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Title: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on February 06, 2014, 08:47:05 AM
This winter my husband and I moved from a house with a tiny shady yard that measured 21' x 22'.  We now have a little over 2.5 acres to build a homestead on.  There is so much we want to do with the property and we are going to start with a big garden in the south facing front yard.   This will be the main kitchen garden.  It is the sunniest and warmest part of the property. 

I have gone a little overboard.... I have ordered a ton of seeds from Fedco, Seed Savers, Bakers Creek, Park, Johnny's selected seeds, Fruition seeds, and Amazon. That doesn't include the seed I saved form my own tiny garden and seed saving class as part of Ben Falk's PDC. 

I will also be raiding (with permission) several yards for perennials that need a new home.  Helping friends thin out and prune plants is a great way to get free plants. :) 

(http://i.imgur.com/R2JP6km.jpg)

Here is an drawing my husband did of the location of the first garden.  North is top of the page and the gentle curving lines are contour lines. 
 
(http://i.imgur.com/2xq2z8O.png) (http://imgur.com/2xq2z8O)

I am using a version of this drawing with a 3' x 3' grid to sketch out design ideas.  We want to use rain barrels, and swales for most of the irrigation. 

 


Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Cedar on February 06, 2014, 09:04:10 AM
I recently met Petra from Fruition Seeds at the conference we were at. She is awesome. I had not heard of her and Matthew's company before. She knows her stuff though. Glad you are helping support her.

Also keep some or all of your hedgerow in. I recently found out that these will bring in your natural pollinators other than honeybees and gives them homes and other things to live off until your crops need pollinating. They will raise your yields by 40%. They are way more beneficial than people think.

And on a sidenote, if the Birch are yours, you can tap them for syrup. Friends of mine in Canada have a commercial Birch Syrup farm.

Looking good.

Cedar
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: TwoBluesMama on February 06, 2014, 10:22:06 AM
Nice -please keep us updated with photos - looks like an amazing project.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on February 07, 2014, 04:52:01 PM
I recently met Petra from Fruition Seeds at the conference we were at. She is awesome. I had not heard of her and Matthew's company before. She knows her stuff though. Glad you are helping support her.

Also keep some or all of your hedgerow in. I recently found out that these will bring in your natural pollinators other than honeybees and gives them homes and other things to live off until your crops need pollinating. They will raise your yields by 40%. They are way more beneficial than people think.

And on a sidenote, if the Birch are yours, you can tap them for syrup. Friends of mine in Canada have a commercial Birch Syrup farm.

Looking good.

Cedar

I found Fruition from one of my classmates at the PDC I took.  I like what they are doing so I had to buy some of their seeds.  I also love that they are grown in the northeast since I am looking for hardy plants to use with row covers and cold frames. 

I am planning on keeping the hedges and trees along the edge of the property.  I will be planting more hedges along  all the property lines. These will be mostly thorny fruit bearing shrubs accented by perennial flowers.   They will look good, flower, produce fruits, create habitat, and be a hedge. 

 I am hoping to plant quite a few wildflower and herb beds throughout the property this year. I have always wanted a wildflower meadow and putting little meadows near other beds will give me pretty flowers and a home for all sorts of beneficial critters.   I want an inviting yard for free garden workers including all sorts of bees.  The plan is to add honey bees and chickens next year. 

The britches are ours.  I am hoping to find some sugar maples come spring.  We bought the property after all the leaves had fallen so we don't know what we have in the way of trees, shrubs and plants yet.  That is why we are starting with the front lawn.  We know it is just a lawn.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on February 08, 2014, 07:09:02 PM
I am looking for feedback.   Here is my first idea for the front yard garden.  Right now it is all lawn except for the birch trees. 

(http://i.imgur.com/WXjtV4p.png) (http://imgur.com/WXjtV4p)
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on February 10, 2014, 07:39:09 AM
Here is a design revision for the garden.  Instead of ponds I went with swales. 

I would love some thoughts on the design.  I am going from a tiny shady garden with containers in the driveway to 2.5 acres.

(http://i.imgur.com/5Gp2ym2.png)

I am hoping to get the entire thing built and planted in 2 years. 

We will be borrowing a tractor to build the swales and beds.

The green beds  inside the fences will be raised and ideally filled with wood.  I like 3' wide beds but we may make them wider if we can get enough wood to make them 3' tall hugelkultur beds.   

I am not sure what sort of fence to put in.  We have heavy deer pressure.  I do not know what the small critter populations are like but I want to keep voles and woodchucks out if I can. 

Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: toni on February 10, 2014, 07:35:32 PM
Hi PorcupineKate,
I love your design. Are you going to install chickens on the North side of your existing Birch trees. I just finished Geoff Lawton’s online PDC in August and am designing our property as well, so it is exciting to see what you are doing   :)  I didn’t really pay attention to your demographic location, but out here in the PNW we have to be very careful about blackberries because they take over EVERYTHING. So, if they like your climate they will need a lot of maintenance in the form of containment. I look very forward to follow ups on how your plan is coming along. It is so fun just getting things done. Happy Gardening and thanks for posting.
Toni from NW Oregon
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Cedar on February 10, 2014, 07:45:03 PM
You are making sure that the fruit trees you plant are compatible pollinators?

Cedar - who will look at this better in a few...
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on February 11, 2014, 09:38:02 AM
Hi PorcupineKate,
I love your design. Are you going to install chickens on the North side of your existing Birch trees. I just finished Geoff Lawton’s online PDC in August and am designing our property as well, so it is exciting to see what you are doing   :)  I didn’t really pay attention to your demographic location, but out here in the PNW we have to be very careful about blackberries because they take over EVERYTHING. So, if they like your climate they will need a lot of maintenance in the form of containment. I look very forward to follow ups on how your plan is coming along. It is so fun just getting things done. Happy Gardening and thanks for posting.
Toni from NW Oregon

Balckberries grow very well here and spread like crazy.  Most of them are going in south east corner where I will have 2 paved roads to slow down their growth.  They will be replacing a bunch of sumac shrubs. 

We are zoned agricultural but we can't have any building structures in front of the house. The chickens, greenhouse, and root cellar will be to the left of or behind the house.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on February 11, 2014, 09:57:27 AM
I will make sure the cultivars are compatible for pollination. I haven't settled on varieties yet. I want to do some tastings and more research this summer/fall. I plan on planting them starting next year.

The big focus this year will be the annual garden.  The veggie garden will be the main focus of production.  More importantly I want to put the earthworks in, plant cover crops and beneficial herbs and flowers to support the garden.   Basically get it ready for putting the shrubs and trees in the following year.  A few blueberries, roses and raspberries will go in this spring but not many.

I am still not sure if several smaller fences are better than one big one to deter the deer.  I am hoping a long thorny food hedge plus fencing will entice them to go around and not into the garden. 
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Cedar on February 11, 2014, 09:59:33 AM
You could make a chicken moat around the garden to keep the deer out. The problem is you also need at least 2 gates on one.

Cedar
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on February 11, 2014, 05:48:50 PM
Cedar  Chicken moat is an interesting idea. 

I don't know if I can legally have a chicken coop in the front yard but I will have to do some research.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: bigbear on February 11, 2014, 08:08:47 PM
I like the idea of the small pond on the left at the higher elevation instead of the row of blackberry bushes. 

Re: the blackberry bushes - they are pretty invasive.  I've seen people do a raised bed, combined with digging down a foot or so and line the walls (about 2' combined) with a plastic liner to help contain the shoots.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on February 12, 2014, 09:01:50 PM
I spent about 6 hours sorting out the giant seed order from Fedco.  About a dozen or so friends of mine go in together  to place a large order with Fedco seeds.  It saves us a ton of money.  Not only do we take advantage of the discount off for placing a bigger order but we also buy bigger packages and split them up to save even more money.  This is the 3rd year we have done this. 

A really good friend is currently raising my 15 Rhode Island Red hens for me.  They arrived last week.  She is going to hold on to them till we are ready for them.  This will give me time to get a coop and run set up on top of everything else we are doing this spring.   

I need set to up the seedling shelves, unpack and gather my growing supplies this weekend.  Then I need to inventory my seeds and set up a planning schedule.   I can't wait till spring!

Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on March 18, 2014, 10:55:28 AM
We picked up 2 food grade IBC totes that we will be turning into rain barrels.

I have started some of my seeds.  I have mostly onions, leeks, herbs and flowers started.  Between now and the end of the month I will have most of my garden seeds started. 

Now I need the winter to let up so I can build the garden.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Cedar on March 18, 2014, 01:30:24 PM
Keep plugging away at it *S* It will get there. You keeping a farm journal?

Cedar
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on March 19, 2014, 08:00:52 AM
Thanks for the reminder. I need to start a journal.  I was given a pretty one for Christmas.  I just need to find the box it is packed in.... I am still working on moving and FIRST Robotics is starting to wind down so I should have more time by April to get organized.

I have a planting spread sheet with all the names, sources and planting dates in it.

My seedlings are labeled by variety and the date I started them. 

I am still working on the design of the garden.  I need to finalize it and start getting all the materials for it. The ground is still frozen and snow covered.  Once it thaws I need to get some soil testing done and see how mush top soil I have. 

Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on March 19, 2014, 05:08:34 PM
I almost forgot to mention this.  I have a gardening minion this year.  8)  I happened to buy my house not too far from Frugal Fannie's home. She doesn't have space to garden and she was looking to learn how.  I will be teaching her what I know while we work on the garden and share the harvest.  It has been fun starting seeds and chit chatting.

We have been getting together once a week to start seeds and will continue to get together once a week to garden all season.   If all goes well we will both have more produce than our families can eat. :)   Today I sent her home with up cycled planters with lettuce and spinach to grow indoors. 
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Ms. Albatross on March 19, 2014, 06:46:14 PM
I have a gardening minion this year.   8)  Frugal Fannie.

(http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/ac/d6/3e/acd63e622dd6f604a72e5fcf1f18727d.jpg)

Does she resemble this picture? 
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on March 20, 2014, 09:58:45 AM
(http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/ac/d6/3e/acd63e622dd6f604a72e5fcf1f18727d.jpg)

Does she resemble this picture?

Well she is pretty short but otherwise this minion looks more like me.  :P
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Morgan96 on March 20, 2014, 10:06:21 AM
....  FIRST Robotics is starting to wind down so I should have more time by April to get organized.


Second that... This is my older son's first year in FIRST.  It will have been a busy three months by the time the OKC regional is over at month's end.

Nice looking plans.  What software package was it that your husband use to create the design?
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on March 21, 2014, 02:31:34 PM
Second that... This is my older son's first year in FIRST.  It will have been a busy three months by the time the OKC regional is over at month's end.

Nice looking plans.  What software package was it that your husband use to create the design?

We have our competition the first weekend of April.   My husband and I have been working with team 2342 for 3 years now.  It is fun but it is a huge time commitment. 

My husband created the line drawing in the beginning of the thread in Solidworks.  I then took the drawing and started laying out the plantings in Adobe Illustrator.   I could have done the whole thing in Illustrator but he had more time than I did so he created it.  We need to work on the 3D model of the property and a revision of the garden.  I am still moving stuff around. 

For a less expensive software to create drawings with I would check out Sketchbook pro.  It cost around $60.00 and it covers most of the basic tools you would need to make 2D drawings.   
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Morgan96 on March 21, 2014, 04:04:44 PM
We have our competition the first weekend of April.   My husband and I have been working with team 2342 for 3 years now.  It is fun but it is a huge time commitment. 

Certainly right about the time commitment. I first got volunteered to be treasurer to team 3507, but are now morphing into mentor.  Just got done wrapping up organizing a team tour to our machining and sheet metal shop, and it took some doing.  This is our first year, and it looks like we'll be full on for the next few years.  Number One Son is a junior, Number Two Son will be a freshman next year, and both are very keen on robotics.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on April 11, 2014, 08:15:33 PM
Today was a busy afternoon.   With help from my husband and Frugal Fannie, I planted 24 raspberry bushes, 7 blueberry bushes, and 30 strawberry plants.  I still have 20 more strawberries to go.   
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 13, 2014, 10:49:39 AM
We have been busy prepping for the big dig!  The excavator arrives Friday night.  Swales, hugelculture beds, a small garden pond, and 2 chicken tractors will are being constructed this weekend. We may not finish but we will get a good chunk of it done this weekend.   

Friends, family and a bunch of the students from our FIRST Robotics team are coming to help.  We will be teaching them about permaculture and feeding them a good meal.  Pulled pork, taco/burrito bar, deviled eggs, salads, sandwiches, brownies and pie are all on the menu. 

Our front yard is covered in little orange flags as we lay out everything out. 
Packages of trees and shrubs are starting to arrive.
Bags of seeds and seedlings are everywhere while I organize everything.

Pictures of the before and after will be posted as soon as I get a chance to do it.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Cedar on May 13, 2014, 11:07:17 AM
Looking forward to pics!

Cedar
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Marinesg1012 on May 13, 2014, 09:08:35 PM
Looking forward to pics!

Cedar

Ditto
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 19, 2014, 09:33:06 AM
It was a busy and exhausting weekend.  Over a dozen friends came to help us out including a few kids from our robotics team.   A good time was had by everyone and no was injured other than a few scratches, sun burn, and bug bites.  By New Hampshire standards we lucked out with really nice top soil and surprisingly few rocks.  The sod was surprisingly thick and difficult to bust up.  I will be dealing with clumps of sod for most of the summer.  The high quality of soil even surprised my landscaping friend.   

Finally I had a change to take and post some pictures.   
(http://i.imgur.com/WJt4PJW.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/pWcDUXG.jpg)
The before photos.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 19, 2014, 09:36:52 AM
Here are the bluberries and strawberries I
It was a busy and exhausting weekend.  Over a dozen friends came to help us out including a few kids from our robotics team.   A good time was had by everyone and no was injured other than a few scratches, sun burn, and bug bites.  By New Hampshire standards we lucked out with really nice top soil and surprisingly few rocks.  The sod was surprisingly thick and difficult to bust up.  I will be dealing with clumps of sod for most of the summer.  The high quality of soil even surprised my landscaping friend.   

