Please keep us up to date with pictures. It's a very interesting process to many of us. I really don't know what a "plug" is or how you handle them.

Rg


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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 25, 2017, 06:42 PM
I've seen those somewhere :-\

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jan 25, 2017, 07:03 PM
Bob these are plugs..  They come in trays from 500 and something to 700 and something plants.. This was an order from last year...   We do this a few times a year......


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This is what 15,000 baby marigolds look like..

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jan 26, 2017, 05:58 AM
Oh my gosh. I'm talking bout peppers and tomatoes... :P.     ;D
And Brownies  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jan 26, 2017, 07:00 AM
That's a lot of separating and replanting right there.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jan 26, 2017, 07:41 AM
That's a lot of separating and replanting right there.

Rg
Do you generally start from seed, or buy plugs? I do a combination of both, I tried one of the cheap green houses and it got destroyed by the first big wind storm we had. Now it serves as my Cuke trellis   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 04, 2017, 02:59 AM
I missed this one DD. Last year I started everything from seed. I picked up a crushed 2x4' troffer fixture from Lowes for $20 I think and put 4- 5000k lamps in it to use as a starter. Bought some of the little plastic cube trays and some of the small peat containers. I lined the fixture with reflectix ( I have pictures of the setup somewhere) and made it adjustable. Worked like a charm.

Learned a bit too. I started way too many plants for what I used and started them way too soon. Hopefully I'll be able to stand the wait this spring and not get going too soon. But, knowing me.....I'll get really anxious to play in the dirt  ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Feb 04, 2017, 07:43 AM


Learned a bit too. I started way too many plants for what I used and started them way too soon. Hopefully I'll be able to stand the wait this spring and not get going too soon. But, knowing me.....I'll get really anxious to play in the dirt  ;D

Rg

This brings up a question I have always wondered.
When do you plant inside?
Say you want to move them outside on Memorial weekend.
How many weeks before would be a good rule of thumb.
I'm speaking about plants like tomatoes, pepper, zucchini, and cukes.

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 04, 2017, 07:57 AM
We get our tomato and pepper plugs 3rd week of March and they are 1/2 to 3/4 inches tall...  Than they are all transplanted into 6pack trays...   All 18,000 of them... :o
Zucchini and cucumbers we start from seed and they only need about 4 weeks inside...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 04, 2017, 01:18 PM
Seems to me that 4-5 weeks is more than plenty. This year I'll "harden " the seedlings by graudally moving them outdoors....at least that's my plan ......sort of :-\ . Last year I let some get too tall under the lights by starting too early. They got a bit skinny. So this year I'll start a bit later and move them out to the sunshine  earlier, bringing them in at night.

Hopefully it will encourage a more robust seedling. I'm new at this so experienced suggestions are very welcome.

I think I'm going to make a "hot box" in the garden area to help things along. I want another bed for Strawberries anyway. It can be dual purpose. That's assuming I plant the strawberries as annuals.

Need to do some more research on that too.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Feb 05, 2017, 09:24 AM
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The little AeroGarden is doing pretty well other than the parsley and cilantro pods that came with the kit. We did however put fresh seeds in them last Sunday and they too are sprouted today. We had to raise the lights 4" this week!

Last night we ordered a 31 station seed starting tray for it. It is used to germinate and start the seeds, then you transplant the plugs into your pots or 6 packs.  That's our Valentine's gift to each other.  Fun!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 05, 2017, 11:31 AM
Bob the hardening off is a great idea...
As far as annual strawberries theres a lot of different kinds, even climbing...   Most people grow them in large containers.

Bill that looks like a tropical paradise compared to outside... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 05, 2017, 12:35 PM
I've got lots of greenery in my home, none of fit is edible though. I like the little growing station.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 05, 2017, 01:44 PM
Bob you need some of these for inside in the winter...

 https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/Meyer-Lemon-Tree.htm?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=shopping&gclid=CNKQtffa-dECFQmHswodxncAeA   (https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/Meyer-Lemon-Tree.htm?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&utm_campaign=shopping&gclid=CNKQtffa-dECFQmHswodxncAeA)

 https://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas/lawn-and-garden/dwarf-fruit-trees/article   (https://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas/lawn-and-garden/dwarf-fruit-trees/article)

 https://www.starkbros.com/tags/indoor-fruit-trees   (https://www.starkbros.com/tags/indoor-fruit-trees)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 05, 2017, 02:15 PM
Here is a picture from last year of the Meyers Lemon we have in the green house ...

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 05, 2017, 03:39 PM
Pretty cool Dom. Does it drop it's leaves in the winter?

I was just telling my Bride you have it made with those greenhouses. You'll have tomatoes and peppers in May ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 05, 2017, 04:08 PM
No stays green year round, it gets the fruit on it in the winter.  There about ready to harvest now....   A little vodka 7 and fresh lemon party... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 05, 2017, 04:15 PM
I love it :clapping: :clapping:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Feb 06, 2017, 09:05 AM
I've got lots of greenery in my home, none of fit is edible though. I like the little growing station.

Rg

Again, it's fun! We enjoyed a fresh Dill dip with the Super Bowl last. Yum!! It was really good on the mini pigs-in-a-blanket.  ;D

This morning, the cilantro that was just sprouted yesterday, is touching the top of the dome. That's like 3/4" overnight!   :o

I might have to try one of those little lime trees, Dom.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Feb 09, 2017, 10:31 AM
Here is a picture from last year of the Meyers Lemon we have in the green house ...

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The Meyer lemon is amazing, We used to make a Beurre Blanc out of them at the Sherwood in and serve it with all sorts of fish  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 09, 2017, 04:53 PM
It was pretty slow at the store today. Had my pad and pencil in hand doing drawings of my garden plots. Looks like I'll be adding a bed in the spring. Can't get here too soon for me.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Feb 09, 2017, 07:35 PM

Can't get here too soon for me.

Rg


about time you saw the light.

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Feb 10, 2017, 07:35 AM


  Too early to pine for the Garden RG, Long ways to go yet. I might just buy some Pickling Cukes from Wegmans and make a couple batches, I'm long out, and the store bought ones I used to love just don't cut it after last year ;) I'm actually going to scale back on the variety of plants this year and focus more on what does well and I can preserve. Anything else will be potted like lettuces and herbs. I usually do 6 Zucchini, only going for 3. Expanding the cuke and pepper area, 2X the Brussels as last year and 2x the peas and beans. Maters I might scale back a plant as well.   
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Fish Farmer on Feb 10, 2017, 08:58 AM
Last year it was so dry I had poor results in one garden, but good results on the one with the rain barrel. Even the lack of rain dried up the rain barrel source for a while.

This April I'm redoing some gutters and using two, possibly three barrels and lots of hose. It would be nice if I never have to run town water for my various planted areas.

I may try a planting of Virginia peanuts up here in the Champlain Valley. They say they need 4 months of frost free weather. Usually our last frost is mid May and it can be pretty mild and then one in September. Last year it was mild in May and stayed hot forever. I plan on seeding the peanuts in the ground the beginning of May and covering with a clear plastic cold frame. I could also start them inside on my sunny porch. I may do them both ways to compare growth.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 10, 2017, 01:50 PM
Good thing I have the "little wood shop" to keep me busy DD. No ice to speak of...I'd go nutz if I couldn't get lost on the lathe.

I'm scaling back the tomatoes for sure. Just enough to harvest and eat. I'll buy sauce and salsa tomatoes. Pickles on the other hand.....I'm not sure I can grow enough in the space I have. Fortunately, I've still got a fair stash from last year. I had about 10 plants last year and bought another bushel or so. I'll have at least 15 plants this year.

I've been researching growing peanuts too, but I'll probably pass this year. I was reading about growing veggies from the bottom of a hanging 5 gallon bucket. I've got 6 posts that will support 2 buckets each :w00t: maybe beans or peppers . I'm still contemplating.

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Feb 10, 2017, 03:55 PM
Good thing I have the "little wood shop" to keep me busy DD. No ice to speak of...I'd go nutz if I couldn't get lost on the lathe.

I'm scaling back the tomatoes for sure. Just enough to harvest and eat. I'll buy sauce and salsa tomatoes. Pickles on the other hand.....I'm not sure I can grow enough in the space I have. Fortunately, I've still got a fair stash from last year. I had about 10 plants last year and bought another bushel or so. I'll have at least 15 plants this year.

I've been researching growing peanuts too, but I'll probably pass this year. I was reading about growing veggies from the bottom of a hanging 5 gallon bucket. I've got 6 posts that will support 2 buckets each :w00t: maybe beans or peppers . I'm still contemplating.

Rg
The lack of ice is frustrating, every day I look at the 3k+ of gear I have just sitting there and get a little sick. I could drive and fish some smaller waters, but The slow work, and now the flu have kept me home. I think I'll try the strawberry plants in a hanging bucket this year. I have to build a patch for the ever bearing plants, they are not the best eating berries, but it's cool to get fresh berries in November ;D I really need to work on an irrigation system for my fruit trees, and a way to combat the dang Jap Beetles, they decimate my trees year after year.  

 I've also been kicking around the Idea of a root cellar, old school one. I have plenty of space and my neighbor operates a site work company, I'm sure I can find a way to barter a nice big hole in the ground ::) ::) Dang it RG I'm excited for a garden now..... Maybe I'll just go hang with Dom at his green houses for a spell ;)
 

 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 10, 2017, 04:36 PM
Pretty sure Dom could use the help soon. He's a busy boy this time of year.

It's a tough time of year. Especially for the "green thumbs" . I've taken to long walks in the woods looking for standing deadwood saplings to turn on the lathe. At least it's out in the light of day.

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Feb 10, 2017, 05:18 PM
Pretty sure Dom could use the help soon. He's a busy boy this time of year.

It's a tough time of year. Especially for the "green thumbs" . I've taken to long walks in the woods looking for standing deadwood saplings to turn on the lathe. At least it's out in the light of day.

Rg


What kind of wood do you like RG? I have a few on my property, mostly maple.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 10, 2017, 05:35 PM
Maple, ash, beech, black birch, cherry.to name a few. My son is asst. superintendent at a local country club. They've been taking out a lot of trees to open up the course. I've got a pretty good supply of ash and maple. This spring we're going to raid the log piles for bowl blanks.

We've just started playing with turning green wood and have a stack that's drying as well. Fun stuff on the lathe.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Feb 10, 2017, 06:08 PM
Maple, ash, beech, black birch, cherry.to name a few. My son is asst. superintendent at a local country club. They've been taking out a lot of trees to open up the course. I've got a pretty good supply of ash and maple. This spring we're going to raid the log piles for bowl blanks.

We've just started playing with turning green wood and have a stack that's drying as well. Fun stuff on the lathe.

Rg
I envy you my friend, once you decide to part with any of your creations look me up  ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 10, 2017, 06:56 PM
Bob plant your cucumbers along your fence and get them to climb up. Saves a lot of room...
And I have never seen anyone have any luck growing plants upside down, but knowing you, you will get them to flourish...
 ;D
  And I'm not doing egg plants, broccoli and cauliflower...  That should open up some room...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Feb 11, 2017, 12:31 AM
Doing some gardening research.. thinking about ripping out a few older boxes.. reason being were not planting as much as we use to..  so thinking maybe one small box that will handle it all is in need.. sick of weeding every spring summer and fall.. looking and getting lots of ideas off pintrest and here..



really looking in to a raised bed design  you can sit on the edge and weed the garden from so not bending and stooping over trying to weed it..  thinking a 1.5 to 2 foot from ground up box full of dirt with a stable edge you can sit on..  3x6 foot square  ting to face it in to the sun rise for plenty sun maybe a latice wood back so tomato and cucumbers have some thing to grip to in the back half and maybe peppers and garlic etc in the front but will see what happens..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Feb 11, 2017, 11:14 AM
Doing some gardening research.. thinking about ripping out a few older boxes.. reason being were not planting as much as we use to..  so thinking maybe one small box that will handle it all is in need.. sick of weeding every spring summer and fall.. looking and getting lots of ideas off pintrest and here..



really looking in to a raised bed design  you can sit on the edge and weed the garden from so not bending and stooping over trying to weed it..  thinking a 1.5 to 2 foot from ground up box full of dirt with a stable edge you can sit on..  3x6 foot square  ting to face it in to the sun rise for plenty sun maybe a latice wood back so tomato and cucumbers have some thing to grip to in the back half and maybe peppers and garlic etc in the front but will see what happens..
Have you tried the landscaping fabric?We have used it the last 2 years and it has eliminated weeding almost entirely, you get a few weeds from where you cut the fabric for your plant, but literally I spent 10 mins weeding all of last summer.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 11, 2017, 02:05 PM
For you guys that have way to many zucchinis, my wife and I were watching a cooking show this morning and the lady was making zucchini pickles....   Lots of different kinds of recipes for them ...   Were going to try them this year....

  https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS724US724&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=zucchini+pickles   (https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS724US724&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=zucchini+pickles)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Feb 11, 2017, 04:58 PM
Have you tried the landscaping fabric?We have used it the last 2 years and it has eliminated weeding almost entirely, you get a few weeds from where you cut the fabric for your plant, but literally I spent 10 mins weeding all of last summer.

We tried it..  the fabric works good but we got so many boxes just becomes a pain with them all and more then half of the boxes are not used any more.. like said will see.. maybe I have to do a hydroponics garden will see.. 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 11, 2017, 05:26 PM
I've used fabric and not. My raised beds didn't take 10 minutes to weed last year with or without. I won't be using it this year. I think the trick is to keep the beds narrow enough to reach the center easily. I don't believe I'll ever build one wider than 3'. In fact I think 2' is better for my type of small space gardening.

I had a really good harvest last season considering it was my first year with the beds. I'm looking forward to learning  lot more this year.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Feb 11, 2017, 05:51 PM
Our beds now are 4 x6 and 4X4 etc just to large to keep up with and thinking the smaller beds will help out..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Feb 12, 2017, 01:37 PM
Sauerkraut update. After eating 2 qts of what we made, Donna and I both agreed the cabbage really needed more pickling time before we bagged it and froze it. The 4 wks or so just wasn't enough. It tasted more like cabbage than sauerkraut. Others would have liked it but we both enjoy it to be more fermented and more flavorful. So I decided to thaw all the bags and put it all back into the pickle bucket and give it a few more weeks. A lot of extra work, but it was worth it. I re-fermented it an extra 4 weeks. Bagged it all up today and just put it into the freezer out in the garage. It now tastes more like sauerkraut. We'll see what it tastes like next time I cook some up.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
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Look! It grew! The little AeroGarden doubled in size over night! Lol.  :o

My bride got an offer for the new one at $50 off the regular price with free 2nd day shipping.  The herb garden is doing so well we couldn't resist, so this one is heirloom cherry tomatoes. We should be eating tomatoes in 6 weeks. If they do as well as the herbs, I'll give it 5!   ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Feb 12, 2017, 02:21 PM
Sauerkraut update......
Wish I could try your kraut. Being an ' ol Bohemian we use cabbage and kraut quite often.  I'll bet it would be delicious with pork chops and dumplings!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Feb 12, 2017, 03:18 PM
I finally found some decent beef short  ribs. Plans are to make some of my Grandmas liver dumplings. It takes two days to get them completed. It has been a while so I hope I can make them come out right. I made some for my brother and his kids one time. They all said no one could make them like Mom did. I did not hear any complaints. There were no leftovers but a bunch of complaints when they found out I kept some at home for my boys.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 12, 2017, 03:19 PM
Looking great Bill...   Fresh cherries sound good not like the ones in the store this time of year... :P
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 12, 2017, 03:43 PM
Don't know about the saurkraut, but the wings were great ;D
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Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Feb 12, 2017, 05:27 PM
The wings look good, Bob.  It must be chicken day.  I've had chicken gravy slow cooking all day for chicken and biscuits.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 12, 2017, 05:33 PM
Yup, and my wife made 2 huge chicken and vegetable pot pies..   YUM...    ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 12, 2017, 06:28 PM
Comfort food all around ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Feb 13, 2017, 01:01 AM
Wish I could try your kraut. Being an ' ol Bohemian we use cabbage and kraut quite often.  I'll bet it would be delicious with pork chops and dumplings!   ;D

make some of your own.
it's very easy.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 13, 2017, 02:46 PM
Not fond enough of kraut to make a batch.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 16, 2017, 11:52 AM
I started these avocados the end of the summer and there growing well...  They will be transplanted this summer into  bigger pots...   And we have another one starting to sprout...

