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Old 04-23-14, 12:37 PM   #76
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There was an article in Fine Gardening a few months ago that described using wire fencing to make a 2 foot diameter by 4 ft tall tower. They layered the seed potatoes in compost between layers of straw. It looked interesting and I may try it yet but not this year.

It was similar to this How to Build a Potato Tower | One Hundred Dollars a Month
Too funny! I just saw 3 of those this morning at a job I work.
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OMG that's disgusting. I hate caterpillars and anything that looks like a tomato worm. If I had seen one of these on my plant I would have squished it. Now I'll leave them alone.
Talking about caterpillars... One of my most important pest control agents are wasps. I leave out things like birdfeeders so they can build nests, here are a few pics








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And just got this yesterday as she caught some type of caterpillar













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Just erected two trellises today for squash, melon, and watermelon. Also planted red and yellow onion sets.
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Just erected two trellises today for squash, melon, and watermelon. Also planted red and yellow onion sets.
I for one would like to see your trellis work if you don't mind posting pics? I need some inspiration as I also need to build one for my hops...
@john gault that's very cool! Thanks for sharing
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What fruits, berries, vegs can I plant in the shade? Much of my new yard is shaded and it has me frustrated.
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Talking about caterpillars... One of my most important pest control agents are wasps. I leave out things like birdfeeders so they can build nests, here are a few pics








And here's the guard






Oh my that's scary
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What fruits, berries, vegs can I plant in the shade? Much of my new yard is shaded and it has me frustrated.
Does it get any sun during the day?
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I for one would like to see your trellis work if you don't mind posting pics? I need some inspiration as I also need to build one for my hops...
@john gault that's very cool! Thanks for sharing
Certainly. I took these yesterday. The squash and melons aren't planted at the trellis yet as we are still a week or so away from our last frost date. I did get a few tomato plants in the ground yesterday (with the water walls). I'm also trying broccoli and cauliflower (3 plants each) for the first time.



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I don't have much of a garden area, but I do mix a couple veggies into the backyard landscape. I've got 3 tomato plants, a couple jalepenos, 1 habenero plant, a couple cucumber vines, couple grape vines, 2 blueberry bushes, and an apple tree.
The cucumbers will grow on the same trellis the grape vines grow on. All of it is worked in between the azaleas, gardenias, and numerous other bushes in the far back of the yard.
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I think a lot of you guys would have loved the 70's British sitcom The Good Life. I loved it as a kid. > https://www.google.com.au/search?q=t...d=0CIsBENUCKAE

It's all about a couple turning there back yard into a farm and being self sufficient and there neighbours hating them for it.
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What fruits, berries, vegs can I plant in the shade? Much of my new yard is shaded and it has me frustrated.
If your summer's hot you can try growing greens in the shade, lettuce, kale, chard, turnips etc.. Blackberry bushes thrive in shade but are horrific to remove from your yard, Gooseberries and Huckleberries also can be shade grown but I have no experience with growing either, there's still also currants, lingonberries, and juneberries.

Here's a fairly awesome list of 40 edibles that will grow in the shade.
40 Fruits, vegetables and herbs that will grow in partial shade - Mankato Green Culture | Examiner.com
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There is a small section that gets 6-8 hours of direct sun where I can put tomatoes. Last year I put napa cabbage and bok choy in the shade.

Much of the yard is shaded by a big oak and a medium gum. The soil is loamy and acidic from the years of acorns. I've looked into buying some blueberry bushes. Some currants would be nice. I didn't know blackberries like shade. Those would be nice. If they took over the yard I wouldn't have to mow so much.

I am going down to the river today to catch some fish to bury under the tomato plants that I will buy on my way home from fishing.
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I have two blueberry bushes; I don't do anything to the soil, other than mulch heavily, compost in place and provide habitat for numerous organisms.

Here you can see my two blueberry bushes and the surrounding "weeds" which attracts pollinators and other insects. I forget the breed of the blueberry plants, will have to look that up.