Finally I had a chance to take and post some pictures.   
(http://i.imgur.com/WJt4PJW.jpg)
The sticks in the lawn are raspberry bushes.

(http://i.imgur.com/pWcDUXG.jpg)
The before photos.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 19, 2014, 10:03:02 AM
Here is my blueberry, strawberry, rose, and pansy bed.  The roses and pansies were planted by the previous owner.   I love that the pansies have come back this spring.
(http://i.imgur.com/IkowAKj.jpg)

Here are my seedling waiting to be planted.  They are a mix of home grown and purchased from local nurseries.
(http://i.imgur.com/vac5p8l.jpg)

Here are a bunch of irises and day lilies from friends making more room in their gardens.
(http://i.imgur.com/c2iVtpl.jpg)

Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 19, 2014, 10:13:43 AM
Now for the big dig!  We had help from friends and an excavator.   There is no way this would have happened with out heavy equipment and friends.  I still have a lot of sod to bust up and rocks to remove off the swale. 

The long swale on the side of the property.
(http://i.imgur.com/hZDeOs4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/To6wpU9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/sOcqhpW.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/sFbbWvY.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/6QCgvSB.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/tOTBILC.jpg)
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 19, 2014, 10:23:45 AM
Here is the beginning of the kitchen garden.   I am going for a cottage garden look on 3 foot high raised huglekultur beds.  I am hoping to make it pretty.  It will take me a few years to get it the way I want it. 

A friend brought a bunch of wood for us to bury.  Other friends cut down a bunch of pines from the back of the property to bury in the beds.  Our neighbor also gave us a bunch of wood he was planning on burning.   
(http://i.imgur.com/2Cilwbb.jpg)

I used flags to figure out where I wanted the beds, swales, and pond to go.  Once I finalized the layout we used spray painted the lines with water based landscape spray paint before we started digging. 
(http://i.imgur.com/AxzB5p3.jpg)

the beginnings of the huglekultur beds
(http://i.imgur.com/GoHcF8l.jpg)




Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 19, 2014, 10:26:27 AM
My father in law came over to help build the first of 2 chicken tractors. 
(http://i.imgur.com/TCH4xrC.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/2nMhOqD.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Hnzk7S7.jpg) 
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 19, 2014, 10:31:45 AM
The second swale of the day.
(http://i.imgur.com/GoHcF8l.jpg)

The third swale of the day.
(http://i.imgur.com/ZNmH2TW.jpg)
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 19, 2014, 10:59:11 AM
Building huglekultur beds is messy and best done with good friends.

(http://i.imgur.com/jXosqA4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/F4ER7et.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/bK9dqhz.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/nqX9osf.jpg)
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 19, 2014, 11:00:28 AM
Here is the 3rd swale and the hugle beds cleaned up.

(http://i.imgur.com/1i0A3ix.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/L6Ckxn7.jpg)
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 19, 2014, 11:07:17 AM
We dug a small pond too.  It is not finished but we got a lot done yesterday.  We are hoping it will self sealing in time.  Bentonite clay is our back up option if doesn't self seal.

(http://i.imgur.com/jyblyAa.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/FZntptM.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/QHEsMGg.jpg)
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 20, 2014, 05:22:39 PM
We measured the long swale this evening. 224.5 feet long.   
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Cedar on May 20, 2014, 05:25:00 PM
Holy Cats Girl!!!! And the new neighbors are wondering what in the heck you are doing!!

Cedar
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 20, 2014, 05:49:49 PM
The neighbor across the way asked us what we were doing.  When we explained he pulled out a bunch of wood for us that he was going to burn.  We offered to let him use the excavator Sunday evening when we were finished with it.  He took us up on the offer and mentioned he may be buying one soon and would let us borrow it if he does.  He did comment that the swale would be a lot of work to maintain but he really liked the raised beds we built in the front yard. 

The lady next door was excited we were gardening and getting chickens.  They got their first flock a month ago.

The guy at the end of our little street runs a landscape business.  He didn't offer an opinion on the style of gardening and we will be paying him to mow the rest of the lawn.  He was excited to find out that we are getting chickens this year and  planning on getting bees next year.   He has apple trees and looks forward to more pollinators. 

We are lucky to have good neighbors so far.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Marinesg1012 on May 20, 2014, 09:19:06 PM
Looks awesome, I am interested to see how it all progresses, I have a ton of ideas for my place and hope to get a couple of people to wak the property this up coming month with me to reinforce, or not, my design ideas.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 21, 2014, 04:40:25 PM
Today I planted asparagus, some of the tomatoes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, some of the broccoli and a peach tree.   

