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Might As Well Start a Gardening Thread

Postby BrownBagger » Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:52 pm

My 2014 garden officially got underway last weekend, after I'd broken down the compost pile and deposited its contents on the raised beds in the garden. My strategy this time around is to smother all the weeds currently growing on the beds with the blanket of compost, then turn it all over in a few weeks to bury the compost and dead weeds, and bring up a nice layer of garden soil for the plants to get started in. By the time their roots reach the layer of compost, some 4-6 inches down, they'll be ready for the extra nutrients and moisture being held in the compost.

Here's a few photos of where I'm at so far. I have turned over a small area to get some peas and other early stuff started. I'll be doing more of that in the coming weeks as the seeds sprout and need to be transplanted. I prefer, whenever possible, to start my seeds in a bunch, then transplant them into rows once they sprout. This saves having to thin rows planted with seeds. Stretches my seed dollar and I think it's easier.

The pics (taken with an iPhone 5S, which has an amazing camera, and so easy to whip out when a good shot presents itself).

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Here's the compost pile before I got too far into it. Note the yellow square. That's the same rock you see in the photo below:

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There's about a yard left over, on the left. I'll dry it out, sift with that old milk crate, and use it to dress the plants later in the season.

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Here's the general idea--smother the weeds with compost. Later, I'll put down weed-blocking fabric and wood chips in the walkways between the rows.

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All tucked in.
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Re: Might As Well Start a Gardening Thread

Postby mymom » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:02 pm

CLEARLY There will be no pictures of my garden after these....LOL. I also dont have as much land or sun. I am hoping to learn some tips on here!
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Re: Might As Well Start a Gardening Thread

Postby singingholly » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:09 pm

Hey! Here I am! Trees and plants are wonderful healers (and you have a lot!).
May I introduce myself: I'm Olivia, italian amateur gardener since 2000.
8)
...what can I do to post pictures of my beloved flowers..?
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Re: Might As Well Start a Gardening Thread

Postby BrownBagger » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:42 pm

singingholly wrote:...what can I do to post pictures of my beloved flowers..?


If you have them accessible online, Holly, you can provide links to them by using the following syntax. I put mine on a website I have access to at work, but I know most of the commercial photo services make it easy to do.

here's how I do it:

{img}http://websitename.com/folder/filename.jpg{/img}

The only difference when you actually do it is that you use square [ brackets instead of the curly ones {.
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Dx: 3/09, Stage 4 RC
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Major Ops: 6/ RFA: 3 /bronchoscopies: 8
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Current Chemo Cocktail: Xeloda & Erbitux & Irinotecan biweekly
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Re: Might As Well Start a Gardening Thread

Postby KWT » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:45 pm

I'm building 3'x8 redwood planter boxes for,my wife and kids gardening pleasure. Now I'm taking a little mtn bike ride.

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Re: Might As Well Start a Gardening Thread

Postby Nixma » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:11 pm

wow! You did a ton of work!!! I wish I had that amount of enthusiasm and energy! Good job! I used to be way into gardening!
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Re: Might As Well Start a Gardening Thread

Postby singingholly » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:13 pm

Thank you so much...
Let's try with one of my prefered... Last year "fiore di melanzana"
What did you do..? Ah, ok!
No, it doesn't work... I'm doing something wrong...
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Re: Might As Well Start a Gardening Thread

Postby raym » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:02 pm

My garden area is much smaller, though we also do containers on the deck. Our daughter has sort of taken over the garden planning as I'm not able to get to it fully both from time and energy. I tilled in alot of compost last year so not much prep work needed on the soil this year. Will see what we come up with. I've always done a good it of tomatoes (for salads, BLTS, with basil/mozzarella and fresh tomato sauce) but in recent years tomatoes have not fared well in the area. Our son has become a good bit involved in self-sustaining activities. He and his g/f live at my wife's mom's house in a basement apartment. He raises chickens for the eggs. This year he is also raising rabbits for eating. We keep telling his girlfriend to stop playing with your food! The parent rabbits are the pets though. The male is named Stew, the females Rosemary and Cacciatore. He also gets much of his meat and veggies from local farms.
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Re: Might As Well Start a Gardening Thread

Postby NWgirl » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:50 pm

I'm having serious compost envy at the moment. That is one beautiful pile of dirt.
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Re: Might As Well Start a Gardening Thread

Postby BrownBagger » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:41 am

NWgirl wrote:That is one beautiful pile of dirt.


Worm poop, mostly.
Eric, 58
Dx: 3/09, Stage 4 RC
Recurrences: (ongoing, lung, bronchial cavity, ribs)
Major Ops: 6/ RFA: 3 /bronchoscopies: 8
Pelvic radiation: 5 wks. Bronchial radiation—brachytheray: 3 treatments
Chemo Rounds (career):136
Current Chemo Cocktail: Xeloda & Erbitux & Irinotecan biweekly
Current Cocktail; On the Wagon (mostly)
Bicycle miles post-dx 10,477
Motto: Live your life like it's going to be a long one, because it just might, and then you'll be glad you did.

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Re: Might As Well Start a Gardening Thread

Postby abuttigi » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:08 am

BrownBagger you remind me so much of my dad its ridiculous!! And that's a compliment in the best way!

My mom hasn't started our garden yet because it hasn't been consistently warm enough. I'm going home next week, so I'll take a "before" photo of our pile of dirt and go from there. My parents' families had farms in Malta, so they have quite the green thumb. 2 years ago when my dad did his last garden the yield was unbelievable. Neighbors came and ate from our garden too!

Anyway, I love this thread!

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Re: Might As Well Start a Gardening Thread

Postby jgall » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:44 am

I will have to garden vicariously through you this year. I used to keep a large garden and compost heap, but now that we moved to NYC and are apartment dwellers the best I can hope for is maybe a couple of plants on the terrace! Keep the pictures coming!

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Postby NWgirl » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:01 am

Worm poop - even better. Hey question for all gardeners - mushroom compost. I see it sold in the nursery's and assume it's good. My friend said she used some one year and a bunch of mushrooms grew! So dumb question - this is merely a soil amendment right? It's not meant to grow mushrooms - that's just a by product of the soil amendment - right?
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Re: Might As Well Start a Gardening Thread

Postby Hapa » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:04 am

That's a lot of worm castings! I gave up on traditional composting. It brought way to many unwanted animals to my yard. I do worm compost but in a worm bin. In one years time I only got a5 gallon bucket. I am going to put some of those red wriggles in my garden boxes & see how that goes. This year, I went to Baker Creek heirloom /rare seeds. Very cool place. I bought a lot of different seeds & started them in my garage. Hoping to get better results than past years buying my vege plants from local suppliers. Time will tell! Here's a link in case any body is interested

http://www.rareseeds.com/get-to-know-ba ... seed-bank/
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Re: Might As Well Start a Gardening Thread

Postby NWgirl » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:31 am

Hapa - I don't do traditional composting in a pile because I just don't have the energy to turn the pile, sift it, etc. As I said, I have serious compost envy looking at bb's beautiful pile of worm poop.

What you can try if you want, is to just bury your compost scraps in an unused space in your garden - especially over the winter when there's nothing out there anyway (assuming the ground isn't frozen). The worms (literally) just eat that stuff up. I don't know if the animals would try to dig it up or not - so this may or may not work for you. It hasn't been a problem for us but we do have a fenced yard which keeps out the larger animals and the garden area is fenced off from our dog because dogs will definitely dig that stuff up if they get a whiff of it.
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