The lighter colored one I thought died over the winter, but it came back nicely; they seem to do better every year. Now, if I can only get at the blueberries before them damn birds...








This one I thought died over last winter, lost all its foliage




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I think a lot of you guys would have loved the 70's British sitcom The Good Life. I loved it as a kid. > https://www.google.com.au/search?q=t...d=0CIsBENUCKAE

It's all about a couple turning there back yard into a farm and being self sufficient and there neighbours hating them for it.
I watched that back in the day. There was one episode where the wife wanted a nice dress, something
nice for a change. She wanted a 'posh frock'. Nice show, perhaps a little understated for today's audience.
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@john gault What kind of climate is Florida considered? That's some amazing stuff you've been showing off!

@sknhgy you have no idea how jealous I am of you right now.. I've gotten to go fishing exactly once in the last month and it was at 3:30pm on a still and tiny lake.. so no fish caught :/ I also wonder if Napa cabbage is local to me here.. (Napa being the next county over)
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We were transforming the yard into produce gardens, but then we didn't end up wanting to continue being a we and will shortly be abandoning our efforts at gardening that location.

Still. Some scallions that went unpicked in the Fall have made it through the winter are were in dinner last night. I expect the strawberry patch and wild blueberries will thrive with the wet Spring we've had. And there's bound to be some volunteer and annuals coming back to life with no effort on my end.
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We were transforming the yard into produce gardens, but then we didn't end up wanting to continue being a we and will shortly be abandoning our efforts at gardening that location.

Still. Some scallions that went unpicked in the Fall have made it through the winter are were in dinner last night. I expect the strawberry patch and wild blueberries will thrive with the wet Spring we've had. And there's bound to be some volunteer and annuals coming back to life with no effort on my end.
Ummm I hope all is well on your end man....
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...bloomed last month, and done now. The lilies are budding up.
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...bloomed last month, and done now. The lilies are budding up.
Nice....the iris in my backyard have been blooming for a couple weeks now. The peonies should be blooming in a week or so.
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Ummm I hope all is well on your end man....
Thank man. Things are well as can be. No one died. Yet. Hey, at least we got scallions!
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I am a student, so I have limited space, but I do what I can.
I garden when I stay at my parents house, I plant your standard vegetable garden (Eggplant, carrots, cabbage, corn, beans (usually Fava), cucumbers (For pickling, etc. I also maintain some raspberry and blueberry bushes. In a raised bed set-up I built for them years ago.

In my dorm room, apartment, or wherever I might live for school, I am very much into indoor gardening and houseplants. Currently, I have been experimenting with different ways to propagate and variegate different species of cactus and succulent. Basically, finding what process is most successful. It is a long term process, and I just now started planting my propagations from Mid November . I love it, and I currently have 90 + (97?) plants in my room, which, I think is my maximum for my current living situation.

I am so excited to buy my first house so I can have my own garden and greenhouse.

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I started gardening after I retired from the navy and moved back to my house in Florida. The soil was so sandy, dry and barren, as is much of the soil in Florida. So I first started with mulching everything and tearing up as much grass as possible and replace with mulch and plants; most of the mulch is just leaves I collect from the neighborhoods that put them out for curb-side pick up.

A few years later and I've got some incredibly fertile black crumbly soil loaded with worms and various soil organisms. Just a few pics:
Up here in Little Rock, it horrifies me when I see a lawn where someone has gone through extensive time and labor to rake and bag the leaves that have fallen from the trees in their yard. Don't they realize that if they just ran it through the mower and mulched it and let it fall back onto the yard, that they would provide shelter to the grass all winter as well as providing nutrients for next spring?


Since that is 99% of all lawns, apparently not.
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I put in a blackberry bush a few days ago. Think I'll put in a blueberry, too. Nothing would make me happier than if the blackberries took over the yard.
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3+ inches of spring snow here yesterday and last night. Hope the waterwalls around my tomatoes don't freeze. Ugh
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Just built these tomato cages over the weekend.

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