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 16, 2017, 03:01 PM
Pretty cool!
I like the boot tray/plant tray ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 16, 2017, 03:02 PM
They work good for plants also... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Feb 16, 2017, 03:55 PM


  Avacado plant.... cool 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Feb 16, 2017, 08:18 PM
Starting some indoor peppers starting them so I can plant them in the spring..

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Feb 17, 2017, 06:12 AM

  Avacado plant.... cool 8)

Donna tried this last few years.
It got too tall and doesn't produce avacados in our climate.
Maybe when we move to Florida she said.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 17, 2017, 12:02 PM
Everything I read they make great potted house plants and will produce fruit?    ???
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Feb 17, 2017, 07:00 PM
Everything I read they make great potted house plants and will produce fruit?    ???

Just telling you what she told me.
But she kills a LOT of plants.
(just sayin)

 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Feb 17, 2017, 07:43 PM
Just telling you what she told me.
But she kills a LOT of plants.
(just sayin)

 8)
LOL
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 18, 2017, 05:59 PM
I didn't grow it....but.....
Made some home made spinach raviolis today. Stuffed with ricotta, spinach and sausage.
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Topped with home made Alfredo sauce.

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A nice romain hearts salad......mmmmmmmmm.......it's my Brides favorite meal ( not that I complain). Late Valentine's Day present ;D

Good thing we only have it once a year. A cardiologists worst nightmare.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Feb 18, 2017, 08:50 PM
Yum!    ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Feb 19, 2017, 11:11 AM
Week 1(7 days from start) for the tomato garden.

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Tomatoes are up with cilantro and parsley in the middle.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 19, 2017, 02:00 PM
I was out doing some cleanup this morning. I cut back the asparagus and trimmed back my Passion flower vines. Felt familiar with the wheelbarrow and pruners in my hand. We hit 63 yesterday. It's pushing 60 today. I might turn over my beds later this week. I piled them high with mulched leaves and grass last fall. It's settled very nicely.

Talk about spring fever.......I've got it bad!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 19, 2017, 02:22 PM
Still got lots of snow in the yard and BIG piles on the road............. :P
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 19, 2017, 03:53 PM
Sorry Dom.......
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Not a flake in sight. The Weber in full fire.

Still too soggy for horse shoes, but it'll get there.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Feb 19, 2017, 04:31 PM
That sure looks different than here! But, it got to 63° today and I enjoyed my morning coffee out on the deck this morning in t-shirt and my bare feet!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 19, 2017, 05:12 PM
Short sleeves and shorts are but a dream. We sat outside and had a glass of wine before dinner. Love that big yellow ball of warmth.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Feb 19, 2017, 07:42 PM
I got about half of the gravel and sand raked out of the ditch raked up today. The rest is still in the snow blower piles by the drive. Gotta love the snow plows when they go over board and take the gravel out of your drive and spread it down the yard. About the only snow left is from the snow plows.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 20, 2017, 06:01 AM
Still snow on the ground and huge piles along the roads...   :P
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Feb 20, 2017, 04:09 PM
Still snow on the ground and huge piles along the roads...   :P
Same here Bud :-[
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Feb 20, 2017, 04:31 PM
No snow here and it's 50*f Wednesday there calling for 65*f around here.. but will be back to 38*f for the high by weekend..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 20, 2017, 05:20 PM
Looking up towards my garden..

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  Looking down into the woods..

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 20, 2017, 05:53 PM
You've got a long ways to go Dom. We're headed towards the mid 60's in the next couple days. I'm sure it's going to swing back and forth for another month or so. I have Wednesday off and plan to hit a couple of my springtime haunts for gills. I'm skeptical, but what the heck.

At the least I'll burn a bunch of downed branches and garden waste. A good fire is always soothing.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishin4eyes on Feb 22, 2017, 01:47 PM
Just ordered another 40 apples 4 pears 100 blueberries and a dozen blackberry plants. Ready to get at it
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 22, 2017, 03:01 PM
That should keep you  busy f4e.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 22, 2017, 04:23 PM
Turned over the garden today. Thought it would be good to get stuff I mulched it with last fall into the soil. I pulled the chicken wire off the garlic bed. Surprised at how much the garlic was grown up.

Bought seed today. I'm sure I have way too much, but that's ok ;D. We're picking up 3 minutes of daylight a day right now. It's getting closer.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishin4eyes on Feb 22, 2017, 07:05 PM
Its nice to still have daylight at 530. This order will finish off the orchard. Ill have 100 apple.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 23, 2017, 05:12 AM
That's a lot of apple sauce  ;D

Wish I had the room......and the energy.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Feb 26, 2017, 12:11 PM
Week 2 for the tomato garden.

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Cilantro and parsley are going crazy.  We've thinned the tomato pods down to the hardiest plant in each. The tomatoes are 2 1/4" tall.  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 26, 2017, 01:17 PM
That looks great..  Kinda syscadelic up top.     8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Feb 26, 2017, 01:26 PM
Lol. It is. White, blue, and red LED lights.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Feb 26, 2017, 05:58 PM
Hey...maybe I can use my boat for a grow.

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 ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Feb 26, 2017, 08:43 PM
Why sure you could. It would make a fine mobile planter.  Heck, if you do it right you can dig your own worms as you need them!   :P  :-X

On second thought, you can come up with better!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Feb 28, 2017, 06:33 PM
Heres a few pictures of what I have been doing... 

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 01, 2017, 03:06 AM
Playing in the dirt I see ;D Well, it keeps you out of mischief.

I like those tube planters. I was thinking about placing 6 of thenm around my garden on the posts. I thought a variety of flowers adjacent to the vegetable garden would attract more bees. Easier than trying to hang those coconut husk planters. Probably hold the moisture better as well.

Checked my flower gardens yesterday. I've got bulbs popping up all over. I was going to remove the chicken wire I put under the mulch to keep the deer from and squirrels from rooting around, but the bulbs seem to be growing right up through it just fine.

We're supposed to hit 70 today then down to 14 by Friday night. Sure hope they don't get frostbite.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: big_guy_13021 on Mar 01, 2017, 05:39 AM
Looks like you been busy..this warm weather gets me in the mood for the garden but as always my days off this week gonna be 20 n snow here..but I think it's almost over can't wait to go play in the garden
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Mar 01, 2017, 07:41 AM
Busy, busy, busy!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 02, 2017, 01:29 PM
Were getting there...  8)
Putting hangers on the baskets and filling pots............. :P
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Plugs for pots...........
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Filling hanger baskets that need to go up the side walk to one of the other houses......

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 A few green lemons left on the tree..  We ate, or should I say drank the rest... ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 11, 2017, 07:33 AM
Its cold out so here are some greenhouse pictures to warm you up.....   ;D

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: O on Mar 11, 2017, 07:51 AM
Nice work Dom, I miss my greenhouse days.  I'm working on setting up a lean to house off the barn for early seedlings, and a late lettuce patch.  Just need to figure out how to heat it.  It's very small compared to yours, about 10 x 20.

Can you take a full pic of your lemon tree?  I have a small one in the house that we have picked four or five lemons off of so far.  I'd love to see it grow big enough to hold four or five at a time like yours!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 11, 2017, 08:09 AM
Looks great Dom.

I've got the itch to play in the dirt. All on hold for now with 15 degrees and a little snow out there ;)

Gardening is an exercise in patience I guess.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Mar 11, 2017, 08:28 AM
Nice work Dom, I miss my greenhouse days.  I'm working on setting up a lean to house off the barn for early seedlings, and a late lettuce patch.  Just need to figure out how to heat it.  It's very small compared to yours, about 10 x 20.

I heat my little greenhouse using a small table lamp with a 150 watt light bulb. I made a shade for it out of a #10 can with a half a dozen "church-key" holes around the top with a finial hole in the center. It makes a nice little heater.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: O on Mar 11, 2017, 05:07 PM
I think my space might be too big for that, unless I had a series of them.  The upper portion is around 10 feet tall. 

Maybe I could have a greenhouse inside of a greenhouse....And heat it with a light bulb......That's got me thinking.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 15, 2017, 05:45 PM
I was super depressed looking at my garden covered in 3 feet of snow this morning.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Mar 15, 2017, 06:54 PM
I was super depressed looking at my garden covered in 3 feet of snow this morning.

Rg
Same here bud, Snow blowed a path to it  :(
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 15, 2017, 06:58 PM
That's funny. I was actually considering digging it out ;D

I'll wait I guess.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishin4eyes on Mar 15, 2017, 07:00 PM
I hear ya there rg. A week ago I was thinking id get my trees and berry bushes in by mid April. Still got a ton of ground preparation to do
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 16, 2017, 06:45 PM
It is to weep :-\

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Mar 16, 2017, 07:16 PM
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Mar 16, 2017, 07:17 PM
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Mar 16, 2017, 07:18 PM


  So pretty and Green..... Sigh.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 16, 2017, 07:27 PM

  So pretty and Green..... Sigh.

yup.
awesome!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 17, 2017, 05:08 PM
Soon enough DD......soon enough.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 17, 2017, 05:17 PM
Not soon enough
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Mar 17, 2017, 07:26 PM
Not soon enough
Agreed LOL
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Mar 19, 2017, 07:15 PM
Week 5

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Buds and blossoms!!   ;D
The main stalks are as big around as my index finger.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 20, 2017, 03:47 AM
That's pretty awesome! But.......how are they gonna be pollinated ?

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Mar 20, 2017, 06:01 AM
They say to just jiggle the plants every day or to have a small fan blowing on them.  I think its more fun to tickle them with one of Dom's peacock eyes!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: JoeGG on Mar 20, 2017, 09:33 AM
They say to just jiggle the plants every day or to have a small fan blowing on them.  I think its more fun to tickle them with one of Dom's peacock eyes!   ;D
I used to Qtip the blossoms of my giant pumpkins 🎃
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 20, 2017, 01:37 PM
I asked because I used an art brush with my zucchini and pickles last year and it seemed to work very well.

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Mar 20, 2017, 11:22 PM
Looks like I have plants growning in my grow closet and did not know it!!  lights have been off for about three weeks and found a two streched plants so I kicked the lights on to see if they will grow never had them surprize me be fore lol's..  will try starting some more seeds this week to get them going .. I figured I was early but good to know .. I got time still frosty out side..  I got two pepper plants started small and fraIL but got two so far lol's... by the way ordered a 12 x 12 l.e.d. full spectrum light off ebay for under $20 from what there saYing it around 700 lumens and will do what I want and last a lot longer then florescent bulbs 6 months  for those.. but any how will be restarting it in a few weeks hopefully lol's  I got to get a garbage can and two mylar emergency blankets to make the new set up.. will be growing in plain soil when i get it  all together.. again funny thing is I gave up cause the seeds did not pop open till a week on the soil it seems??  Will see if they grow will let you guys know the out come..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Mar 25, 2017, 08:40 PM
Got two started they are starting to node off and maybe branch off hopefully the others are just being watered daily till they germinate.. that's a shot of my garbage can planter below I lined it with a emergency blanket the mylar kind so it will reflect more light.. those are the cheap led grow light from eBay in picture along with 3xt8's 24 inch florescent...



 I think I paid 8 bucks for the garbage can..  18.53 for the led light and 10 bucks each florescent tube and blast socket.. 3 for the emergency blanket was better then paying 20 to 30 for a roll of mylar that I won't use half of it..

 I have the led 12 inches away since it's a cheap light hopefully it works?? Thinking of buying a mars hydro led lamp off ebay??  that or a cree 5w led mars hydro  in planing stage will find out what works best as I go want to get a drip set up to so I don't have to water every day.. running lights 18/6 hours 18 on 6 off wanting to get a drip system sooner or later and another led light.. but did not want to invest tons right now

 by the way menards.com has led strip grow lights 24.99 on sale with a 11%rebate .. for a 24 inch led light strip WAs thinking about those to replace the florescent bulbs.. want to wait and get the big light.first!


Here is that shot of my planter  starter area.. I got her loom tomatoes and hot peppers pepperoncini in the peat pots with statyer soil there in the tray pepper marked with a bamboo stick tomatoes with out stick.. we should be ready come spring ;)...


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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Mar 26, 2017, 06:11 PM
Now I got two pepper plants and a Tomato plant coming in this is a shot from today the tomato is in the round peat cup with starter dirt in it the two peppers are in the plastic bowl were their yesterday day...  I am liking the combo I got here with the florecent and led..  you need the florescent even with hid like  metal halide or mercury vapor lights they provide  the extra light around the plant so it wIll grown better.. which make better filling light.. when using florecent with the led its a filler light.. any how here's a shot of the starter can today.. with the third plant.. you can use led as a filer light with hid's thats why I put up the leds at menards ..



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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 28, 2017, 03:03 PM
Got another pretty good deal at work today. Picked up a mini tiller. It was tagged as parts only and marked down from $199 to $25. I gave them $15 and got my discount. Cost me $14.50.

Brought it home, took the tines off for safety. Primed it up and found the throttle cable was stuck. A couple of squirts of PB Blaster...a few pulls of the cord and it ran like new.

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And the first flowers of spring made their appearance today.
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Wish I could remember what they are :-\. I planted so many bulbs last year I'm just not sure.

Anyway, they're pretty.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 28, 2017, 03:22 PM
Some sort of iris..
Nice steal on the tiller...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishin4eyes on Mar 28, 2017, 03:46 PM
Heck of a deal on the tiller. Nice looking flower whatever it is
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 28, 2017, 03:51 PM
I rent a small Honda tiller from HD each year Bob.
Runs me $40 and I do my neighbor's for him too.
Every year I say I should buy one.
But it would just be another pc of equipment taking up space that only gets used 1-2X a year.
And of course, it would never run when I need it to.
 ;D

So I pay the rental fee.


But now, if there was a 2nd one of those where you work...........
Even without your employee discount...........
Might even be worth bringing that old treadmill up from the basement and dropping it off to this really great guy I know.

 :whistling:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 28, 2017, 04:24 PM
Sorry bud. It was the one and only.

The good news is, it looks like spring is actually coming our way.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Mar 28, 2017, 05:33 PM
Nice flowers rg!


Right now I got two tomato plants with two leaves each and two pepper plants with 4 leaves each..  loving the led and florecent set right now.. if you want a picture I can get it but nothing spectacular. . Lol's
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Mar 28, 2017, 06:07 PM
Sweet deal, RG. I hope you sleep well tonight! Lol.  :w00t:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 28, 2017, 06:28 PM
Like a baby.
Twisted up a couple leaders this morning. Going to a Paint seminar tomorrow. Ha! A paint seminar. That's just funny.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Mar 29, 2017, 12:07 PM
Here's the garden plant starter box 5 day after reviving the cheap led light..

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Mar 29, 2017, 01:49 PM
Raq Do you grow any butter fly weed? It is a mid to late summer orange bloomer. The seeds come in a pod like a milk weed pod only longer and thinner. It is  a hard plant to find. It is a perennial.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 29, 2017, 04:06 PM
Little tiller works the nutz!
Before
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After
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Mulched in the topping I laid down last fall just fine. I doubt I'll have to do anything more before planting.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 29, 2017, 04:14 PM
Raq Do you grow any butter fly weed? It is a mid to late summer orange bloomer. The seeds come in a pod like a milk weed pod only longer and thinner. It is  a hard plant to find. It is a perennial.

    No Tom we don't..   Just butterfly bush and bee balm..
   
  But heres a bunch of sites that sell butterfly weed...
   https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS724US724&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=butterfly+weed&*   (https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS724US724&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=butterfly+weed&*)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 29, 2017, 04:23 PM
Looks nice Bob...  Wish I could even see my beds..   Well I can see the top inch of  the boards... :-\
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 29, 2017, 04:51 PM
I was pleased with it Dom. Thought I'd try to turn it in before the rains that are coming our way. I'll be starting some plants indoors in the next couple weeks.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: jperch on Mar 29, 2017, 05:02 PM
Tom,
  You might want to google Amanda's Garden.  I got my butterfly bush there.  The propieter is named Ellen, they specialize in native plants.  They are located near Dansville but have a mail order business and also come to the public market in Rochester in the spring.  At least she used to.  I recommend them.   jperch
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Mar 29, 2017, 05:14 PM
I'll be starting some plants indoors in the next couple weeks.

Rg

Very good rg it's apon us !!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 29, 2017, 05:24 PM
JP did you get butterfly bush or butterfly weed..  Theres a difference...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: jperch on Mar 29, 2017, 05:38 PM
Sorry, I meant the member of the milkweed family which I guess is Butterfly Weed.  Bright orange flowers, loves sun, attracts Monarch Butterflies when flowering, as any milk weed will.  I have a small native plant garden on the side of my house, this is one of my favorite plants.  It will spread by itself but can easily get crowded out.  jperch
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Mar 29, 2017, 08:34 PM
I have both butterfly weed and bush in my yard. I need to get some butterfly weed started to put in the area of my sons yard where his mother had a bunch of milkweed planted for the monarchs before she passed.

