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O/T Garden Update

Postby BrownBagger » Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:34 am

I got the garden in yesterday (mostly). Been working on it on and off since Memorial Day weekend--pulling weeds and turning soil, but yesterday was a perfect combination of cool temps, overcast skies, and a nice soaking rain followed by drizzle the rest of the day. Perfect for transplanting sets into the prepared beds. So, first, I had to finish preparing the beds. But it all worked out the way I hoped in the end. Now, we just need everything to root in and start growing.

I'm tempted to dedicate this summer's garden to our dear, late friend, Belle, but I hesitate because my style of gardening is quite a bit different from hers. We both prefer organics, etc., but she had an artist's eye for laying out and planning a garden. I'm a lot more conventional--straight rows, etc. I know we both got similar satisfaction from doing it.'

Anyway, the first shot is what it looked like on Memorial Day--nothing but weeds; good for the compost pile. The other two shots were taken with my phone yesterday--my feet were killing me, all that walking around all day. Patched the fence and activated the electric strands, so hopefully my broccoli will be safe this summer from another big groundhog ("Son of Ratso") that's taken up residence under my (neglected for the time being) wood pile. The thing about Son of Ratso, his whole job--his entire career--is figuring out how to get into my garden. It's what he does for a living. For me, keeping him out is something I do in my spare time. Unfortunately for him, I have superior brain power and resources. That said, I had 24 broccoli plants last summer and never got to eat a bit of it, thanks to Son of Ratso's (deceased) predecessor, Ratso. Ratso loved my garden. He loved it so much, he gave his life for it.

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Re: O/T Garden Update

Postby Maia » Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:28 am

Ohhh, you lightened my morning, thank you for sharing this!!
Unfortunately for him, I have superior brain power and resources.

I hope you prevail but ever underestimate the skills of Son of Ratso. :wink:

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Re: O/T Garden Update

Postby KWT » Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:41 am

Nice, Eric. I'll try to get a shot of ours. Not as tidy as your garden though.

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Re: O/T Garden Update

Postby Bev G » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:28 am

Amazing! I bet you're sore today....I hope it's a "good" sore.

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Re: O/T Garden Update

Postby KWT » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:41 am

And you need to about eight chickens running around the garden to keep you on yer toes. :shock:

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Re: O/T Garden Update

Postby peanut_8 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 10:34 am

Very nice. :mrgreen:
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Re: O/T Garden Update

Postby bitchslapped » Mon Jun 01, 2015 11:11 am

Looks like a work of art to me! What ya got planted in there? Watering system? I know it's not that watering can :)

My mother used to say: "You walk to the garden & run back."

Best wishes for an abundance in fruit (or veggies) for your labor!

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Re: O/T Garden Update

Postby jillbugs4110 » Mon Jun 01, 2015 11:47 am

Nice I have a hippy garden it brings me a lot of joy.....thanks for sharing Belle is proud I'm sure....
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Re: O/T Garden Update

Postby trbiggins » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:35 pm

Nice garden BB. I used to have a garden back when I lived in my hometown. I would grow corn, tomatoes, peas (DIxie Lees, a southern delicacy), squash, cucumbers, watermelon, among other things. My wife planted two pots with cucs and zucchini this year. A far cry from what we used to have.

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Re: O/T Garden Update

Postby KWT » Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:09 pm

Ok, I've gots to hit me sum wood chips you're putting me to shame :shock: I did happen to find eight baby squirrels in the compost pile which put a bit of a damper on things. They now have a concrete reinforced squirrel bunker.

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Re: O/T Garden Update

Postby BrownBagger » Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:37 pm

Very nice setup, Kenny. I envy your climate. The layout looks very convenient and efficient. You can sure cut into your family's grocery bill with a garden like that. I've used tee pees for beans, cukes and other climbers before, and it's a good way to go. If you put fabric, cardboard or plastic down in the walkways then cover it with chips or mulch, you won't have to worry about weeds anywhere except in the beds. I like chips or sawdust because I like to garden barefoot. It also helps hold in the moisture, as well as suppressing the weeds.

Props on your squirrel empathy.

I see you got some nice herbs sharing the space, too.
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Major Ops: 6/ RFA: 3 /bronchoscopies: 8
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Re: O/T Garden Update

Postby Crystald » Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:07 pm

Beautiful gardens. I find it very healing to work in the garden, its a good tired as opposed to a chemical induced fatigue.

I am currently doing a vegetable garden, already got broccoli, lettuce, radish and bandana peppers collected. The cukes are growing & full of flowers, squash is outrageous. I love going out there everyday, even if all I can manage is a walk. My herbs are going strong. Got 28 tomato plants going, little less than half are Roma's.

I did a flower garden/statue area right outside my bedroom window that I can see everyday while drinking coffee.

Great work folks!
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Re: O/T Garden Update

Postby skypup » Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:28 pm

Will post pics as soon as I can, but I will gloat a bit and tell you that because of living in the southland, I have already harvested. Had squash blossom soup, sautéed zucchini, a cucumber and tomato salad. Yum!!! Soon I will be offering to mail zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers to anyone who wants it!

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Re: O/T Garden Update

Postby BrownBagger » Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:38 pm

Skypup wrote:Will post pics as soon as I can, but I will gloat a bit and tell you that because of living in the southland, I have already harvested. Had squash blossom soup, sautéed zucchini, a cucumber and tomato salad. Yum!!! Soon I will be offering to mail zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers to anyone who wants it!


We're still busy praying we don't get another frost now that all the tender little plants are in the ground. We'll be reaping our meagre harvest sometime beginning in early August. Being stoic Yankee types, we're more than happy with whatever the Good Lord sees fit to provide.

I take it it's different down in the Southern Region?
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: O/T Garden Update

Postby skypup » Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:51 pm

BrownBagger wrote:[ Being stoic Yankee types, we're more than happy with whatever the Good Lord sees fit to provide.

I take it it's different down in the Southern Region?

Oh, I wouldn't even know where to begin talking about the South and the Good Lord!!! But for sure "stoic" wouldn't enter into the conversation. :shock:


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