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Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on July 7, 2015 at 2:01pm

Barbara, Sweet Potatoes must like it hot and wet.  I planted one for the first time this year, and since I started watering it heavily, it has grown fast.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 7, 2015 at 1:54pm

Barbara, my Cold Frame has a thick piece of Styrofoam on the soil, then sand on top of that, and the sand has an electric heating cable in it.

It's well insulated, with Styrofoam inside the walls, and with a transparent corrugated top with another piece of plastic 1 inch below that.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 7, 2015 at 1:27pm

Kathy, the only thing I would suggest is several layers of cardboard instead of the black plastic. Better draininage for bed, IMHO. When I finished putting mine together it was almost 3 feet high, and it has settled quite a bit.  I planted cantaloupe on the top and I think they died from too much rain, ditto the squash. I created a mini-bed around the edges of the hugelkultur and planted sweet potatoes in it - then I edged entire thing with rocks. Sweet potatoes are alive. :)


Spud, heated?  Howso?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 7, 2015 at 6:00am

I don't know enough about it to help you Kathy, but you reminded me about a huge limb that blew off my neighbor's tree a few days ago.  If I can think of a place to put it on my small property, I'll go collect it.  It's like a medium sized tree.

Comment by kathy: ky on July 6, 2015 at 10:51pm
I put together my first hugelculture bed. I found eight good sized, well aged, logs. Stuffed them with decomposed leaves,from the woods, then covered them with 18 gallons of compost. Now I'm going to wait for it to settle, add more rotting tree trunks and then more compost. It's only about 10'lx3'w. The depth is about twenty" but I'm planning on adding at least another foot to the top.
Should l try to add rocks around the edges to keep the compost from washing out? That's going to be a lot of work and rocks! I put black plastic down before I started.
Does anyone have any suggestions?? Ideas?
I meant to start smaller but decided the trees would be more stable, and last longer, uncut.
Comment by Idaho Spud on July 6, 2015 at 4:53pm

Well, with all new materials, it would cost me about $90 to build a new one.  Using the materials I have on hand, I could build one for about $10.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 6, 2015 at 4:47pm

A private nurseryman is retiring and I bought one of his old 4 by 8 foot heated Cold Frames for $100.  I could build a new one for half that, but I've got so much to do, that I'll never get around to it.

It should be great for starting plants early, and even growing some inside.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on July 6, 2015 at 8:34am

Randall, I too walk in the mornings. This week it was turtles - and in my garden it is toads. Just love nature's little critters. I hope yours leave you some corn. :)

My monster of a cantaloupe was okay, not as sweet as I hoped but just as good as any I've bought at store recently. I'm simply sore amazed at the amount of vines and blossoms needed to produce cucumbers. Ditto with squash. The Currant Tomatoes are not as tasty as I anticipated.  Eating my very first home grown produce is simply wonderful.  

Chris, it's surprising how much your kitty looks like my Abby. 

Comment by Randall Smith on July 5, 2015 at 7:43am
I usually walk the dog a half mile or so every morning before breakfast. This morning we saw a momma raccoon and 4 little ones. NOOOOO! They love sweet corn, and mine is just now tassling. Hopefully my dog will keep them away.
Comment by kathy: ky on July 4, 2015 at 11:03am
Thanks Chris. I'll look it up and find out which ones I have. The closed blooms look like a large cigar. When they open they are about the size of a salad plate.
 

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