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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #600 on: October 26, 2010, 07:42:59 PM »
The broc is on a 1 ft grid (roughly). 

The arugula is on a "shake the whole pack out in a 96" line" spacing

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #601 on: October 26, 2010, 09:50:48 PM »
Cohutt the shake method is my kind of planting! lol

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #602 on: October 27, 2010, 08:07:16 PM »


(Needed to get them off the plants;  moving them inside before the cold front arrives Friday)

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #603 on: October 27, 2010, 09:11:44 PM »
All I can say is wow. In a good way.....like WOW...but in an envious way like ....dammit why can't I grow stuff like that????

These look wonderful!

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #604 on: October 28, 2010, 08:05:29 PM »
:)

Had to put the headlight on to harvest these.  (one of the conditions of gardening in late october is doing all the work in the dark)


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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #605 on: November 02, 2010, 07:42:55 PM »





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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #606 on: November 04, 2010, 05:34:20 PM »
All I can say is wow!  Your garden is beautiful (and dang it I'm soooooo jealous).  We had a few hard freezes (frosts?) and that was the end.  When I'm missing the beauty of growing things I'll just come look at these pictures. So nice Cohutt!

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #607 on: November 04, 2010, 07:55:21 PM »
Fantastic bit of work there!!!  Looks amazing!!!  I too am awfully envious.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #608 on: November 07, 2010, 06:02:19 PM »
Thanks guys.

First low tunnel hoop thing is roughed in as of dusk-thirty today, plus a smaller one covering the small bed of lettuce and arugula.  You can't tell from the pictures but the top one is 4x the size of the lower one (4x16 vs 2x8).







 
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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #609 on: November 07, 2010, 06:07:58 PM »
Cohutt can you take a picture of how you connected the pvc to the frame tomorrow?

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #610 on: November 08, 2010, 07:01:22 PM »
I got home after dark.
Basically I used the pvc conduit brackets to secure 1" pvc to the outside of the bed. I had cut the 1" stuff into foot long lengths.
The 1/2" pvc I used for the hoops slides in and out no problem. It is secure but can be removed in just a second or two...

another pic from yesterday but not a close up- maybe it helps?


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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #611 on: November 12, 2010, 12:03:50 PM »
i roasted some of those sweet bell peppers on the grill the other night.  
It is pretty simple and delicious.  
Brush with oil (use something other than olive oil, especially if doing this inside under your broiler - it has a low smoke point compared to corn oil and others.)
Roll them around on a hot grill until they are blackened and blisteredas evenly as possible.
Remove and immediately seal them in a Tupperware container until cool enough to handle.  This allows the peppers to finish cooking by steaming themselves from the retained grill heat. At that point the blistered skin peals right off an the tops/seeds pull right out.  The remaining pepper body retains a great roasted flavor.

just starting to blister up



approaching ready

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #612 on: November 18, 2010, 07:38:47 PM »
All the gourds are drying now




Broccoli is @ harvest time for the next few weeks:



A few tomatoes still ripening indoors; with lettuce and French breakfast radishes





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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #613 on: November 21, 2010, 07:56:47 PM »
Fall leaf composting:

I had one wire compost bin set up and then decided to use some of my tomato cages for additional stacks.  (The heavy wire in front of them is part of an old trash burning bin made from a hog panel)







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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #614 on: November 26, 2010, 09:33:44 PM »
Some of the broccoli was about to get away from me so I cut some heads, then blanched and froze them.   So far so good this year with the broccoli; hopefully the other cole plantings will come through as well.



Cooling down between blanch and freeze


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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #615 on: November 27, 2010, 09:02:58 AM »
Good looking broc!!!


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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #616 on: November 27, 2010, 02:09:42 PM »
Thank you greywolf, this year is working out much much better than my first attempt.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #617 on: November 27, 2010, 10:55:54 PM »
This is my first year with broc, your heads look about 2 or 3 times the size of what I have growing. 