As a side note I have removed quite a few warts from my body by putting milk weed milk on them. It has to be the right time in the maturity of the milkweed plant for it to work. If it is right you will know as it will burn like H when you put the milk on the wart.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 30, 2017, 06:19 PM
I have to remember to bring my camera to work tomorrow..  We got another 100 thousand plugs in today   ... Plus 200 rose bush roots. .. Guess I'm not fishing Saturday for trout season..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Mar 30, 2017, 07:47 PM
Day 45
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I AM the Pollinator!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Mar 30, 2017, 08:03 PM
Sweet  Bill..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Mar 30, 2017, 08:12 PM


  Nice Bill! I'm getting the bug pretty good now, looking forward to prep time  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 31, 2017, 04:12 AM
Pretty cool Bill!
Had an old fellow in the store yesterday looking to create an automatic watering system for a small greenhouse he had going. He said he had 25 tomato plants and had already picked a bushel. I set him up with a digital watering timer. I may use one myself this season.

My garden cleanups are scheduled for Sunday.  ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Mar 31, 2017, 06:07 AM


I AM the Pollinator!   ;D


And my jokes get whacked by Bob.

Sheesh!

 ::)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Mar 31, 2017, 08:37 AM
 ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: bart on Mar 31, 2017, 12:05 PM
I have been dreaming of fresh tomatoes, tomato sandwiches and BLT's...
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Mar 31, 2017, 05:32 PM
And my jokes get whacked by Bob.

Sheesh!

 ::)

I consider the source  ;D

My Bride and I had BLT subs last weekend. The tomatoes were.....well.......not great. Won't be long.

Rg

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Apr 03, 2017, 09:07 AM
Ended week two here were just starting my third week with the new lights as you can see these leaves look like Tamayo plants I don't think my peppers will survive cause there top heavy and the stalks are to long..  cause I did not find they sprouted for a week or two after they had..will see when done and said...


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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 03, 2017, 05:23 PM
Got my startup going this morning. A few days for the pods to soak up and settle in and I'll start some seeds.
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The deer decided they liked my tulips.so.......

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Fence!
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Then I decided to clean up the back of the house plot.
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Put the left over mulch in the garden paths.
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And... the plantains are making their first appearance.

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A good day gardening for this early in the season.

Rg







Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Apr 03, 2017, 07:49 PM


  Lookin good RG!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Apr 03, 2017, 07:59 PM
Is that a florecent lamp rg?? If so are you lowering it to around 18 inches from plant for veg growth and 12 inches for flowering?? Also you may want to get some heating pads  like a electric heating pad to put under the the planters to keep them around 75 to 80 *f... cause florescent bulbs don't throw out that much heat .. and maybe make a tent out of some of those emergency space blankets... those in silver mylar will reflect tons of light and heat make a frame oUT of pvc to hold it up.. i suggest a enclose space around light to hold its heat in.. did you season the balast and florecent bulbs ware out so i replace them evrey 6 mo. Thays why i am going led.. other then that stuff you got a awesome start to starting seeds.. 6 to 8 weeks till they get planted see you then..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 04, 2017, 03:16 AM
Well Boone, I know just a bit about lights ;D Spent the last 10 years of my working life as the service manager for a lighting installation company.

Anyway.....ballasts don't "season" they're electronic. Flourescent lamps however, do take approximately 20 hours to come to full lumin output. Beyond that their full lumin output lasts about 4000 hours with a total duty cycle of around 9000 hours, failures excepted. I keep my basement heated. It stays the same temp as the rest of the house. Around 68. No need for heat pads or the like. The table is covered in Reflectix and the troffer fixture I use is also lined with it. The troffer is on pulleys so I can raise and lower it.

The lamps I use are a full spectrum equivalent 5000k, T-8. I have a couple cases of them left over from my lighting days. My research told me that keeping the lights 3-5" above the plants was best. Last year the temps at the plants stayed around 75 during the daylight cycle and lowered to around 65 in the night cycle.

Worked just great.  Near 100% germination. I had way too many plants to put in the ground.

My biggest dilemma is how many of what to start. A good problem ;D

I'm planning on getting some stuff in the ground around the middle of May. Since I have raised beds, this year I'm going to make some covers for the beds to protect from frost and and bump up the heat. I'm still thinking on that one.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Apr 04, 2017, 05:01 AM
Looks great Bob..   My garlic was pooping up through what was left of the snow...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: SKUNK-MASTER on Apr 04, 2017, 05:19 AM
Looks great Bob..   My garlic was pooping up through what was left of the snow...


that must have been some sight    ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Apr 04, 2017, 05:31 AM


Rg it's good to know there florecent did not know that and did not know there on a pully set up.. . Ya used 18 inches  most use 18 inches like...  hps Mh and led lights sources... now florecent are low heat in the t5's, t8's, and t12 bulbs and can be placed less then 10 inches from plants.. like you said..  by the way I am sure you noticed mylar has more light reflexing then the duller finish of reflectixs..  that's why i use it  by the way temps are a tad cool seems but if it works it works was not sure if basement was heated or not that is why I suggest the heat pads..




Any how cool stuff on lights:


th the light, here's a quick reference guide:

Type of LED Grow Light   Distance From Plant
1W Bulbs   at least 12" (30cm)
3W or 5W Bulbs   at least 18" (45cm)
High Wattage (300W+)   up to 30" (76cm) or more
Powerful LED grow lights need to be kept further away

guide to use as a starting point:

Grow Light   Closest   ~ Sunlight   Furthest
150W   8" (20cm)   10" (25cm)   12" (30cm)
250W   10" (25cm)   12" (30cm)   14" (35cm)
400W   12" (30cm)   14" (35cm)   19" (48cm)
600W   14" (35cm)   16" (41cm)   25" (64cm)
1000W   16" (41cm)   22" (55cm)   31" (79cm)
150W - covers 2' x 2' (0.6m x 0.6m) area

250W - covers 2' x 2' (0.6m x 0.6m) area up to 2.5' x 2.5' (0.8m x 0.8m)

400W - covers 3' x 3' (0.9m x 0.9m) area up to 3.5' x 3.5' (1m x 1m)

600W - covers 3.5' x 3.5' (1m x 1m) area up to 4' x 4' (1.2m x 1.2m)

1000W - covers 4' x 4' (1.2m x 1.2m) area up to 5' x 5' (1.5m x 1.5m).

Exampleth the light, here's a quick reference guide:

Type of LED Grow Light   Distance From Plant
1W Bulbs   at least 12" (30cm)
3W or 5W Bulbs   at least 18" (45cm)
High Wattage (300W+)   up to 30" (76cm) or more
Powerful LED grow lights need to be kept Compact fluorescent bulbs are available in warm/red (2700 K), full spectrum or daylight (5000 K) and cool/blue (6500 K) versions. Warm red spectrum is recommended for flowering, and cool blue spectrum is recommended for vegetative growth. Usable life span for compact fluorescent grow lights is about 10,000 hours.
Grow

Nice link on lumen out put of all type of bulbs..


http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/guide3.shtml (http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/guide3.shtml)



Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 04, 2017, 07:26 AM
I'm an old cheapskate.

My experience tells me that T-8 lamps are the least expensive to operate. There's a reason why they are the most common source of lighting in commercial applications today. Even better, mine are free. LED's are an option. My whole house is lit with LED's. But, even the link you sent states that LED's are a poor choice for grow lights.. They just don't produce enough lumins to be really effective for the investment.  

HID lamps are an option. But, Though HID lamps may produce more lumens per watt, they are colored in a less efficient range for propagating leafy plant growth.

T-5 lamps definitely produce more lumens per watt, but are twice the cost, more expensive to operate and do not last at peak performance as well as T-8 lamps. Their duty cycle is rated in the average of 10,000 hours before declining in performance while T-8 lamps run full closer to 20,000 hours.

One lamp they completely ignore is the induction flourescent. Probably because of their cost. I thought of using a couple 200 watt induction lamps I have, but the troffer was a perfect, cheap solution.

All this is pretty academic really. For the 4-5 weeks my plants will be starting, they'll be just fine.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: big_guy_13021 on Apr 04, 2017, 08:42 AM
Mite have to come up with floating gardens this yr if the rain don't stop
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Lundin-loading on Apr 04, 2017, 11:48 AM
HID lamps are an option. But, Though HID lamps may produce more lumens per watt, they are colored in a less efficient range for propagating leafy plant growth.

Metal halide have a very good spectrum for vegetative growth, however, for what your using this for, t8's are absolutely ideal. You can drop the lights right on top of your plants because of the low heat. When the light is right on top of the plants like that you'll see significantly less stretching between nodes, which makes for a more efficient compact plant ready for the wind outside once it's time! I would be sure to have lights within 3" of the top of plants at all times as best you can.

Regarding reflections I prefer flat white paint. I don't like dealing with mylar. Were talking about maybe 10-15% lower reflective properties, not a big deal when you think about it. Especially when your just using this setup for seedlings.

Where the hid lights really shines (pun intended) is when you've got large quantities of larger plants, you need the light penetration that these bad boys put off to get down there through the canopy.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Apr 04, 2017, 02:52 PM

that must have been some sight    ;D


      :rotflol: :rotflol: :rotflol:   Woops.....
You should have seen them..  It was some site to see.. ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 04, 2017, 04:50 PM
I beg to differ. Typical metal halide Lamps are in the range of 3700 to 4000k with some pulse start lamps reaching 4100k. Northern sky light is rated at 7500k. Clearly a whiter light is more natural. Broad spectrum artificial lighting is but a substitute for the real McCoy, but 5000 - 6500k works.

I'll be starting some flowers and veggies at the same time. I think I'm ok ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Apr 04, 2017, 05:52 PM
I'm an old cheapskate.

My experience tells me that T-8 lamps are the least expensive to operate. There's a reason why they are the most common source of lighting in commercial applications today. Even better, mine are free. LED's are an option. My whole house is lit with LED's. But, even the link you sent states that LED's are a poor choice for grow lights.. They just don't produce enough lumins to be really effective for the investment.  



the above is a incorrect statement with modern led technology it is a older statement from back when thd leds first came out.. see with a area like mine 1.5 x1.5 foot buy 18 to 24 inches high you need minimum 5000 lumens to compare to a metal halite or a sodium vapor bulbs my pannel use 225  times .25 watt bulb about 60 watts and puts out 2000 lumens my t8's are 15 watts each and put out 60 to 70 lumens per watt so 70 x45 or 3 150 that's 5150 lumens total for sure what your doing rg yours will get gem goING and started any how another question for rg is are those mercury vapor florecent bulb you are using?? If not might want to switch to them..




HID lamps are an option. But, Though HID lamps may produce more lumens per watt, they are colored in a less efficient range for propagating leafy plant growth.


correct that Mh and hps bulbs are less efficient this is were leds are better they may say 300 watt pannels but your only running like 160 watts they are the equilvent of a 300 watt bulb in lumens but use way less power just like florecent bulbs  look it up most on e bay and else ware will say power consumed that's were the hps and mh bulbs are less efficient and use 400 watts for a 400 watt bulb this is were florecent light or led is best..

T-5 lamps definitely produce more lumens per watt, but are twice the cost, more expensive to operate and do not last at peak performance as well as T-8 lamps. Their duty cycle is rated in the average of 10,000 hours before declining in performance while T-8 lamps run full closer to 20,000 hours.

One lamp they completely ignore is the induction flourescent. Probably because of their cost. I thought of using a couple 200 watt induction lamps I have, but the troffer was a perfect, cheap solution.

All this is pretty academic really. For the 4-5 weeks my plants will be starting, they'll be just fine.


like you and I have said for the weeks your planing you will be fine as long as they are a mercury vapor florecent bulb you should be fine reg florecent bulbs produce aprox 15 to 20 lumens per watt if yours are 35 watt t8 they may produce 700 lumes per bulb.. wich is very low lumen out put..  if you got 4 that's 2800 for the size of garden you have if you used mercury vapor it would really help... cause those produce about 60 to 70 lumens per watt if 35 watts per bulb that 2450 lumens per bulb x 4 bulbs is 9800 lumens  wich may work for you.. like I said you may have mercury vapor bulb I am just not you and nor sure.. this is just a suggestion I am useing sylvania plant and aquarium bulbs which if wondering have the mercury in them.. the mercury produce a pink light from mine not white you can use same balast and holder just got to switch bulbs if intrested.. 

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 04, 2017, 06:03 PM
 :pinch:


need meds Bob
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 04, 2017, 06:15 PM
Uncle!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Apr 04, 2017, 07:09 PM
Well go take your mydol..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 04, 2017, 07:18 PM
Well go take your mydol..


 :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 05, 2017, 06:08 PM
Meantime, back at the play farm.........Rg's plant starter is in operation.

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So far, 2 types of slicing cukes, 3 varieties of pickles, 2 varieties of jalapeño peppers, sweet banana peppers and 3 colors of bell peppers.

Next comes the floral plantings for Mama ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 05, 2017, 06:20 PM
No herb?


 ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 05, 2017, 06:33 PM
Hippie!

Every time I take a batch of brownies to work for the gang, they ask if they're " special" .

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: MattyP123 on Apr 05, 2017, 06:42 PM
No such thing as cucumbers RG? Just future pickles  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 05, 2017, 06:48 PM
Yeah, you're right Matt. But, a couple of the varieties are specifically for my pickle jars. We love our pickles ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 05, 2017, 09:38 PM
Hippie!

Every time I take a batch of brownies to work for the gang, they ask if they're " special" .

Rg


Tell them that everything you do for them is special.

 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: MattyP123 on Apr 05, 2017, 09:55 PM
They are my favorite cucumbers  :bowdown:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Apr 06, 2017, 05:33 AM
Great looking set up Bob...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 06, 2017, 07:26 AM
Thanks Dom. Filled the rest of the pods this morning. 3 varieties of Marigolds, Moon Flowers, 3 kinds of Morning Glory, 2 types of perennial Alyssum, beefsteak, better boy and jubilee tomatoes. Oh yeah, also some  cinnamon and dark opal basil.

Anything else I plant will be direct sow.

Did quite a bit outdoors yesterday after work. Picked up and burned all the branches from mine and my neighbor's yards, tilled the little plot at the back of the house, fired up the hand mower and did a little trimmin ( the grass is starting to take off already) put some fencing over the raised beds to keep out the red squirrel that's been digging holes, pulled the deck off the tractor to do some spring maintenance........and then.......had a couple of beers while I watched the fire ;D

It was super nice to be out playing in the yard.
 Now it's gonna rain for 2 days. :-\
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 06, 2017, 08:43 AM

 Now it's gonna rain for 2 days. :-\
Rg


April showers.
Next week looks awesome.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Apr 06, 2017, 11:25 AM
Raining like crazy here.....    :P
Greenhouses are filling up fast...............

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 06, 2017, 12:13 PM
yup - rain for the next day or two
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 06, 2017, 03:32 PM
That's a lot of green Dom. Looking great.

I decided to turn a nice Dibbler for planting this year.
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Very comfortable feeling. I've used one for years. This one is pretty nice ;D

If any of my gardening friends would like one, just let me know.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 06, 2017, 07:07 PM


I decided to turn a nice Dibbler for planting this year.


Rg

Do you really think it will grow?
There's no root structure that I can see.

 ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Apr 06, 2017, 07:28 PM
That's a lot of green Dom. Looking great.

I decided to turn a nice Dibbler for planting this year.
(https://www.myfishfinder.com/fishing_forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fv15%2Fbrfixit%2FIMG_0384_zpsnlfncl6j.jpg&hash=8ac492b2fbc746acc38c56a1ff8b5397) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/brfixit/media/IMG_0384_zpsnlfncl6j.jpg.html)

Very comfortable feeling. I've used one for years. This one is pretty nice ;D

If any of my gardening friends would like one, just let me know.

Rg
Where do I sign Bob?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 07, 2017, 02:47 AM
Do you really think it will grow?
There's no root structure that I can see.

 ;D

Remember that magic wand I made ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 07, 2017, 06:06 AM
Remember that magic wand I made ;D

Rg




ahhhhh................The Elder Wand.


