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This Year's Harvest #11: Spring harvest

06-07-2014 09:53 PM by chscholz | 2 comments »

Harvesting vegetables before summer dormancy starts.First time we got any significant amount of beans Sherry tomatos, the season is just too short over here for any other type of tomatos Finally radish leaves. There’s a Chinese proverb that says something along the lines of “when people eat radish leaves the doctors are starving…”

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2013 Garden #2: 4-16-2013 Garden Update

04-17-2013 02:56 AM by Jimthecarver | 2 comments »

Spring has sprung but it is still a bit to cold outside. Hopefully the beans make it. So far everything inside the green house is beginning to take root and showing signs of growth. The little hobby type green house is not heated so the nights are dropping into the low 40’s and the soil temp is barely holding at 60ish degrees. http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=UEc-i3LQNbkHere is a short video of the garden so far. I’m learning how to use youtube so quality is questionable.I hope eve...

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Our Container Herb Garden 2013 #2: We have Sprouts!

03-06-2013 07:58 PM by Mr and Mrs Airframer | 8 comments »

We checked in on our seeds today and found we have some seedlings growing already! The 2 big ones are the Roma’s and we also have some Oregano and Chives poking up. Looks like Mr A will have to get busy on those planters sooner than we thought.

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Our Container Herb Garden 2013 #1: Getting Started

03-02-2013 09:38 PM by Mr and Mrs Airframer | 5 comments »

We have decided to once again start a garden. We had a large veggie garden back home but that had to go away when we moved to the PNW. This year we are going to try a container herb garden on our back porch. Gardening in this climate is new to us so this should be a great learning experience for the two of us. Not much to it yet just a small Jiffy greenhouse with some seeds planted. Line up for this year is.. CilantroCat GrassCat NipRosemarySageBasilOreganoChivesand Dill Along ...

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Wicking grow beds

02-07-2013 05:40 AM by Jimthecarver | 28 comments »

Even though were supposed to get a snow storm, I am confident the babies will be ok inside.That being said it was time to get the beds up and going. We decided that wicking beds would be best for us, with the cost of water going out of site. This type of bed uses much less water.The build:First off the beds were built from 2X8X10 treated lumber…(yes, I know its bad). As you can see, pond liner is used to seperate the wood from the soil. I used pond liner instead of plastic because I wan...

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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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Green House Project #5: Piecing it together.

02-02-2013 02:57 PM by Jimthecarver | 5 comments »

These last two days were kind of interesting to say the least. Line a couple of windows up to see how they will look and come out somewhat the same from one end to the other.Put it up take it down …nope still wont work out, what to do? so I try a different combination of windows.This is what I came up with after using all the windows that were close to the same on the top and one of the sides the rest just piece meal together and hope for the best. Apon closer inspection ...

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Green House Project #3: Structure framing

01-30-2013 02:54 PM by Jimthecarver | 2 comments »

Well after days of cold cold weather, mother nature gave us a bit of a break today. The metal shop very cold gave some relief from the cold wind and rain and allowed the precutting of most all the pieces. I fitted all the parts first so it would be like an erector set type of building…fun.As the frame went together I see where a few metal ties are needed to keep very strong winds from budging it.After getting the windows I saw the black tubular frame would never hold the weight of the g...

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2013 Garden #1: Starting the seeds

01-25-2013 11:48 AM by Jimthecarver | 2 comments »

This year we decided to try somthing different and not buy plants from the big box stores.We purchased seeds from Rareseeds.com and everything that has been planted so far has come up and looks great.My expierence with starting tomato seeds has been a complete flop except for the hydroponics grow. I read that they need the dome covering them but only until they sprout then you need to remove it so they dont get a fungus growth and bottom water only as to make the roots shoot downwards and kee...

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Seed potato grower...using aeroponics #1: The basics

01-10-2013 10:45 AM by Jimthecarver | 5 comments »

While online something caught my eye, a way to grow seed potatoes. Not knowing anything about seed potatoes I had to investigate this a bit closer. I didn’t know that the spuds purchased from the store are treated with an agent that stops or slows the sprouting of them and if they do grow they don’t produce much.That explained why mine didn’t do well at all. Besides the fact I should have sprouted them under a light before planting and that step I missed.In April our order o...

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