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Title: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on February 03, 2014, 08:24:14 PM
This year has a bit of a twist:

I've been asked to allow my garden to be part of a charitable fundraiser tour this May. 

When I got the phone call asking me if I'd consider it, my response was "have you ever actually seen my garden?"   

I explained that my whole scheme wasn't exactly a conventional garden plan, sort of a free style mess of experimentation that is always undergoing some sort of modification, and that it was all done without a landscape architect or power equipment.   

Their response was basically yes, we know, people are really interested in the whole self sufficiency/ sustainability thing.  So after a meeting and hour long walk through here in the dead of winter, the organizers were genuinely excited and I agreed to do it.

So between now and the first weekend in may, I have a ton of work to do.  More than I probably can get done the way I would prefer.

So I've started.   Here is the 60% complete Kiwi vine pergola / arbor #1

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1447-1.jpg)

I'm dreading the amount of work I need to get done in the next 3 months, but it will be good for me and actually quite productive. 

I'll report progress here periodically as well as @ cohutt.com
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: archer on February 03, 2014, 09:36:24 PM
cool! i'm looking forward to your garden-porn!
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on February 03, 2014, 09:48:44 PM
cool! i'm looking forward to your garden-porn!


Haha.   OK, Google passed over me again last spring :


(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/GoogSpy1.png)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: theBINKYhunter on February 03, 2014, 10:10:53 PM
:popcorn:
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Theswerd on February 04, 2014, 08:47:43 AM
 :popcorn:
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Nicodemus on February 04, 2014, 01:00:44 PM
I always look forward to Cohutt's Garden thread.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Zuplex on February 04, 2014, 01:21:21 PM
Wow. That aerial view really demonstrates how much work you've put in!
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: PorcupineKate on February 05, 2014, 07:07:00 PM
 :popcorn:

I am looking forward to another year of beautiful photos. 
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on February 05, 2014, 07:13:24 PM
I've been wanting to put together a smaller, funky greenhouse from salvaged materials.  Mrs cohutt is for this although she always likes to see certain other projects and maintenance activities finished first.  She doesn't like stacks of materials for various "in progress" projects scattered about the back. I don't blame her and try keep things on track and neat, but I'm not the best. 

With this background, I was surprised Monday morning she texted me about an add for free wooden windows for pickup.   I called, get some description and told the guy I'd take them and would pick up after work. 
I picked them up and hit it off with the old guy.  They had replaced a bunch of windows with (ugly but efficient) aluminum double pane ones. He said ill had about 8 to go and would let me know when those were ready, I could have them too. 
Final haul was 25 wooden multi pane windows (no frames, just the sashes and a couple larger fixed windows) of all sizes, total of a little over 200 square feet of glass and frame- a good start.
The bonus was 8 storm window sashes and 1 storm door insert, total of almost 80 square feet of clear quality glass. These are going to be great for cold frames and perhaps some trapped solar heating applications. 

I have found free to be better than cheap every time so far. :)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/20140205_212918.jpg)

Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on February 05, 2014, 07:26:11 PM
Ha. pretty photos will have to wait a few more weeks, not a lot going on just yet.

I do have a couple of nice stacks of bushel basket gourds from last season that are almost cured/dried.  Not sure what I'll make out of them and when exactly I'll have time though.

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1435.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on February 05, 2014, 08:14:59 PM
I always look forward to Cohutt's Garden thread.

I do and I sometimes avoid it. I get feeling 'so much behind' when I see his lovely garden.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on February 05, 2014, 08:18:32 PM
I do have a couple of nice stacks of bushel basket gourds from last season that are almost cured/dried.  Not sure what I'll make out of them and when exactly I'll have time though.

May I suggest ...
(http://cdn1.johnnyseeds.com/images/Product/large/9686.jpg)
ISBN-10: 1887374558
See if your local library has it. It is one of my favorite books.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on February 05, 2014, 08:25:01 PM
I've been wanting to put together a smaller, funky greenhouse from salvaged materials. 

Two I ideas I have had floating on my desktop for a year now from salvaged windows you can glean ideas from if you like are:

I was also considering this as a chicken house.
(http://ecofriend.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/fraser_koroluks_recycled_greenhouse_image_title_vmiyn.jpg)


The top left:
(http://webecoist.momtastic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Shed-Inspiration-Main.jpg)

Cedar

Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on February 05, 2014, 08:40:15 PM
I like the way you think cedar

I actually do have some plans for some of the gourds and have seen that book as well as other similar resources.  I like the colorful hanging lights made from gourds in Turkey and central America as well as the finished natural shades of basic bowls and storage vessels.

I've been pinning the window structures as I come across ones that catch my eye and actually had saved that one above (man holding goat).   Likely, i won't be starting mine until summer time or even fall.



Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on February 05, 2014, 08:42:24 PM
I do and I sometimes avoid it. I get feeling 'so much behind' when I see his lovely garden.