(https://www.printingin3d.eu/pictures/2013/22-elder_wand/elder-wand-unpainted-2.jpg)

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 07, 2017, 07:25 AM
Well, looks like photobucket crapped out again. None of my photos are showing up. >:(

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 07, 2017, 08:34 AM
Well, looks like photobucket crapped out again. None of my photos are showing up. >:(

Rg

Yea, I had one heck of a time trying to get that stupid Harry Potter wand to post this morning.

I got into my account but it says that none of the pics exist.

Hope that isn't really the case.

 :'(
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Apr 07, 2017, 12:36 PM



ahhhhh................The Elder Wand.


(https://www.printingin3d.eu/pictures/2013/22-elder_wand/elder-wand-unpainted-2.jpg)


What is the core in that bad boy  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 07, 2017, 12:51 PM
What is the core in that bad boy  ;D ;D ;D

The Elder Wand is ancient and made of elder wood. It is fifteen inches long and has a Thestral tail-hair core, which is "a tricky substance that only wizards that mastered death can control."

 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 07, 2017, 01:47 PM
I turned a couple more dinners this morning.

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One whimsical and one utilitarian.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Apr 07, 2017, 01:51 PM
The Elder Wand is ancient and made of elder wood. It is fifteen inches long and has a Thestral tail-hair core, which is "a tricky substance that only wizards that mastered death can control."

 8)
Well played sir  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 08, 2017, 03:33 PM
I'm fighting a cold which I probably got off a computer keyboard at work :-\

Anyway, I planted My onion sets, 4 types of radishes and spinach today. Now I'm chitlin. And....I've already got sprouts on my starter seedlings.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Apr 08, 2017, 05:58 PM
Hope you feel better Bob..  Stop putting your fingers in your mouth after using the key board.... ;D
Sorry, thats something like Mac would say...... ;D
Wish I could work in my garden beds but theres nothing but snow and mud in my yard...............
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishin4eyes on Apr 08, 2017, 06:15 PM
Got my seeds started last night. Need things to dry up so I can get ready to put the trees and berry plants in that are coming in 2 weeks. snow melted today all mud again
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 08, 2017, 07:02 PM

Sorry, thats something like Mac would say...... ;D



Hey!!!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Apr 08, 2017, 07:30 PM
Hey!!!



                                                         :-*


     Just kidding...   Geeezzzzz.. :(
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 08, 2017, 08:42 PM
No you weren't

 :rotflol:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 09, 2017, 03:45 AM
Well, It's definitely something you'd say Mac. Actually I carry a little bottle of Germ-x in my vest. I use it pretty much any time I touch one of the disgustingly filthy keyboards. Must have missed once. Worst part is, I passed it along to my Bride. Now she's coughing like I am.

I'm thinking about starting another tray of seedlings for leaf lettuce. Thought I'd try starting one outdoors then transplanting to the garden. If it gets too cold, I can bring them in at night. I may pick up material fo some row covers today. Might help get that soil warmed up and humming along.

Gonna be nice out there. 70+ in the forecast. Near 80 tomorrow. Time for shorts and flip flops.

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Apr 09, 2017, 08:05 AM

Well hope you and the mrs feel better soon , nice weather and black flies to feed  😊
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 09, 2017, 08:11 AM
There was a part 2 to my response.

and for some reason it didn't post...........and I never noticed it until today.


I had posted - "I resemble that remark"

 :w00t:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 09, 2017, 08:13 AM
I think it was because I was posting from my iPhone.

I just saw the little face was not what I posted too and so I went back and changed it.
It was showing something in grey???!!!???

Yet, on the iPhone it looked fine.


Oh well..........carry on.    8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Apr 09, 2017, 07:01 PM


  Mosquito's wasted no time  >:(
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 09, 2017, 07:29 PM
I just came back from bullhead fishing. The mosquitoes were vicious.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 10, 2017, 06:52 AM
Sprouts galore ;D

(https://www.myfishfinder.com/fishing_forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fv15%2Fbrfixit%2FIMG_0386_zpsdd1ujhz3.jpg&hash=79549e5db914c513f7b421950d647cd0) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/brfixit/media/IMG_0386_zpsdd1ujhz3.jpg.html)

All going as planned.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 10, 2017, 08:38 AM
Cannot believe the sprouts look that good.
What with your inferior lighting and all.


 :whistling:


I'll swing by for the leftovers you don't plant.
 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Apr 12, 2017, 12:03 AM
Week 4 .

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 12, 2017, 02:37 PM
Looking good Boon.
Can't wait for fresh veggies.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 12, 2017, 02:47 PM
Looking good Boon.
Can't wait for fresh veggies.

Rg

X2 Boon.

Looks awesome.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Apr 12, 2017, 04:02 PM
Thanks guys..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Apr 12, 2017, 04:23 PM


  Gettin pretty sick of this bi-polar weather  >:(
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Apr 12, 2017, 04:25 PM
Great start to rg !!



Here's a good read at link below!! About rutgers heirloom tomatoes the kind iam growing..

http://www.burpee.com/gardenadvicecenter/encyclopedia/vegetables/learn-about-tomatoes/encyclopedia__tomatoe-article.html?utm_campaign=retailpdpredirect&utm_medium=qrcode&utm_source=retailpacket (http://www.burpee.com/gardenadvicecenter/encyclopedia/vegetables/learn-about-tomatoes/encyclopedia__tomatoe-article.html?utm_campaign=retailpdpredirect&utm_medium=qrcode&utm_source=retailpacket)

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 12, 2017, 06:10 PM

  Gettin pretty sick of this bi-polar weather  >:(

It's early yet bud. Patience and cool weather plantings. Our traditional last frost is May 15. Plenty of time yet.

On a positive note, I picked up some stock to make a few more dibbers. You'll have yours in plenty of time.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Apr 12, 2017, 08:10 PM
It's early yet bud. Patience and cool weather plantings. Our traditional last frost is May 15. Plenty of time yet.

On a positive note, I picked up some stock to make a few more dibbers. You'll have yours in plenty of time.

Rg
Can't wait bud! I guess I just enjoyed Monday a little too much to deal with 40, windy and cloudy again.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 13, 2017, 06:42 PM
Garlic is doing great
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Something I planted in the front shady corner of the house is coming up. Heck if I can remember what it was.
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The flower bed around the flagpole is going great guns. Daffodils are next up then tulips then Asiatic lilies. Should be blooms well into July.
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Love seeing spring come to life.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 14, 2017, 05:04 PM
The starter system is humming along quite nicely.
(https://www.myfishfinder.com/fishing_forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fv15%2Fbrfixit%2FIMG_0389_zpsgjqlsxuq.jpg&hash=ee9b6cb3859f490478c9fd892ef9b7cf) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/brfixit/media/IMG_0389_zpsgjqlsxuq.jpg.html)

 Roughly 97% germination.

Another couple weeks and I'll start hardening off.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Apr 14, 2017, 06:29 PM
Nice Bob..  That plant looks like a Bleeding Heart plant..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 14, 2017, 06:52 PM
I'm pretty sure your correct Dom. I've planted a few different starts in that particular area. Tough spot. 0 direct sunlight.

I thought about some elephant ear bulbs for that space, but I'm not sure they'd make it either.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Apr 17, 2017, 09:24 PM
Week number 5!!  the peppers in the round cup are starting to takeep off to..

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 20, 2017, 01:54 PM
Looking good Boon!
Yesterday I put in a small patio for our picnic table. Got tired of trying to mow under it.
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The starter garden is doing well.

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Time to start hardening off the little plants.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Apr 20, 2017, 03:50 PM
Boy. Our nights are still down into the 30's. Must be nice!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Apr 20, 2017, 04:51 PM
Boy. Our nights are still down into the 30's. Must be nice!  ;D


That's why iam not hardening mine off yet still a tad to frosty yet.. for plants I am thinking mid may.. if you have to when light cycles off turn a fan that's on low speed towards them it will help harden the plants up.. if left in plant start stage to long.. best of luck guys
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Apr 20, 2017, 05:17 PM
Looks great Bob. I bet there will be a lot of Webber meals eatten there.... ;D

   And a few Heineken's....    ::)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 20, 2017, 05:31 PM
Thanks Dom. I'm waiting for my Bride to come home from my Daughter's to pick out a new umbrella.

It's been averaging mid 40's around here at night. I'm going o transplant in a couple weeks with row covers to help things get started. The flower boxes and hanging stuff can come inside at night if necessary.

We're looking at 60's and 70's with a good dry spell this next week. I'm all in for a head start.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Apr 21, 2017, 07:56 AM
I like the little patio. We're doing the same thing in a 12' x 12' at my daughter's for the very same reason, so she doesn't have to move the table and chairs to mow.   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 21, 2017, 04:47 PM
Yeah, it's hard to keep it looking halfway decent with grass under it.
I've been scouting the perimeter of the house foundation with plans to mulch out about 2' all the way around to control weeds and make mowing easier. Mulch is on sale this week at Lowes. 5 for $10. With my discount it's $1.80 a bag. Good time to get it done.  Our store put in 60,000 bags of mulch in the last 2 months and we're the smallest store in the district.

Everything is coming to life around me. Maples, willows, lilacs, forsythia, daffodils......love spring. It's a big reason I stay in New York.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Apr 22, 2017, 02:21 PM
Wanna see green Bob
You should see it here in Panama Canal
Hot!!!
Love it
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 22, 2017, 04:26 PM
Thank heaven for Margaritas.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Apr 22, 2017, 04:40 PM


  Package arrived Rg thanks alot!!!! I won't say what my bride thought it was  ::) ::) ::)  ;D My niece is gonna get a big kick outta the top too.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 22, 2017, 05:09 PM
Oh you kids  ;D

Happy planting.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 22, 2017, 06:22 PM
So I headed to Lowes this AM to get 10 bags of mulch to top off my gardens. They're on sale this week 5 for $10.

I noticed they had a big pile of bags with holes in them. People don't want them in their Mercedes SUV's . They're messy  :-\

I ended up with 23 bags of mulch for $.90 each. Then I decided to get some landscape timbers. Long story short.....I was very busy today.
 Started with this
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Mulched My Bride's flower garden, the front garden, the pine tree, the lilac bush and the bird feeders.
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Then I got carried away and did a project I've been after for a few years now. The West side of the house.
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It's always looked out of sorts to me so I dug out the sod and laid the landscape timbers and back filled with mulch. It'll be yet another flower garden for my Bride.


Then my son came over and we decided to move the horseshoe court closer to the house. It's been under water all spring and we haven't been able to play.

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We moved the pits and decided to try mulch as a media. ( I had a bunch more to use up.)
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The mulch worked remarkably well.

Then we had a few beers , tossed a few shoes and cooked a couple ribeye on the Weber........yada....yada.......yada..........wha t a fine spring day.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Apr 22, 2017, 07:04 PM
Ya what happened to this weather ? All of a sudden it got nice out?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Apr 22, 2017, 07:44 PM
Ya what happened to this weather ? All of a sudden it got nice out?
Not here!  Forecast was mostly cloudy this morning with filtered sun this afternoon, so I worked in the shop this morning while it was nice out.  The clouds got thicker after lunch, started raining around 4:00 and has been raining ever since!  >:(
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Apr 22, 2017, 07:56 PM
Looks great,  RG!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 23, 2017, 02:37 AM
We had the opposite. Cold and cloudy in the morning with a little drizzle then it got pretty nice out.

Up early again today to try and get some shots of the Lyrid Meteor Shower. It's clear and 37 here. I'm gonna grab my coffee, a couple blankets and the camera and park out on the chaise lounge for a bit. I've seen a few really long fireballs with this event. Never managed to get a picture of one though.

Seems a little crazy, but it's interesting to me.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: nightbird on Apr 23, 2017, 07:24 PM
If only this miserable cold, wet weather would clear up, I'd be filling the truck at Northern Nurseries  in North Battleford. Like a huge shot of spring in their greenhouses now!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Apr 24, 2017, 10:13 PM
Couple week of nice weather in the out look around here..  so started to harden the plants had a few tip overs.. cause plants were top heavy..  hopefully all works out..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 25, 2017, 04:10 AM
 Yeah, a few of mine are bleaching out a bit, but the newer growth looks great. I'll probably transplant the starters into larger peat pots tonight. I'm not putting them in the ground for another week or two.........just in case this weather decides to flop on me.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Apr 25, 2017, 04:26 AM
Yeah, a few of mine are bleaching out a bit, but the newer growth looks great. I'll probably transplant the starters into larger peat pots tonight. I'm not putting them in the ground for another week or two.........just in case this weather decides to flop on me.

Rg
I always wait for Memorial day just like Grandpaw taught me, but I will finally begin the garden prep this weekend! Tons of down branches to burn, should be a nice big fire for the garden this year  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 25, 2017, 05:46 AM
Just moved my starts back to the basement. I'm still learning about this stuff. They took a pretty good hit the last couple days. I failed to protect them from the wind and direct sun and left them out too long.. I'll see if some "intensive care" will revive them. Worst case is, I'll re-plant. I've got plenty of seed and plenty of time. I can always direct sow the veggies if necessary.

Think I'll scrounge some pot trays from work today.

My radishes are doing good and the asparagus is coming up strong on 3 of the 7 heads. I'm hoping the others will produce as the soil gets a bit warmer. If not, I'll replace them.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Apr 25, 2017, 05:52 AM
I always wait for Memorial day just like Grandpaw taught me, .......
X2 !   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: tomturkey on Apr 25, 2017, 07:38 AM
I always wait for Memorial day just like Grandpaw taught me, but I will finally begin the garden prep this weekend! Tons of down branches to burn, should be a nice big fire for the garden this year  ;D

X3 Not the pc Memorial day the REAL MEMEORIAL DAY.

I need to haul the tiller back over here so I can work the old garden spot back up. Part will be seeded to grass and a small part will planted to some green beans to satisfy the boss.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 27, 2017, 03:58 AM
Happy to say I've got asparagus on all the crowns I planted last season.
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Little white nubs popping up under the leaf mulch.
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Couldn't resist snapping one spear off and munching it fresh from the garden. Delicious for sure. If they really get cranking, I might harvest one meal just because. Other than that it's going to go another season till I pick any quantity.

My garlic is very happy. All 64 cloves I planted sprouted up nicely. I placed some white onion sets in between the garlic rows.

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The radishes are growing nice and slow. Should produce better than my late season crop last fall. It got too warm and the plants bolted.
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My starter plants are recovering quite nicely in the "intensive care" ward back under lights in the basement. I'm going to start re-potting the healthiest to larger peat pots to really get them going. I started way more than I needed just in case. I'm glad I did.

Pretty good start to the planting season so far.

Rg

 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Apr 27, 2017, 07:11 AM


  Wow you have a lot going on already  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 27, 2017, 05:57 PM
I swear the asparagus grew 3" today.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Apr 27, 2017, 07:34 PM
It's almost amazing how much it will grow in a day!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Apr 27, 2017, 07:37 PM
Finally! We've got color!   :thumbup_smilie:
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I'll bet there's 150 tomatoes in there!

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishin4eyes on Apr 27, 2017, 09:02 PM
Garden is looking good rg. Went out past Rochester yesterday and picked up my order. Was cheaper than paying shipping. Ground is still soaked here. Not ideal planting conditions.  Got 50 of 100 blueberries in and 6 of 40 apple trees in.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 28, 2017, 04:41 PM
That's a lot of digging bud. More power to you.

My son and I are doing the final touches on the horseshoe court tomorrow. There'll be some digging, but not much.

Then, pitching some shoes, maybe a beverage or three, burgers on the grill.........yeah!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Apr 28, 2017, 08:45 PM
You know friend, you need some good old fashioned sandy-loam for those pits so the shoes "stick" when they land. Your mulch thing kind of bothers me a little. Lol.  There's bounce in that, which makes it a different game. I'd still throw with you though.   :whistling:  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 29, 2017, 03:21 AM
It's very temporary Bill  ;D.
I'm scouting for blue clay. When we do that, we're going to solid stakes and buried timbers for stake bases.

And you're right, there's a bit of bounce, but not as much as you'd think. It does force you to be more accurate though.

I'm designing a practice aid that my son doesn't know about. I'm going to mount a Hula Hoop to a pole at a distance and height that provides the proper arc for a soft landing. Consistent trajectory is a key to this bouncy pit medium. I was thinking back to my days of tending the skeet fields and using the setup hoop to adjust the flight. The members (the ones who couldn't hit a clay bird in the box on the ground) always griped about the birds being to low and fast, but they were regulation .

So I pondered tossing through a hoop to practice different trajectories. I changesd my stance a little and adjusted my grip to get a 1 3/4 turn shoe. I'd say 70% are landing open now, but I have to work on that release point to get on the stake. My son tosses a flip shoe and they tend to fly all over if he's off by much.

