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04-14-2016 03:28 PM
jocoyn I got an earlier start this year and thought I would share some of my plantings [and try to direct add attachments] - Now lets see if they attach and get resized automatically
03-12-2016 06:05 PM
carmspack deep watering will do it for you ---

don't eat the daisies --- do eat your dandelion
03-12-2016 11:04 AM
SuperG Thanks...the mention of the water requirement is enough for me to continue as I always have....being gone for 4-5 days in row numerous times over the summer months disqualifies the method for me.

I just read carmspack's reply and now I am wondering again......

03-12-2016 11:02 AM
carmspack I did straw (oat not wheat) bale gardening and had a bumper crop .
We have horses that get clean "organic" hay . This is their main feed - no graining ! so it has to be good.

Straw held onto water well .

You need to give it a thorough soak so that you have a core that is wet . The roots will drive down into that zone . If initially give a shallow wetting the roots will spread horizontally and then will be vulnerable to heat and drying out .

Before planting I give a dose of fish emulsion which you can get at any garden centre , sprinkle organic kelp meal on top , and give a watering in of jersey greensands Greensand (50lb) | Planet Natural

I have used straw bales for decorative annual flowers worked great with wave petunias .
03-12-2016 10:32 AM
jocoyn I did try it but it was during a year when we got a lot of rain. My bales fell apart mid season. I decided against it going forward because (1) bales are expensive, (2) they use a LOT of water and don't hold onto it (3) who knows what they spray on the wheat unless you buy something intended for feed (4) there is no real nutrient base in the straw (minerals etc for the plants to pull from)

It definitely seemed to work quite well but not nearly as well as my hegulkultur experiment with logs in the bottom of 2' deep raised beds. (lots of pictures)
03-12-2016 09:57 AM
SuperG Might already be somewhere in this thread ( maybe by me ) but I was curious if anyone has tried the straw bale garden method. Last year a person fixing my cable line to the house saw my garden and started a discussion about his passion for straw bale gardening....even had some pics on his phone, pretty impressive. He claimed the yields are tremendous. He didn't have a GSD, so I was skeptical.

03-12-2016 07:45 AM
jocoyn I have a list of things to go in this week . We built 5 more beds and are filling them but had some setbacks. Also trying to get the deck garden together with grow bags

Husband had some chest pain and high bp (he has had two minor heart attacks) so he is laying low until his stress test next week (they did an EKG and said no heart attack and lowered his BP) and we hired some kids to help us fill the boxes (we bought logs and organic topsoil for more hugelkultur). So frustrating. He is at a good weight, good cholesterol BUT because of sciatica has taken far too many NSAIDS (jmo) and I refuse to touch the darned things. Both of his other heart attacks were after NSAID use (Vioxx, then Ibuprofen) - they were mild and no heart damage but he does not tolerate pain well.

I fell at water training and the x-rays show no bone issues but I think I tore a bunch of calf muscles (grade 2 strain) - I am hurting and bruised- I won't lie. Zyflamend seems to help - I can't take anti-inflammatories even if I want to as they rip me to shreds inside. They gave me oxycodone but it does not seem to really touch the pain, just makes me not care as much about it. I would rather hurt with a clear head than hurt in a fog.

Right now I have a lot of seedlings started but may do some early planting (gamble with frost dates which are mid April) and just keep seedlings started and growing until then. Over the next week I plan to transplant or seed the following:

Peas, Beets, Brocolli, Lettuce, Kale, Early Cabbage, Spinach, Chard, Kohlrabi, Carrots and
Cosmos, Chamomile, Sage, Nasturtium.

I am doing square foot gardening in my beds this time. Bought a template with holes in it and am using a garden planner. I had planted a bunch of university of florida tomato seeds garden gem / garden treasure for sauce tomatoes but germination is terrible compared to my others. Looking for another good sauce tomato and will probably go with amish paste - would take other suggestions but I am going to need to get started plants I think - may by some seeds and see if they will grow enough before transplant time.

Very busy right now. NAPWDA cert at the end of the month and I can't even play tug with poor Beau. Hope we do get through it. At least he will tug with anyone who will play when he gets his toy.
03-09-2016 02:32 PM
carmspack everything seems to indicate a short and early spring

crops like spinach, peas and salad greens need these conditions -- may put my spinach in later this month
11-19-2015 07:26 AM
jocoyn I just went as long as I could, am ripening the rest on the dining room table, and those too unripe will become fried green tomatoes
11-18-2015 11:21 PM
ploss Does anybody know of a good way to protect a veggie garden against cold nights/light frosts? In the desert southwest this year, the hot temperatures seemed to last forever this year. This gave my tomatoes a chance to get a "second wind" and my plants are covered with ping pong ball size green tomatoes. Suddenly, the weather has gotten a little nippy, in the high thirties at night and I am afraid they are going to keep dropping. In the past I have tried covering plants with blankets, but it hasn't worked very well for me. I've thought about trying to use xmas lights wrapped around the plants but that seems like a major pain...but I am willing to give it a try if it will work!

I am open to any suggestions if anyone has a method that they have used with good success or even one you have heard about that might work!
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