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Old 03-15-2015, 10:49 PM   #1
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Our 2015 gardening thread

Last year we experimented with growing potatoes in a box. It worked out pretty well and we plan on trying the box again this year.

Linkity link here:
http://www.howtoinstructions.org/how...-instructions/


Today, I found this little gem for growing tomatoes. What with having a gazillion or 2 buckets that have been kicked by horses and what not,(making them useless as water buckets) lying about, along with tons of compost, I figure this is also worth a try.

'Nother lil ole linky thingy:
http://www.loveclicks.org/nature/bri...owing-tomatos/


I've had pretty good luck with growing lettuce and onions in whiskey barrels, which frees up some garden space and allows me to grow more of something else in the actual garden.

What are your 2015 gardening ideas?
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:53 PM   #2
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Last year we experimented with growing potatoes in a box. It worked out pretty well and we plan on trying the box again this year.

Linkity link here:
http://www.howtoinstructions.org/how...-instructions/


Today, I found this little gem for growing tomatoes. What with having a gazillion or 2 buckets that have been kicked by horses and what not,(making them useless as water buckets) lying about, along with tons of compost, I figure this is also worth a try.

'Nother lil ole linky thingy:
http://www.loveclicks.org/nature/bri...owing-tomatos/



I've had pretty good luck with growing lettuce and onions in whiskey barrels, which frees up some garden space and allows me to grow more of something else in the actual garden.

What are your 2015 gardening ideas?
...and it gives you a good excuse for all the barrels of whiskey you go through...
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:57 PM   #3
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That tomato thing looks pretty good.

I let my garden lapse last year, but this year I was thinking about an herb garden and a few tomatoes. Also something on the front stoop or front of house.
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I am thinking about trying straw bale gardening in a bald spot. Has anyone tried that?
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:22 PM   #5
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I am thinking about trying straw bale gardening in a bald spot. Has anyone tried that?
I have not tried that, but now I will do some research.


I did some nosing around the net and found this. The pics made it more helpful. It could work!

http://modernfarmer.com/2013/07/straw-bale-gardening/

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I ordered a garden weasel from amazon yesterday.



I use it for seeding bare spots and edges.
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Old 03-15-2015, 11:25 PM   #7
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I like the box idea. Wish there were more ways for me to grow indoors. I have decent light, but no yard.
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I am thinking about trying straw bale gardening in a bald spot. Has anyone tried that?
Straw is a mess and full of disease and takes forever to break down and has zero place in a garden, lawn or landscape.
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Straw is a mess and full of disease and takes forever to break down and has zero place in a garden, lawn or landscape.
Can you not run a mulcher over it in the fall and help it break down faster?
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Can you not run a mulcher over it in the fall and help it break down faster?
Noooo. Just forget about straw and noors in a time out for even mentioning that crapola.
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Noooo. Just forget about straw and noors in a time out for even mentioning that crapola.
LOL

My experience with straw has been confined to foaling stalls back when I had a couple mares having babies every year. I confess to hating mucking straw-filled stalls and was always happy when the babies were old enough to put on sawdust or shavings.
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My experience with straw has been confined to foaling stalls back when I had a couple mares having babies every year. I confess to hating mucking straw-filled stalls and was always happy when the babies were old enough to put on sawdust or shavings.
People use it to retain moisture and keep the soil cool but it breaks down slowly and crates more problems than it's worth and in my opinion inhibits growth and there are better alternatives.

Now it can be used for soil erosion on uneven ground but thats not what we are discussing.

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I want something that raises the plants up and is easy
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People use it to retain moisture and keep the soil cool but it breaks down slowly and crates more problems than it's worth and in my opinion inhibits growth and there are better alternatives.

Now it can be used for soil erosion on uneven ground but thats not what we are discussing.


Did you see the prep for the straw? On another site, they called for the use of urea in the prep process.
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Did you see the prep for the straw? On another site, they called for the use of urea in the prep process.
Na. I am just talking people throwing it over seedbeds. I don't know what those hippies are talking about.