And.....last but not least.....now that the Little Wood Shop is up and running again, I'm going to build a Center Court "refreshment station".  :w00t: :w00t:

We have a lot of fun tossing shoes.

Rg


Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 29, 2017, 05:12 PM
The court is coming along. My son is coming over tomorrow to help me bury the timbers for the pitching platforms.
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Had some fun in the little wood shop today too. Made my Bride some new flower boxes.
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Fun stuff. I'm impressed with the new Dewalt mitre box. Really slick machine.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 30, 2017, 05:04 PM
So the planter boxes are ready for planting when the time comes. I used 1/2 x 1/2 hardware cloth for the bottom for drainage so I lined them with landscape fabric to hold the soil.

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I think they'll work out pretty well.

Rg

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Apr 30, 2017, 05:42 PM
Oh yeah....my son and I finished the horseshoe court.

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Worked out pretty well. I'm 3 sets to 0 for the season so far ;D

And...the bluebird likes the scoreboard

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Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Apr 30, 2017, 08:53 PM
The court looks pretty darned good, Bob!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Apr 30, 2017, 09:36 PM
X2
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 01, 2017, 03:35 AM
Thanks guys. We're having fun with it.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 04, 2017, 02:49 AM
Anyone have any idea what these flowers are?
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I planted them a few years back and don't remember.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 04, 2017, 05:27 AM
Some fancy brand tulip....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 04, 2017, 07:42 AM
Thanks Dom,

So, I searched "fancy tulip" and it appears to be a double French Tulip variety. It kind of looks like "Audrey II" from Little Shop Of Horrors before it opens up.

I can almost hear them saying, "feed me Seymore!"


Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 06, 2017, 05:11 AM
 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7SkrYF8lCU)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 06, 2017, 05:11 AM
 
   (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7SkrYF8lCU)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 08, 2017, 05:37 PM
Hey...I'm looking to build a cold frame. I want to use it to get my seedlings hardened off and to extend my options for really late season greens.

Any advice from my gardening friends?

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on May 08, 2017, 05:39 PM
Hey...I'm looking to build a cold frame. I want to use it to get my seedlings hardened off and to extend my options for really late season greens.

Any advice from my gardening friends?

Rg
I'm thinking maybe moving south might be a solid option. This weather sucks.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on May 08, 2017, 05:57 PM
Hey...I'm looking to build a cold frame. I want to use it to get my seedlings hardened off and to extend my options for really late season greens.

Any advice from my gardening friends?

Rg


What about some heavy mil clear plastic drop cloth and some thing like a firing strip wood frame ? Depending on size of course.. if looking for a more solid option polycarbonate and a wood frame of like pine 2x4's  all depends on how big you want to go..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 09, 2017, 04:02 AM
Looks like the weather is gonna straighten out slowly over the next couple weeks DD. Don't bail just yet  ;D

As always with a new project idea, I've been mulling this over non stop.

I have an eight foot long space facing due South that's crying out for an in ground cold frame. It may end up being 6' long though. I found some great looking corrugated polycarbonate panels at Lowes for $20 each. UV resistance and 93% light transmission. Easy to deal with!

My thought is to dig down about 8", maybe more..... and start below grade for some additional insulation. If I buy just one panel, the unit would end up 32x72". If I buy 2 panels, I could make it the full 32x96" and add light panels at the sides and front above ground. I'd have to do some fancy framing above ground.....not that it's a problem, but I'm not convinced it's worth all the extra work.

So.......it's going to be a 32"x72"x 20" (or so) deep cold frame. I'll use PT 1x for the frame as I have no intention of planting in the soil inside the frame. Anything I grow will be in containers.

For my seedlings,  It'll hold 6 of the 48 pod starters I use with plenty of room left over for a couple dozen 4" peat pots. I'll have to devise a tray system that can be removed for later planting. I'll probably put landscape fabric and mulch in the bottom to keep things above any water that might infiltrate during wet times like these. Although, the spot is normally dry. I may add some foam insulation for a fall/winter planting.

Ventilation seems to be the one issue everyone points to as the biggest problem. So, I'm going to install 2 auto vent units to raise and lower the lid during the day. They average about $25 and get great reviews.

I think I can get this done for right around $100.

The  next thing I need to do is get out the shovel :clapping:

Love playing in the dirt!

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on May 09, 2017, 05:45 AM
A man with a plan!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on May 11, 2017, 06:27 PM
I haven't updated on the Aero-garden lately.

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Isn't it pretty!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: esox_xtm on May 11, 2017, 06:58 PM
Those. tomatoes. are. incredible!

So fishinmachine, where's the "cash crop"?  :P

I've got around 80 "boutique" hot pepper plants started. They're takin' in real sunshine right now but our last frost date is about May 20 and I'm not takin' any chances. Chocolate Carolina Reaper, Bubble Gum 7-Pot, Devils Tongue, Datil, Fatali, Jamaican Hot Chocolate, Naga Viper, Trinidad Scorpion (Red), good old standby orange Habaneros and some "mystery" peppers from seeds from some plants I bought last year. I ordered Trinidad Moruga Scorpion (Chocolate) but got 2 of one kind and one of another none of which were what I ordered. They were still smokin' hot so I saved seeds. Those and a few Opalka tomatoes and some San Marzanos....

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 11, 2017, 07:07 PM
Looks great Bill...   I'm not far behind ya... ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: bart on May 12, 2017, 02:52 AM
I haven't updated on the Aero-garden lately.

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Isn't it pretty!   ;D



That's gotta be cheating!  ;D       

What variety of tomato?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 12, 2017, 03:45 AM
Bill's playing fair....Dom's the cheater with all those greenhouses at hand ;D

Jealousy rears it's ugly head :-\

4 hours at Lowes today and I'm taking a week off. Fish, dig, plant, eat, sleep......etc :clapping: Might even squeeze in a couple campfires with appropriate adult beverages. Oh yeah, and a Red Wings ball game with my son Wednesday evening. Baseball, Highland Lager, Zwiegles and peanuts.......you betcha!

 My seedlings have been getting used to the great outdoors the past few days. Yesterday they were out most of the day. Everybody is green and happy. Sent a soil sample off to be analyzed at Dairy One in Ithaca Ny. I looked into the DIY kits and even the expensive ones got terrible reviews as to their accuracy. So I figured for $12 and a little postage, I'd get a real look at my soil.

I'll be mixing up some container soil this weekend and getting my flower boxes, towers and assorted pots filled. Gotta get My Brides flower gardens going. The veggie garden is waiting till the end of the week. I've started several varieties of peppers, cukes, pickles and eating tomatoes. We decided to buy our canning tomatoes this year. With my limited space and as cheap an a bushel of Romas are, I'd rather spend my efforts on something else.

I'm putting in a really big Moon Flower trellis. 4'x 8' at least.  I hope to have a dazzling display on the West side of my house. Should be fun anyway. These plants have really caught my interest.

Spring is definitely here :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie:

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on May 12, 2017, 05:27 AM
Bill's playing fair....Dom's the cheater with all those greenhouses at hand ;D

Jealousy rears it's ugly head :-\

4 hours at Lowes today and I'm taking a week off. Fish, dig, plant, eat, sleep......etc :clapping: Might even squeeze in a couple campfires with appropriate adult beverages. Oh yeah, and a Red Wings ball game with my son Wednesday evening. Baseball, Highland Lager, Zwiegles and peanuts.......you betcha!

 My seedlings have been getting used to the great outdoors the past few days. Yesterday they were out most of the day. Everybody is green and happy. Sent a soil sample off to be analyzed at Dairy One in Ithaca Ny. I looked into the DIY kits and even the expensive ones got terrible reviews as to their accuracy. So I figured for $12 and a little postage, I'd get a real look at my soil.

I'll be mixing up some container soil this weekend and getting my flower boxes, towers and assorted pots filled. Gotta get My Brides flower gardens going. The veggie garden is waiting till the end of the week. I've started several varieties of peppers, cukes, pickles and eating tomatoes. We decided to buy our canning tomatoes this year. With my limited space and as cheap an a bushel of Romas are, I'd rather spend my efforts on something else.

I'm putting in a really big Moon Flower trellis. 4'x 8' at least.  I hope to have a dazzling display on the West side of my house. Should be fun anyway. These plants have really caught my interest.

Spring is definitely here :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie:

Rg
Sounds like a perfect week in my book! Yup the weather is turning finally!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on May 12, 2017, 08:49 AM
Lol. I don't know if anyone's cheating.

Bart, they're an heirloom cherry.

We picked 10 for a salad with dinner last night, and they're sweet and juicy! There's still plenty left to pick. It's been a fun (and rewarding) experiment!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on May 12, 2017, 08:52 AM
Sounds like a good week ahead, RG. Nothing like a little baseball, fishing, beer, and dirt under your finger nails!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 12, 2017, 05:03 PM
Well the boat is all spring fishing ready and firmly attached to the little red truck. Weather may be sketchy for the morning, but I'll know better when I look out the window. The rest of the week looks to be near perfect. Supposed to hit the 80's by Wednesday. Talk about baseball weather......

Best of all, the creeks are dropping nicely and should be in prime condition by mid week. Can't wait to get some flies stuck in the trees   ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: bart on May 12, 2017, 08:22 PM

We picked 10 for a salad with dinner last night, and they're sweet and juicy! There's still plenty left to pick. It's been a fun (and rewarding) experiment!  ;D



Now I'm jealous!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on May 14, 2017, 10:23 AM
I'm a little late getting my peas in, but that's okay. I got ready to plant them yesterday. When I went to get the 3 lb. bag of seed I know I have, it wasn't there! I couldn't find it anywhere! So we went to buy more. Of course the garden store wasn't open so we were left with big box stores.
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We stopped at Tractor Supply first and because our primary mission was pea seed we bought the package at $6.59. Later, we stopped at Wal-Mart and behold; identical for almost half the marked price. Worst part is, I know I'll come across the 3 lb. bag within a month!  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on May 14, 2017, 10:39 AM
I did get in seven rows of corn before the rain; two rows of bi-color (72 day) and five rows of Silver Queen (92 day).  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 14, 2017, 01:51 PM
Bill I also got the $6.59 packs from tractor supply...
I just got home from work and planed on planting peas,spinish,beets,and lettuce..  As soon as I pulled in the driveway the skies opened up.... :-\
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 15, 2017, 05:40 PM
Well, before I managed to do some damage to my back, I got some gardening done.

I'm playing with Moon Flowers so I built a couple towers adjacent to our picnic table and fire pit.
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Should be very nice in the evening when we sit out bu the fire.
Stuck the tomatoes in the ground.
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Planted my Bride's new flower boxes.
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Planted a "Petunia Tower" with some Dianthus and Lobelia.
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Made a Little Rock planter for some begonias.
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And ....generally had fun playing in the dirt  ;D

So I went to the bone cruncher today and have another appointment for tomorrow. The big pot with the flower tower was the one that did it. Oh well, I'll heal up.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Bartman44 on May 15, 2017, 06:00 PM
Looking sharp RG!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 15, 2017, 06:55 PM
The older I get, the more I love watching stuff come alive in the spring.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 16, 2017, 06:58 AM
That looks great Bob..
You should join your local garden  club.

Got my seeds in last evening and also got the mower out and cut grass till dark..  Hope I can finish tonight..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 17, 2017, 03:27 PM
Kept at it today.
Got the peppers and cukes/pickles in. Fortified the soil with manure/compost/peat and a bit of lime and bone meal.
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Mulched the peppers with some partially composted leaves and stuff. Left the other side open.
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Moved the compost bin and built a tool storage rack to free up some space in the garden area for a few experimental planter towers.

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Harvested a nice batch of radishes for last night's salad. Man they taste great.

More to do....more to come.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on May 17, 2017, 06:34 PM
Man I can't wait to retire LOL  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on May 17, 2017, 09:00 PM
X2!!!    ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on May 17, 2017, 09:30 PM
Week 9 even have peppers popping up in the cups with the bamboo stick in them.. lots of peppers the tomato are ready to plant.. 

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 18, 2017, 05:47 AM
Man I can't wait to retire LOL  ;D

Are you kidding? I have to go back to work to get some rest ;D
After all that digging around, my son and I went to a Red Wings game.
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Perfect night for a ball game. We left at 10:15 , bottom of the 8th tied at 8-8. Lehigh Valley won in the 11 th.

My Bride and I are headed for Letchworth for a picnic and some sightseeing today. When I get back I've got to mow the lawn AGAIN!

Tomorrow, I'm having 2, 900lb bags of sand delivered. My son and I are gonna get rid of the mulch in the horseshoe pits. We're digging down 10" and filling with sand. And I still have vegetable towers to plant.

I might even get to fish tomorrow :-\

OYE!!!

At least I'm not driving 1000 miles a week in a bucket truck :thumbup_smilie:

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on May 18, 2017, 06:10 AM
What are you going to do with the remaining 800 lbs. of sand?   ???
Lol.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 18, 2017, 03:02 PM
The pit is 3'x4'. Each inch of sand = 1 cubic foot. 8" below ground and 1" above is 9 cubic feet per pit.......theoretically  ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 18, 2017, 04:14 PM
That's 2........900 lb bags.....not 2- 2900lb bags.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on May 18, 2017, 06:15 PM


  Gonna put that plugger to the test this weekend, Then head to Delaware for the holiday weekend. Looking forward to some fresh Blue Crabs and Stripahs :)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on May 18, 2017, 08:24 PM

Good luck edd and company
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 19, 2017, 04:16 AM
Fresh striper on the grill....mmmmmmm....

My brother lived in Northport and we used to go out to Montauk for striper. Take a big chunk and baste it with olive oil, Dijon mustard and roll it in fresh cracked pepper, sea salt and parsley. Fire up the grill!

Mmmmmmm!

Have fun bud.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on May 19, 2017, 04:35 AM


  It's a yearly treat for my Bride and I ;D My uncle lives down there and has a friend who raises American Water Buffalo, a cross between a Buffalo and an Angus Steer that are certified organic grass fed.... I get the pleasure of grilling some beautiful steaks and let me tell you it is some of the best meat I've ever had. Last time it was 4 28 oz Rib chops  ;D ;D ;D ;D Then we head to a Ma and Pop seafood joint called Meadings for the freshest crabs and fish a body could ask for. Well worth the trip if anyone is interested, and the beaches are nice too.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 19, 2017, 05:00 PM
Sounds like  great time. Enjoy yourself.

Got 1800 lbs of sand delivered this morning.
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Dug the horseshoe pits down 8-9" as planned.
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Laid in 2 layers of landscape fabric.
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Filled them up with sand.
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Went and picked up a 10' piece of 3/4" galvanized pipe. Made up a couple new 5' stakes.
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My son came over with a tamper and we pounded them down a bit. Pitched a game and they were just great.

Although, the stinker beat me. I'll get him tomorrow.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on May 19, 2017, 05:15 PM

Very nice RG
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on May 19, 2017, 05:43 PM


  Hard to believe they took that much sand :o
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 19, 2017, 06:40 PM
They did take all that sand.  And they played really well. A few mid court amenities and we'll be very comfortable for our weekend matches. I really enjoy time with my Son. He's so much like me it's scary  ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on May 19, 2017, 08:08 PM
They did take all that sand.  And they played really well. A few mid court amenities and we'll be very comfortable for our weekend matches. I really enjoy time with my Son. He's so much like me it's scary  ;D

Rg
I enjoy your stories about the time spent with said Son, so keep em coming  ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on May 19, 2017, 09:31 PM
Very nice, Bob! Pitch 'em high. Pitch 'em often!   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 20, 2017, 04:26 AM
Thanks guys.

Lots better than the mulch eh? :thumbup_smilie:

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on May 21, 2017, 09:22 AM
Tried your pepper jelly on a slice of rye toast today.
Nice.!!!
I was expecting some heat.