Cedar

Only because you do real work in yours (and moved last year) while I am just somewhat productively entertaining myself to keep my head from imploding ;)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on February 10, 2014, 08:25:29 PM
Seed starting is well underway, although I lost one of my 2 hydrofarm 125watt bulbs after 5 years..... $28 + amazon and a new one is set to arrive tomorrow, weather willing.

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1447_2.jpg)

The grow box continues to amaze me, providing perfect temperature conditions and lots of direct and reflected light for early growth.  Germination times are short, generally a lot less than the seed packages guidelines state.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: theBINKYhunter on February 11, 2014, 08:18:58 AM
i need to get my seeds started... did you make those with the soilcube? if so does it work pretty well? and what grow box setup are you using? i have looked into doing something like that but haven't done enough research.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on February 11, 2014, 04:55:44 PM
i need to get my seeds started... did you make those with the soilcube? if so does it work pretty well? and what grow box setup are you using? i have looked into doing something like that but haven't done enough research.
Yes, soil cube and regular commercial seed starter mix. Works like a charm if you wet to the consistency of runny oatmeal first.

Seed box- http://cohutt.com/2012/02/13/fully-foiled/

Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: theBINKYhunter on February 11, 2014, 05:06:08 PM
cool, i ordered a soil cube a couple hours ago before i left work. hoping it ships pretty fast, i want to get my seeds started and don't want to make a bunch of newspaper pots.

your grow box is neat too. i don't have room nor time to do a project like that, plus i think i have fairer weather where i am and the plants can tolerate things better.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on February 11, 2014, 05:45:49 PM
I'm zone 7 here. I have a great sunroom I used once but mrs cohutt wasn't so cool on the mess I made so I moved to the rough basement with this setup.   I wanted something automated that was consistent enough to only check to water once a day.  Amazingly this worked very well with minimal adjustments.

I'm moving these two flats out to the hoophouse this weekend with the shallots already out there.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on February 13, 2014, 08:00:05 PM
The second winter storm of the year came through this week. 

The hoophouse contorted itself into odd shapes under the weight but it shed the snow on its own eventually.  No damage

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1559e.jpg)

Kale, the bullet proof winter crop.... 

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1527.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on February 13, 2014, 09:28:41 PM
Kale, the bullet proof winter crop....

Isn't it though?

And on your hoophouse, if you get any accumulation on it, try to knock it off. You won this time.. next time...... ?
We lost a few around the area lately, including one with a bunch of citrus it it.. *Yikes* That was a sad loss I bet.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: theBINKYhunter on February 15, 2014, 03:16:26 PM
cohutt, when you mix soil for the soil cube do you follow the 'recipe' with all of the peat moss, vermiculite, etc...? i need to pick up more soil for my second bed, but i don't know if i want to get all of that, because then i'll have a bunch of stuff left over. i'm hoping i'll be good with plain soil as long as i keep it at the 'oatmeal' consistency... or do i need the other stuff to make it happen?
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on February 15, 2014, 08:46:00 PM
cohutt, when you mix soil for the soil cube do you follow the 'recipe' with all of the peat moss, vermiculite, etc...? i need to pick up more soil for my second bed, but i don't know if i want to get all of that, because then i'll have a bunch of stuff left over. i'm hoping i'll be good with plain soil as long as i keep it at the 'oatmeal' consistency... or do i need the other stuff to make it happen?

I'd just get a bag of potting mix at wally world- it will work fine by my experience
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: theBINKYhunter on February 15, 2014, 09:16:53 PM
Cool, I had time today and picked up some soil and compost, I'll try it tomorrow.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on February 17, 2014, 07:27:30 AM
Getting ready for spring, I found a large garbage can full of unprocessed luffas that I had forgotten about (thought it had compost in it....).

Sunny and 50 degrees for a change, I took a break from the kiwi arbor/pergola project and prepped a few.   Only about 50 to go.

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1655.jpg)

All of these were from volunteer vines in their 3rd year.....   

We use them for all sorts of things; they are tough and don't wear out like sponges. Additionally, they don't go funky in about 3 days like normal kitchen sponges. 

Just don't ever accidentally chew one up in the disposal or else you'll be disassembling everything below the sink and removing one small piece at a time- I know from first hand experience.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: theBINKYhunter on February 17, 2014, 08:14:19 AM
Just don't ever accidentally chew one up in the disposal or else you'll be disassembling everything below the sink and removing one small piece at a time- I know from first hand experience.

lol, one time my wife thought about a half pound of mint STEMS would be better served to go down the disposal than the trash. she clogged the whole system up. i had to disassemble and remove what i could from the pipes and disposal opening, put it back together, run water and the disposal to throw more into the pipes, rinse and repeat, had to do it about three times...
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on February 27, 2014, 06:48:47 PM
Great weekend to prepare for the season, 65-70 and sunny. I moved two beds a little, thinned and replanted strawberries, put in a small bed of shallots and prepped and scrubbed a couple of the gourds from last year that were finally dry enough.  (Also, the strawberry gutter experiment is visible on the bench in the background, when I get the new section of fence up it will be attached).

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1656.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1658.jpg)


Cold snap mid week put lows last night and tonight near 20, so the makeshift cold frame had to give up contents to the sunroom for 48 hours. 

