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2010-03-26 7:06 PM
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brynn - 2010-03-26 5:23 PM What does everyone use for fencing around their garden? How long have you had it, how difficult was it to install, etc? I have dogs, one in particular that likes to eat anything and everything she can find. I also live next to a forest. I've never found rabbits in our back yard (where the garden is), but we have had possums before. We do have a chain link fence around our yard so we don't get deer, though they are in the forest. We used to have a 2-foot chicken wire fence around the garden. My puppy can now jump over that, and plus it got all deformed from having 3 feet of snow leaning on it all winter. My garden is about 15' x 30'. I don't really want to spend a ton of money, but I'd also prefer not have to re-do the fencing next year. I also want something that looks nice, but looks are a lower priority than the cost. So what do you think?

 

Cheapest, fastest, and easiest to install is steel t-posts and 2x4 mesh fencing. It keeps most things out. It's kinda ugly, though.

 



2010-03-26 7:15 PM
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I have about a 12x18 foot plot.   Not sprouting any seeds this year, at least not yet.  

I need a better variety of tomatoe for my weather zone.   I plant:  beets, carrots, onions, 1 zuccini, various hot peppers, spinach (out front with my flowers), kale, cabbage, lemon cuccumbers.  sunflowers and morning glories.  green beans.   The side garden is all herbs.   I need to do some mint containment - it is attempting a manifest destiny of the whole herb garden.

2010-03-27 6:47 AM
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Here are a few pics from what I've been doing the last couple of weeks. We bought the house last year and got the inside just the way we want it. This year my wife is training for her first IM so the kids and I get to play in the yard all summer.

First my neighboor and I took out a tree over my greenhouse. Then I cut down some way overgrown Rose of Sharon bushes that lined out shared fence. Then I got to work-the kids and I planted 11 flats of flowers, Marigolds, Larks spur, Zinneas, Goldfingers and Sunflowers for my daughter.

I also got some tomato, broccolli, cucumber and some herb plants from my aunt. It should be a fun year-my first gardening.

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2010-03-28 6:11 PM
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Who else composts?   How and what do you compost?  my pile from last year, which I was hoping to be ready for spring still doesn't have that "black gold" look.   How should I excellerate it for the next 6 weeks or so?    I considered adding some "organic lawn fertilizer" to up the Nitrogen.  Ideas?  It is full of worms but not very warm.

I have a pile going with new stuff in it that is dreadfully N-poor, even more so since I cleaned up the front yard and added shreaded the leaves.   I am getting horse poo next week for that pile.

2010-03-28 6:15 PM
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I have a pretty large vegetable garden.  I grow tomatoes, peppers, spinach and lettuce mixes, peas, asparagus, potatoes, carrots and beets.  I can my own tomato sauce, salsa and jalapeno peppers.  I have to get moving on my heirlooms - I have the seeds - just didn't get time to get everything set up.  Probably not until Wednesday now.
2010-03-28 6:15 PM
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I ordered all my seeds today.  We also went to the Flower and Garden Expo in Boston today to get in the mood.  I started last year with a 4x8 raised box in the back yard.  This year, I am raising my backyard to accommodate five 4x4 raised boxes and then do 8 feet of cucumbers and tomatoes down the side of our yard.  I am very excited.  I will start my indoor planting next week.  



2010-03-28 7:30 PM
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The horse manure will help with the N and getting the pile hotter. I have found grass clippings to be great for getting things real hot real fast. Keep them stirred well, or they will mat up and become a non-rotting lump. Green stuff is what you need.

I am going to do a sheet mulch on mine. I have had good luck with this system in the past. I may amend it with worm compost (I have yet to get the worms going yet, though)

2010-03-28 9:16 PM
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bootygirl - 2010-03-27 7:11 PM

Who else composts?   How and what do you compost?  my pile from last year, which I was hoping to be ready for spring still doesn't have that "black gold" look.   How should I excellerate it for the next 6 weeks or so?    I considered adding some "organic lawn fertilizer" to up the Nitrogen.  Ideas?  It is full of worms but not very warm.

I have a pile going with new stuff in it that is dreadfully N-poor, even more so since I cleaned up the front yard and added shreaded the leaves.   I am getting horse poo next week for that pile.



We compost.  I just throw everything in a pile and turn it every couple weeks.  I have a pot of coffee and 2 or 3 eggs every morning, so I've got lots of grounds and shells.   The rest is mostly vegetables but the neighbor throws his ornamental grass and flower clippings on there every once in a while.

I'd really like to get one of those big tumblers so I could put it right outside my garage door. I have the pile WAY at the back of the yard outside the invisible fence so the dog can't root through it.  

Oh, that reminds me, I need to put in my little fence posts and fence to keep my dog out of my garden.   if it ever stops raining. 
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2010-03-28 10:43 PM
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Finished my vegetable garden today! It started with the tub, and then I decided to use the other plumbing fixtures that were from inside the house (from the remodel). So now I have a bathroom garden.





2010-03-28 11:17 PM
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I heart Pirate Girl's style!



2010-03-29 1:15 AM
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Hey Pirate Girl, is that console lav. for sale? All I have to say is that puts my traditional English garden to shame.
2010-03-29 8:01 AM
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Sharyn5 - 2010-03-27 10:50 PM Living in PA, my husband planted a fabulous garden of tomatoes...and pumpkins. But, now in FL, he's trying to grow them in a small area on the lanai. In pots...any tips, for this type of startup tomato garden? We sure miss the soil from up north.


