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Around the Yard #25: The Show Overview

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Blog entry by Scott Hildenbrand posted 06-12-2009 08:12 AM 4777 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And here’s the rest in a much wider view.

The garden along the walk is popping left and right. In a few days I figure there will be color the whole way down.

So going to love breaking up this sidewalk and putting in something more flowing down through here.

It’s almost like we were meant to be here.. This is what is across the road in the ditch.. Runs for a good way either direction and almost in conjunction with our property line.

The dog run is still looking jam packed.. I think before the end of the year I’m going to layer more cardboard down and mulch it in prep for expanding it next season.

The shade garden still needs finished up.. I’m going to top dress it with some better dirt and then mulch directly over that. I don’t want to risk the mulch holding down some of the delicate plants so just using a thinner layer.

On the other side where the wild grape vine was, I THINK I killed it all off… Nothing like doing a total kill via Roundup.. Hated to do it, but was at my wits end. Cardboarding it and mulching as well.

Now… As for the garden…

The compost pile garden is doing nice it seems.. Lots of Tomatoes around the bottom and some Cushaw growing out the top. It’s all good.. I’ll be rebuilding the compost bins into a three bin setup with landscape timbers and wire.

Speaking of compost.. Here’s one of the best additions to it, by far.. Or at least, what comes out of it.. The chickens are doing really well. Just wish I could get their run done.. This weekend I start on that.

The raised beds… Are… Well.. They suck… This is one of the better ones, but the grass has pushed up into it. I’m going to decommission them at the end of the season and do them over again.

The blackberry bush [10’x10’] is PACKED full of berries.. Going to be a huge harvest of those..

As for the main garden plot, it’s doing really good.. I’ve got more grass piled up and cooking so that I can mulch the Tomatoes with it and have plans to bring in 10 50# bales of straw to mulch down between the rows.

Soon as it dries out from the rain I’ll be tilling between the rest of the rows to knock the grass down so I can mulch.

So far the best Tomato plants are Better Boy, Better Bush [cherry] and Better Bush Improved [large] as far as looks go. They’re sooooooo green.. Really dark.. And full of tomatoes.

The corn is even doing well this year… So far..

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b



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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3749 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-12-2009 09:17 AM

so much to look at … you inspire me to make my garden bigger!! Next year. :)
I’m picking up some old barnboards this weekend (that aren’t good for building I guess) and use them to make some more raised beds for next year.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Scott Hildenbrand

1690 posts in 3521 days
hardiness zone 6b

posted 06-12-2009 09:56 AM

I could do tons of stuff with old barn board, including building.. ;)

Good idea on the raised beds.. Will be much less stooping for the deer when they come to eat.. :D

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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Iris43

3811 posts in 3379 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-12-2009 10:15 AM

Your beds are really beautiful, Scott, and as you said, with the ditch lillies across the road, seems you just fit in. Ditch lillies or not, they put on a lovely show, don’t they.

MsDeb, is right. Your gardens are inspirational. Good job!

Look at that beautiful little chicky. Are you getting eggs yet?

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 06-12-2009 10:51 AM

None just yet.. Should be… oh… 3 more months or so?

No rush.. Still have to build the nest box anyway.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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dini

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hardiness zone 5

posted 06-12-2009 10:59 AM

Wow! What a change from last year.
And strawberries already!
Today is the first actually warm day we’ve had this month. Spent the morning outside.

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 06-12-2009 11:22 AM

We’ll have strawberries all year, till frost..

I love day neutrals. Those however are the June bearing..

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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Iris43

3811 posts in 3379 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-12-2009 01:28 PM

Boy dini, what a difference the river/lake makes. We have lots of sunshine today but coo-o-o-l.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

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posted 06-12-2009 06:38 PM

most of the barnboard has been saved for building. These “not so healthy boards” will be salvaged for the garden.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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mtkate

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hardiness zone 4

posted 06-13-2009 06:15 AM

I also had a lot of daylillies in a “ditchy” area of my property, just growing ever so naturally. I have been dividing them over the years and moving them to patches in my garden. They multiply very well with a little help.

I look at your raised beds and keep thinking I should try veggies again!

-- Zone 4a or 4b... depending on where you are standing!

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 06-13-2009 10:11 AM

If you do, by golly, do better with your initial raised bed setup than I did. Else once that’s done it’s easy.. Provided you use good dirt, which I failed on.. ~sniff~

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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Bon

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 06-13-2009 02:08 PM

Wow Your veggie gardens are doing really well.I can’t believe all those tomatoes and all the rest of that yummy stuff.mmm mmm mmm .
The flowers are looking really good too Scott.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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GrandmaT

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hardiness zone 9

posted 06-13-2009 09:40 PM

Well Scott you KNOW my love of daylilies and your’s, well … are just breathtaking! Man, am I envious!!! Love the walkway with them lining it on both sides (had that at the other house). And your garden is impressive. Makes me giggle when I look at our one lone tomato plant -vbg-

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Greenthumb

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posted 06-14-2009 06:26 AM

Thats a nice spot to hang your hat.

Love the walkways and flowers

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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Iris43

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posted 06-14-2009 09:19 AM

I know how you feel, GranT. I have three tomato plants. LOL Of course now that our families are grown and gone, we don’t have a lot of mouths to feed.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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