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i've subscribed. i am so ready to get out into the yard this week. potatoes are going in similar to the link, but instead of building a square, they're being put in tires, with tired added onto the top as they grow. an experiment is brewing in mason jars in the kitchen with organic sweet potatoes. we are growing our own starters and will be transplanting into tires along the fence. blackberries are coming back from last year's planting. mint and lemon balm survived the winter. i want more lemongrass around the front porch, because it helps with mosquitos.

the tomato link is awesome. i've seen that going around. 4 tomatoes, 1-5gallon bucket with holes drilled and buried, watered 2x a week. that experiment is going into the front yard garden. this year i am also starting a new backyard garden on a plot of soil that used to be a sand box. pole beans and corn have been purchased. i am also looking into fruit trees and more sunflowers for another piece of land that needs to be worked this spring. red clover cover crops are in the works. there is actually a pretty extensive list i need to just write up and work out. i am most excited about the little front yard garden, because all the neighbor kids come over and check it out.
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Oh that bale thing looks fine but messy. I'd use a raised bed with good loamy rich soils. They are easy to build.
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:39 AM   #18
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i hate straw. it grows shit not wanted in the garden, like more straw. it also attracts snakes. i tried straw once and it ended up a rotting failure. of course, plenty of people make it look easy and even borderline beautiful. i was not one of those people.
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Last year we experimented with growing potatoes in a box. It worked out pretty well and we plan on trying the box again this year.

Linkity link here:
http://www.howtoinstructions.org/how...-instructions/


Today, I found this little gem for growing tomatoes. What with having a gazillion or 2 buckets that have been kicked by horses and what not,(making them useless as water buckets) lying about, along with tons of compost, I figure this is also worth a try.

'Nother lil ole linky thingy:
http://www.loveclicks.org/nature/bri...owing-tomatos/


I've had pretty good luck with growing lettuce and onions in whiskey barrels, which frees up some garden space and allows me to grow more of something else in the actual garden.

What are your 2015 gardening ideas?
Sun, water, soil and figuring out how to stop the chickens from destroying fresh, young plants...

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Use newspaper.

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Last year we experimented with growing potatoes in a box. It worked out pretty well and we plan on trying the box again this year.

Linkity link here:
http://www.howtoinstructions.org/how...-instructions/


Today, I found this little gem for growing tomatoes. What with having a gazillion or 2 buckets that have been kicked by horses and what not,(making them useless as water buckets) lying about, along with tons of compost, I figure this is also worth a try.

'Nother lil ole linky thingy:
http://www.loveclicks.org/nature/bri...owing-tomatos/


I've had pretty good luck with growing lettuce and onions in whiskey barrels, which frees up some garden space and allows me to grow more of something else in the actual garden.

What are your 2015 gardening ideas?
Not to be a downer first think in the morning but there is a drawback to having your tomato plants grow too dense. If your garden is susceptible to tomato blight have very dense plants with no air flow (especially around the base) will make the problem worst. You will have a great looking plants for a while and then the blight will start at the bottom leaves and spread quickly to the rest of the plant and eventually to the fruit.

http://www.gardeners.com/how-to/prev...ight/7262.html
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Last year we experimented with growing potatoes in a box. It worked out pretty well and we plan on trying the box again this year.

Linkity link here:
http://www.howtoinstructions.org/how...-instructions/


Today, I found this little gem for growing tomatoes. What with having a gazillion or 2 buckets that have been kicked by horses and what not,(making them useless as water buckets) lying about, along with tons of compost, I figure this is also worth a try.

'Nother lil ole linky thingy:
http://www.loveclicks.org/nature/bri...owing-tomatos/


I've had pretty good luck with growing lettuce and onions in whiskey barrels, which frees up some garden space and allows me to grow more of something else in the actual garden.

What are your 2015 gardening ideas?
I'm doing the Tomato thing and might try the tater thing next year.

Mostly I'm going to be rearranging my garden(s) to optimize sun exposure based on plant type.

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The wire cage for tomatoes is a bad idea, because its almost impossible to prune the suckers. The idea is to grow tomatoes NOT extra foliage that hides the tomato plant from the Sun. The extra foliage also hides tomato hornworms that devour the green tomatoes.

I pound a six foot cane pole into the soil one foot. Then attach the tomato stalk to the pole with cable ties. I harvest 50 tomatoes from each plant.
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:58 PM   #25
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a packet of tepary beans in on its way. i need to get a few more for an experiment. last year, passionflower grew with zero maintenance. pure neglect. there will be signs nicely saying, "fuck off city, this is a no mow zone." passionflower hedging the bush. dill grew once with zero attention. on a walkway, none the less. there was not a bad drought that year, and feet were smaller.
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