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Yesterday 12:40 PM
jocoyn Most of us are learning here. This is our 2nd year gardening if we don't count the one we did in 1984. The worms did a lot of the work. Hubby dug worm castings from the back yard at the edge of the woods and liked them so much he is growing them. He just got done with a three compartment worm bin that is 12 feet long and 4 feet wide and 4 feet deep.....but we are doing all organic.

I definitely want to do a fish pond for food at some time. I could probably get away with that but not chickens........not with the HOA. KOI, tilapia, whats the diff .
Yesterday 09:21 AM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics That is incredible jocoyn! This is what I am striving for...right now we are working on our indoor stock pond. But this is setting the bar great work u must be proud ��
09-20-2014 10:37 PM
Juliem24 Beautiful veggies. The only thing I grow that could compare are my peonies. Time for 3 acres ( for the dog) and more full sun for me!
09-20-2014 08:19 PM
jocoyn Thought I would share some pictures I took today

The first is the tomatoes. They are loaded with Romas and some other kinds. I have more in the bed with the carrots.

This is the bed with the carrots. They are STILL we little things

These are the cantaloupes. All summer they kept dying or being pulled off the vines but it looks like this batch will make it. They are small, though.

And these are a mix of some of my winter vegetables. Beets, Rutabegas, Greens, Kohlrabi, Broccoli, and the remainder of my butternuts
09-20-2014 05:26 PM
Juliem24 Thanks, Jocoyn, I'm ordering some old Germans! I was surprised that they were not heavy producers, they did OK here, I had a terrible tomato season, and they did as well as the Abe Lincoln I am going to start building more containers and prepping for next year. I have a good friend who is putting up a ton of tomato sauce and really happy about her stock, I'll ask her what she's using...
09-20-2014 04:52 PM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics Had a little surprise in my supposed pot of strawberry clones that fell victim to the pups. They had knocked it over and by the time we found out it had happened, it appeared everything had been uprooted and wilted. The pot has been sitting outside and some rain came down the other day. Peeked in today and the rain had washed a small amount of the soil down and there were two niced sized crowns still in there! Good thing too is I saw some little green fleshy buds so they are alive. Replanted them and a nice little surprise...
09-19-2014 10:23 AM
jocoyn We do have a long season for sure. I have had two crops of butternuts. ...... working on the 2nd of watermelons but not sure I will get any in time. The cantaloupes are going ganbusters though! Finally. I have a second crop of zukes where the females are just getting ready to bloom. But mainly I am getting in my fall stuff. My first attempt at lettuce still bolted but I plan to plant again this weekend. Lots of tomatoes to ripen as well, of course that will go until Frost.
09-19-2014 09:43 AM
Pawsed The heat there is certainly an issue with keeping things. But it also makes for a much longer growing season than we have here.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my one hill of little watermelons will ripen before they are killed off. I normally don't even attempt those, but someone gave me some seeds, so I thought I would try one more time. This may be the last.
09-19-2014 09:09 AM
jocoyn Being in SC - inside is better until about November and we are talking 75F low humidity . They were ready to pick earlier than I would like. Maybe next year I will plant them later.
09-19-2014 08:35 AM
Pawsed We put ours in heavy boxes (banana boxes) in the attached garage. It doesn't freeze there but stays pretty cool, 40's mostly, so they last well into the next year. I think the ones from last year made it into March. We lost maybe 3, but had plenty more. We do cure them for a few days after picking them.

I may dip these in a bleach solution like I've read online, to see if that makes any difference, but we've had pretty good luck just cleaning them off and packing them up.
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