But it was sweet.
Really good Bob.
Thanks.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 21, 2017, 10:41 AM
Nope....not hot.....just good ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on May 21, 2017, 06:40 PM

  Had some fun at the local nursery's gathering some stuff for potting and the garden, I don't know how many of you are local to the Cuse, but if you are you need to take a visit to Hafeners, I'm pretty sure they have every plant, tree and shrub that exists. Just an impressive nursery to say the least. Spent the weekend around the house doing yard chores and prepping to plant the garden out back, but today we got a decent potted garden done out front (https://www.myfishfinder.com/fishing_forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1098.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fg376%2Fdrowndindots%2Fspring%2520potting%25202017_zps5djmwzq2.jpg&hash=5dfcc2b81884042eaaf06d453d453d1e) (http://s1098.photobucket.com/user/drowndindots/media/spring%20potting%202017_zps5djmwzq2.jpg.html)

  There's 2 blueberry bushes, 22 strawberry plants, A cherry tomato, 2 raspberry vines, lilies,cannas, callas,and dahlia's. I gotta figure out where I'm setting up my permanent beds for the perennials soon.... On a side note the plugger RG made and sent me out of the kindness of his heart worked amazingly, and even the Bride, who gave me a ton of grief suggesting that it was for plugging other things ::)  had to admit it was perfect and wondered how we ever did this with other primitive tools  ;D
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  I can't thank you enough RG, Great tool :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on May 21, 2017, 06:42 PM
Nope....not hot.....just good ;D

Rg

yup!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 22, 2017, 05:15 AM
Looking great DD! Glad the garden tool worked for you. I've made a few styles of those and the one with the longer handle works the best.

Now , I know I'll get greif about this, but it's proper name is a "Dibbler".....(not one word Mac!  :nono:)

I'll be turning some more of those for my yard sales now that my gardens are mostly complete and the horse shoe pits are done.

Harvested some more radishes yesterday. Planted the Passion flower cuttings I took last year. Still need to plant some vegetable towers, but I'm thinking about that. I believe I'll start the crop outside in the little peat pots then transplant to the towers and see how that goes. I'm also thinking that 3 bigger towers might be better than 6 smaller towers.

Bigger is always better right? ;D Anyway, I'm going to ditch the bucket at the bottom of the tower and Line the inside and bottom with some landscape fabric. The plan is to use some 1/2"  EMT poles to hold them upright. If I make them 16" in diameter, it takes a bit over 4 cubic feet of soil to fill, if I make them 12" in diameter it takes half that to fill them. What I built is 8" in diameter holding only a little over 1 cubic foot of soil. Doesn't seem like enough to me.

Won't be long and we'll be comparing harvests ;D

Rg



Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on May 22, 2017, 09:36 AM


Now , I know I'll get greif about this, but it's proper name is a "Dibbler".....(not one word Mac!  :nono:)




teehee

Not "b".

"d"

 :whistling:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: SKUNK-MASTER on May 22, 2017, 11:36 AM
thats awesome attack..........I have a question.......real and smart*ss..........is that thing for sowing seeds?   and why not just use your finger  :w00t: :o
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: zwiggles on May 22, 2017, 12:49 PM
teehee

Not "b".

"d"

 :whistling:

That was also my first thought..... dirty minds....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 22, 2017, 01:21 PM
Some men are always boys.  ::)

It's a garden tool for planting seedlings.

Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on May 22, 2017, 03:19 PM
 and why not just use your finger  :w00t: :o


THAT, would make it a diddler.

 :rotflol: :rotflol: :rotflol: :rotflol:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 22, 2017, 05:58 PM
Couldn't help yourself ....could you.

Well.....you diddle......I'll dibble. Of course....you're a little old for that kind of thing.....aren't you?

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on May 22, 2017, 06:22 PM
Couldn't help yourself ....could you.

Well.....you diddle......I'll dibble. Of course....you're a little old for that kind of thing.....aren't you?

Rg

It's not age

It's mileage

 8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on May 22, 2017, 08:35 PM


  Well it's better than what my wife was calling it  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 23, 2017, 02:57 PM
Meanwhile back in the garden.......

The towers turned into a gutter planter this morning.
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I figure it's just easier to water the whole thing  and I can add tiers. Now I'm looking at actual gutter for troughs . I can buy pvc gutter or aluminum for about $7 a 10' length. Hard to say where this one Might be going ;D

I put leaf lettuce, chard and spinach in the first one. Might do some strawberries, radishes, herbs and some other greens in a few more.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: BLACK ICE on May 24, 2017, 04:09 AM


               Nice looking site Rg, I'm so far behind this year, I just tilled my wife's garden yesterday. The weather here
               has been so not spring, we generally don't plant till Memorial Day, frost could still be a reality here in the
               Adirondacks!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 24, 2017, 07:33 AM
Thanks!
We're pretty much in the clear in my neck of the woods. I just started germinating some beans, squash, and snow peas. I'll be pulling the radishes this weekend to make room for that stuff. I'm probably going to put the squash and snow peas in pails and maybe another tomato or two.....or four ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 28, 2017, 05:57 PM
Added a bug net to the picnic table umbrella today. My Bride doesn't like bugs in her food and I can't blame her.
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Worked out really well. Not too bad for $25.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on May 28, 2017, 07:31 PM
Nice Bob.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 29, 2017, 07:25 AM
I have a feeling the mosquitoes are gonna be horrific this year. And......it's raining ......again.....
 :-\

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 29, 2017, 08:47 AM
You might be able to get them cheaper...     ;)
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Mosquito-Dunks-6-Count-Organic-Mosquito-Killer/3047384    (https://www.lowes.com/pd/Mosquito-Dunks-6-Count-Organic-Mosquito-Killer/3047384)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 29, 2017, 02:19 PM
99.7 cents cheaper to be exact ;D

I don't have much standing water. They're in the grass more than anything. I'm not too keen on wholsale spraying  though. I think it would kill some really beneficial insects as well.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 29, 2017, 02:23 PM
No eating outside here today...    >:(
50* foggy and raining..
After working this morning I came home and started a fire in the wood furnace....   :-\ :P
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on May 29, 2017, 02:25 PM
99.7 cents cheaper to be exact ;D

 I'm not too keen on wholsale spraying  though. I think it would kill some really beneficial insects as well.

    You are correct sir....   ;D
More bird houses..... ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 29, 2017, 04:16 PM
72 and sunny with a nice breeze here. Did some. Hi men on the rotisserie and red potatoes in parchment paper on the Weber. Picked a fine plate of home grown spinach for a side.

A fine feed indeed ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: UglyStik on May 29, 2017, 04:43 PM
    You are correct sir....   ;D
More bird houses..... ;)

or bat houses. They really vacuum mosquitoes and bugs up.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on May 29, 2017, 05:26 PM
I've thought hard about bat houses. I certainly have the capacity to build. However, the mess created by the housing is to be reckoned with.
My neighbor put one up on a tree near their house. Totally the wrong spot, height, facing the wrong direction.....obviously, no research done.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: zwiggles on Jun 04, 2017, 07:13 PM
I have been lurking on this thread for some time, and wanted to contribute something. I am hoping to update this thread with pictures of our garden/plants as the year goes on.

I live in NH, and we have had a slow spring with cool temps. This is afforded my father and I an opportunity to put some work into our garden. We made the beds last year by picking the sunniest spots on our property.. My cousin lives next door, and owns a landscaping company where my father is employed. This means access to equipment, and material (compost). Last year we used the compost my cousin had, and As we found out it had a lot of clay which caused poor drainage.

To remedy this we decided to add 2 yards of sand, 2 large bags of perlite, 1/2 yard of pro mix, and some different compost. The dirt seems much better now than before. I am interested to hear about what others think about this approach to solving the problem.

This weekend we put plants to dirt after all the prep work of improving the soil.

Here are a few pictures:

From close to far we have Brussels sprouts, purple cabbage, garlic, and tomatoes with our new attempt at a trellace. Finally garlic and beats finishing off the row.

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Here we have broccoli, followed by three seeded rows of purple beans, carrots and Swiss chars on the far end.

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In this row we have peppers, then herbs (basil, cilantro, and parsley) around the dogwood, followed by eggplant and another tomatoe cage.

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Last up for the beds are some purple cabbage, summer squash & zucchini with Brussels sprouts against the house, and a trellace of peas at the far end.

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We also have some cucumbers, patio tomatoes, and begonias (I think) in whiskey barrels with some petunias. The last photo is of our farmers porch where we have several flower pots, and hanging pots. My dad got the hanging plants as a bonus from my cousin. They look spectacular now and should only get better.

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I do enjoy fishing the hardwater, and ice out trolling, but I do enjoy this time of year, and watching the plants grow.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jun 04, 2017, 10:34 PM

To remedy this we decided to add 2 yards of sand, 2 large bags of perlite, 1/2 yard of pro mix, and some different compost. The dirt seems much better now than before. I am interested to hear about what others think about this approach to solving the problem.


I think you did the best you could do with the situation at hand clay soil.. but will tell you the truth about them open beds your going to have tons of weeds should cover the area with a weed blocker next year  thwn throw painted gravel or wood chips on top .. for accent we do this with our boxes .. but ya you can't do much with clay soil.. and weeds  with the size beds you got  its going to be a pain in the but to weed them you will be doing this day and night to keep up..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 05, 2017, 03:35 AM
Looks great Zwiggles! I live in New York near Lake Ontario. Clay is everywhere. And it's been cool and a slow start to the growing season here as well. But it did get hot enough to make my first crop of radishes bolt.

Sand, compost, peat, vermiculite and perlite are all good soil amendments. I recently sent out a sample of my garden soil for testing. The results were accurate and helped me decide on what to add to which bed. Well worth the $12.

My fall garden project is a cold frame for late season greens and spring starting.

I'll have to take some pics of my gardens later. ( after the sun comes up ;D)
Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 05, 2017, 05:55 AM
Looks great wiggy..  Hanging baskets are very nice...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 05, 2017, 05:24 PM
So...the tomatoes are doing pretty well. Lost one in the transplant. But there's enough.
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Te little garden is plugging along.
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There's leaf lettuce, spinach and chard starting up in the first gutter.
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Strawberries and radishes in the second gutter.
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The garlic is as high as an elephant's eye.
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The asparagus is over 6' tall and the peppers and cukes are growing
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The spinach has been amazing and the beans and pickles are taking off.
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The containers have dill, carrots, basil, snow peas, tomato starts, yellow and wax beans.

Mama's front gardens are looking fine.
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I'm really pleased with the new flower boxes.
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The Petunia tower is growing.
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And...the tulips are done with the lilies coming on fast.
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Ain't The USA the best!
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Rg

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 05, 2017, 05:48 PM
I always thought yellow beans and wax beans were the same.
What's the difference Bob?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 05, 2017, 05:52 PM
Well....the wax beans are almost yellow and the yellow beans are almost waxed.......but one of them is green and not yellow....but the green ones aren't particularly waxed..........ok.......they're waxed/yellow and green beans :-\

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 05, 2017, 07:45 PM
Huh?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 05, 2017, 10:04 PM
Huh?
LMAO, Lookin great RG You are way ahead of me, my limited time off has been cursed with rain.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 06, 2017, 02:50 AM
Huh?

Ok...they're beans....some yellow some green ;D

We've had rain but not enough to amount to anything. I've been watering regularly to keep e containers happy.

I forgot the Moon Flower Towers.

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Only 5 of 8 plants made the transplant so I started some more and a batch of Morning Glorys.
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There's some Passion Flower cuttings there too. I'm doing a railing planter and trellis for a lady at work who's struggling with leukemia. It'll have both Passion flowers and morning glorys in it. It's a surprise for her. Hope it brightens her day a little.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishnmachine on Jun 06, 2017, 07:37 AM
Well....the wax beans are almost yellow and the yellow beans are almost waxed.......but one of them is green and not yellow....but the green ones aren't particularly waxed..........ok.......they're waxed/yellow and green beans :-\

Rg
Lol! The gardens are looking great, Bob. There's a lot of (retired) hours there, and it shows!  :thumbup_smilie:

Yes, America is great!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 06, 2017, 01:20 PM
Thanks, but, don't discount my ADD ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Jun 06, 2017, 02:22 PM

I haven't even planted yet  :(
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 06, 2017, 02:35 PM


Ok...they're beans....some yellow some green ;D


Rg

OK.

I thought I was missing something.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 06, 2017, 02:48 PM
Your yard looks great Bob...
We got 3 inches of rain since yesterday morning..  I might get some plants in the garden this weekend..
Today we got 7000 mum plugs to plant at work so I have been filling 10inch pots to put them in.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Jun 06, 2017, 03:08 PM

RGs gardens do look great 👍🏻
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 06, 2017, 05:12 PM
Your yard looks great Bob...
We got 3 inches of rain since yesterday morning..  I might get some plants in the garden this weekend..
Today we got 7000 mum plugs to plant at work so I have been filling 10inch pots to put them in.

That's a lot of soil Dom. ( my son says it's soil, not dirt).

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 06, 2017, 06:09 PM
Yeah soil is the proper word . but I will never change.... ;)
When I get home I don't say I'm soiled I say I'm dirty...       ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 06, 2017, 06:50 PM
Dirty old man ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 06, 2017, 07:27 PM
Dirty old man ;D

Rg


Only under his nails.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 07, 2017, 05:25 AM
        D O M
         i  l   a
         r  d  n
         t
         y

             ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 07, 2017, 01:25 PM
I knew I was right.  ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 07, 2017, 05:44 PM


  I had a day off today and awoke with thoughts of gardening..... Then I walked out to said garden and found a swamp  >:( Things look like they are finally going to turn around weather wise so I might get to play in the dirt this weekend! RG the garden is enviable my friend  ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 07, 2017, 06:44 PM
Thanks bud!
I hope you dry out and get some green in the ground. I'm pretty well planted now. Except for transplanting some more flowers, I'm probably good till late summer.

Been harvesting some terrific spinach for a couple weeks. Now it's time to tend and watch stuff grow.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 08, 2017, 05:05 PM
Well as of today I used 3 ton of soil and still have 1800 pots to go........ Wish it was September...... ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 08, 2017, 05:29 PM
Wow! Wow is all I can say. Wish I was closer. I'd take a part time job in a heartbeat.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 08, 2017, 05:50 PM
Thats 3, 4 x 4 pallets 8ft tall..       :P
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 08, 2017, 05:54 PM
Good exercise......good work.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 08, 2017, 06:00 PM
I will bring my camera tomorrow and take some pictures...  Still don't know how to post from my phone on the sites... :-\
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 09, 2017, 06:43 PM
Inquiring minds wNt to know ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 09, 2017, 06:48 PM
This afternoon I planted 18 morning glory starts all around the flag pole fence. I figure the morning glorys will take over the fence around the time the Asiatic lilies start to fade. Hopefully they will winter over continuing my quest for perennial gardens around the flag.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 09, 2017, 08:50 PM
Heres a few pictures from today...   From carts being unloaded to the mum fields to small green houses geting empty to a LOT of tomato plants that will probably be thrown away......... :-\

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 10, 2017, 03:03 AM
Looks great Dom. I'd hate to have your water bill ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: wallyworld on Jun 10, 2017, 06:17 AM
Raquette.....are those knockout roses as easy to keep alive as promised  ???  My son gave me one for Mother's Day and I'm hoping to have it last more than one year  :D  Never had much luck with roses  :-[  any suggestions  ???

That's a shame all those tomato plants getting trashed  :'(
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 10, 2017, 02:01 PM
Wally I'm not a big rose person but I have planted a few at my moms house and they do well... I think she just prunes them every year...
 https://www.google.com/search?q=winter+care+of+knock+out+roses&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS724US724&oq=care+of+knock+out+&aqs=chrome.2.0j69i57j0l4.17396j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8    (https://www.google.com/search?q=winter+care+of+knock+out+roses&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS724US724&oq=care+of+knock+out+&aqs=chrome.2.0j69i57j0l4.17396j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 10, 2017, 06:09 PM
Made a little railing planter box for a girl at work who's struggling with leukemia.

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I'm planting some Passion flowers and Morning glories for her. Hopefully it will give her something  to smile about when she looks out at it in the morning.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: wallyworld on Jun 10, 2017, 06:41 PM
Thanks Raquette, I'll see if I can keep this one alive  :D

RG.....very nice gesture indeed  :clapping: :thumbup_smilie: I'm sure she will love it !!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 10, 2017, 08:01 PM
Feet up...
Beverage at my side
Nice fire at my feet
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Doesn't get any better than this ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 10, 2017, 08:30 PM
Great planter and fire Bob..    Way jealous...
I'm ready for bed and make sure every thing gets watered tomorrow .... :P
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 10, 2017, 09:20 PM
I'm waiting for the full moon. Everything is watered here. Sleep well my friend.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 12, 2017, 05:54 PM
You'd have been proud of me today Dom. Spent the afternoon watering in the garden department. I kind of liked it to tell the truth. Stuff was seriously dry.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 14, 2017, 06:03 PM
Garden update....
Tomatoes are popping along
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Mama's gardens are looking pretty spectacular
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The Petunia tower is filling out nicely
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Moon flower and morning glory towers are starting to look lively. Long ways to go though.
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Spinach, beans and cukes are doing very well.
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More beans, peppers,  Cukes, snow peas and squash.
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I'm running out of stuff to plant ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 15, 2017, 05:38 AM
Spectacular Bob.... :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Jun 15, 2017, 07:55 AM

Looking great Bob
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: zwiggles on Jun 15, 2017, 09:59 AM
Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 18, 2017, 09:43 AM
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  Well, that's a wrap. All planted and starting to take off. Scaled way back this year and gave everything more space to see if less is really more. I have Hungarian wax peppers, orange and purple bell, red hot cherry, a beefsteak,early girl, 1000's sweet and yellow plumb tomatoes, 4 market more, 4 bush and 12 bush picking cukes. 4 zucchini and 4 Brussel sprouts. Decided to try a little pallet planter for my strawberry plants, they seem to like it so far. Peas and beans on the far side are 50 percent sprouted, still have to go get some chicken wire for them to climb. Man, I'm so happy to spend time in the yard in this beautiful weather! Happy Fathers day to all the great Dads on here ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 18, 2017, 11:12 AM
Looks great DD! Like the pallet planter and the pvc  trellis.

