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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
Here's a report from northern Vermont, where our spring and early summer have been inordinately wet and cool. It's looking to be a banner year for berries of all sorts, but the warm-weather-loving crops (beans, squash, tomatoes, and so on) have been laggardly. Two photos, the first of my garden yesterday, July 16, and the second from July 18, 2014. Quite a contrast!
My mother and I used to go picking raspberries south-east of Portland, Ore..... I think this was 1974. Eventually, I was politely asked not to pick anymore. I had difficulty seeing the difference between the ripe and not so ripe ones.... but I did enjoy it though.....
I've driven thru eastern Kentucky twice...once in the winter and once in the spring. I loved the forest and the mountains. It is depressing to imagine that some of these mountains become desolate flat tops.
...ahh sh#t.... that didn't work....
Grant County, Ky is where the Ark Encounter is.....
Grant County, Ky.....
Daniel, your harvest is beautiful, as always. Such healthy potatoes and greens, and onions. Isn't harvest time wonderful?!
I like your descriptions of raising your beds; it does make a big difference on the energy used by the gardener. I like the idea of concrete blocks at ground level; your wood should last a bit longer if they are not sitting on wet soil. I think 4' x 8' or longer is perfect and you will be relieved of the mowing the paths.
Bertold, thanks for special AlterNet piec, "Gardening As One Way to Fight Trump-Era Hopelessness: One family's effort to grow their way out of despair." I also like your affirmation, "Surprise of all surprises, Donald Trump is making the corn grow in Connecticut!"
Kathy, I had to laugh when you wrote about BOTOX. I was at the doctor's office last week and one of the office personnel clearly had botox lips, kind of Ethiopian Suri looking in an odd sort of way. If I were a man I surely would not want to kiss her lumpy, big lips.
What is it like to live so close to a strip mine? How is the air, water, and forest looking, or do you have forests? Any other problems they cause you? What are options for getting internet service?
Thomas Murray, you wrote, "The only possible positive outcome of strip mining is if they started in Grant County, Kentucky." Can you tell us more? Why should strip mining start in Grant Co., Kentucky?
Randy, I wish I could sit down and have a nice ear of corn, picked cooked, and eaten within minutes. We used to start the kettle boiling and then go to the garden, pick and shuck the golden treasures, and get them into the pot. I grew beautiful corn in my Spokane garden when it was all vegetables. I planted corn among the perennials when I turned the spot into a meditation garden, after the kids all fledged.
Was it hard to put together?
Larry and Laura hired two firefighters from their District 8 Volunteer Fire Dept. I don’t remember how long it took them to complete it.
Laura prepared the base by leveling off the ground, brought in a truck load of gravel, and then the men built the structure. I heard no swearing or saw no throwing of tools in frustration, so I assume it was a matter of putting the puzzle together.
I directed the filling of the boxes with soil: MY SOIL!
I have several composting methods
1) Basic Composter – a self-contained unit with a lid that keeps raccoons and skunks out.
2) Spinning Composter – is near the kitchen so it is easy to bring my compost bucket out to it. Mine is a double bin rotating one. Very fast composter. Although spinning composters cost a little more than basic models, they cook the compost quicker.
~ Gardening Know How: Best Compost Bins: Tips For Choosing The Perfect Compost Bin https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/basics/choosing-compost...
3) Wire cage we happened to have and into which I through all the big stuff from the garden. It is a long-term compost heap. It fills fast and then sinks down to almost nothing.
4) Composting Worm Farm. This requires rather small buckets of kitchen waste. Coffee grounds go in here, and some dry carbon, i.e. straw, paper, cardboard, egg cartons, fruit, and vegetables. I keep it in the greenhouse during the summer and in the garage in winter. Don’t want those red worms to die.
5) Composted brown manure from chicken coops, horse barns, and cow barns. Friends bring in whatever they have to spare so that I have a hot manure composting all the time.
Larry installed an automatic water timer and hoses from the water tank to the beds. We turned that off when the water began to freeze, especially the night freezes.
Thank you for any input!
You are very welcome.
Gardening As One Way to Fight Trump-Era Hopelessness
One family's effort to grow their way out of despair.
By Frida Berrigan / TomDispatch
July 11, 2017, 7:26 AM GMT
Do you get greens or vegetables mid winter?
Only collard greens; they tend to be tough and strong tasting and so I use them judiciously.
Does it overheat in summer?
Yes, we use a sun screen cover over the south side and top in the heat of summer.
Any problems with plant disease or bugs?
I had to learn now to control for mold and fungus. I use diatomatious Earth.
Mid July I start an Epsom salt drench q/3weeks, 1 gal water: 1 T Epson Salt until Oct. We have toads the kids catch in the terrace garden; they get the grasshoppers that sometimes get in. They also like the pupa and bugs on the plants or on the ground. I have seen no signs of aphids.
What plants do well? Which ones dont?
I tried a lot of different brassicas and they didn’t do well for me. I used old seed for a mixture of vegetables and they were not successful. I am going to try fresh heirloom seeds next year.
The successful plants were beans coming on now, dill, coriander, mint, Italian flat leaf parsley, kale, collards, peas, basil, garlic, lettuce, spinach, indeterminate tomatoes, and potatoes.
Daniel W’s questions about geodesic dome
Joan, you seem happy with your greenhouse.
Would you go wth the same company again?
YES! it was expensive, I paid less for my home 40+ years ago. My car cost less. I can no long drive and I can’t live alone, so I tearfully give up my beautiful sanctuary and create one here in the North woods.
P.O. Box 5518
1868 B Majestic Dr.
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am to 5p
Did you need a builders permit?
Not in the forest 15 miles from nearest town.
Are there problems with it?
We close it down four months, November through February because of our harsh winters. We can still harvest collard greens into the winter using them in soups and stews. In Spring, I start seeds inside where I can control the temperature, then take the seed flats to the greenhouse in May and either plant them in there, or plant some in the outside raised beds, depending on the night temperatures.
I just ate my first tomato from the greenhouse and it is delicious.
What to you use for heat, if anything?
There is a large tank of water designed to collect and absorb heat. It gets full of algae and four huge snails take care of that problem. It freezes on the top making about a one-inch layer of ice that we keep breaking up. We also put two wood planks in the water; they tend to break the ice so ice does not break the tank.
The solar is inadequate for deep winter in NE WA. Larry got two large batteries and even that did not give us more time. We tried propane, but it was too expensive for what food we were getting.
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