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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #300 on: October 25, 2011, 07:19:59 AM »
everything looks wonderful. I look forward to seeing how the tunnel works out.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #301 on: October 30, 2011, 06:47:02 PM »
everything looks wonderful. I look forward to seeing how the tunnel works out.

Thanks.

Made some progress- the laterals are in, the main skin is up and pulled tight over the ribs, and the wooden "foundation" border is roughed in.  The ends will be my next step.  One will have a door of some sort and one will have a framed auto vent.

I'll post a step by step on the blog and/or here once I'm done, but in the meantime here's a shot I took at dusk before coming in and chowing down on stuffed poblanos.


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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #302 on: November 01, 2011, 05:04:46 PM »
This part of the forum sure slows down this time of year lol

But I remain undeterred:

Winterbor kale from Johnny's





and the lettuce patch:



We've had several nights @ freezing and all the lettuce & greens have sweetened up a bit

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #303 on: November 02, 2011, 04:19:31 AM »
This part of the forum sure slows down this time of year lol
But I remain undeterred:

Yes it does.. I keep checking in on you to see how things are going. You keep me motivated and give me some good ideas and info that I can use next year.  ;D

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #304 on: November 02, 2011, 08:13:53 AM »
Awesome hoop house Cohutt! And I am so jealous of that Kale.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #305 on: November 02, 2011, 07:01:40 PM »
Thanks guys.

The kale should taste a little better raw now- the young stuff I thinned was pretty good in salads but as it got bigger it got funky in a bitter brassicia kind of way.  a little frost / cool weather is supposed to fix that.

Worst case I have some awesome garnish for the tg  turkey.  ;)
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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #306 on: November 06, 2011, 08:03:08 PM »
Polytunnel closer to completion:



closeup of auto vent opener from the inside:


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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #307 on: November 10, 2011, 06:26:49 AM »
Wow... very cool project! I think that could go in the greenhouse category.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #308 on: November 10, 2011, 07:06:34 AM »
So, where did you get that window opener?

The entire thing looks awesome.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #309 on: November 11, 2011, 03:53:05 PM »
The opener came from Groworganic.com, peaceful valley farm and garden
http://www.groworganic.com/growing-supplies/greenhouses/greenhouse-vent.html

It was the best deal I could find on one- not a heavyweight one but quite adequate for this application.

I'm not at home right now- last night we had a freeze to about 29-30 so I probably lost the last of my summer leftovers- basil, NZ spinach, beans

Yesterday is was extremely windy as the cold front came in. At 4:00 the outside temperature was a little under 60; inside it was almost 70.  (The window was closed)

The night before I finished sealing the back (blog post details) and harvested my first broccoli head along with the nightly jumbo salad cuts.  (check out the massive "Fordhoork Giant" Chard leaf living up to it's name....)



the garbage can @ the back corner is a temporary heat sink:


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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #310 on: November 12, 2011, 09:30:59 AM »
Looking great Cohutt! That should really extend your growing season.

BTW, I don't know if you've thought of this or not (you probably have) but thought I'd mention it. If you get a cold snap and need some extra protection you can cover the small hoops over the individual beds inside the cold frame. Basically making a greenhouse inside a greenhouse. The big tunnel will keep the temp up a certain amount, and the smaller tunnels will keep it higher yet. Just in case it gets cold enough to worry about it. lol

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #311 on: November 13, 2011, 05:11:14 PM »
Thanks, I have considered that. I know of some that use row covers inside of the hoop house vs just more plastic.

Everything seemed to do fine inside while I was away and we had two freezes under 27...

The Thai basil is all fried as are the remaining lima bean plants (as expected).

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #312 on: November 26, 2011, 04:14:07 PM »
Good pecan year for the large tree hanging over part of the backyard.



Door up on the hoophouse





Another heatsink water barrel and the ajo rojo garlic bed



Things are growing well inside although I let the temp get too warm initially and have broccoli that wants to flower too fast and some bolting lettuce.


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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #313 on: November 28, 2011, 09:40:26 PM »
It has been a while since I have checked out this thread...

Holy crap Cohutt!!! you have done one hell of a lot of work this year.

Looks fantastic!!

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #314 on: November 29, 2011, 05:20:33 AM »
Thanks Greywolf.  I feel it too.