Happy Father's Day to you too ....and all the other Dads out there.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Jun 18, 2017, 11:16 AM


Looking good Eddy
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishin4eyes on Jun 18, 2017, 11:37 AM
Do you use cuttings to start the roses
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: zwiggles on Jun 18, 2017, 12:25 PM
Nice job DD! I agree that the planter for strawberries is a neat idea
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 18, 2017, 12:34 PM
Thanks guys, the trellis is a frame from a cheap greenhouse that got destroyed in a storm. Figured why waste it right! And we'll see how the strawberry garden does over the winter, I plan to cover it with burlap and leaves. They are Ozark beauty ever bearing and I've picked till snow before when I potted them but they didn't make it over the winter. If this doesn't work I'm gonna bit the bullet and do a raised bed. Just got back from picking 6 pounds of local berries at Apple dale Orchard, man are they good. Strawberry Shortcake for the in laws dinner tonight!.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 18, 2017, 01:16 PM
Looks great Ed.....
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 18, 2017, 02:08 PM
Looks great Ed.....
Thanks Loser  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 18, 2017, 03:06 PM
Quote from: drowndin dots link=topic=677 :P99.msg774560#msg774560 date=1497812897
Thanks Loser  ;D ;D ;D


   Yeah I know you needed my aprvual little buddy..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 18, 2017, 03:13 PM

   Yeah I know you needed my aprvual little buddy..
Always do big guy  :afro: :afro:
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 24, 2017, 03:16 PM


   Well the battle against the pests has officially begun.... Lisa's potted garden is under attack by slugs and something is chomping away at my brussles sprouts and beans. Went to town with some fruit tree spray as it seems to tackle a wide variety of pests and diseases too, my little orchard has some rust. Beautiful out today, great breeze and no humidity! 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: bart on Jun 24, 2017, 04:08 PM
A rabbit ate half of one of my cantaloupe plants, I only had two. The same with my butternut squash... the war begins, two woodchucks already paid the price!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 24, 2017, 05:30 PM
Yeah...it's critter time. I'm after a chipmonk and a couple red squirrels. Also killed my first Japanese Beetle today. Found it on my Morning Glories.

Time for Some Malathion I guess. Everything else looks great. Growing like crazy.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Jun 24, 2017, 05:33 PM
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  Well, that's a wrap. All planted and starting to take off. Scaled way back this year and gave everything more space to see if less is really more. I have Hungarian wax peppers, orange and purple bell, red hot cherry, a beefsteak,early girl, 1000's sweet and yellow plumb tomatoes, 4 market more, 4 bush and 12 bush picking cukes. 4 zucchini and 4 Brussel sprouts. Decided to try a little pallet planter for my strawberry plants, they seem to like it so far. Peas and beans on the far side are 50 percent sprouted, still have to go get some chicken wire for them to climb. Man, I'm so happy to spend time in the yard in this beautiful weather! Happy Fathers day to all the great Dads on here ;D

Looks great!

Novice question, but what type of weed guard is that? I have been wanting to do that for years but always felt cheap landscaping paper just won't cut it.

Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 24, 2017, 06:10 PM
Don't know what DD uses, but I buy Premium Weed barrier from Lowes. I use it in some of my beds, not all.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jun 24, 2017, 07:25 PM
We been using this stuff $19.99 for 3 x50 foot.. don't forget the staples that holds this stuff down.. with out it we never would have gotten it done... we even use colored wood chips for the land scaping design.. 


https://m.lowes.com/pd/Sta-Green-Ultimate-Landscape-Fabric-Common-3-ft-x-50-ft-Actual-3-02-ft-x-50-17-ft/50119485 (https://m.lowes.com/pd/Sta-Green-Ultimate-Landscape-Fabric-Common-3-ft-x-50-ft-Actual-3-02-ft-x-50-17-ft/50119485)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 24, 2017, 07:49 PM
http://www.bjs.com/preen-4-x-225-landscape-fabric.product.3000000000000457594 (http://www.bjs.com/preen-4-x-225-landscape-fabric.product.3000000000000457594)
I use this from bj's
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 25, 2017, 05:11 AM
That's a decent price for a 4'x225' roll. I think the stuff I use is 3x150 for $20. Don't buy the staple. Get a small roll of 10gauge galvanized wire. Suspended ceiling tie wire works well too. All you need is a pair of side cutters and you're in the staple business.

This year I'm experimenting with weed barrier and compost mulch on one side and no barrier or mulch on the other side.the only thing I've noticed so far is that the cukes on the mulched side are growing much faster than the other side. But it could be because they're partially shaded by my asparagus forest.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jun 25, 2017, 07:47 AM
Just covered the veggie garden with 6 mil black plastic this past Thursday.

No garden this summer because of all the other extra curricular activities we assumed this year.
So it was decided to cover it and kill the weeds that had started, turning it all to compost for 2018.

I won't bore you with the activities.

 :-\
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 25, 2017, 02:02 PM
What a great day to spend in the garden. I started at 7 am or so and just finished up.

Pulled the spinach. It was starting to bolt. Planted sugar snap peas that I had started in some containers and some more beans. Had an idea for a trellis that worked out for the pickles and peas. Stuff should climb the strings and be supported by the lath strips. Anyway, they look kind of cool ;D
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The asparagus forest is thriving and sending up new shoots. Peppers and cukes are growing very well.
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Added a couple feet of fencing to the top to give my Morning Glories a place to climb.
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Strawberries are flowering and sending out runners and the radishes are about ready to pull.
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Strung up my beans.
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Tomatoes are growing fast and flowering.
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Added some fencing to the bottom of the big flower towers. Stupid squirrels were digging around I think. Might have been a possum or skunk though.
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They're really starting to climb now.
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The volunteer sunflowers under the bird feeder are showing signs of flowers.
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And....I have to say, my potting bench is one of the best things I've built myself in many years.
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If you don't have one, you should ;D

Time for a Zwiegles on the Weber and a cocktail.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 25, 2017, 02:15 PM


  Awesome RG, you really put some thought into your garden :) I love the trellis idea! Way to use space smartly  ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 25, 2017, 02:53 PM
Thanks! Just trying to make the most of what's available.

Keeps my blood pressure down too ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 25, 2017, 05:42 PM
Thanks! Just trying to make the most of what's available.

Keeps my blood pressure down too ;D

Rg
So you had me at the green house today looking at my options for trellis. Found a few promising things, but want to shop around a bit first. Did pull the trigger on 6 pounds of pickling cukes because I can wait no more for my pickles ;D If you ever make it to the Cuse you need to check out Hafners in North Syracuse, just an awesome well run store! 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 26, 2017, 06:25 AM
Ha! I was looking at my tomatoes this morning. I'll have to do something with them pretty soon too. I'm thinking a couple more of the poles I used for the flower towers with wires and string. Don't want to block off our dining room windowtoo much. We like to watch the birds.

The way they're growing, they're gonna be 6' tall in no time at all.

Mmmmm....pickles!
I'm down to my last 2 pints of pickles. Time to make a trip to the farmers markets. There's a nice one on Tuesday afternoon here in town, but the good one is in Fairport on Saturday morning. My plants are loaded with cukes and pickles but it'll be a while till harvest.

Besides, you can never have enough pickles in the pantry ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Jun 26, 2017, 10:16 AM
Thank you RG, Boondox, DD and Attack. I appreciate the insight on the weed guard (and all the garden pics posted). Looking forward to putting the guard down next year. Do you typically use the guard annually or is it one and done.

I built a trellis for my beans this weekend. Used 7' bamboo sticks laced with twine. The beans are already enjoying it!

Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 26, 2017, 03:30 PM
I only get a year out of the stuff I use. But it's relatively cheap and goes a long way.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 26, 2017, 04:11 PM


  I get one year as well, but have found other uses for the left over stuff. And the roll I buy lasts 2 years with my garden 12 x 30. So I figure my time not spent weeding is well worth the price, and I have had little to no Blight on my Tomatoes since going to the fabric, and that's after failing to get a decent harvest the first 3 years here due to blight.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 26, 2017, 05:10 PM
Interesting, DD. I always use the fabric and mulch on my tomatoes at the back of my house. It's also part of my Bride's flower gardens so I mostly do it to keep it looking nice. But, I've never had any blight or other problems with my tomatoes.
Makes me think.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: zwiggles on Jun 26, 2017, 05:17 PM
DD, We have wicked problems with blight here in southern NH. A professor I once had told me to prevent the soil from coming in contact with the leaves with paper, or mulch to help combat the blight. It has worked OK for me. My uncle out in WA says his customers grow there tomatoes under an overhang to prevent the rain from getting on them. I believe they have the same issue with the soil getting on the leaves via rain drops.

The best solution I have found is to use SmartPots, and use new soil each year. It takes a lot more time watering, and expense but the best tomatoes plants I have seen outside of a greenhouse we're in SmartPots. They're a neat product if you haven't heard of them before.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 26, 2017, 06:08 PM


  It seems to stop the spores from popping up when it rains. You still have to be vigilant, and prune the bottom branches.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 26, 2017, 06:43 PM
Do you guys prune the sucker stems? I always have. I don't  know how much it helps, but the fruits are always good.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: O on Jun 27, 2017, 01:23 PM
One part of my "gardens".  Most of my herbs are in pots, it just makes it easier and I can move them indoors for the late fall and early winter before they die off.  I have three pepper plants in my flower garden too because I like the way the peppers look like flowers.

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishin4eyes on Jun 27, 2017, 01:39 PM
If you have a slug problem cut the top off a soda jug and fill half way with beer. It will be full of slugs over night
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: zwiggles on Jun 27, 2017, 01:57 PM
Do you guys prune the sucker stems? I always have. I don't  know how much it helps, but the fruits are always good.

Rg

I have tried to remove the suckers, but I have found that only helps you get one or two harvests of fruit. When I don't oinch them I usually only get one weak crop. I think it helps to remove the suckers to prevent additional veg growth on the plants so they can dump their energy into the fruits, but it's just an observation which could have been effected by other factors as well.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Jun 27, 2017, 02:12 PM
Do you guys prune the sucker stems? I always have. I don't  know how much it helps, but the fruits are always good.

Rg

I pinch off the suckers, seems to increase fruit growth and limit plant from becoming a full bush (which happens anyways when i leave for a weeks vacations up in the Dacks)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: O on Jun 27, 2017, 05:03 PM
One of my jobs as a youngster on our family farm was to pinch suckers off.  We would spend a lot of time and energy to do so.  I still pinch.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 27, 2017, 05:07 PM
Cool.......I'm glad it's not just me ;D.
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 27, 2017, 05:28 PM
If you have a slug problem cut the top off a soda jug and fill half way with beer. It will be full of slugs over night

    Or just leave a mouthful of beer in your can or bottle and lay it on side in your garden as your weeding... ;)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 27, 2017, 05:31 PM
If the rain ever stops I might get some pictures of my garden... :P
 But I am picking tomatoes and peppers off plants in the greenhouses...   ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 27, 2017, 06:38 PM
I'll say it again.....CHEATER!

You ok now Dom?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 27, 2017, 06:43 PM
I'll say it again.....CHEATER!

You ok now Dom?
That's harsh! Accurate, but harsh ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jun 27, 2017, 06:43 PM
   Or just leave a mouthful of beer in your can or bottle and lay it on side in your garden as your weeding... ;)
I don't weed  :-*
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: fishin4eyes on Jun 27, 2017, 07:43 PM
Haha or that raq. Works great on snails and slugs I leave my cans right by the garden. Last year the snails were doing a number on my raspberries. Ive got 60 plants going and the beer worked great to kill the problem. Win win
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jun 29, 2017, 05:35 AM
I'll say it again.....CHEATER!You ok now Dom?

    ;D
Bob found out I have a double hernia..  One that's protruding as big as a lemon by the end of the day and one I didn't know I have..  They don't hurt just anoying..
Surgery is in 3 weeks...
We just got another 2500 mum plugs in yesterday that will go in smaller pots. So I have to get that done. Then when the new roll of dripper tape comes in the mum fields will get set up and a lot less hand watering...  
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: SKUNK-MASTER on Jun 29, 2017, 06:30 AM
this might be kind of a stupid question.....but any hints on drying out a veggie bed.........I hav tons of stuff doing well to awesome...cukes squash maters of all sorts brussell sprouts cauliflower peas etc etc.......all doing pretty well except for my peppers....they were doing so well in the heat.....then the rains came and came and came, well you guys know, they are now weaker and dropping leaves and showing signs of leaf damage..seems like too much water, but i dont control what comes out of the sky.  ::)
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 29, 2017, 07:26 AM
I have raised beds and set one up with a ton of sand and perlite for my peppers. They're all doing ok. Some extra plants I started in containers didn't drain really well and are showing the same. Some yellowing leaves etc.

I've got a few varieties of bell peppers and 4 kinds of Jalapeño peppers. Last year my Jalapeños were huge and dark red. They were delicious.
Rg.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 29, 2017, 07:27 AM
Hang in there Dom. I'm sure they'll mend the problem for you.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Jun 29, 2017, 08:10 AM
Hang in there Dom. I'm sure they'll mend the problem for you.
Rg
X2 I'm sure they will take good care of you
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: zwiggles on Jun 29, 2017, 08:47 AM
Skunk-master,
I had the same issue, and did the same as RG & added a ton of sand, perlite, and pro mix. Seems to be helping so far.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: SKUNK-MASTER on Jun 29, 2017, 09:37 AM
ok thanks...but these are established plants.......how can i introduce that much "stuff" without messing with roots?.....I have 4 4 x 8 raised beds.....only thing I have issues with right now is pepper bed and some green onions that havent sprouted?  Is this just a solution for next year?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: zwiggles on Jun 29, 2017, 09:50 AM
Yeah that was my thought. With the plants in the ground already I think you're stuck with what you have for this year. Unless you wanted to pull them, amend the bed, and replant, but I would be hesitant to do that.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jun 29, 2017, 01:37 PM
Maybe some good sized drain holes around the perimeter. You could use a hole Saw, maybe 1 1/2" and save the plugs. Or maybe get some clear corrugated and make an a frame cover to limit the rain and let it dry out. You could leave the ends open for circulation.

Lowes sells some clear couurgated 2' x 8' polycarbonate panels for around $25 that allow 93% light transmission. A little 2x2 framing would hold it.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jul 04, 2017, 04:34 PM


  Well after a late planting and way too much rain the Garden has begun to turn the corner and is finally starting to stretch  ;D


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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 04, 2017, 06:31 PM
Looking great DD. Mine are growing like crazy. Not a ton of fruit as yet, but there's blossoms everywhere. I did harvest a couple cukes. Love this time of year.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 06, 2017, 06:43 AM
Saw a cool thing this morning. I passed a garden in town and they had used an old soccer net for a trellis. They had it strung between 2 poles and it stood about 7' high or so. I thought it was a near perfect trellis for cukes and other climbing vine plants.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Jul 06, 2017, 09:21 AM
I thought of doing that, but my soccer playing daughter objected to using her current net!
So, i just used bamboo sticks and made a web up and down & side to side with twine for my beans
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 06, 2017, 06:40 PM
I have soccer fields justndown the road from my house. I'm gonna try to contact them for their old nets.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 06, 2017, 09:48 PM
Use a fishing net works same as socker net .. jannsnetcraft sells nets and net making supplies just for the occasion.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 07, 2017, 06:07 AM
FREE is what I'm after ;D

I'm an old cheapskate.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 08, 2017, 07:48 AM
Looking great Eddy ..
Love being in the greenhouses in the morning when it's raining this hard... ;D
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 08, 2017, 12:22 PM
Oops...there goes Dom's pictures >:(

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 08, 2017, 12:25 PM
Yup..  And I haven't loaded any pictures in a while.... :-\
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: drowndin dots on Jul 08, 2017, 04:23 PM


  What the?????
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 08, 2017, 06:06 PM
You've become a victim of PB greed Dom. They shut out your account. I'm learning Imgur. May not be able to transfer all my 4000 pictures, but......no way I'm paying $400 a year to those bandits.

