FREE FOOD: AKA a nOObs Attempt at a Vegi Garden

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  1. Tmaximusv

    Tmaximusv Been here awhile

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    He looks like those Columbia ads where the CEOs mother is director of quality control!
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  2. Hesaid

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    Well, we're about two weeks away from our annual antique farm equipment show/swap meet/auction, if I see a nice one you want me to pick it up for you? Or do you want to look into shipping quotes first? A guy on another forum I frequent was just given a John Deere tracklayer with a Detroit 2 cylinder. I'm jealous. I've been using the 8n more lately, and I like the tractor, but my fathers particular specimen would be described as "rough". He's only had it a few years, and only recently retired, so I imagine it will be a project ongoing. Which is good, as it gives the rest of the family plenty of things to buy as gifts.

    The birds bother the ripe berries, but don't do much to the plants. They go after the seedlings, but we're talking the little 1/2 inch tall first sprouts. My father has issues with them getting his tomatoes. My dog will do his best to keep birds (cats, moths, utility workers, Thor...) out of the yard, but he can't be there all the time.

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  3. 13

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    Thanks for the offer on the tractor but that investment will have to wait till next summer. I am curious what they are going for in different areas though. I was looking go one that works. Doesn't need to be pretty.

    The trough gardens are great. You guys have a nice setup. Must be easy on the back. Thanks for all the info. I'm thinking of bending PVC over the beds and covering with clear plastic to get an early start. Once the temp comes up I leave the PVC and throw nets over the young plants if the birds are an issue.

    As for the garden. I got all the beds completed which was good. I'll call tomorrow and schedule a topsoil delivery. I would go get it myself but the something is up with the steering in my truck.

    I'm working an overnight so I just watched a bunch of YouTube videos on the square foot method. It's looking like that's gonna be the way I go although I don't know if I will plant all the squares. As it stands now I have 80 square feet just in the boxes so that might be a bit overwhelming.

    HD is doing a buy one get one free deal on seed packets. I'll probably try my luck with them and maybe order a few packets online for the exotic stuff.

    Some pics from today. The whole family was out for inspection.

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  4. NovaTrophy

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    Great plan. I have 2 plastic rain barrels (need more) with flex tubing leading from the downspouts. A good rain will fill a 45 gallon barrel in very short time, I then reroute the flex hose to the piping leading away from the house when they are full. Plants LOVE the warm rain water. A local home brewing store sells the ones that held malt so they are food safe ($20 each).

    My backyard is full sun all summer and was very wet due to the clay soil. I used clear stone to raise it up and level the beds off. Still working on it and will put some more in this year.

    Teaching the kids about growing crops is the way to go. I spend a lot of time with the wee un digging and planting. She waited all summer for a certain tomato to ripen (which she promptly dropped in the kitchen when it did...I still used it).

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    With limited space, a person can do this too. Saw this in Gorham, New Hampshire last summer. Loved the idea.

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  5. sweetwater

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    My kids just found a new project...thanks for the write-up!
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  6. Shesaid

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    Awesome to see all the things OTHER than tomatoes growing upside down! I've always wanted to try it with other plants.
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  7. 13

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    Wow Nova, that's a beautiful yard. I really like how it's on a slight hill. From what I hear the town I live in is planning to sell rain barrels and composters to residents at cost sometime this summer. I'll probably hold out to see if that comes to reality.

    My father inlaw and brother inlaw have both tried the upside down planters and neither had had much luck. That being said, those two could somehow put water in the freezer and never get ice.

    I got over to HD today and grabbed some supplies. The same Burpees seeds that were $2.39 and up online were on sale for between $0.50 and $1.25. They only had the basics so I'll probably place an order tonight for some more. They had Disney themed packets which got Charlie all excited.

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    I was really hoping it wouldn't come to this but...

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    So I got most of the squash seeds in plus Mickey tomatoes, goofy carrots, and Pluto radishes.

    I'm still undecided if I want to go with a "Mel's Mix" type soil or topsoil with some amendments.

    Another issue is the boxes. I would like to use a sealer on the outside of the boxes to keep them from greying up. Everything I read says not to used "treated" lumber. Would putting a coat of thompsons on the outside make it treated? I would leave the inside natural.

    Just a side note. As I'm walking out of HD there's a woman complaining that the employee would not load the rest of her topsoil in the back of her "truck". In the back of her Mercedes SUV was about 15-20 40lb bags of topsoil. There was just as much left on her flat cart. The "truck" in question looked to be bottomed out and tires bulging.:eek1
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  8. ArcticaMT6

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    A blog that I've been reading up on is with a lady here in Seattle.

    nwedible.com

    Lots of good ideas, though some of the things may not apply to your climate.
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  9. 13

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    Climate may be different but she's got some good recipes on her blog. :D

    http://www.nwedible.com/
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  10. Hodag

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    i kinda do this stuff for a living...
    what do you guys think of grafted veggies?

    not to be confused with gmo's
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  11. Off the grid

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    This thread reminds me of what I miss (which is your dumb ass) and don't miss about living on LI. :lol3

    How long is your growing season going to be, Chris? That will impact what you can grow, right? I remember my Grandmother having some sick tomato plants, and another friend in Muttontown who had a huge natural garden. The salads she produced were memorable.
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  12. 13

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    Pretty neat stuff. Way over my head but interesting none the less. What do you suggest about for soil? The "meld mix" type or topsoil with compost mixed in?

    Well most of the seeds are in the starters. 1 more tray to go for the peppers and tomatoes. With any luck I will be able to get them in the bed by by mid may. I'm going to use some PVC and clear plastic to keep temps up in the the early summer and late fall to try and extend the season. I also want to try and keep some hardy stuff going over winter.
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  13. Tork

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    Torkwife wanted a scarecrow for garden art . So I made Motocrow for her garden .

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  14. 13

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    Nice. That would be the most use my gear has seen lately. :cry

    So... irrigation.

    Originally I was thinking I would run PVC/PEX loops in the bed and put the h2o on a timer. After some reading I'm seeing that may not be the best idea.
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    So 12x12 pavers were on sale so I picked up a pallet. One of our other spring projects is a 5x20 patio next to the garage. Just an area for the BBQ, Smoker and Grill.

    3225lbs of pavers and 250lbs of Black Mulch...
    Sure. She should take it :huh
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    Just when I thought I was the parking lot moron I turned to see a guy loading 3 40lb bags of topsoil, 2 potted plants, and a 5 gallon shopvac onto the passenger seat of his really nice '68 vette!

    So this is the plan for the walkway in the garden.
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    Im off to work my last nightshift for a bit. Hopefully I'll be able to make some progress this week but the plants Going into outage so theres overtime available that I dont want to pass up. :D
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  16. jgrady1982

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    I want that truck...
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  18. 13

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    Think of that truck like the pretty girls that take scandalous pictures of themselves and then put them on the internet. They look great and sure are pretty but once you get under the hood you find out there's a bunch of annoying issues.
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  19. Lard

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    Cool thread. Did raised beds at our last property, only difference being I built them around 800mm high.
    By the way, springer spaniels rule. My English springer is my hunting dog.
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    Yeah. Probably the best dog I have ever followed around the fields. He 7 now so he's slowed down just enough that I can almost keep up with him.

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