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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Barbara, good luck with the new tiller. Even with a more powerful tiller, turning sod is difficult. Don't hurt your back.
My potatoes are the largest I've ever had. A rainy summer made the difference. Surprisingly, my onions were not so big. A major drawback to all the rain is the mosquito population. I have to take a bath in "Off" before entering the yard and garden. I have no standing water around--must be the farm fields.
Spud, I don't have a clue as I just discovered the process about a month ago via online site. You have a point and I'll definitely check into it.
I just couldn't face the idea of having to dig up all the grass for planting beds, etc. without a tiller. Decided it was a good investment.
Barbara, glad you're getting a tiller. Saves a lot of work.
How do you harvest the potatoes in the tower. Do you harvest them all at once, or can you tear into the cardboard to get baby ones?
Barbara, so very nice to read your posts. Looks like you have been getting valuable information for exploring and experimenting. Always something to learn if one gardens. Do you have photos of garden and your new dog? Would love to see them. I used ollas when I gardened in El Paso and in Killeen. It is a great way to get water to the roots.
Randall, I never left ... I've been reading the various posts as they pop up in my email and the posts have been filled with lots of pics and info on veggies and fruits y'all have grown - and are enjoying. Since I only grew flowers this year about all I could contribute was a tad bit of jealousy and envy.
However, I've been busy planning for next year; gathering info on what to plant in my zone, soil admendments, etc. I've joined a group of gardeners and this week's lecture is on Hugelkulture, Wicking Beds, OLLAS, and Aquaponics with demonstrations in all. With our water restrictions I need to find a system that works and will provide adequate irrigation for my garden.
AND! I ordered my very own tiller today and it should arrive next week. I was not looking foward to digging up my backyard by hand so I found a little lightweight 6.5 amp electric tiller - and a tilling I shall go!
I'm off to Puppy School with my little girl. So far she has nailed each class, but tonight will be new things so we'll see how she does. Woof!
Daniel, your link is very similar to the one I posted. Here are the instructions I cut and pasted from my link:
Here’s what you’ll need: ~ cardboard ~ a cage. I used a stretch of fencing joined in the round ~ straw ~ a bucket-full of compost ~ seed potatoes
Start by setting up the cage on top on the cardboard, this will go a long way in keeping the weeds out of the potato tower. Next, add a thick layer of straw to the bottom of the cage, top the straw with your 2/3 of your compost. Push the seed potatoes into the compost and cover with the remaining compost. Top with another layer of straw. Once the potatoes sprout out, keep adding straw to the tower, keeping about 4 inches of greenery exposed at all times. Stop adding when the plants set blooms.
The bottom line of both of them, along with your wishing well is growing potatoes vertically instead of in long rows. For those us with small spaces it makes sense. I think I'm going to go with using a wood frame using landscape timbers, and as the plant grows I'll simple add another 'collar' -maybe using a metal rod on each side to hold them in place, although I should think with weight of timbers they should be okay. It will be a fun winter project getting them ready. And if the potatoes don't grow well in it I can convert it to flowers! :)
Barbara, glad to have you back. I was wondering...
Spud, I put up (froze) two batches of sweet corn. I do it the old fashioned way--stick a boiled ear on a nailed board and cut off the kernals with a knife. Otherwise, I eat one or two ears a day, in season. Now the season's over. :(
Daniel, this is the link to the tower: http://blog.greenthumbsgalore.com/tag/growing-potatoes/ Given my new puppy's penchant for digging, I just know she would dig the crap out of it, if I just used the tomato cage and didn't protect it in some way.
You are so right about the So TX heat heating up the stone rings. I was thinking of it as a protective measure, in addition to it looking nice in my backyard, but, you are correct that wood would be better.
Back to the drawing board :) Surely I can make something out of untreated landscape timbers. Your 'well' looks as if it is approximately 2' in diameter, correct? All I would need to do is create a frame and use same process as link indicates. Maybe I can talk the guys at Lowe's into cutting them for me!
Everyone's comments about the fruit you have grown has really inspired me. A quality nursery here in SA has Dwarf Fruit trees that only require a 4' x 4' growing space and in the next month I hope to be planting plum, nectarine, and peach trees!
Thanks Daniel, for your response and information.
Daniel, a question about your potato wishing well. I'm going to be working with a young woman who helps people with edible landscaping. I found online instructions for a potato tower using a tomato cage instead of the stones you used. Yours is much more appealing and I wonder if you had tried anything else before using the stones.
How much corn did you get, and how much did you eat fresh?
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