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1653.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1661.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1664.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Roswell on February 27, 2014, 06:50:16 PM
Looks good Cohutt!
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: theBINKYhunter on February 28, 2014, 06:44:06 AM
that's a cool tray, did you make that or buy that? and what's in there? a bunch of lettuces?
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on February 28, 2014, 07:34:36 PM
that's a cool tray, did you make that or buy that? and what's in there? a bunch of lettuces?

Speedling polystyrene trays.  I've used a couple for 4 or so seasons so far and they are holding up fairly well.
http://www.groworganic.com/speedling-transplant-tray-128-cell.html

they float too, which comes in handy sometimes

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/Garden%202011/Garden2011158.jpg)

And yes, 4 favorite lettuces :

 Amish Deer Tongue
 Reine des Glaces
 Forellenschluss
 Bronze Arrowhead
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on March 12, 2014, 04:32:03 AM
The bushel basket and apple gourds harvested last year are just now becoming dried enough to clean up.  They've been out in the weather all winter, just on boards to keep the bottoms from rotting.  A good soaking (hour or so) in/on water under wet towel preps them for easy cleanup using a copper chore-boy.   Hanging to dry and admire:

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1709.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1716.jpg)

Apple gourd half cleaned for comparison

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/20140311_182728.jpg)



( Someone was not pleased when he discovered these apple gourds in his $7 wading pool so he decided to try and remove them. )

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/20140311_174909.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on March 12, 2014, 10:56:55 AM
The third from the left looks like a "pear gourd". Silly dog.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on March 12, 2014, 05:19:25 PM
A giant pear at that.... 
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on March 15, 2014, 05:45:24 AM
Stuck in the "tween" season right now.   The spring greens are still a couple weeks away and all I have from the winter garden left is some leggy kale and the last of my leeks.  Still makes for a tasty sautee with a couple cloves too many of creole garlic in a pat of butter.
(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1720.jpg)

I did find an area in my blueberries  that had some clumps of young dandelion greens; no foot traffic or pet peeing in this area, so they are our raw salad greens for the weekend.  They are fairly sweet and tasty, spicy in wa way that is like a cross between the peppery taste of arugula and fresh watercress.

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1724.jpg)

I had read that some of these will grow back if severed at the top of the fat tap root, so that's what i did.   If I remember to check again (busy with spring garden ramp up, i have an excuse) I'll see if it is true in this case.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on March 15, 2014, 08:06:03 AM
I had read that some of these will grow back if severed at the top of the fat tap root, so that's what i did.   If I remember to check again (busy with spring garden ramp up, i have an excuse) I'll see if it is true in this case.

That should work.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on March 20, 2014, 04:44:20 AM
Last winter was so mild that the garlic was stunted- it bulbed out early and was relatively small overall.
This year it looks like things will be much better; most types have big healthy tops on relatively fat "stems" here in mid march.  A good sign.

Inchelium red, a soft neck type, between some over-wintered kale and spinach

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1727.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on March 26, 2014, 05:12:18 AM
Spring Fava bean experiment doing ok (squirrel and cat deterrent temporarily over it)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1735.jpg)



A grew bottle or birdhouse gourds several years ago and turned a few into birdhouses that I scattered about to see what might take.   A House Wren has found one of those I put up on the porch of the outbuilding

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1706.jpg)

closeup of left one:

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1706c.jpg)

These little guys roll low through the garden mostly in the evenings and give it a good working over.  I've seen moths, and caterpillars get snatched from their hiding spots with ease, definitely a nice bird to have hanging out....
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on March 27, 2014, 05:06:47 AM
This is how I finished the top of my first kiwi arbor - I'll run wire long ways across the top (same direction as the flag string) for vine support.   the two pair of interior "pergola" rafters will serve as support and hopefully won't be much in the way for pruning.

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1704.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Roswell on March 27, 2014, 06:20:15 AM
I like it!

What flag is that?
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on March 27, 2014, 06:37:25 PM
I like it!

What flag is that?

Tibetan prayer flags  -
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: LvsChant on March 27, 2014, 06:42:35 PM
I am so loving your garden again this year. My garlic is looking pretty good, too. The bulbs from the grocery extras are the winners so far. The garlic I bought at the seed store are puny in comparison.

Spring in our part of the world is a bit discouraging due to all the wind and dust. It's my least favorite time of year in this area. Can't get motivated to spend the necessary amount of time out there digging in the dirt yet... but I will... promise.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on March 28, 2014, 04:43:48 AM
I am so loving your garden again this year. My garlic is looking pretty good, too. The bulbs from the grocery extras are the winners so far. The garlic I bought at the seed store are puny in comparison.

Spring in our part of the world is a bit discouraging due to all the wind and dust. It's my least favorite time of year in this area. Can't get motivated to spend the necessary amount of time out there digging in the dirt yet... but I will... promise.

