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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2010, 05:22:32 PM »
Lookin great!

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #31 on: February 01, 2010, 07:54:03 PM »
AK,
I don't have any raincatch back there.  I know if I talked to my neighbor he'd let me repair the gutter of the ugly garage apt behind his house (and now behind my back fence) and put a barrel there, but I'd still be draggin a hose back in. 

I don't know, we'll have to see.  The elevation is low enough that I could connect a hose to the raincatch spicket in the first garden and draw from it way back there.   First things first though, gotta get some more stuff done first.   Tonight I buried 3/4 pvc conduit back to the tool shed at the half way mark. :)

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2010, 07:24:48 AM »
I wonder... could you relocate the camelia bush (or half of it) to be in front of that barrel? two birds and one stone  ;)

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2010, 09:31:13 AM »
A good idea, but mature camelias don't transplant well....very unlikely it would survive. cohutt might not survive the transplant, either, as the roots are expansive and real damned hard. I looooooove those old camelias, and have tried to rescue lots of them during the renovation of the historic district in downtown Hattiesburg, MS, but with very minimal success, even with the aid of a min-trackhoe.

Awesome, awesome work, cohutt!...that's very similar to how my raised beds are laid out. If you don't mind my asking, what part of the country are you in?

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #34 on: February 02, 2010, 05:18:49 PM »
Ros, No plans to move it; I've done enough boxwood moving here to nix that idea.

swamp man:
Funny, I'm in a historic district in North GA and have this in my yard, a few feet from the 90 year old boxwoods.  I figure this old Camellia is about the same age.  I'm going to shape it and reduce it; this ought not be an issue if I leave the roots alone.

I learned that a friend of mine is carrying on his father's Camellia propagation  mission; I'll see him Thursday and invite him to get some of this one when it starts putting out new growth in a couple months. I hear they have a farm with several acres of these old types in rows, all from old bushes in Georgia and Alabama

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #35 on: February 03, 2010, 12:25:50 AM »
Nothin' like camelias blooming in the winter when everything else is all brown and dreary.

 I did some growin' up in north Georgia, in Bartow county, and in Cobb county. My folks moved up to Dalton a while back, but I ain't been up there yet.

 Those camelias feed real heavy on iron, much moreso than most plants. Get you a few scraps of rebar, hammer 'em into the ground around the rootball, and the leaves will get greener than green. Makes for a happy, pretty camelia, just make sure and counter-sink the rebar so's you dont tear up a lawn mower blade or bust a toe on it.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #36 on: February 04, 2010, 05:09:29 PM »
More CRB (Cheap Rat Bastard) activities line up today- the practically free wood has me on a quest for free or nearly free stuff in prep for spring.

Today I have think I have the following all lined up:

1 free composted dairy cow manure, the load into my truck. Same source as last year except i asked if they had any that was more composted than the load I got last year.  Answer- Yes, I'll arrange for you to pick it up whenever you want. :)

2 free composted yard waste (last fall's leaves).  The city composts it for free pickup but the good stuff goes quickly.  My contact says they have a bunch at the closed landfill here that they turn and keep for municipal use; he said they had plenty and he'd arrange for me to pick it up whenever I wanted.  :) :)

3 Vermiculite- the place where I got my cheap wood has a pallet of vermiculite someone ordered a couple years ago then welshed on.  My buddy says it is in the way, come get all I want.  I still have a few bags from last year when I was trying not to appear greedy.  :) :) :)

4 A client of mine is a retired florist who ran a greenhouse as a part of his operation; he has a pole barn full of stuff (he said he never threw anything away and tried to reuse most of it).  He said I could have all the 2", 3" and 4" plastic pots I wanted as well as trays to hold them.  He said he was too cheap to use peat posts for his truck garden operation for the local farmers market and used these to start all his plants.   He claims you can use these higher quality plastic pots several times without a problem. :) :) :) :) 

So it appears before spring I can fill the monster beds currently under construction in the back. 

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #37 on: February 04, 2010, 05:54:14 PM »
Now THAT is how to do a garden. Thanks for the ideas on how to get free stuff

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #38 on: February 04, 2010, 06:58:15 PM »
Very resourceful my fellow ant. +1

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #39 on: February 04, 2010, 07:04:11 PM »
D A N G !

nice work!

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #40 on: February 04, 2010, 07:25:08 PM »
The stuff isn't in my possesion yet, so we'll have to see if it all comes in.

;)

Still, sometimes I feel like the sun shines out of my........

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #41 on: February 07, 2010, 07:26:14 PM »
It was cold & damp all weekend here but I got some stuff done.
-Installed the hardware and hung the back gate
-Cut and installed the two cross braces in the middle of the fence on along the back
-Built 3 more raised beds from the big 2x12s - 2 16x4 and 1 12x4
-Dragged the beds around and got them into position running north/south.
-Cut off some of the fence posts that stuck up over the fence line.
-Built the frames for the garden shed doors and got them hung.
-cleaned up some

Here are the beds (cell phone pic) with the 2x4 skids i put under them to make moving easier.  The boards tacked to the top edges are to keep them square until I get them leveled.  The short posts were what i held the long boards upright with when assembling, then used as pivot points when aligning the beds.

(The large Camellia will be trimmed back a good bit in May and won't be all over the beds this summer)



The doors were pinned in with the cross boards so I could get everything square and install the hinges. Hinges are installedand the doors swing true; I will put the other boards on the face of the frame this week if it doesn't ferkin rain every evening.


