Kale dries so nice and dark green. This is a tray of end of season kale that I have been drying. I then crumble it and put it in glass jars to add into whatever I can when I cook. Just a pinch equals a large fresh leaf. I dry them at a low temperature for a few hours so I am assuming that most of the nutrients are still in there. As previously posted, worms devastated my fall garden. Very few kale plants survived the worms after numerous re-plantings. This kale plant grew to almost Read more [...]
I need to find out what my soil pH is. I have questions because of the poor results that I have experienced the past few years. I have a pH detector, the kind with a meter on top and one metal shaft to stick in the soil. It doesn't work - I get the same neutral result regardless of whether I stick it in soil, tap water or even dipping it in white vinegar! Obviously it is unreliable. I have pH test strips, so I decided to try to use them. I dug up a tiny bit of dirt from several spots Read more [...]
After trying to get over the failure of my spring garden, probably due to Dow Agriscience's poison aminopyralid, I have decided to replant some quick growers for the second half of our growing season here in Texas. This bed is scheduled to have broccoli, cabbage and greens this fall. However, since these crops won't be planted for at least 6 to 8 weeks, I am going to try to get a quick crop of beans. So far, the beans look OK. I think that maybe most of the poison aminopyralid may have degraded Read more [...]
Time for an overview. This garden, except for the peppers, has exploded in the past 3 or so weeks. This view is from the center row, looking up at 4 raised beds - 2 on each side. In the far set of beds, you can see the summer squash over flowing into the row between the beds. Since I don't have very much bed space, I planned to grow squash on each side of the raised cattle panels in the middle and allow the squash to grow over the side into the middle beds. In the front bed on the right, Read more [...]
Can’t resist a frivolous post – here is a few pics of my gardening buddy.
80 pounds of love – unless you’re an intruder!
Keeping me company as I mix up a batch of potting soil.
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Time for another overview of my garden: This shot shows all 6 long beds - 3 are straight in front. To the left is my new garden shed. The area around the shed in in the process of being developed. I plan to plant about 4 more blueberry plants and many wild black berry bushes in the area this side of the white shed. This front bed has hot peppers on the left side of the raised cattle panel and summer squash on the right side. Directly under the panel, winter squash is growing. This bed Read more [...]
Last October, I planted Luculus Swiss Chard. (The seeds were from 2009 - still germinated very well). It didn't grow particularly well thru the very cold winter. This spring it took off and for the past month or so I have been drying a load or 2 each day. Swiss chard is a cooler weather plant and I can see some of the plants starting to bolt. I can see different styles of leaves and have chosen the plants that I want to let go to seed - plants that have very large, wrinkled leaves, shorter Read more [...]
My raised beds are filled with poor, sandy soil so I had to do something to get a serious amount of organic material into the beds. My solution? A ton or 2 of composting horse manure from a local stable. The trailer was fully loaded and piled high when I pulled it in. It took me about 4 days of serious shoveling to get the other poop out of the trailer and into the beds. I shoveled more out than is pictured. Have to find a good place to store the rest until next spring planting. I lined Read more [...]
I have prepared two of my raised beds for hoop gardens. I plan to do this for my 3rd bed that doesn't have a raised cattle panel running down the middle of it. The beds are made out of 16' lengths of 1x6 treated lumber. The boxes are 5' wide. I purchased four 20' sections of 3/8" rebar and had one of my sons cut them into 2' sections. I decided to put 7 hoops on each 16' bed. I pounded the 2' sections of rebar 1' into the ground, leaving 1' above ground - the height of the bed side. Read more [...]
This is the middle walkway between the 2 long rows of raised beds. The beds are 5 feet wide and 16 feet long - to accommodate the 16' cattle panels. I planned to plant climbing plants - mostly beans, squash and cucumbers - under the cattle panels on both sides of the bed and plant other things along the outer 2 feet of each long side. I planted these squash so that they could grow down into the 4' aisle between the beds. In the very front, left you can see a long vine growing along the outside Read more [...]