Thanks J
I have the garden tour thing coming the first Saturday in May- plenty of motivation for me at this point, rain or shine. Panic has not set in yet but it is approaching.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on March 28, 2014, 09:16:38 PM
A grew bottle or birdhouse gourds several years ago and turned a few into birdhouses that I scattered about to see what might take.   A House Wren has found one of those I put up on the porch of the outbuilding
These little guys roll low through the garden mostly in the evenings and give it a good working over.  I've seen moths, and caterpillars get snatched from their hiding spots with ease, definitely a nice bird to have hanging out....

Just a little love (and house) and they will do so much for you. I love working with wildlife. I like your gourds. One day I would like to try some.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on March 30, 2014, 07:32:20 PM


Cedar, let's play "Name that lettuce":
(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1714-1.jpg)

More gourds
(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1706-1.jpg)


It's up again almost a year after getting ripped down by the flying roof of 2013

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1713.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on March 30, 2014, 07:44:38 PM
Cedar, let's play "Name that lettuce":
(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1714-1.jpg)

"Forellenschlus" is my #1 guess.
"Freckles" is my #2 guess.
For the speckled ones.

Not sure on the rest of the 'green' ones yet. I am leaning in certain directions on a couple of them however.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on March 30, 2014, 07:49:07 PM
More gourds
(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1706-1.jpg)

I so want to paint two of your gourds...

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on March 30, 2014, 08:09:19 PM
I'll send you a couple if you like. Got plenty lol

Correct on first guess.
Other = amish deer tongue with a couple of Reine des Glaces in there too
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on March 30, 2014, 08:13:01 PM
Other = amish deer tongue with a couple of Reine des Glaces in there too

Mannnnnnnnnnnnnn.. I should have said. Those were two of my other guesses..

#1 guess was "Reine des Glaces" and
#2 was "Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed" for that one.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on March 30, 2014, 08:15:10 PM
I'll send you a couple if you like. Got plenty lol

Probably too expensive to ship. But thank you. I have 18" above my cupboards that I want to have 'cool stuff' up there and a couple gourds painted as a pear and an apple would be dandy. One day I might grow my own, but in the meantime I will have to admire yours.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: endurance on March 31, 2014, 01:28:23 PM
Sometimes your pictures this time of year are too much to take.  Right now the only thing green in my garden is the strawberries and comfrey that is just starting to wake up.  The buds are starting to show... just in time to get nailed by a nice hard freeze which will inevitably come. ::)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on March 31, 2014, 06:59:02 PM
Sometimes your pictures this time of year are too much to take.  Right now the only thing green in my garden is the strawberries and comfrey that is just starting to wake up.  The buds are starting to show... just in time to get nailed by a nice hard freeze which will inevitably come. ::)

Honestly it has just started turning the corner in the last few days- the lettuce in the pic in in the hoophouse and has a jump on the rest of the garden.
That being said, here is some Bronze Arrowhead and Amish Deer Tongue lettuce that's in a regular bed outside of the hoophouse :)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1728-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on April 10, 2014, 04:36:30 AM
The paddies: Watercress and rice seedlings

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1761.jpg)

hoophouse lettuce (taking the poly off in a couple days

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1770.jpg)

first artichoke of 2014

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1762.jpg)

the front 1/3, as clean and tidy as it will ever be

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1751.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on April 12, 2014, 08:54:25 PM
I am always afraid to look at your thread here.. it always makes me feel months behind. Your garden is wonderful though.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: endurance on April 12, 2014, 09:28:29 PM
Wow, spring has definitely sprung at your place.  I'm still about six or seven weeks away from my last frost date!
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on April 13, 2014, 09:23:41 AM
It's still cooler here on some nights than it typically is- I put out some basil and a few tomatoes that I'll need to cover mid-week when temps allegedly are dipping int the 30s again.  They'll survive just fine but i'd like to minimize the delay in development those temps might cause. I haven't put any peppers out yet fortunately.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: LvsChant on April 20, 2014, 11:22:35 AM
It was so warm and wonderful here I jumped the gun.. put out my tomatoes and peppers just in time for that cold front. I've got to start over :(
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Nicodemus on April 21, 2014, 06:28:07 AM

#2 was "Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed" for that one.

Cedar

I'm gonna start planting my garden by name just so I can say things like:

There's a Howling Mob in my yard near  the Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed and Mr. Stripey.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on April 21, 2014, 07:15:12 PM
Stupid me I plant some that I can't pronounce lol

First tome ever:
I put some basil and a few tomatoes out saturday a week ago then dug them up and brought them back in for 2 nights.  6 tomatoes and about 2 dozen basils (plus some stevia).

The soil blocks held together really well and it was easy to do by hand, although mrs cohutt did suggest I wasn't too bright for jumping the gun in the first place
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on April 21, 2014, 07:36:09 PM
I'm gonna start planting my garden by name just so I can say things like:
There's a Howling Mob in my yard near  the Drunken Woman Frizzy Headed and Mr. Stripey.

Aren't heirlooms just great???  ;D

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on April 21, 2014, 07:37:30 PM
Stupid me I plant some that I can't pronounce lol

Yeah, I always TRY to avoid that. I think out of 900-some I have three I won't even try to pronounce.