The UPS guy asked me is we were building a moat.....
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: zarfbloot on May 25, 2014, 07:24:45 AM
That is some great work!!! I'm really impressed what you accomplished.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: smittymoo on May 25, 2014, 07:29:40 AM
This is awesome, and inspiring! Please keep us informed. Love to see more.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 29, 2014, 04:23:24 PM
Today I finished planting the tomatoes, summer squash, watermelon, pumpkins, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, blue Hubbard squash cantaloupe, leeks, red onions, sprouting broccoli, and red cabbage.   

Tomorrow I will be teaching 2 friends how to inoculate shiitake  mushrooms in oak logs. 

I still have a ton of planting to do....
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: d3nni5 on May 29, 2014, 04:38:14 PM
Wow, very nice.   I agree, all these great garden threads keeps me inspired and wanting to do more w/ my little .25 acre suburb plot.

Good gardens make great neighbor's.

Keep up the posts, this is great.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 01, 2014, 01:07:46 PM
Look what I found at a Boy Scout yard sale. 
(http://i.imgur.com/8zqqRCc.jpg)

It was $6.00 and has all of it's original seed disks and it's instructions.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 01, 2014, 01:46:31 PM
Here are some updated photos.  Things are slowly getting planted.  I need more time in the day...  I am sure that applies to everyone else on this forum.

This lovely hedge is mostly roses and autumn olive.  I was happy to find some grapes and raspberries.  I haven't explored behind it. 
(http://i.imgur.com/2JhWt0m.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jWAValn.jpg)
raspberries and autumn olive

(http://i.imgur.com/X4rzYh9.jpg)
Here are the grape vines we found in the autumn olive.  The trick will be getting to eat some before the birds get them.

Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 01, 2014, 01:50:58 PM
In the 224' long berm we planted a bunch of trees.  2 peaches, 1 Asian pear, 2 sweet cherries, 2 plumes and 1 apricot.   

In between the trees are cover crops, tomatoes, winter squash, summer squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, and pumpkins.  I also planted sunflower seeds on the western edge of the berm.
(http://i.imgur.com/O1vRgw5.jpg)
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 01, 2014, 01:55:00 PM
I picked up a bunch of marked down flowers at Lowes.  I was happy to find gerber daisies for $1.00 since I killed my seedlings(with help from my cat) a couple of months ago. I also picked up 2 thorn less blackberries, 2 grapes, some yarrow and columbines for $3.00 each. 
(http://i.imgur.com/pbASXpG.jpg)
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 01, 2014, 02:00:38 PM
I am starting to get the huglebeds planted. 
(http://i.imgur.com/4qLrK8g.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/7USZElq.jpg)
Cover crops sprouting

(http://i.imgur.com/vjveP9v.jpg)
My 4 in 1 pear tree on the left and most of my 4 in 1 apple tree on the right.
There is a baldwin apple, 2 quinces, a dwarf pie cherry and a bunch of tomato seedlings in this photo too.  The straw is on top of my wildflower/annual flower mix.  Some of it is starting to sprout but not much yet.


Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 01, 2014, 02:02:14 PM
The blueberries and strawberries are doing well.  I wonder if the wildlife will let me eat any of the strawberries?

(http://i.imgur.com/hkQNC5h.jpg)
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 01, 2014, 02:04:08 PM
My friend jon and I are also inoculating oak with shiitake mushrooms.  We are using my drill press to make the holes. :)
(http://i.imgur.com/FAARKUO.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/dEUNThq.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/7mD0YAQ.jpg)
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 20, 2014, 10:20:43 AM
It has been a month since we built the garden.  I am still planting it out.  I am hoping to get the last of the summer planting done in the next couple of days.   

Here are some photos I took yesterday of the big swale.  There are fruit trees, diakon radish, buckwheat, field peas, clover, pumpkins, winter and summer sqaush, mellons, comfrey, tomatoes and sunflowers.