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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #42 on: February 08, 2010, 11:12:23 AM »
Looks real, real good there C.

I jes happen to have a 6.5 HP Troy Bilt Bronco tiller that you need. I a prolly let ya have it right.  ;

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #43 on: February 08, 2010, 12:01:46 PM »
I bet you do. Welcome to the forum :)

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #44 on: February 08, 2010, 02:47:34 PM »
I bet you do. Welcome to the forum :)

I do.

Thanks for the welcome.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #45 on: February 08, 2010, 04:13:10 PM »

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #46 on: February 08, 2010, 08:01:33 PM »
Look at that you do have one, I'll chat with you about it maybe later towards spring. 


OK, update of the day-

I finished the toolshed doors, except for hardware.  Kind of a pain in the arse to do this at dark-thirty, especially since I had to rip 1/4" off of the middle two boards.  Anyway, Mrs C says it wildly exceeds her expectations (or something like that) so she is cool with it.  I'm just happy it and the gate are done, I hate hanging these things.....

I'll put some hooks and shelves in there eventually.





I also took a picture of the new beds with a real camera -  i still have a lot of leveling and adjusting to do as well as make a couple more smaller ones





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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #47 on: February 08, 2010, 08:18:52 PM »
Very nice!

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #48 on: February 08, 2010, 08:59:00 PM »
Nice job on that shed Cohutt! It looks nice and sturdy as hell Best of all nobody will ever know your lair lurks beneath it. Shhhh I didn't say that. Nothing to see here, move along.
« Last Edit: February 08, 2010, 09:01:21 PM by Roswell »

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #49 on: February 09, 2010, 07:04:20 AM »
Nice job on that shed Cohutt! It looks nice and sturdy as hell Best of all nobody will ever know your lair lurks beneath it. Shhhh I didn't say that. Nothing to see here, move along.

The picture Cohutt didn't want anyone to see...


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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #50 on: February 09, 2010, 07:58:16 AM »
That is awesome HOC! Cohutt has been exposed at last!
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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #51 on: February 09, 2010, 12:10:17 PM »
frolicking lmoa hare! 

funny!

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #52 on: February 09, 2010, 10:10:44 PM »
a/ hilarious...

b/ looking good.  Gotta love all that free/almost free lumber man.  great find.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #53 on: February 11, 2010, 06:27:48 PM »
The old barn has been torn down Mister C. It all been piled up ta burn. They a lot a good 80-100 year old cypress in them piles. If ya need it, ya welcome to it. I a burn it when things start turning green here again. Too brown ta burn now.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #54 on: February 11, 2010, 07:53:05 PM »
Thanks Jawja, that'd be cool if I could ever find the time to escape way down there to get it.   Ask me again before you put a match to it.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #55 on: February 12, 2010, 07:37:04 PM »
I want to be like Cohutt when I grow up.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #56 on: February 14, 2010, 08:18:26 AM »
lol....Mel, you need to know the whole story before you start saying stuff like that.


We got snow Friday here in N GA and by Saturday morning I had a 3" coating over my project:

From inside over a cup of hot coffee:


The beds that were going to get some work:




My firend at the city called Friday to confirm they had some compost that had been out for 6 months and turned regularly, so i went ahead and got a load Friday afternoon in the snow.   While it was fairly well composted, it has another couple of months.  It was made up of shredded yard waste and still had some fairly large pieces of wood; it included pine and hardwoods as well as the needles and leaves that were on the tree tops when they were processed.
It wasn't what I was looking for but i didn't want to burn bridges since my firend had arranged for the arborist to meet me out at the compost yard in the snow late on a Friday.

I left in my truck overnight the unloaded it into a makeshift compost bin by forking it over the fence.  It was steaming like it was about to burst into flame so I know it will continue to compost:



I also hooked up for a deal on vermiculite and had to do something with it, so now I have a Vermiculite tower against my back fence. (yeah it is a lot but I'm not going to need all of it and am sharing with fellow SPF member Roswell.):




TODAY:

Level the last nes bed in the back
Interior storage work on the shed (shelves and ?)
Mel's Mix making since my aparagus will be here next week
Seed starting







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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #57 on: February 14, 2010, 10:06:46 AM »
Good lord, cohutt!  That's looks like at least 50 cu ft. of Vermiculite!  I hope Roswell has a big garden as well.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #58 on: February 14, 2010, 11:08:12 AM »
Actually, 46 bags x 2cf/bag = 92 cf total

Yeah I kind of went overboard on it, but a friend is cutting me a deal to get it out of his warehouse and I'll need up to half of it just for the 224 sq ft of new beds I have built now (1/3 of volume @ 10" deep) and I plan on building more......




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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #59 on: February 14, 2010, 07:29:25 PM »
I saw your Vermiculite pile and only one word came to mind...



You rock Cohutt!  +1 Big Time!

Cohutt,
Did the walls on your original garden get injured in the snow. It looked like they were sagging. I saw it is supposed to snow a couple inches tonight too. Also, do you have a cover on one of those beds in the left corner or is that a big pile of snow?  How is your indoor lettuce doing?


And Mel, my garden isn't very big... yet  ;)  Cohutt though is giving me a big jump start for my own garden and thread. The man is an inspiration to us all, that's why he's the Guru.