Cedar

Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on April 21, 2014, 07:58:45 PM
Beginning to look like a garden again

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1838.jpg)

HAd a termite swarm in the back yard Sunday and the birds all forgot i was there while they gorged - Robins, wrens, catbirds, mockingbirds and this incredibly blue bluejay

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1884c.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: TexDaddy on April 21, 2014, 08:13:14 PM
...mrs cohutt did suggest I wasn't too bright for jumping the gun in the first place
The reason we get married is so we will have someone to point out our short comings.  ;)

And, yes, it really does look like a garden.  8)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on April 21, 2014, 08:15:00 PM
The planted then unplanted then replanted stuff

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1784.jpg)


Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: endurance on April 21, 2014, 08:34:29 PM
Beginning to look like a garden again

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1838.jpg)

...
Yes in deed.  Looks great!

I have yet to capture a picture, but we have a nesting pair of Western Bluebirds in our birdhouse now.  One of my favorite little insect hunters.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on April 21, 2014, 08:51:54 PM
Carolina wren -

take off

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/Birds/DSC_1827cc.jpg)

landing

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/Birds/DSC_1828c.jpg)

;
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: LvsChant on April 28, 2014, 05:56:10 PM
LOVE those gourds. (and your garden is looking beautiful!)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on April 28, 2014, 08:45:17 PM
Thanks J
I am hoping it all doesn't get pounded into mush by hail tonight.....
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: LvsChant on April 28, 2014, 10:06:19 PM
we've had unbelievable wind for the past few days... really awful. my plants are struggling.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on April 28, 2014, 10:18:49 PM
Someone moved into your gourds!! Awesome. I can't wait for babies.

I have not seen one of these birds before, so I had to look them up:
Male Carolina Wrens can sing 3,000x a day
Clutch Size 3–7 eggs
Number of Broods 1-3 broods a year
Incubation Period 12–16 days
Nestling Period 10–16 days

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Theswerd on April 29, 2014, 08:29:00 AM
Awesome! Birdies!
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on April 29, 2014, 07:41:11 PM
I've heard peeps from it over the last few days

Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on April 29, 2014, 07:41:22 PM
(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1985.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on April 30, 2014, 04:42:02 AM
Cooler weather stuff has done extremely well this spring.  This is the 4th bed of this type stuff, planted last in the sequence by about 3 weeks from 2& 3. (#1 started in the hoophouse.)
Baby Arugula, my fav 4 lettuces, two types of salad radishes, babay mizuna & red mustard, rainbow chard, red russian kale, the runts of the shallot starts...

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1963.jpg)

These are beds 2&3 with some of the same, plus sweet onions, purple peacock broccoli and some kohlrabi.  Behind them is one of the my garlic beds, doing much better vs last year, and 3 Brandywine tomato plants put out a few days ago.

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_1973.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: zarfbloot on April 30, 2014, 04:05:49 PM
What is that on the ground around the brandywine tomato's?

Also, just curious since you have all of your lettuc-y plants together.. do you have problems with pests getting into all of them?
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on April 30, 2014, 07:54:50 PM
What is that on the ground around the brandywine tomato's?

Also, just curious since you have all of your lettuc-y plants together.. do you have problems with pests getting into all of them?

1. Dried lawn clippings to keep splatter off the plants when i put them in.  I mulch around the base (usually) when transplanted to keep soil off the plants. May be unneeded but i've seen some information suggesting a lot of diseases are transmitted from soil gets on the leaves.   
2.  Generally not a big issue with lettuce  if I control slugs and snails. Admittedly these have a little tighter spacing than normal cuz I have a garden tour saturday and wanted to be sure to have too much vs too little.  We have been selectively thinning and enjoying some great salads and greens and will thin more Saturday and share a bunch with neighbors and volunteers
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: LvsChant on May 02, 2014, 08:38:46 AM
Good luck on the tour... they're going to love it!
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on May 02, 2014, 07:59:51 PM
:)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on May 04, 2014, 09:40:07 AM
Got the tour behind us.  It went well and I was pleased to see how many younger (20s-30s) couples had come who were interested in creating their own food production plots.  There may be hope for us after all.....

Rather than repost all 14 pictures of  my garden in its cleanest, tidiest, and most orderly state ever, I'll offer
a link to the post I just put up on the blog ( http://cohutt.com/2014/05/04/5-minutes-of-quiet-in-pictures/ ) and a couple of teasers:

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2016.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2018.jpg)


Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on May 04, 2014, 10:32:02 AM
That is truly a lovely work of art Cohutt and Mrs. Cohutt. You really ought to be very proud of yourselves. That is alot of work and LOVE put into that (and maybe even a few cuss words from time to time)....

+1 (and maybe even +2) for opening your home to 100plus people and hopefully inspire them to do the same for their yards and spaces. That actually takes alot of bravery.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: AvenueQ on May 04, 2014, 10:45:52 AM
Got the tour behind us.  It went well and I was pleased to see how many younger (20s-30s) couples had come who were interested in creating their own food production plots.  There may be hope for us after all.....