(http://i.imgur.com/fkLY2Ub.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/eCTMxb1.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/AQHQAgk.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Mmj8JDu.jpg)

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Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 20, 2014, 10:25:19 AM
Here is the main garden 
(http://i.imgur.com/JMkcWTt.jpg)
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(http://i.imgur.com/VU8HxHO.jpg)
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The pond is not holding a drop of water.  Corrected this problem will be addressed late this summer.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 20, 2014, 10:48:16 AM
Here is my sweet potato bed.  These were panted so late I doubt they will produce anything.  I will plant some other stuff in between the plants and use it as a cover mulch.
(http://i.imgur.com/czatosS.jpg)

Peppers and tomatoes with a few leeks.
(http://i.imgur.com/QHsoAZt.jpg)

Right now this bed only has rattlesnake pole beans in it.  That will change this afternoon. :)
(http://i.imgur.com/eOIHxkM.jpg)

This beds have my Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, and my earliest tomatoes.
(http://i.imgur.com/jJGkyKs.jpg)

This is my 55 foot long herb bed. 
(http://i.imgur.com/uTx0FGi.jpg)

Another bed of tomatoes with yellow wax beans and a 4 in pear tree.
(http://i.imgur.com/M7Wj6BC.jpg)


Here is the flower bed.   There is a Baldwin Apple tree, 2 quinces, a dwarf pie cherry, and a 4 in 1 grafted apple tree. There are little tiny flower seedlings starting to pop up through the mulch. 
(http://i.imgur.com/e8ZouUJ.jpg)
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I found Gerber Daises on clearance at Lowes and couldn't resist.
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My kale, kohlrabi, and cabbage bed.  There are basil seeds in this bed but I haven't seen any of it sprout. 
(http://i.imgur.com/xAzlpX0.jpg)
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My asparagus bed is doing well.  It will get mulch soon.
(http://i.imgur.com/VHbm0Yr.jpg)
 
In this photo you can see my green beans, elderberries, and the herb bed.
(http://i.imgur.com/QzacZ2m.jpg)

Does anyone know what this is?  I am hoping the blackberries will out compete it.
(http://i.imgur.com/bPxwvV8.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/4RAepFp.jpg)

Here is the strawberry, blueberry, pansy, and rose bed. 
(http://i.imgur.com/6bfotS4.jpg)

I also have lots of wildflowers which make me happy. 
(http://i.imgur.com/b4TxOnv.jpg)
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I am hoping I will get to try some of these grapes.
(http://i.imgur.com/yH3aloS.jpg)


Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Nicodemus on June 20, 2014, 04:45:23 PM
Wow, things are coming along nicely. What a lot of work. It looks great!
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 21, 2014, 02:43:35 PM
Thanks.  I still have so much to do.  I guess a garden is never done.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: jamendjr on July 06, 2014, 07:23:23 PM
Great job, thats a monumental effort there. Its great to see larger scale projects being undertaken.

How did you guys handle the grade while making your swales? Did the machine have a tilt bucket or was there a lot of hand work to level the bottom of the swale?
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Cedar on July 06, 2014, 07:51:48 PM
Thanks.  I still have so much to do.  I guess a garden is never done.

Never.

Cedar
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on July 10, 2014, 06:39:44 AM
Great job, thats a monumental effort there. Its great to see larger scale projects being undertaken.

How did you guys handle the grade while making your swales? Did the machine have a tilt bucket or was there a lot of hand work to level the bottom of the swale?

There was a bunch of hand work done and it is not perfect. Having a dozen friends or so help us was huge.  We couldn't have done it in a weekend with out them. It does work so I am not too worried about it being a tiny bit lumpy.  We also had a friend run the excavator who had quite a bit of experience with an excavator.  He saved us a lot of time and work.
 
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on July 10, 2014, 06:47:50 AM
Chickens!   
(http://i.imgur.com/L7HuGGb.jpg) (http://imgur.com/L7HuGGb)

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My husband working on building the chicken tractor.  We are still making minor modifications to it.

(http://i.imgur.com/TZuc0mN.jpg)
In the background is the big coop.

We have 5 hens in the tractor and the other 11 in the coop.  The tractor is slowly moving across the front yard and the big coop has an electric poultry fence that will be moved around the coop. 

 
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Cedar on July 10, 2014, 08:28:20 AM
Nice looking girls and coop/tractors.

Cedar
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: jamendjr on July 10, 2014, 08:44:13 AM
I went back and saw that you did leave it lumpy, thats good to know.

How are the spillways holding up? Have you had any rains that filled and went over the spillway yet?

Thats a nice looking tractor to!

Its great to see a thread detailing a new install like this.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on July 10, 2014, 09:18:42 AM
I went back and saw that you did leave it lumpy, thats good to know.

How are the spillways holding up? Have you had any rains that filled and went over the spillway yet?

Thats a nice looking tractor to!

Its great to see a thread detailing a new install like this.

Thanks.  I still have a ton of work to do.  Deer are my latest problem.  They keep eating the flowers off of my tomato plants.  We are putting netting up but it is frustrating.  They ate the leaves on the fruit trees but that has stopped once I sprayed them with a garlic, rotten egg, and soap deer repellent.

