Got a Garden?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by RustyStuff, May 31, 2015.

  1. Sharkdog

    Sharkdog Diggin It.

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    That's a cool set-up. Thanks for sharing it!.
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  2. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    Here's another low maintainence, low cost watering system I came across. Links to the originator too.


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  3. trout'r

    trout'r Been here awhile

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    have been using raised beds for the past several years --2 to 4 feet wide and 36 feet long. mostly salad, salsa and stir fry produce.

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  4. TacocaT

    TacocaT Been here awhile

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    Hail damage. I think most of my plants will survive but this is a set back

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  5. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    Hard to click a like to that. There should be a commiseration button.

    Looks like it should get up and go, here's to hoping - Best luck.
  6. Trust

    Trust but verify

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    Details/pictures of the float valve assembly would be greatly appreciated, if you have the time...
  7. TNWillie

    TNWillie Been here awhile

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    I don't have any closeup shots of the installation but they're easy to describe. All it involved was drilling a suitable sized hole in the plastic gutter end cap and installing the plastic float assembly. IIrc, I had to buy an adapter to connect a water hose to it but maybe not depending upon the assembly you buy. I took the ends off a couple of old garden hoses to link the troughs together. The biggest hassle, which was pretty minor, was adjusting the float heights to get the right water level. Piece of cake overall. https://www.amazon.com/Ioffersuper-...&s=gateway&sprefix=float+valve,aps,202&sr=8-3
  8. doc4216

    doc4216 Chronic High Fiver

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    Truly love this thread. I wish I would have found it last year.

    I grew up with my pap-pap always having a big garden. It is one of my fondest memories of him, walking through/around the garden together. My mom's family has always canned, pickled, and preserved the products of their gardens and currently, my parents have something close to their own food panty that could feed the neighborhood. What I miss the most from being away from family (military career keeps me away) was my mom's dill pickles. So last year I decided to make my own but living in a rental with barely any back yard, I bought my produce from a local stand. Since then, I have expanded into not just dill beans but this...
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    So this year, I decided to expand even more and try to grow some of my own. I planted two jalapeƱos (1 left over from last year), 2 poblanos, one cucumber, and one tomato.
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    My cucumber has only produced one and I left it on too long. Now, I don't know if I under-watered or overwatered but it is struggling and I don't know how to help it recover. I have upped my water schedule to every other day. We had about four days of really hot for Bay Area weather at the beginning of June that I don't think I watered them enough during but all the other plants have made a comeback. Just spoke with my mom and she said to put it in the ground or a bigger pot. I will try the bigger pot first.

    Any suggestions would be super appreciated to save the cuke.
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  9. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    My experience is that most plants, especially ones that use a lot of water, do far better out in the soil than in a pot.


    My beginning was growing herbs on the window sill for cooking. Now able to supply all our veg, spring to autumn, and most of the basics through the winter.
    From small seeds mighty crops grow.

    Looks like you made a good start.
  10. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River Supporter

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  11. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River Supporter

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    We started an herb garden in front. Along the walk are flowers (marigolds and petunias). To the left of the petunias are zinnias planted from last year seeds and cleomes seeds from @Pansy . The cleomes should have been planted much earlier, but this bed wasn't ready. I hope they sprout

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    The sunflowers and pickling cukes are taking off. This was a week ago.

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  12. Pansy

    Pansy Not much of an Adventurer

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    Garden layout looks great!

    I didn't get anything planted this year except potatoes. There's a lot of volunteer cleomes, snapdragons, dill and 'maters coming up.
    I'll have more seeds this fall if you want to try again.
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  13. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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  14. Trust

    Trust but verify

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  15. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, old & slow

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    One of our neighbors is trying to grow his own veggies. With what he's spent on raised beds and deer-proofing his crops he could hire a herd of organic gardeners to grow food for him and come out $$ ahead. Ah, well, he seems to think it's worth it.
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  16. mike

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  17. Chuck Pryce

    Chuck Pryce Been here awhile Supporter

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  18. Chuck Pryce

    Chuck Pryce Been here awhile Supporter

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  19. Nevr2l82

    Nevr2l82 just do it

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    2 cucumber plants are yielding like crazy! Just sunk the posts in the foreground in an effort to settle on a real gate.
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  20. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    Just watched the TdF on tv after spending the day in the garden.
    Started pulling the haulms on the maincrop potatoes, then decided to harvest the lots as the bloody mice were having a field day under the foliage.

    Removing so much greenery meant we could plant out some extra lettuce for when my partners sister arrives in a couple of weeks - she will be a bit late for the fennel - hiding behind the spuds, they have grown rather large, maybe they will be OK in stirfries.
    Pulled our first cuc too today. Tomatoes, the cherries are stating, but the large varieties are still well behind after the cold wet June.

    Turned half a bin of compost for autumn - looked nice and well rotted - and maybe a 1/4 bin for next spring using the halums. Chopped them up with the small mower and tried to pick out the would be volunteers.

    I ache all over, but perhaps not as much as the riders on their mountain stages.

    Happy and productive gardening everyone.