I would say at least half of the gardeners at my community garden fall in that age range. It's nice to have the company :)

Your garden (and everyone else's) just makes me want to save even faster so I can buy a nice house sooner rather than later. Keep the updates coming!
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: TexDaddy on May 04, 2014, 12:39:48 PM
That garden looks great, cohutt. I'll bet they loved it.  8)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: LvsChant on May 04, 2014, 12:53:21 PM
fabulous... wish my garden was that pretty...

LC *who is happy that 9 tomato plants survived our late frost after all*
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on May 04, 2014, 01:28:07 PM
Got you a +2.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on May 04, 2014, 01:43:31 PM
haha thank you all. 

final number is estimated to be over well over 300 by the organizers. They will confirm in the next couple days.  7 straight hours on my feet in the sun yammering about all this stuff to interested people. I'm whipped.
Several said "wow I wish _______ could see this", to which I'd respond for them to drive down the alley any evening or weekend and there would be a good chance I'd be here, to step in.  So far today I've had three ( male spouses) who skipped the tour show up and get the personal walk through.

I'm taking it easy out there today- planting a handful of things, flushing each irrigation "zone" and repairing/replacing segments, adjusting flow etc. It's 85 right now and no clouds in sight so it is a good day to be messing with 58 degree well water.... 
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on May 04, 2014, 01:51:59 PM
That is truly a lovely work of art Cohutt and Mrs. Cohutt. You really ought to be very proud of yourselves. That is alot of work and LOVE put into that (and maybe even a few cuss words from time to time)....

+1 (and maybe even +2) for opening your home to 100plus people and hopefully inspire them to do the same for their yards and spaces. That actually takes alot of bravery.

Cedar

Cedar, at the "event" afterwards the volunteers said that mine and one other were the favorite two on the tour, the only two getting the "must see" buzz.   While completely different, ours were the only two that had zero "professional" help in design, construction or even maintenance.  No surprise, people aren't inspired by what money can buy, they are inspired and interested in what individuals can do on their own.    Go figure lol.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: endurance on May 04, 2014, 08:37:32 PM
Continues to amaze and inspire me at just how attractive you can make a production garden.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: busymomx3 on May 05, 2014, 11:57:13 AM
Wow your garden is amazing.  Makes mine look very pathetic :(.  Although for being our second growing season in Texas (first was fall) I'm excited we have had success at all and eaten some of our lettuce. 
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on May 06, 2014, 05:02:11 AM
Thanks Endurance... how long it stays tidy is a subject of household discussion and speculation here.  ;)

Busymomx3,  if you look back over the cohutt garden threads several years back, it went through a lot of stages and "growing pains".  Everyone starts somewhere....
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: David in MN on May 06, 2014, 06:15:55 AM
Well, I'm torn between eagerness and amazement. I haven't yet put anything in... Cold. But I find the "experimental" stuff inspiring. I really like the paddy idea and love watercress. Might try that.

The gourds are great. We used to grow thousands on the farm and never used them for anything. I swore them off as a result. You've got me re-thinking about that.

I'm really glad you're sharing it with your local community as well. Way to be an ambassador for the causes of self-sufficiency and quality!
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on May 14, 2014, 05:09:29 AM
David In MN,
Thank you, experimenting keeps my interest and invariably I learn something from it, and usually not what I thought I would learn either....
I've learned that it's really too hot for watercress here in this setup except for early spring and late fall. I might try in a less exposed area of the yard one day-

With the push to prep the garden for show we sort of chilled over the past week, we have been gorging on diverse salads and enjoying decent strawberries - (admittedly,  mrs cohutt does have bird-like bones and her hands exaggerate the size of these). 

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/Strawberries_20140510.jpg)

back to work this week, more planting/transplanting plus the blueberries/blackberries need to be covered as they berries are set and will be mockingbird fodder shortly if we don't move on it now.


Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on May 17, 2014, 05:19:04 AM
3 successive plantings of lettuce this year worked well.  This is a nice Bronze Arrowhead specimen from the middle planting..

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2049.jpg)

And the front artichoke planting has at least 18 growing on it right now- mrs cohutt is pleased

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2040.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on May 17, 2014, 09:01:11 AM
I want my artichokes to look like yours. How old are they? Second year plants? I started 72 of them of two varieties this year, but they are like 4" tall.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on May 17, 2014, 09:11:05 AM
I want my artichokes to look like yours. How old are they? Second year plants? I started 72 of them of two varieties this year, but they are like 4" tall.

