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Yesterday 05:58 AM
jocoyn Clay is a challenge. That is one reason I went with raised beds. There is also something called rain gutter grow system

that looks interesting though I could not bring myself to make the mix they suggest with peat moss and chemical fertilzer though some are using other amendments to make a good wicking soil. I may try this on the deck, though. The yields are pretty crazy.Good urban idea.
08-28-2014 09:45 PM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics My garden is still a baby right now...Just bought out a fixer upper property in a more urban area, but with great return. Anyways, I have a great large backyard with a ten foot security fence and all these great beds. Unfortunately, we started turning up the beds and it was solid clay. We were taking it and rolling it up into balls and throwing it at the fence lol (yes we're big kids in this house!). So we've been turning it up and throwing compost on it to get it ready for next year. I got stuck potting most of mine. Started out with 7 tomatoes, 4 green beans, 3 hot peppers, 2 salad cucumbers, 3 pickling cucumbers, and of course I've got tons of Tristan strawberry runners this year. Sour note being that 2 of the hot peppers, 2 of the pickling cucumbers, and 2 tomato plants have fallen victim to a horrible disease that makes them get bitten in half and chewed up before dying. So tragic
08-28-2014 08:41 PM
jocoyn Wow. Makes my little raised bed garden sound puny. We got about 10 butternuts. A bunch of tomatoes, made about 15 jars of pickles, 3 hubbard squash, one pumpkin, one watermelon (they kept splitting) and a mess of beans, and enough okra for several meals. We kept losing our cantaloupes . Beau ate one cantaloupe, one butternut and shredded one eggplant. Tomatoes are still producing but I never was impressed with Romas - looking for a better sauce tomato. For sandwiches, my cherokee purples have been to die for!

Also about 10 eggplants and 10 green peppers. Its a start. I have turnips, rutabega, kohlrabi, romaine, parsnips, carrots, brocolli and cauliflower started.
08-28-2014 09:48 AM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom Hey guys i havent been on in a while but Weve been busy with the garden. Have put up 25 jars of beans,35 jars of tomatoes and a couple gallons of a eggplant,zuchini,tomato mix called muligans stew. Im kind of ready for it to end and have declared this labor day weekend to be Garden Free! Oh yeah I learned how to make Baba Ghanoush ,middle eastern eggplant dip w/ tahinin,garllic and lemon zest and juice. Lucky loves it.I am going to freeze three zuchini eggplant lasagnas.
We have no apples,berries or peaches this year so I just might be done . Weve given away alot opf pepers tomatoes cukes. We have 40 jard of pickles and tonite I need to finish up the cukes and hot peppers.I still have one row of beans coming in we planted at the end of July.Oh and Istill need to dry more basil and start drying oregano and parsley as well as the end of our dill.I guess Im not done.
08-28-2014 07:22 AM
Pawsed Our main garden plot is starting to get tired, and so am I. There were so many tomatoes this year that I decided I had to slow them down. So I picked most of the green ones to make relish. So far, we have made 4 dozen jars and I'm hoping I can find enough bell peppers out there today to make one more batch.

It has been an amazingly productive season and we had to get a new freezer to hold it all. Some of the beans and all of the peppers are still thriving, and butternut squash plants have taken over.

I've planted a small plot of cabbages, cauliflower and broccoli for fall and those are coming along nicely. At this point, I'm kind of looking forward to winter and a break from all the garden work. But it's always fun finding new recipes to try with all the loot and we've found some new favorites this summer.

Now raspberries are ripening and we bought a box of peaches that I need prepare for freezing. It seems to never end!
08-27-2014 11:23 PM
Juliem24 I'm getting some heirloom tomatoes: a beautiful yellow named "old German" which is the sweetest tomato I've ever had...only have 5 coming
The other heirloom "Abe Lincoln" is excellent, big fat and red. I will have quite a few of these.
Pickling weekly, buying tomatoes and sweet corn for canning and freezing, and made an excellent jam: strawberry and jalapeño! Haven't actually canned any yet because I eat it right up, excellent on vanilla ice cream!
Hope everyone on this thread is enjoying the late summer garden.
08-27-2014 08:56 PM
jocoyn I would for sure get the rocks out of the way. I have been having a ball with my garden.

We are working with our soil and my husband is now building worm bins...he has a barrel now and is using worm castings> He put in a lot of soil he dug from the edge of our woods that was mainly worm poo........ You could build a raised bed. We did that because our clay soil is, well, very clay....and takes a long time to amend.
08-27-2014 07:35 PM
AngelaA6 I've started to clear an old flower bed (17ft long by 3 feet wide and 3 feet deep) left by the previous owners but it's overgrown with Irises. It's definitely taking me awhile.

But my question is since I live in Washington and all the soil has small rocks everywhere would I have to dig it all up and then put in just gardening soil or could I just enrich that soil and get all those big rocks out of the way?

I know it's late in the year haha but I just plan on enriching the soil, using a covering plant (crimson clover) to till in next spring.
07-30-2014 12:14 AM
Originally Posted by Taz's Mom View Post
Yes Juliet24 I have been canning and making salsa. We have 16 plants 5 foot tall.We have never had tomatoes do this well. Peppers are also huge. Cucumbers squash and corn did nothing this year. Butter beans and garden peas are just starting.
Now I'm totally jealous instead of sorta jealous....but, the Lillie's bloomed and out in the back garden, the scent is sweet spicy and so, so fine!
You know what's gonna happen:everything at once, like every danged year!
07-28-2014 10:42 PM
Taz's Mom Yes Juliet24 I have been canning and making salsa. We have 16 plants 5 foot tall.We have never had tomatoes do this well. Peppers are also huge. Cucumbers squash and corn did nothing this year. Butter beans and garden peas are just starting.
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