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jamendjr's 2015 Garden...The Year Of Neglect
« on: May 17, 2015, 08:07:33 PM »
My 2015 garden has been and will be more neglected than any other year. Work is busy, home life is also busy...so, I am way behind.... I haven't kept up on watering my seeds, I am behind getting some seeds in the ground, I didn't get my tree order in before Spring popped, planned earthworks...not started. You get the idea.

I did like posting here last year though, so I decided to give it a go again!

Pictures and details to follow.

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Re: jamendjr's 2015 Garden...The Year Of Neglect
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2015, 08:27:09 PM »
So it begins...

Seedlings were started under lights and my first trees/shrubs were purchased. We picked up two serviceberry's, two raspberry, and a fig. A neighbor supplied us with some blackberries in early Spring from his garden.





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Re: jamendjr's 2015 Garden...The Year Of Neglect
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2015, 08:29:40 PM »
Next up a trip to my friends at Veteran Compost, the best compost you can get in the MD area.



And garden beds were prepped and mulched, ready to be planted.






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Re: jamendjr's 2015 Garden...The Year Of Neglect
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2015, 08:35:36 PM »
I planted a perennial insectary mix from Southern Exposure last year, it has come back in force. Amaranth went nuts and we even have some of what I believe to be Korean Mint popping up from last year ( correct me if I am wrong please ),  almost reminds me of licorice. I read that it has an "anise" flavor, anise comes up as licorice like. Anyone have any experience with it?




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Re: jamendjr's 2015 Garden...The Year Of Neglect
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2015, 08:37:39 PM »
Next up tomatoes in, peppers in, potatoes in, lettuce, kale, beets, radish, some herbs in.










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Re: jamendjr's 2015 Garden...The Year Of Neglect
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2015, 08:43:31 PM »
And finally, serviceberry in.



My second serviceberry went in under/near a tree with these leaves and seed pods...any help with identifying it for me? We have two of these guys on the property right now.





Fig went in on the fence line with some added thermal mass, I hope to add more rocks in the future. Thats all the big rocks I had at the moment. The opening is oriented to the south. Unfortunately this spot gets shaded out by a linden tree by 4:45-5PM right now.





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Re: jamendjr's 2015 Garden...The Year Of Neglect
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2015, 08:50:41 PM »
I almost forgot...the blank canvas.



The rough plan right now is a swale up hill, there is no catchment as the street is about 15' from the fence line so I plan on dumping the downspouts into it. Very rough planting plans right now. If I get a decent drawing or plant list done I will upload that as well.

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Re: jamendjr's 2015 Garden...The Year Of Neglect
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2015, 10:17:06 AM »
I need to get some pictures of my neglected annuals ( still doing well, just neglected ). I did get some photos of the seaberry's I planted. Anyone else out there have seaberry's on their property?

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Re: jamendjr's 2015 Garden...The Year Of Neglect
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2015, 10:17:44 AM »



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Re: jamendjr's 2015 Garden...The Year Of Neglect
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2015, 10:30:53 AM »
I think it looks rather good. Neglected?

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Re: jamendjr's 2015 Garden...The Year Of Neglect
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2015, 01:20:57 PM »
I will try and snap a picture of the annual beds tonight or tomorrow. Wild violets and volunteers are everywhere. I really don't mind a messy garden. This is the year of neglect ( annual beds ) because there has been zero weeding or attention for that matter. I let the volunteer radishes go nuts in the walkways and the perennial insectary mix came back strong and I did not thin it out. On the plus side I learned that the amaranth is a winner for the food forest!





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Re: jamendjr's 2015 Garden...The Year Of Neglect
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2015, 03:18:36 PM »
So here is the neglected garden as of yesterday evening.



Seaberries are showing some new growth which was nice to see.





I also found another great use for the mature Linden tree in our yard. The bark makes fantastic impromptu twine. I peeled some bark to tie a seaberry gone wild to a bamboo stake. It worked like a charm. Add that to the list for Lindens. So far I have tea, pollinator attraction, great beauty/smell, edible leaves, and now twine/wrap when in need. Pretty cool.


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Re: jamendjr's 2015 Garden...The Year Of Neglect
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2015, 04:28:45 PM »
Your neglected garden looks better than many peoples gardens I see about.

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Re: jamendjr's 2015 Garden...The Year Of Neglect
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2015, 05:07:22 PM »
Well we are on the suburbia/rural line so there is a mix out our way. Lots of round up, leaf blowers, suped up mowers, bright green grass, than across the main road you have farms. Than there I am...the thistle in their kentucky fescue!

I know its not that bad looking in there, but I have let the violets and radishes have their way this year. I actually have a feeling that spot will end up as "food forest" or maybe even a small pond.