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #618 on: November 28, 2010, 07:10:34 AM »
This is my first year with broc, your heads look about 2 or 3 times the size of what I have growing. 

These were bigger than last year for sure, but I need to point out the total # in that picture is 5. 


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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #619 on: November 29, 2010, 02:49:52 PM »
These were bigger than last year for sure, but I need to point out the total # in that picture is 5. 



Cohutt,

Did you start your broccoli seeds inside or did you direct sow?  I tried direct sowing this year on broccoli and cauliflower and haven't had much luck.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #620 on: November 29, 2010, 04:49:16 PM »
The environment here is too harsh at the time I would have to direct sow, it makes sense to start inside or buy plant sets

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #621 on: December 09, 2010, 04:52:25 AM »
Some updates as we approach the shortest day of the year:

It has been cold here (for N GA) so I went ahead and did a quick frame up and covered the other two back beds. Now I have 3 large and 1 small "pods" is the back:



As it has approached 20 the last few nights I went ahead and added a modest heat source to some of the beds that contained items like lettuce and cauliflower I was concerned about.  Mostly the stuff would be ok (broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage) but I figured I'd rather have increase my margin of error a little using the modest heat from shop lights.  At night I have this weird view from by back window lol:

 

(I tossed a couple of drop cloths over the plastic at night to help retain heat and dampen the glow )

I put water jugs in front of the shop lights to absorb/diffuse and more consistently release the heat from the 300w halogen bulb.  I learned last year that a shop light can dry out a pretty decent patch of a bed if it is close and shining directly.



The peppers I brought in are going well; the small ones that were set a few weeks ago are maturing now.  The habaneros (pictured below) and jalapenos are doing better that the larger peppers.



Still, the 5' tall napoleon bell is allowing peppers to mature (smaller than outside though) as is the pimento below it.   That pimento was the size of a tennis ball and was the base for some very nice pimento cheese yesterday @ lunch.)






The broccoli harvest has continued to be better than last year as the sun exposure and richer compost/soil mix in the back beds has paid off:



And finally, one evening the dew point and temperature crossed at the right time to create a "ghost garden" that caught my eye:




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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #622 on: December 09, 2010, 04:46:59 PM »
Very cool... I've only got garlic planted here in the new place, but it is doing well, despite the cold nights we have had recently.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #623 on: December 09, 2010, 07:19:02 PM »
Thanks LvsChant

ditto on the garlic (and shallots) here... 

A bed of both:



And some spare garlic i tossed into the holed left behind when i moved some stones in the boxwood garden renovation project.    I covered with compost and dried up grass clippings and so far it is thriving (I had to mark the holes and came up with the bamboo to avoid stepping into them before the garlic came up)



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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #624 on: December 12, 2010, 08:14:24 PM »
Holiday habaneros strung up to dry



Last big broccoli harvest:




It is supposed to be 12 degrees here tomorrow night; I'm not sure what of my remaining producing garden will survive.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #625 on: December 19, 2010, 03:42:50 PM »
The pvc hoop supported covers did the trick during the freeze.

My lettuce is fine, so it the chard, chinese kale and young spinach











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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #626 on: December 24, 2010, 08:06:59 AM »
Looking great, Cohutt. You can enjoy a fresh salad for Christmas!

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #627 on: December 24, 2010, 12:59:59 PM »
That was my plan :)

Along with shrimp etoufe and fresh baked standing french loaves.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #628 on: December 24, 2010, 06:38:59 PM »
Love the festive Pepper decorations.

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Re: Cohutt builds a garden, Chapter 2
« Reply #629 on: December 26, 2010, 06:47:50 PM »
Beautiful job on posting all of this. Really gives me inspiration. I just removed the plastic and havested the last of my greens for Christmas salad here in Idaho. It was amazing to see how long I could make it last. Great inspiration you have given me! Thanks