I have a paid subscription until December I think. So I may have some time to transfer much of my library.
Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Jul 11, 2017, 08:44 AM
That's a decent price for a 4'x225' roll. I think the stuff I use is 3x150 for $20. Don't buy the staple. Get a small roll of 10gauge galvanized wire. Suspended ceiling tie wire works well too. All you need is a pair of side cutters and you're in the staple business.

This year I'm experimenting with weed barrier and compost mulch on one side and no barrier or mulch on the other side.the only thing I've noticed so far is that the cukes on the mulched side are growing much faster than the other side. But it could be because they're partially shaded by my asparagus forest.

Rg

How's the weed guard/mulch experiment coming along?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jul 11, 2017, 09:32 AM
You've become a victim of PB greed Dom. They shut out your account. I'm learning Imgur. May not be able to transfer all my 4000 pictures, but......no way I'm paying $400 a year to those bandits.

I have a paid subscription until December I think. So I may have some time to transfer much of my library.
Rg


I haven't paid them anything..........ever.
And have not seen any of this.

Strange.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: zwiggles on Jul 11, 2017, 10:06 AM

I haven't paid them anything..........ever.
And have not seen any of this.

Strange.

Do you use a mobile phone or tablet to interact with PB? I also have not had any issues, but I only use my mobile. *knocks on wood*
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: Mac Attack on Jul 11, 2017, 10:27 AM
Do you use a mobile phone or tablet to interact with PB? I also have not had any issues, but I only use my mobile. *knocks on wood*


Nope.
I really cannot remember ever accessing my PB account from my iphone or tablet.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 11, 2017, 03:11 PM
How's the weed guard/mulch experiment coming along?
soesnt seem to be much difference at all other than the fabric covered side seems to retain moisture better. But then, it's in the shade of the asparagus forest so there's no conclusive evidence by comparison.

Everything is doing great. I'm harvesting cukes and some pickles. Tomatoes  and peppers are a couple weeks out and the beans are starting to produce. I'll be picking in a couple weeks.

The Japanese beetles seem to be slowing down, but the deer have discovered my Moon Flowers and Morning Glories. Picked up some repellent today to try.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 18, 2017, 07:35 AM
My first moon flower bloomed last night some time. Just happened to notice it on my rounds this morning.
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About 7" across. The same vine has other buds forming. If I can get a clear view of one I'll set up the GoPro and get a time lapse.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 20, 2017, 06:31 PM
I know these don't top rg's picture of the flower above.. but they are pictures none the less.. we put the plants in a little late and have not watered them much..  it's going to rain the next three day so hopefully that does help the tomatos.. the tomatoes  are just starting to flower hab peppers are doing awesome seen below

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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 21, 2017, 07:03 AM
It's getting there Boon.
I harvested some pickles, cukes, beans and snow peas this morning.
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Time to do a little canning.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 21, 2017, 07:32 AM
Here's where my gardens are at...
Tomatoes
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Garlic is almost ready to pull. The asparagus forest.
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Peppers, pickles and an odd tomato or 2.
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Pickles, cukes, snow peas, beans, squash...
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Cinnamon and  purple basil, dill and an orphan bean plant.
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The morning glory and moon flower towers.
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Mama's garden
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The petunia tower.
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Morning glories and asiatic lilies at the flagpole.
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Stuff is growing  ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: zwiggles on Jul 21, 2017, 07:37 AM
Let one great!
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: filetandrelease on Jul 21, 2017, 08:41 AM

Very nice guys , with all the rain my garden is growing slow , hopefully I'll get some late season return
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Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 21, 2017, 09:58 AM
Looks great Bob.
Haven't seen my garden in 2 days...  Hope to be able to get out there today.. I'm sure it needs to be watered...
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Post by: boondox on Jul 21, 2017, 12:28 PM
Very nice guys , with all the rain my garden is growing slow , hopefully I'll get some late season return


Was wondering that my self if I was getting to much water or I planted way to late.. it has been raining non stop day after day for weeks this is the first day with no rain in weeks sun out.. guess it to much water guess I will hold off on watering.. I know the great lake are up about 6 inches this year.. and are up about 3 foot from about 5 to ten years ago.. so I am guessing were getting to mch water... lol's
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Post by: filetandrelease on Jul 21, 2017, 03:25 PM
Boondox I also planted late , unless I wanted a rice patty 😉
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Post by: bart on Jul 21, 2017, 04:01 PM
With a few set backs with the tomatoes, butternut squash and cantaloupe things are really starting to turn around.
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Carrots and onions.
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Tomatoes took a beating winds and cold rainy spring, had to replant them.
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The butternut and cantaloupe were eaten up by woodchucks, they are bouncing back well.
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Should be picking peppers in a few days...
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Potatoes plants keep growing and are blossoming
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Good crop of blueberries and grapes!
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Chicks are doing well too...
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 21, 2017, 06:43 PM
Looks great Bart. Wish I had that much room to grow.

Rg
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Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 21, 2017, 07:12 PM
Very nice Bart. Your girls look happy..
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Post by: bart on Jul 22, 2017, 05:47 AM
Thanks! Took out my fourth woodchuck this morning, it was snacking on my carrots...
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Post by: drowndin dots on Jul 22, 2017, 07:26 AM


  Great stuff guys! I gotta take some pictures after the yard chores are done today, but my garden is beginning to recover from the rain and I have made a few small harvests.
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Post by: rgfixit on Jul 22, 2017, 05:51 PM
Well, the pickle harvest grew substantially this morning. I'll be canning tomorrow.
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Separated into small medium and picklesaurus ;D
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Pulled the garlic this morning. Won't need to buy any garlic for quite some time.
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I plan on re-planting the garlic bed with radishes, spinach and chard. I'll wait a few weeks till the weather settles down. Late this fall I'll put garlic back in for next year.

The great news is I only murdered a dozen or so Japanese beetles today. In a  few weeks I'll treat for the grubs and again next spring in hopes of decimating the population. My son is a greenskeeper for a ocuntry club. I might have access to some really good grub killer :w00t: :w00t:

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 22, 2017, 06:06 PM
Rg are you putting old rotten pumpkins in your soil then tilling it?? If so I was told not to tIll any edible matter in to soil cause the japenese bettle is attraced in from the rotting matter of squashes plant matter etc.. also find some Japanese betthe traps that poision the little sucker.. we tried dusting with seven little s.o.b.s. chew right threw the seven we had good cucumbers and squashes till the neighbor on the corner tilled pumpkins and squash etc under along with leaves etc..leaves are fine but it is the edible stuff that kills other plants when it nest they drop them selfs in soil like a grub and you got to treat all aspects best you can.. like you said sons a greens keeper so he should know about what to till under and what not to. Ask him and find out!! Read all about this searching the bug on michigan states college farmacollegy info from their on line pamplet's etc about the jap bettLe.. Search jap bettle then look for a msu link ls on how to prevent and treat infestations ..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 22, 2017, 06:39 PM
Nah...no rotten pumpkins here. The beetles had a banner year last season. Hot and dry..perfect conditions. That coupled with a moist spring and plenty of new grass roots to feed on, produced yet another good hatch. Prevention starts in a few weeks when the grubs start really feeding on the fall grass roots to fatten up for winter.

I'm pretty sure I've got a handle on what to do.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: bart on Jul 22, 2017, 06:47 PM
Rg, Your garden is well ahead of mine, those pickles look great! And I'd rather deal with woodchucks than those Japanese beetles...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 22, 2017, 07:21 PM
Thanks Bart. The pickles are just in time. We're down to the last 4 slices in the last jar. Pickle withdrawal is beginning to set in. I've been treating my morning glories, Moon Flowers  and asparagus with Malathion. It kills the adults in a matter of minutes. Fortunately they haven't attacked my beans, peppers or tomatoes.

I wish I could break out the Sako .223 and put holes in them, but......the neighbors would complain and my eyes aren't quite that good any more ;D

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 22, 2017, 11:04 PM
Nah...no rotten pumpkins here. The beetles had a banner year last season. Hot and dry..perfect conditions. That coupled with a moist spring and plenty of new grass roots to feed on, produced yet another good hatch. Prevention starts in a few weeks when the grubs start really feeding on the fall grass roots to fatten up for winter.

I'm pretty sure I've got a handle on what to do.

Rg


I know you got a handle on it just thought to mention this try these at link.. spectraside bag bug beetle traps.. kill them before you can poision them... so they cant lay grubs..  any way I am sure your son will mention some thing  similar .. this is why last year i mentioned the  not tilling under squashes etc.. with that new tiller you bought but since you already had them.. but any way bag a bug traps work so do the expand ones the poision and sent worKS wonders your cuckes/ squash plants  will thank you for it.. read direction don't put in garden but way down wind of it if you can direction say x amount away.. so it don't atract to garden..





Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 23, 2017, 03:07 AM
I appreciate the info Boon, but I'll pass on the traps. While they do attract beetles like crazy, they pull them in from up to a mile away. The additional beetles that don't end up in the trap, end up in your gardens.  The only way I'd use them would be to do a midnight raid and hang them in my neighbor's trees. Or better yet, just hang the attractant.

But that wouldn't be very neighborly would it?

As I mentioned, they haven't done any massive damage to anything. None of my veggies are any worse for wear. Although, the few strawberries I planted in the troughs, have been chewed on pretty good. They eat the blossoms and seem to prefer white flowers over other colors. I have some Eskimo Marigolds they went after for a few days and they liked my white Petunias. But, both  look just fine.

The big attraction was my Morning Glories and Moon Flowers. Again, they both produce prolific foliage and it actually made it easy to mass murder the little munchers. They ate a few leaves but that's about all.

RG
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 23, 2017, 09:12 AM
PICKLEMANIA HAS BEGUN :w00t: :w00t: :w00t:

Set up and ready to go.
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Rg
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Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 23, 2017, 09:14 AM
Im so jealous................ :P
I can smell them from here.... ;D
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Post by: drowndin dots on Jul 23, 2017, 10:48 AM


  Bob, you should get the explorer stove from Cabellas and do your canning outside ;) I picked a few yesterday and the rest are flowering like crazy, about to give the garden a bloom boost  :w00t:  won't be long now.
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 23, 2017, 10:53 AM
Just finished the last batch. Picklesaurus sized.
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20 jars. Small, medium and large + 2 in the fridge just because I can't really wait.

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I did these based on my best recipe from last year.

Brine: heat to dissolve sugar and salt,
Keep warm to fill hot jars with.
6 c. White vinegar
1 c. Cider vinegar
3 c. Water
3/4 c. Canning salt
1/2 c. Sugar

Spices:
Chopped onion
Minced garlic (the more the better)
Crushed red pepper
Dill seed
Celery seed
Yellow mustard seed
Sliced Jalapeño and Cowhorn peppers.

These come out spicy and dill with a hint of sweetness.

Can't wait to taste them.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 23, 2017, 10:56 AM
It's not really a problem in the kitchen. Just a bit warm this time of year. I had a fan going so not too bad really. Besides, I'm a clean as you go cook. I need the sinks, hot water etc.

I have to say, they sure look yummy.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 23, 2017, 11:39 AM
It's not really a problem in the kitchen. Just a bit warm this time of year. I had a fan going so not too bad really. Besides, I'm a clean as you go cook. I need the sinks, hot water etc.

I have to say, they sure look yummy.

Rg


Very nice rg. We made some strawberry jam last night we used straw berris that was on sale for real cheap threw a grocery store.. we also canned it up and it's cooLing or cooled by now.. 
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 23, 2017, 01:17 PM
Home made strawberry jelly..



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Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 23, 2017, 01:42 PM
SOME ONES PICTURES ARE WAYYYYYY TO BIG..
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: bart on Jul 23, 2017, 02:36 PM
Rg, those pickles look awesome!

boondox, WAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY TOO BIG!  What are you using?
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 23, 2017, 04:49 PM
Had to nix your picture Boone. Tried to post it back but it was just too large. You need to resize to around 480x640.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 23, 2017, 04:51 PM
Rg, those pickles look awesome!

boondox, WAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY TOO BIG!  What are you using?

They'll be really spicy. Need to sit for a few weeks to get happy.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: bart on Jul 23, 2017, 05:31 PM
They'll be really spicy. Need to sit for a few weeks to get happy.

Rg


They do sound good! I use to can hot cherry peppers in a horseradish brine, they came out real nice...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: greensider on Jul 23, 2017, 05:37 PM
My wife made bread and butter pickles i put a golden cayan peper in a couple jars man are they good
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 23, 2017, 06:00 PM

They do sound good! I use to can hot cherry peppers in a horseradish brine, they came out real nice...

Whoa! Hot cherry peppers in horseradish brine.......you're in my wheelhouse now. Sure would like a recipe.

Rg
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 23, 2017, 06:39 PM
Rg, those pickles look awesome!

boondox, WAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY TOO BIG!  What are you using?


Imageur and copy paste to img brackets
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 23, 2017, 06:40 PM
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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: bart on Jul 23, 2017, 07:34 PM

Imageur and copy paste to img brackets



boondox, if you go to "images", click on the pic you want to post. When it comes up look to the lower right, "Sizes", click on "Huge Thumbnail". After that click on copy on the "BBCode" area. The pic will post nice.

If you use "Album" each picture in the album you selected will have a arrow pointing down next to "copy". When thing drop down you can click on "edit image" and the resize thing shows up in the top right of the pic. Click on the left number, change it to 580 and then click on the number on the left, it will automatically change, this size seems to work well. click on 'Save" and then back to that down arrow and click on "share the image". Click on copy on the BBCode area and post the pic.

Hope this makes sense and helps. This is what I do and it seems to works for me...
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: bart on Jul 23, 2017, 07:36 PM
P.S. don't use the "img" brackets here, just paste, it comes up with the "img" brackets from imgur

Note: this pic was resized to 580 x 435

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Post by: fishin4eyes on Jul 23, 2017, 07:46 PM
Ran into my first major problem starting this blueberry farm. Started rehilling my new plants after the rains and decided to do the same to the ones I put in last year. A lot of them just weren't growing like they should and weren't throwing any new shoots. Moles are going up each row and around every plant. Don't know a permanent fix. Caught 3 out of the same hole with mouse traps
Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: boondox on Jul 23, 2017, 07:53 PM


boondox, if you go to "images", click on the pic you want to post. When it comes up look to the lower right, "Sizes", click on "Huge Thumbnail". After that click on copy on the "BBCode" area. The pic will post nice.

If you use "Album" each picture in the album you selected will have a arrow pointing down next to "copy". When thing drop down you can click on "edit image" and the resize thing shows up in the top right of the pic. Click on the left number, change it to 580 and then click on the number on the left, it will automatically change, this size seems to work well. click on 'Save" and then back to that down arrow and click on "share the image". Click on copy on the BBCode area and post the pic.

Hope this makes sense and helps. This is what I do and it seems to works for me...



Thanks Bart it helped I got to down load it from imagur to my phone resize it then upload it again..  then go to edit then to a wrech then to resize.. then  save at 8 mp and share via imagur.. now it's rezise and works I have a older android s5 active so it does have different setting then say a s6  or etc..
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Post by: boondox on Jul 23, 2017, 07:56 PM
Peppers are doing good from the other day..


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Title: Re: Gardens anyone?
Post by: rgfixit on Jul 24, 2017, 03:55 AM
Ran into my first major problem starting this blueberry farm. Started rehilling my new plants after the rains and decided to do the same to the ones I put in last year. A lot of them just weren't growing like they should and weren't throwing any new shoots. Moles are going up each row and around every plant. Don't know a permanent fix. Caught 3 out of the same hole with mouse traps

This  worked for me on the little rodents. Just drop some pellets at an entrance hole or use the container to poke a hole into a tunnel.
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RG
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Post by: Raquettedacker on Jul 24, 2017, 05:08 AM
Fishin4eyes there probably Voles not moles..  Look them up..   Moles eat worms and grubs.Are blind ,and never come to the surfice...  Voles eat plant roots and make holes to do it...
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Post by: ActiveTrapChecker on Jul 24, 2017, 11:45 AM
Novice tomato question: do you prune only the "sucker"