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Old 04-04-2017, 06:23 AM
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so, i did a raised garden bed.
- I purchased some pre-made aluminum corners. They're hollow so, I used a piece of PVC pipe to act as a stake and left the top off that I plan to use as a receiver for a demountable fence post.
- last time I had a lot of problems with adjacent grass, especially centipede worming its way into the beds from the bottom side. This time, I lined the edges with a weed block fabric. Really determined centipede could still get around it, but I didn't want to prevent the plants inside from putting roots deeper if needed.
- i found a local dirt guy and hauled several pickup truck loads full. My wife stands in the back and pushes it on to the tailgate and then I push it off in the the wheelbarrow and then dump it in the bed. I expected it to be more effort, but it really wasn't too tough.

I planted a bunch of different types of beans and all the pinto beans have sprouted and I've never tried pintos so I'm super excited!
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Old 07-17-2017, 01:08 PM
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Pintos are all harvested and shelled. Final tally was 2 quart bags dried for a 12ft row.

Green beans resulted in 24 12 oz jars canned plus 2 quart bags snapped and frozen and about 2 gallon bags of fresh eaten and given to family from 2 12 ft rows. The plants and dead leaves are totally infested with bean bugs (like lady bugs but yellow)

Lima beans started to dry out. A first pick got me maybe a cup of beans. They just didn't grow into vines. Probably the only "failure" in my crops and I'll still end up harvesting more than I planted, just a really low yield. I wanted to pick some fresh, but had a hard time figuring out which ones to pick.

Purple onions harvested and chopped. I got about 2 1/2 quart bags chopped and frozen. Would have been a full 3 bags but I let a couple of the onions sit too long and they got mushy.

And 10 ears of corn are chilling in the fridge. Hoping for another 20 to be ready soon.
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Old 08-19-2017, 10:37 PM
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Thinking about having a yard again after so many years has me kind of nerding out on thinking about gardening. Researching winter/fall vegetables and thinking about seeds to buy.
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Old 08-25-2017, 04:42 PM
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been playing the save the seeds and transplant everything games with my dad

wisteria cuttings

tomato seeds

cucumber seeds

cucumber transplant

watermelon seeds

basil seedlings

some kind of hot pepper seeds

four o'clock seeds (these grew well in so cal and I actually brought some back with me, but now I'll have for-sure color combinations)

hydrangea cutting
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Old 08-27-2017, 03:45 PM
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checked the tomato and cucumber seeds today, and it seems like some of the tomato seeds had begun to germinate, so I drained them and took the ones that showed the most development and stuck them in a container of peat moss; we'll see whether the rest that I'm saving for drying will still be OK after disrupting their slumber.
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Old 08-28-2017, 12:58 PM
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I love your updates on this Lady! Please continue to show us your budding garden!


It's making me wish I had access to some good soil again. One day, perhaps...
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Old 08-28-2017, 02:49 PM
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this summer, i've gotten 20 lbs of zucchini, 40-50 lbs of tomatoes (sungolds, early girls, and san marzanos), 30 lbs of potatoes, about 15 of onions and garlic, and my stuff is still going. gardening is the best.
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Old 08-28-2017, 02:54 PM
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this summer, i've gotten 20 lbs of zucchini, 40-50 lbs of tomatoes (sungolds, early girls, and san marzanos), 30 lbs of potatoes, about 15 of onions and garlic, and my stuff is still going. gardening is the best.
I really miss it. Also, fantastic haul!
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Old 08-28-2017, 04:32 PM
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I really miss it. Also, fantastic haul!
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Old 03-15-2018, 04:23 PM
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we tossed out a tomato that had gone south onto the compost heap

and now it's sprouting!



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Old 03-16-2018, 04:20 PM
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I bought a big tub and moved my compost pile into it tonight. There were so many thinn boys and juicccy Bois in there. I kept the thin boys (earthworms) but passed on dose juice boys (slugs)
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Old 06-10-2018, 03:01 PM
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[16:50:53] <Lady> E!!
[16:51:06] <Lady> First baby tomato on the vine
[16:51:31] <Lady> and the first okra pods are about ready to pick
[16:51:49] <Lady> and there's another banana pepper
[16:52:12] <Lady> and my mint is coming back after dying off during brontocon
turns out stuff grows a lot better and can take care of itself better when it's in the actual ground and not a pot.



1 okra plant, 5 tomato plants I transplanted out of the ones that sprouted compost my dad gave me over the winter (there was also a potato vine growing in there that didn't make it), a curcubit of uncertain provenance (best guess is 'butternut squash'), 1 bell pepper and 1 banana pepper, then lavender, butterfly bush, and a couple other flowers, all of which I also thought were lost after abandoning them for a week, but have mostly come back with regular watering.

I think squirrels have been digging into my potted plants on the patio -_-;
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Old 06-10-2018, 05:08 PM
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I bought a bale of straw today to cover my potatoes, and now I have 7/8th of a bale of straw left.
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Old 06-10-2018, 07:39 PM
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Get a horse!
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Old 06-10-2018, 10:59 PM
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you now have outdoor furniture!
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:24 AM
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What's a good way to deal with bugs eating your plants? I don't want to use insecticide.
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:30 AM
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Picked 3 okra pods and the banana pepper last night. Trying to find one of the okra side dish recipes in What Did You Eat Yesterday

Sorry, RR Bigman, I haven't had too much trouble with insect pests. They sell bottles of kind of a soap based insect repellent you might try in lieu of insecticide. I'm not sure how effective it is. What kind of bugs have you got?
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:25 AM
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Ants and aphids, from what I've seen. My strawberry plants all have holes in some of their leaves, and now something has been nibbling on my bell pepper leaves!
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:13 AM
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I don't think most US ants eat leaves.... some are beneficial because they eat other bugs, others eat sap. Aphids though, yes. Also caterpillars and other larvae.

(Disclaimer IANAnEntymologist, so talking out of my ass, vague memories, and personal anecdote mostly.)
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Old 06-24-2018, 01:53 PM
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Old 07-05-2018, 05:03 PM
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Anything on that list good for Caterpie? I've been seeing the leaves on my tomato plants gradually disappear, one stalk at a time, and something took a couple of big chunks out of one of the fruits. My dad suggested it was a tomato worm, and this evening I found the asshole:


it was well and fully smashed, although now I have to bleach the shirt I was wearing... disgusting! and that was standing at arm's reach holding a long screwdriver;_;
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Old 07-05-2018, 05:59 PM
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i've got my first few roma tomatos turning red. I've collected a bag full of pinto bean pods and yellow wax beans. I've picked 5 nice big green peppers and there's more growing on the plants to take their places.
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Old 07-05-2018, 06:54 PM
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my specific little asshole


I was actually on the phone with my mom while trying to comb through the plants to find him, so he was about a foot away from my face when I finally found him. I managed to not cuss into the phone however
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Old 07-05-2018, 08:33 PM
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My potatoes are being destroyed by aphids and whiteflies =(
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Old 07-05-2018, 09:59 PM
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I prescribe you some lady bugs and green lacewings
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Old 07-06-2018, 01:07 AM
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You can also make some soap-spray and kill those aphids by dousing the plant. I had a really bad aphid infestation on a mini orange tree. Methodically sprayed down all the leaves and stems that were covered, and I haven't seen aphids there for at least two years since.

I also noticed that the aphids and ants had a symbiotic relationship on that tree. The ants tended and milked the aphids. The ants largely left the tree alone once the aphids all died.
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:34 AM
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yeah, i bought a container of ladybugs yesterday. hopefully they help!
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