Cedar
3rd full year - I managed to over-winter the plants so they wasted little time/energy growing out foliage.   We'll get a bunch now through early to mid june then it gets so hot they pretty much go dormant. sometimes we get a choke or two int he fall as well
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on May 17, 2014, 09:19:21 AM
Most of the time they will overwinter here, but yesterday when we went to town to get greenhouse supplies, I was noting all the 200' hedges and landscaping at the bank and other businesses which were deader than a doornail due to that weird freak cold & ice storm we had in February. So I am curious if they would have survived. I plan on putting these in the 20' space between the greenhouses.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on June 09, 2014, 05:27:36 AM
Time has been scarce here with a handful of both unusual and unusual distractions.   
The transition from spring to to summer from a planting standpoint is pretty much done; some updates:

Mrs cohutt has consumed around 3 dozen artichokes from the two plants so far; it has warmed up here so production is pretty much done. What's left are the smaller side shoot chokes

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2107.jpg)

I had never grown Tuscan kale before and added some this spring to have something "pretty" for the tour last month.   We've finally gotten around to eating some of this- much better texture and flavor vs the curly stuff, especially considering the warm temps that have set in.  Plus, it is an interesting color and texture that gets comments from everyone peeking into the garden

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2111.jpg)

We've been gorging on the nice fava harvest and had some bonus garlic scapes to add to some dishes.  The "black" strips in the pasta dish are actually the first leaves of amethyst basil used this year.

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2124.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2128.jpg)

Garlic- it is turning out to be an awesome year for all types planted. The harvest is almost done now, with only Chesnok Red remaining.

Inchelium Red (these are some of the largest bulbs I've ever grown).

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2151.jpg)

Some of the harvest curing

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2161.jpg)

My sister gave me some florence fennel seeds a while back.  I didn't think I was a fennel fan but planted some due to the interesting visual of the maturing plant. 

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2157.jpg)

It turns out I liked the fennel- roasted along with everything else in a recent garden harvest roast-fest lol...

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2168.jpg)

And the thornless blackberries are coming in by the boxcar this year- very large, tasty. These are about to be put through the food mill for jam:

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2173.jpg)

We are blessed to have awakened a few years ago and now enjoy backyard harvests of as much healthy, tasty produce as we can consume.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on June 09, 2014, 07:43:42 AM
Once again, you make me feel so far behind.

Braised fennel is one of my favorites and I eat it alot around a month or so from now. Olive oil, a touch of salt and braise it in the oven in a cast iron pan. I like chewing on fennel seed too. In Canada, I used to buy it candied and got addicted to the taste. I cannot find that down here, so I just chew on the seeds.

Your produce is looking very nice.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: endurance on June 09, 2014, 10:48:01 AM
Wow, just wow.  Looks like another amazing year, Cohutt.  When I grow up I want to move somewhere that things can winter over.   ;)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: David in MN on June 09, 2014, 11:14:32 AM
Once again, you make me feel so far behind.

Braised fennel is one of my favorites and I eat it alot around a month or so from now. Olive oil, a touch of salt and braise it in the oven in a cast iron pan. I like chewing on fennel seed too. In Canada, I used to buy it candied and got addicted to the taste. I cannot find that down here, so I just chew on the seeds.

Your produce is looking very nice.

Cedar

I'll second braised fennel. I heap it on homemade bread (ideally rye) with Greek yogurt. Of course the best use of any root vegetables is a Belgian waterzooi...

I'm getting a combination of envy and hunger...
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on June 09, 2014, 03:45:14 PM
Thanks all.... 

Remember I generally only show the stuff that works out really well. ha

Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on June 09, 2014, 04:38:43 PM
And yes, I did have to look up "waterzooi"....

For some scale and perspective, a phone pic through the glass of the sunroom, my view as I type this

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/20140609_182555.jpg)

It is 65 feet wide at the back fence, which is 140ish feet from the back window
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on September 15, 2014, 04:59:04 AM
I did actually have a garden this summer, I promise.  Distractions, burnout and other projects got in the way of any real updates here or on the blog. 

The bad:  tomatoes had a difficult year locally due to blights of some sort or another and my garlic and shallots were hit by onion root maggots. 
The good:
Soy/edamame, eggplant, peppers & potatoes had very good years and my fall garden is in the ground currently under 40% shade cloth to get the seeds up / transplants established... Artichokes had a peak year and I've separated crowns and transplanted the the starts to start the 4 year cycle again..

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2227.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2255.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/Red_Savina_Habanero.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2263.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2267.jpg)

I just
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: LvsChant on September 15, 2014, 11:18:17 PM
Really amazing... love the eggplant photo. I finally have several eggplants in my garden as well... How do you like to cook them?
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on September 16, 2014, 04:52:21 AM
This year is the eggplant year- 2 more plants with at least as many as this one plus two lower yielding Japanese style ones.
We are still learning how we like them best-
Generally I grill them- brushed with olive oil steeped with a generous amount of garlic, sliced long ways about 1/2- 5/8" thick, over the hottest my gas grill runs.  about 3-4 minutes per side.  Usually after turning the slices over once I'll coat the browned side with a mix of about 4-5 parts plain greek yogurt and 1 part fresh lemon juice.  (don't flip it again or the yogurt bonds it to the grill for all of time).
Some baba-ganoush occasionally, a few make on the fly pasta dishes with good garlic and shallots from the garden.
Also, I found someone at my church that loves them and also happens to sell eggs- we've traded a couple times so this works very well for someone with too many ripe eggplants...

Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: LvsChant on September 17, 2014, 07:41:28 AM
eggs for eggplants... sounds like a great deal :)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Roswell on September 17, 2014, 09:35:07 AM
Your threads always make me feel lazy, jealous and hungry at the same time. Excellent work as always my friend.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: TexDaddy on September 17, 2014, 10:20:19 AM
Really amazing... love the eggplant photo. I finally have several eggplants in my garden as well... How do you like to cook them?
Slice 'em. Dip 'em in corn meal and fry 'em.  8)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Roswell on September 17, 2014, 12:04:59 PM
Slice 'em. Dip 'em in corn meal and fry 'em.  8)

^^^ That's what I do.  And then Marinara for a dipping sauce
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: LvsChant on September 17, 2014, 01:47:23 PM
Hmmm that sounds easy. Do you have to dip them first in beaten egg or something to make the cornmeal stick?
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: TexDaddy on September 17, 2014, 03:46:18 PM
I have never dipped them in anything. The cornmeal just sticks to the face of the slice.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on September 17, 2014, 09:53:13 PM
I do enjoy your garden photos. One day I shall have a grove of artichokes as pretty as yours. I am an artichoke fiend and I have not been able to grow any since 1998 due to location and other issues.

Cedar
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on September 18, 2014, 04:36:07 AM
(Thanks, I appreciate it)

Dividing the artichokes was easier than i thought it would be; they are pretty tough and any piece of the large stem roots off the stumps of previous years' harvests tends to survive and put up new shoots if kept moist. (But not soggy, as I learned the hard way...)

One of the transplanted stumps with new young shoots appearing:

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2272.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: LvsChant on September 18, 2014, 08:57:44 AM
nice... Mom planted artichokes in her yard this year...

Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: ResidentCelt on September 18, 2014, 02:39:13 PM
Cohutt, your beds look so... clean. And organized. How do you keep pests/rodents/bad insects from destroying everything? I have to hide my beans in tall weeds to get anything from them and my tomatoes had to grow everywhere all tangled in a mess to keep the squirrels from stealing them all.

I have garden-envy again. Glad to see the bat house working out. Thankfully we have plenty of bats otherwise the skeeters would be a nightmare by us.
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on September 19, 2014, 04:58:19 AM
Cohutt, your beds look so... clean. And organized. How do you keep pests/rodents/bad insects from destroying everything? I have to hide my beans in tall weeds to get anything from them and my tomatoes had to grow everywhere all tangled in a mess to keep the squirrels from stealing them all.

I have garden-envy again. Glad to see the bat house working out. Thankfully we have plenty of bats otherwise the skeeters would be a nightmare by us.

Selective photographic presentation is the secret to maintaining the illusion of clean and tidy beds.  If you look at the edges and in the background of these pics you catch a glimpse of the chaos beyond... 
Squirrels have been as issue this year - too many in the immediate area had a few of them surviving on the remnants of my tomatoes. 

The good news- an abundance always attracts attention if nature is left to have its way.
A red-tailed hawk came through to devour a snake a few days ago and noticed the tree rat population. Since then he's (she's?) been back for the rodential buffet more than once.  Sunday I watched from the house as the hawk spent a good 5 or 10 minutes after a squirrel it caught in the open that had run into a tomato cage for cover.  The good guy ultimately  won; it was awesome to watch but in the end pretty brutal....  (mrs cohutt wouldn't even let me finish the story of what I had witnessed).

My new favorite bird on the blackberry trellis with the snake snack:

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2256.jpg)

And surveying the area afterwards

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/2014%20Garden/DSC_2258.jpg)

Unfortunately my camera and zoom lens were not handy for the hawk vs squirrel episode..
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on October 03, 2014, 05:34:52 PM
With Halloween approaching, I figured out some uses for the 40 or so large gourds I grew in 2013.  These aren't fully finished yet but are on their way.  I have 10 little candleabra base snap in lights on switched cords that will illuminate them (the red eyed one in the dark was the test run of that concept).

You wouldn't believe what I've been offered for a couple of these... If I had started earlier I could have made a killing with a spot in the local fall arts and craft festival.

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/GourdHead.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/Glow_Gourd1.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/Alien_green.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/Scream_Gourd1.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/Gourdolantern_6.jpg)

This one is big- 15 inches or so in diameter and will be a halloween candybowl; the kiddies will have to get their candy through an eye ;)



(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/GourdHead8.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Cedar on October 03, 2014, 05:37:44 PM
THOSE ARE AWESOME!!!!! Really! Really! Really! Awesome! Side business!



And I like your Redtail Hawk as well.

Cedar

Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on October 03, 2014, 07:39:47 PM
Thanks Cedar.  :) 

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/glowGourds1.jpg)

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/AlienGourd1.jpg)

Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: Nicodemus on October 10, 2014, 08:35:49 AM
Jack Skellington! Nice!
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: cohutt on October 12, 2014, 05:08:58 AM
Jack Skellington! Nice!
I made a better jack skelligton in the meantime:
(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m284/cohutt/gourdheads3.jpg)
Title: Re: Cohutt 2014
Post by: LvsChant on October 12, 2014, 07:28:35 AM
Those are so great! What a great idea...