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Garden Journey 2013 #6: April Garden

08-08-2013 11:11 AM by justjoel | 3 comments »

Since I now have three separate areas in the backyard that are mainly dedicated to veggies and herbs, I’m naming them each after the month that most of their planting was complete. April Garden This space was just added last year, and mostly housed two kinds of pumpkins that didn’t get quite ripe enough as I completed the area and planted rather late. So this year it was planted first, essentially in April, and therefore is doing well (though the broccoli is the only thing that I’ve har...

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Garden Journey 2013 #5: The Backyard

08-07-2013 03:39 PM by justjoel | 2 comments »

I feel like I’ve really worked my tail off this year, and will soon produce photos and blog entries to prove it. And though I don’t have many actual fruits of my labors yet, the gardens are the fullest and healthiest I’ve had since I began this journey. My flower garden where my latest trellis is has been a bit of a disappointment, but that’s my fault. It’s mainly that I didn’t get to spend as much time on it as I wanted since I was creating and tending to new areas in both the front and b...

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Barn Greenhouse #6: Top End Wall Addendum

08-01-2013 02:37 PM by nitepagan | 4 comments »

Is anyone following this blog? Well, I have begun to realize that there is an error in the roof line. I have noticed that the right half of the roof extends about 1/2” further than it should. Well there was two options, take the right half of the roof all apart, so I can make the adjustments needed, but it would be difficult to really determine how much to cut off on each side. Taking apart and reassembling will weaken the joints a bit. So I have decided on option two, to space the righ...

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Garden Journey 2013 #3: EVERYTHING needs to be done FIRST!

06-28-2013 03:12 PM by justjoel | 7 comments »

It’s really hard to know where to begin. And that has sort of been the theme, I suppose, of the yard & garden so far this year: Where do I begin? And sometimes I’m slow to start for trying to figure out what project or chore needs to be done before I can move on to the next part. Planning, it takes planning. And it takes changes in plans, and changes to the changes. Sheesh. The whole year has sort of been like when my wife asked me why I was pulling weeds in the flower bed, when I said...

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New State - New Gardens! #3: June 2, 2013 - Frosts, Floods, and Pyramid Schemes!

06-02-2013 01:29 PM by Retsof | 3 comments »

It’s been 25 days since I posted an update on my gardens. So much has happened that it’s difficult to know where to start. From May 5th to May 26th, things were going pretty much as expected. I was busy planting, watering, and weeding as I gradually filled the remaining space in the garden. Somewhere around May 15th, we had two nights of frost warnings, so I delayed putting in my cold sensitive plants until the weather warmed up. The onions and potatoes were growing nicely ...

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New State - New Gardens! #2: Square Foot Layout , Mulching, Solar Power, and Pollination

05-08-2013 06:52 AM by Retsof | 3 comments »

My Square Foot Layout: Here are a few photos that I took while I was digging out the garden using my 4’ x 4’ grid. I made two of these grids that bolt together to form a 4’ x 8’ platform that sits on two sawhorses for cutting large sheet goods (plywood, beadboard, pegboard, etc.) with my track saw (I’m also a Lumberjocks.com member). As I was sketching out my garden plans, I realized that I already had the perfect 16 square grid to layout my garden. I...

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New State - New Gardens! #1: Growing Organic Vegetables in the Catskill Mountains

05-05-2013 05:25 PM by Retsof | 3 comments »

Hi Gardentenders! I haven’t posted here in a while because I was in the middle of moving and had to break down all my gardens. I have relocated from Las Vegas, NV (zone 9) to a small town in the Catskill Mountains in Upstate New York (zone 4a). If you take a look at my older blog entries, you will see that I was into container gardening, out of necessity, when I lived in the desert. This year, I am taking some of what I learned in Las Vegas, and applying it to two much bigger ga...

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Rain water retention tank #1: The start

04-25-2013 11:48 AM by Jimthecarver | 3 comments »

After everything has been planted and awaiting the new seeds to pop up and begin growing, its time to think about the rain water tank. Looking online and locally it seemed our best choice for a rain holding area was to use block and line it with pond liner. IBC containers are about $100-150 depending who has them. The blue barrels seem fine but not really the look we’re going for.I had thought of using 2X10’s but settled on cement block instead. In the detentions I have we...

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Garden Journey 2013 #2: Early Spring

03-22-2013 09:18 PM by justjoel | 8 comments »

I feel like I’ve got a good start on the season, best I’ve felt of any past years at least. I’ve got a new seed starting station, a new cold frame, I’ve carved a few dibbers, and this past week I added to my tulip trellis thing – wasn’t enough “surface” really, for anything to climb well, so now it is a ”flaming tulip trellis thing.” It worked okay for the cucumber last year, but it’ll be better now for the Black-Eyed Susan Vine I’ve got planned for it, especially moved in a sunnier spo...

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Green House Project #6: The finished results!

02-05-2013 04:08 PM by Jimthecarver | 6 comments »

Today was a beautiful day to get a little bit of sun and finish up the green house.The metal around the top and on the sides went on smoothly. After that all the window edges were sealed and all the gaps filled. The upper ends I used tyvec wrap type of material for wrapping houses. It should last about two to three years or until I figure out somthing more permanent.I did not seal around the bottom as to allow water to leak out. This was a fun little green house to ...

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