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Inside Garden #2: Summer Into Fall

11-25-2013 06:34 PM by nitepagan | 0 comments »

Now that I had a grow rack that I could grow some plants in, I needed to start growing stuff. It was the middle of summer, so I could do stuff outdoors, but I decided I needed to find out how good was my grow rack going to work and could I actually grow veggies through the winter with my setup. I had read about how the lights were not strong enough for plants to flower and grow fruit. Most of this information was coming from medical marijuana growers, who were growing for their own use or for...

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Garden Journey 2013 #8: Tomato Harvest

10-03-2013 10:57 AM by justjoel | 6 comments »

My tomatoes are finally coming in fairly steadily, but then again the cold weather is starting in on us a little early too. I’ve been covering them here and there, watching the forecasts and checking the actual temperature each night. I’ve re-used plastic table cloths from a work event to cover them, coupled with some utility lights underneath to provide a little extra heat. The cold has all but killed some of the more delicate flowers and my cucumbers, squash & melons, bu...

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Saving the Bounty #1: In a Pickle.

08-19-2013 03:09 PM by justjoel | 9 comments »

So, I started my first attempt at home canning with something easy – pickles (easy meaning no pressure canner required, just a hot water bath). I even bought a seasoning packet for bread-n-butter pickles. Tried the first one this morning and they turned out great. My 11 year-old son, Jonas, the only other REAL pickle lover in the house, absolutely loves ‘em. I had a hard time getting him to wait until they had cured the required 24 hours. I sliced more cucumbers than I had liquid to c...

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Garden Journey 2013 #7: May Garden

08-14-2013 09:20 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. This has been my main garden since we moved here about 5 years ago, and has of course changed over the years. Being in the center between the east and west fences this area gets the best and longest sun, though the back corner of the east side doesn’t fair as well as the west side. I usually make this garden...

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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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Home garden #6: heirloom tomato

07-29-2013 05:15 PM by Dave Bardin | 13 comments »

This year was very wet. The side of the yard that I normally place my garden was wet 3 weeks past Easter. I had to go to the driest part of the yard next to the bedrooms. This was a plus because I can sit in the AC and watch my garden. I planted 24 tomatoes and half of them were heirloom tomatoes, the others are better boys. I fertilized wit a small amount of triple 13 every 2 weeks. With that said I have 9 foot plants. habanero jalapeno And you cant forget my tin man for...

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New State - New Gardens! #4: Garden Progress - July 24, 2013

07-25-2013 02:06 PM by Retsof | 3 comments »

I’m very happy with my gardens so far this year. The fridge is stocked up with wonderful fresh organic veggies from both of my gardens. So far, I’ve harvested squash, peas, wax beans, green beans, purple pod beans, french string beans, fava beans, radishes, lettuce, tomatoes, dill, cucumbers, rutabagas, broccoli, and beets. Meals have been fantastic since the veggies have started producing. We have had ratatouille, grilled zucchini and summer squash, breaded and fried squash...

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Garden Journey 2013 #4: The Tomatoes

07-09-2013 09:58 PM by justjoel | 9 comments »

Before I get to the gardens themselves, I’m going start with a few items that I consider to be some of my main “crops,” mainly the beans & tomatoes, as they are planted all over the place, and thusly have a bit more of a story than, say, the onions (though I could talk for at least 20 minutes about my onions this year). As for the tomatoes, I know I have 14 plants, with six varieties planted, but there might be more. Each year, at the end of the season, I dig a compost pit for the win...

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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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