I need to finish the spillways but we haven't needed them. 
We get over 40 inches a rain a year here in NH.  We have gotten just under 3 inches of rain in the last 2 weeks.   Our soil drains really well and we haven't had more than an inch of water in any of the swales while it is raining.  It seeps in a soon as the rain stops.  The pond isn't holding water but it is starting to silt up and had more water the day after getting 2 inches of rain in 2 days, than it did the day of the storm which is a good sign the swales are working.   I also haven't needed to water any of the garden other than planting stuff in the garden.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: jamendjr on July 10, 2014, 06:58:11 PM
Interesting, how did you determine the swale width? I am guessing the depth is controlled by the end of the swale? Wherever it reaches the original grade is kind of a default spillway?

Is there any concern that during an extreme raine event that the swales would fill and begin to put pressure  on the berms?

Looking forward to progress pictures as it matures.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on July 10, 2014, 08:17:16 PM
To be honest my husband figured out the swale width.  The swale depth is a little over a foot deep and about 4 feet wide and 224 feet long. The other 2 swales are 55 feet long and are a little shallower and about 3 feet wide. I do have a default spill way on each of the swale.  I just haven't spent the time to make them pretty.  I am not worried about pressure on the berm.  Our soil is very sandy and drains very well.  I have yet to see the large swale have any standing water in it even in when we had heavy thunderstorms. It has been a little disappointing that I don't have any good photos of a full swale.   

I won't know how well it does with lots water till next spring when mud season when all the snow melts and we get our seasonal spring.  I have planted trees and cover crops including radish so I am not worried about erosion.

Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: jamendjr on July 10, 2014, 08:26:42 PM
Cool!

Looking forward to seeing it all progress.

I havent finished my design yet so no swales, ponds, etc. Just a kitchen garden. You have made a lot of progress cantwait to see more. Thanks!
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on July 15, 2014, 07:02:03 PM
We got our first egg!

I also harvested the first handful of Sungold cherry tomatoes despite the deer valiant effort to keep my tomato plants 11" tall. 
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on August 02, 2014, 02:58:30 PM
I have been very busy and need to take updated photos of the garden.  I did just harvest 5 gallons of purple green beans today after gathering 3 gallons earlier this week. 

Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Nicodemus on August 17, 2014, 03:37:44 PM
We got our first egg!

Awesome!
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on August 18, 2014, 11:48:03 AM
I am now getting about a dozen eggs a day.  I have way more green beans and zucchini than I can eat.  ;D

The tomatoes are starting to ripen but I need to pull some of the plants due to blight.  Hopefully it won't spread too far.

Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on August 20, 2014, 06:05:47 AM
I finally got a round to taking some photos.   The garden is now 3 months old and really starting to produce.   

(http://i.imgur.com/1d8yxq0.jpg)
This is our middle swale that catches most of the rain from the driveway.  This photo is right after we got 4 inches of rain. 

(http://i.imgur.com/PfuGmjz.jpg)
Here is the swale from the other side without any water in it. 

(http://i.imgur.com/yRjGV5g.jpg)
More flowers in the big swale

(http://i.imgur.com/mqEt1oP.jpg)
This is what my kitchen looks like most evenings. 

(http://i.imgur.com/Oq9Lngg.jpg)
This is where the cold frames will be going next spring.  We had a freezer delivered and I got all of the delivery guys empty boxes.

(http://i.imgur.com/w7GWtQ6.jpg)
I am loving all the flowers this year.

(http://i.imgur.com/fDa0JIr.jpg)
The deer and bees are enjoying it too.

(http://i.imgur.com/PPEdyRu.jpg)
Elderberry

(http://i.imgur.com/VJLrJpk.jpg)
The herb bed

(http://i.imgur.com/Os0y6uP.jpg)
Perpetuo Basil, Pineapple Sage and Lemon Grass

(http://i.imgur.com/7ZV2IRl.jpg)
Nasturtium and Comfrey
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on August 20, 2014, 06:32:57 AM
Now for the food.
(http://i.imgur.com/K9g4rxF.jpg)

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This is Purple Peacock Sprouting Broccoli.  Cedar suggest I try sprouting broccoli and I am now in love with this variety. 

(http://i.imgur.com/wnQsHSG.jpg)
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My Sungold, Glacier, Subartic, Fargo Yellow Pear tomatoes are all producing but I can't wait till my Blue Berry and Blue Beauty tomatoes start producing.


The tomatoes have gotten a late start because they were all deer pruned in the end of June.  I didn't bother staking them since they are all short plants with side shoots ever where thanks to the deer. 
(http://i.imgur.com/P9a0hDQ.jpg)
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I now know I can plant cucumbers as late as June 20th and I will still get cucumbers.

(http://i.imgur.com/in92r2R.jpg)
zucchini and Dragon Beans

(http://i.imgur.com/Mhvdatj.jpg)
I doubt I will get any sweet potatoes since they were planted a month late and we have had a cool summer.

