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Re: Raised Bed Gardening
« Reply #460 on: April 04, 2021, 10:00:30 PM »
We spent a good bit of today putting fenceposts around the raised beds Michelle and some friends had built at the elementary school. She has been doing afterschool gardening zoom meetings with the kids. Hopefully the treated 4x4's will dry pretty quickly, they would like them painted white and then the kids can paint them with decoration. She picked up 7' deer fencing this past week and will get a screen door for the entrance. Apparently the deer herd in town is something else. I still need to make about 100' of picket fence to surround the net fencing down low.
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« Reply #461 on: April 05, 2021, 07:29:59 AM »
I went to 5-gallon pails for Tomato plants 2019 season after seeing the process from an old guy on Youtube wanting to share his wisdom before it was too late.  It worked good so I tried it with Bell peppers also for the 2020 growing season.  Maine has grow your own other stuff so this system was successful also.

 
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« Reply #462 on: April 05, 2021, 07:40:01 AM »
I moved them closer to my waterline and elevated them on some dunnage.   It was great not having to haul water.  As they grew rope twine was used to wrap up the vines to the verticles.  The verticles were great at the end of the season if the plants had to be covered for frost.


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« Reply #463 on: April 05, 2021, 07:46:46 AM »
Just potted my red bells this morning. 8)

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« Reply #464 on: April 05, 2021, 07:47:59 AM »
Awesome tomato vines there Mooseherder. 8)
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« Reply #465 on: April 05, 2021, 07:48:56 AM »
Talk about nice.  You're on it SD.
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« Reply #466 on: April 05, 2021, 07:56:51 AM »
I kinda jumped into it a little early, but I want some nice big bells to set into the ground in June. Our season as you know is tough to eek out 120 good heat days, but last summer was sure hot enough. I did have to haul water from the creek and I never water from well. It's amazing how much water a small garden can eat up. :D
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« Reply #467 on: April 05, 2021, 07:58:17 AM »
Looks like your weather is a month ahead this season.  
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« Reply #468 on: April 05, 2021, 08:00:51 AM »
It is certainly possible that grain will go in this month. Snowed an inch last night but raining now and warm all week. I looked at the potato fields around here yesterday and no big muck holes on the best ground and no snow on the edges, so certainly possible to plant in 2 weeks. Not garden stuff though. ;D
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« Reply #469 on: April 05, 2021, 08:41:26 AM »
we have some Bermuda in one raised bed.  I do not use herbicides in a garden.  I think I will cover with plastic and see if I can germinate weed seeds so they do not come up in the garden.  any trick for grasses.
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« Reply #470 on: April 07, 2021, 06:44:06 AM »
I put a piece of clear plastics over a small section of grass. Don't really know the correct name, but has white roots. Can and does shoot out a new plant along these white roots about every 4 inches. Break those roots with a tiller, each broke off piece will grow.  :(  :o  >:(  
But I could not grow anything in that area for a season. I cooked the ground. I put rocks around the edges to hold the plastic in place. Does not take long for things to turn brown under it.
I did work on one area that has the same grass, I just dug it up and threw it on an area that I was filling in. That stuff does grow!! I had to go back and re-dig in places that I had dug it out. Took me a few years to get rid of it. I tried the plastic and that seem to work in one year.
A high content of vinegar will slow it down too. Not the canning type, need a higher content of vinegar to really work.

Use that black poly to increase the yield of peppers!! Think I said this before. The guy I got this idea from laid black poly down than ran it up against the pool and than put the peppers in black buckets. First time he did this, he was gone for a day and cooked the peppers plants.

swampdonkey is right on big peppers plants. I buy mine, but have put them into the ground blossomed and having little peppers on them all ready. I get stocks the size of my thumb and woody. I have to put tomato cages around my peppers plants to keep them from falling over from the weight of the peppers.
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« Reply #471 on: April 07, 2021, 12:10:18 PM »
Da garden got planted this morning.



 
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« Reply #472 on: April 08, 2021, 06:45:46 AM »
I put a piece of clear plastics over a small section of grass. Don't really know the correct name, but has white roots. Can and does shoot out a new plant along these white roots about every 4 inches. Break those roots with a tiller, each broke off piece will grow.  
We call it couch (kootch) grass. If ya have trouble getting green, just grow that stuff. :D

Barn yard grass is a menace to, I have one bed that keeps germinating in, don't let that stuff seed. I think one plant must make 1000 seeds and the plant can be small and seed to. :D I like peat mulch around plants, have hardly a weed around the onion bulbs.

My bells have doubled in 3 days. :) The place smells like tomatoes. :D
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« Reply #473 on: July 21, 2021, 11:52:02 AM »
I've been using old fridges/freezers for raised beds for a couple of years now. We just changed the layout this year. We used to have Rabbit fencing on metal stakes (you can see it rolled up) and no stones in the garden area. We had a low 12'x4' raised bed as well but grass clippings and weeds would get in there so we made it bigger (24' x 36') added weed guard and stone, put in cedar posts and 2' high galvanized panels. The rabbit fencing will go above that. I will most likely add the low bed in there again as well and I have plenty of room for more frezzers/fridges!



 

 

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« Reply #474 on: July 21, 2021, 03:05:38 PM »
Brilliant!
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« Reply #475 on: July 21, 2021, 05:44:37 PM »
Great idea with your freezer beds. :)
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« Reply #476 on: July 21, 2021, 09:42:56 PM »
Now that recycling!! Good idea.
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« Reply #477 on: July 22, 2021, 10:26:42 AM »
The chest freezers are better because:
1. They have less stuff inside them to remove
2. They are made to be in this position
3. They are taller, and therefore easier on you back

The guy at the transfer station keeps an eye out for me when they come in and he puts them aside. Ideally I wait until the guy from the transfer station home office comes out to recapture the refrigerant. I take them home, strip out all the electrical and condenser, plumbing, etc. and return the parts to the transfer station for disposal/recycling. The doors are removed as soon as they come in so I never have to deal with those. I drill a bunch of 1/2 holes through them for drainage.

We paint them so they don't look so red neck. Can't get much freer than that for a good raised bed!

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« Reply #478 on: July 22, 2021, 08:09:51 PM »
Great idea. 
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« Reply #479 on: July 26, 2021, 06:24:53 PM »
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