You just need to water the hell out of them.   Anything smaller than a 5 gallon bucket needs to be watered at least once a day, maybe twice.


not sure about the pumpkins.... they spread out so much I cant imagine that you can do them in containers.
2010-03-29 8:39 AM
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Sharyn5 - 2010-03-28 9:50 PM

Living in PA, my husband planted a fabulous garden of tomatoes...and pumpkins. But, now in FL, he's trying to grow them in a small area on the lanai. In pots...any tips, for this type of startup tomato garden? We sure miss the soil from up north.


Have you heard of square foot gardening? You should look into that. Just google it, or buy the book. Basically you just build a form out of 2x6 boards, and in your case you would put a bottom on it so that it would be portable. Then you fill it with vermiculite, peat moss, and compost, and plant stuff according to his charts that he gives you (for instance, one pumpkin per two square feet, one tomato per one square foot, etc.). He also teaches you how to grow pumpkin plants vertically which you might be able to do. I am going to try that for the first time this year. http://www.squarefootgardening.com/
2010-03-29 1:33 PM
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bootygirl - 2010-03-28 7:11 PM

Who else composts?   How and what do you compost?  my pile from last year, which I was hoping to be ready for spring still doesn't have that "black gold" look.   How should I excellerate it for the next 6 weeks or so?    I considered adding some "organic lawn fertilizer" to up the Nitrogen.  Ideas?  It is full of worms but not very warm.

I have a pile going with new stuff in it that is dreadfully N-poor, even more so since I cleaned up the front yard and added shreaded the leaves.   I am getting horse poo next week for that pile.



Watch out for horse poo.  It contains a lot of seeds that can survive and later sprout in all but HOT piles.

A good quick N source is Starbuck's coffee grounds.  Stop by any store and ask for "grounds for the garden," and they will give you loads. 
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2010-03-29 2:10 PM
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Sharyn5 - 2010-03-28 3:04 PM Thanks brynn and moondawg...I'm excited to have some guidance. He's just starting with the planting, but, as they grow, then what? Not like we can plant them in the backyard...in this type of sandy dirt. We won't be doing pumpkins though, just tomatoes...but if you live up north, pumpkins can be great fun!


You can grow tomatoes successfully in containers that are the size of 5 gallon buckets.... without replanting.   the problem with using containers smaller than this is that the plants go through water too quickly...you basically have to water multiple times per day.  

You might also start getting lots of compost or other "amendments" and working them into a section of your yard now.... so that in a few years you can have a workable patch of ground.   (not sure how well that works.... but it's something I personally would look into.)
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2010-03-30 8:25 PM
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in about 10 minutes check out my albulm.

I am a permaculturist wanna-be.

I live in the city in North QLD australia and I live on a very VERY small block.

We have a huge range of trees and veg and fruits and edible greens and poultry.

We use what we call the natur strip in australia ... the strip of land out the front of your house where sometimes there is a foot path (sidewalk), I use the roof top for smaller things and I also agist my chooks (chickens) next door with the old lady for a dozen eggs a week.

I beleive it is all about useing the available space we have in a manner that not only works as a food garden but also looks nice as well and inspires others.
2010-04-01 7:21 PM
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Here is the beginning of my square foot garden. My dad and husband put up the fence and built the boxes, and I did everything else myself. It took two pretty solid days of work on my own. The two square boxes are the only ones planted - one has asparagus, and one has strawberries. I just planted them today so we'll see how it goes!!





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CitySky - 2010-03-29 1:33 PM
bootygirl - 2010-03-28 7:11 PM

Who else composts?   How and what do you compost?  my pile from last year, which I was hoping to be ready for spring still doesn't have that "black gold" look.   How should I excellerate it for the next 6 weeks or so?    I considered adding some "organic lawn fertilizer" to up the Nitrogen.  Ideas?  It is full of worms but not very warm.

I have a pile going with new stuff in it that is dreadfully N-poor, even more so since I cleaned up the front yard and added shreaded the leaves.   I am getting horse poo next week for that pile.



Watch out for horse poo.  It contains a lot of seeds that can survive and later sprout in all but HOT piles.

A good quick N source is Starbuck's coffee grounds.  Stop by any store and ask for "grounds for the garden," and they will give you loads. 

My coworker feeds her horses these alfalfa "cubes".   I have used her manure before to no ill effects.   Today I folded the "nearly mature" pile in with some aged manure, and the new stuff  with a huge pile of old and new manure, watered it all well (in time for the snow to come tomorrow).   mmm mmm good!

2010-04-06 9:02 AM
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I potted up some tomato and cherry tomato plants last night.  I have about 15 of each that I started from seed.  I can't believe I've kept them alive this long.  

I need to go get some more peat pots today so that I can pot up my pepper plants.  I've got at least 25 bell peper, 20 jalapeno and 20 sweet banana. 

Maybe, just maybe, I'm going to have a few plants to give away!

2010-04-06 9:07 AM
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Spent a lot of time Saturday with the two-man earth auger digging post-holes for the fence. Dropped 3 big, dead black locust trees out in the woods and blocked them up into 10' and 7' pieces for the rails and remaining posts. I'm going to split the rails in the woods and haul them out next weekend. I believe I have almost enough wood.

I'll post some pics soon.

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ride_like_u_stole_it - 2010-04-05 10:07 AM

Spent a lot of time Saturday with the two-man earth auger digging post-holes for the fence. Dropped 3 big, dead black locust trees out in the woods and blocked them up into 10' and 7' pieces for the rails and remaining posts. I'm going to split the rails in the woods and haul them out next weekend. I believe I have almost enough wood.

I'll post some pics soon.



dude. that's  some serious work!   keep doing that for a few weekends and you're going to crush that melon in your avatar!
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