(http://i.imgur.com/LskIqJd.jpg)
 Rattlesnake Pole Beans  These are my favorite pole bean.

(http://i.imgur.com/62IHCWe.jpg)
This is my best year for bell peppers.

(http://i.imgur.com/lW0WsDN.jpg)
We have been making bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers with these. 

(http://i.imgur.com/9BJpgCT.jpg)
Fall greens the deer haven't eaten.

(http://i.imgur.com/F1ZHKyY.jpg)
I have ignored my cabbage but it seems to be doing well.

(http://i.imgur.com/2bgSZGc.jpg)
My Purple Tomatillos with yellow wax beans. 

(http://i.imgur.com/GTA6KxV.jpg)
My volunteer butternut squash in the compost pile.

(http://i.imgur.com/a1Cn2Z9.jpg)
The large swale is covered in Diakon Radish and buckwheat going to seed.  I plan on saving this seed for sprouting over the winter. 
 
(http://i.imgur.com/slaHoSL.jpg)
The chickens keep this plant pest free.   

(http://i.imgur.com/LM4EiW5.jpg)
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Free ranging for dinner

Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: mountainmoma on August 20, 2014, 08:04:19 AM
amazing first year garden !
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Nicodemus on August 25, 2014, 05:36:17 AM
Indeed. Great job!
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on September 24, 2014, 02:06:00 PM
Fall has arrived.   The garden is winding down.  I documented the first frost early in the morning when taking care of the chickens.
(http://i.imgur.com/47dOldx.jpg)

 
The frost did not damage the garden equally.  It is interesting to see how the cold air flowed through the garden.  Here are photos of the flow of the frost.  I did not cover or protect the beds.


(http://i.imgur.com/YfggMug.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/xEo05Tu.jpg)
This is the western side of the yard on the upper side of the hill.  The long grass at the edge of the swale caught and pooled the frost.  Inside the swale there was no frost.   

(http://i.imgur.com/9HuLcYM.jpg)
This is the other side of the swale which had some frost.  but the tomatoes and zucchinis survived without any protection. 

(http://i.imgur.com/NbVKzdf.jpg)
This is next to the driveway and has frost on the grass but not the swale with the flowers in the background. 

(http://i.imgur.com/Tow9b4K.jpg)
This patch of grass is separated by the grass in the photo above by a sidewalk.  There was no frost on the bed between the sidewalk and the house.   This will be my early spring garden next year.   

(http://i.imgur.com/6zQpEAa.jpg)
Here is another shot of the frosty grass and the flower bed without the  frost.   I was standing on the sidewalk when I took this photo.

(http://i.imgur.com/dBMNonw.jpg)
This weedy patch is slowly getting cleaned up by the chickens.   It is also next to the house and free of frost. 

(http://i.imgur.com/cuMTN3J.jpg)
This is one of my huglebeds.  The tomatoes have blight but not frost.  I need to seriously work on my soil.

(http://i.imgur.com/J5J04gd.jpg) (http://imgur.com/J5J04gd)
More frost on the grass but not on the raised beds. 

(http://i.imgur.com/hCoknyc.jpg)
This is my access strip between the road and my garden.   It is hard to see in this photo but you can almost see how the cold air flowed down the hill.

(http://i.imgur.com/5Ipymt5.jpg)
Eggplant, tomatillos, and beans with no frost.  The eggplant are next to the access strip that has all that frost.  The beans are almost finished going to seed and the tomatoes on the left are my earliest tomatoes and they were finished for about a week before I took these photos.

(http://i.imgur.com/xqnTfW3.jpg)
Here is my powdery mildew damaged zucchini and sweet potatoes in the back.  I am so glad that frost hadn't hit the sweet potatoes. 

(http://i.imgur.com/HbkWZZD.jpg)
The low weedy bed on the left is the one bed that had some frost on one corner of the bed. 

(http://i.imgur.com/76mu8ZN.jpg)
Here is another shot of the annual garden beds.  There happy healthy pepper plants in the middle of the spent tomato plants. 
 






Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: jamendjr on October 22, 2014, 10:44:19 AM
Looks great, very successful!

Also, great job posting all those pictures.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on October 22, 2014, 11:12:55 AM
Thank you.

 I am working on planting bulbs and preparing the garden for winter.  I am hoping to be ready for winter by the beginning of November.

Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: jamendjr on May 17, 2015, 08:57:22 PM
How are things coming along this year? Looking forward to seeing your project's progress.
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: Marinesg1012 on May 17, 2015, 09:38:13 PM
How are things coming along this year? Looking forward to seeing your project's progress.
Me too
Title: Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 20, 2015, 07:45:59 PM
I was just mentioning to my husband that I need to update TSP on the garden.  We have been busy so I will start teh 2015 thread.