Also lost 11 lbs eating healthy from the yard this year. Go figure.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #315 on: November 29, 2011, 06:24:37 AM »
Nice set up Cohutt. Congrats on the weight loss!

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #316 on: December 11, 2011, 07:31:14 PM »



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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #317 on: December 11, 2011, 07:37:58 PM »
How beautiful. How big of a temp difference are you seeing between outside and inside....day and night?

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #318 on: December 11, 2011, 08:17:39 PM »
That is awesome Cohutt! Beautiful growth.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #319 on: December 11, 2011, 08:20:27 PM »
How beautiful. How big of a temp difference are you seeing between outside and inside....day and night?

Day is 12-20+ depending on how sunny it is.  I have actually had issues with bolting that I wasn't expecting due to under venting initially.
Night seems to be about 3-7 if it is

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #320 on: December 11, 2011, 08:21:47 PM »
That is awesome Cohutt! Beautiful growth.

Thanks Ros.  I'll definitely have some version of this thing from now on.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #321 on: December 12, 2011, 05:22:19 AM »
I'm really considering moving to a warmer state.   I love my winters in Iowa, but DANG I'm jealos of the growing seasons.  ;D 

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #322 on: December 12, 2011, 09:22:53 AM »
Looking great Cohutt! That's some beautiful cabbage you've got going there. I planted some this year, had the biggest, fullest, nicest looking cabbage plants you've ever seen, but not one of them got a head on it. lol Oh well, live and learn. Do you know what variety those you have are?

I'm really considering moving to a warmer state.   I love my winters in Iowa, but DANG I'm jealous of the growing seasons.  ;D 

I feel the same way Doc. Not sure I'd want to give up the winters, but Cohutt is sure making me drool over his winter garden!

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #323 on: December 18, 2011, 08:12:46 PM »
Sorry I missed your reply for so long.

I forget the variety; I got them as plants from a nice rural seed & feed store owned by my assistant's parents.  Two different types actually.  I noticed  one smaller one was beginning to turn square Saturday and harvested it (squaring off when they start to bolt). Pretty tasty.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #324 on: December 18, 2011, 08:19:00 PM »
A few looffah gourds still haven't started to really dry yet but are secure on the vine:



Some are dry and skinned, ready for bleach solution rinse and use:



Volunteer arugula plant, looking better than any I have purposely planted lol:



Cabbage and bok choi on their way in for dinner Satruday and then as part of the massive garden stir fry:







 

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #325 on: December 19, 2011, 09:42:40 AM »
Ok now you're just trying to make us all hungry! (and it's working. lol)

You just keep amazing, Cohutt! Almost Christmas and you're harvesting fresh garden veggies!
Truly an inspiration to us all!  8)

I still have no idea what happened to my cabbage this year, unless it was a lack of some nutrient in
the soil. I'm going to switch to a different spot next year and add more compost. Hopefully I'll get
a few beauties like you're getting.  ;D

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #326 on: December 19, 2011, 04:31:47 PM »
This year my cabbage are doing substantially better than last- the cover over the last month may have helped some but I really think it was:

2nd year of soil building (ie more compost in the mix
steady supplemental watering with the new well. 

I think the water was the real key- everything did better this year even though it was hot and dry

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #327 on: January 06, 2012, 05:41:21 PM »
Foto update:

brussel sprouts


17 degrees frozen greens, frozen arugula



next day thawed greens, thawed arugula



winter sky


MORE pecans





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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #328 on: January 06, 2012, 05:47:51 PM »
How many pecan trees do you have?  Thats a LOT of pecans.  :)

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #329 on: January 06, 2012, 08:03:16 PM »
How many pecan trees do you have?  Thats a LOT of pecans.  :)


LOL, are you ready?

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Actually, only about 40% of the pecans fall into my yard, the other 60% hit my neighbors....

There was a huge yield this year....  I had collected a couple of buckets and there were still more than half in the tree.  Then on the Thursday before Christmas we had a freak thunderstorm that produced a tornado touching down about 3 or 4 miles from my house.  The number of nuts that blew out was amazing; mostly they were hitting the back on my house and collecting on the patio.  I got out the leaf blower backpack and herded them into that pile and spent a while on Christmas eve collecting and sorting them.  My sister took two of the cat litter buckets home with her before the picture too...

a post from 6 weeks ago with a pic of the tree: http://cohutt.com/2011/11/22/thank-you-industrious-post-war-baby-boomer-squirrels/