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Garden Journey 2014 #1: Farm Tours

03-09-2014 03:42 PM by justjoel | 6 comments »

In an effort to become more involved in the local farm-to-table ventures and adventures, I’ve toured a couple of local urban farms in the last month, something I should have done long before. Not that there’s any moss growing on my butt or anything, but these were obvious places for me to visit, so I’m glad I’ve finally stepped away from the weeds in my own garden to see how the pros grow it. Yesterday I visited Urban Roots, an urban farm which is largely dedicated to teaching kids whe...

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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 #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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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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Beginnings of a square foot garden #1: Raised beds becoming something more

04-26-2013 12:01 AM by quicksilver | 29 comments »

I will try to keep you all updated on my progress.Any help would be appreciated on such things as flowers to scare away the bugs.Companion planting at this point is still new and strange.I do have a square foot garden planting layout.Thanks to all

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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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Some Impact Man #15: Green houses for cold climates - 4 different ideas

02-22-2013 06:10 AM by daltxguy | 6 comments »

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Garden Journey 2013 #1: Winter Prep

01-09-2013 10:52 AM by justjoel | 6 comments »

Well, it is technically the 2013 Gardening season now, so this past week or so I went to find where Busy was hiding these days. Found him in the garage (after a major cleaning, that is). My little garden assistant, Sofie, “helped” me while I was cleaning, and together we also made some feeders for the winter birds using the old pinecone/peanut butter/birdseed trick. Once the garage was clean, I got Busy to set up my work table so I could finish the seed saving that I only ha...

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