Author Topic: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)  (Read 109101 times)

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #60 on: March 26, 2011, 11:54:28 AM »
I'm thinking that maybe I can get one and lop off a row and a column.  That would make it just about the size of a standard 1020 tray.  Think that would work?

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #61 on: March 26, 2011, 01:50:49 PM »
I'm thinking that maybe I can get one and lop off a row and a column.  That would make it just about the size of a standard 1020 tray.  Think that would work?

This is a dense polystyrene, more so than the convenience store Styrofoam coolers but still it is just polystyrene.  Personally I wouldn't cut them. I think you'd be better served looking for another tapered plug grow system that fits standard trays vs paying for these and then cutting them. 

I set up a makeshift drip retaining tub under them by using contractors plastic and some old 1 1/4"x 3/4" pickets from a fence i took down.  I'll consider engineering something better at some point.  They have a tray @ groworganic.com that fits these but it is $20 or so.  These are nice but not worth $20 a flat/tray combo plus shipping. 

Sometimes when you start messing around with commercial grower stuff you find it doesn't fit a backyard gardener's set up very well. 

(Unless you have a giant bell in your yard...  ;) )

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #62 on: March 26, 2011, 01:55:33 PM »
BTW It is raining like hell here today.

I'm sitting working on my taxes looking out the big window at all the stuff that needs doing NOW in my garden.... but can't due to the monsoon.

The combination is killing me



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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #63 on: March 26, 2011, 10:26:22 PM »
It's march and everything here is drying up and blowing away. Hate spring drought.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #64 on: March 31, 2011, 08:24:04 PM »
Asparagus report.






PASS

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #65 on: April 05, 2011, 07:04:09 PM »
Time out for a couple of days


Why?

Radar as the front was passing garden ground zero last night.





Chainsaw timeout; nothing that fell hit anything of importance.   Power was back on by dawn.

Carry on...




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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #66 on: April 05, 2011, 07:14:26 PM »
Yeah... loud storm down here last night, too. Woke the dog up. Being surrounded by really large pine trees, we were a little nervous, but all is well.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #67 on: April 05, 2011, 08:10:36 PM »
Yeah we got hit bad, but nothing came down.  My parents in Macon though still don't have power. They also had two trees come down, but neither hit the house.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #68 on: April 06, 2011, 05:58:55 AM »
Glad nothing took out anything important.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #69 on: April 06, 2011, 10:48:34 AM »
Storm wrecked charlotte pretty good. I almost planted my seedlings in the raised beds last weekend. Im glad I didnt. They are going in this saturday.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #70 on: April 06, 2011, 04:31:03 PM »
Yesterday evening was lopping shears and machete prep

Tonight is Stihl night

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #71 on: April 07, 2011, 05:24:38 AM »
Before



After (not completely after, but after progress....)




I still have to deal with the rather large trunk laying on the fence over some boxwood I had moved over along the property line.  Ugh.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #72 on: April 07, 2011, 05:26:46 AM »
My young Blueberry plants are blooming up a storm this year




2nd year strawberry plants are getting busy as well:


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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #73 on: April 07, 2011, 09:28:59 AM »
Dang Cohutt, that looks like a hot mess of lumber.  Maybe time to start a shitake mushroom project  ;)

Good looking blueberries and strawberries. Mine are just now waking up.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #74 on: April 07, 2011, 08:20:22 PM »
Asparagus is taller than me now and more shoots emerge each day. 



We aren't able to keep up with the spinach this time of year; this patch has been thinned several times:



Radicchio beginning to turn red and take shape:



This evening I ran 3/4 of the tree tops and branches through the chipper/shredder I splurged on a while back; the yard cleanup continues.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #75 on: April 12, 2011, 08:08:44 PM »
Crude raised bed from storm trees



Sugar snap peas trying to get established before it is too hot (cheapo improv trellis above, spinach in background




The tomato cages are just parked in the center out of the way.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #76 on: April 19, 2011, 04:27:53 AM »
The spinach we have been munching on for most of the winter has finally started going to seed.  (In the previous post you can see some of the plants in the far right side of the bed holding the sugar snap peas.) Since all of the plants came from seed saved from a couple of plants last spring, I'll repeat and let some go all the way.

In the meantime we are harvesting and putting up spinach as fast as we can- (2 minutes blanch then freeze).

A few tall plants pulled and sitting in water in the shade for a little while :



The leaves ready for processing



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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #77 on: April 19, 2011, 05:50:00 AM »
Very nice Cohutt...I'm totally jealous of your early garden season, at least until I remember how hot it gets down there. lol
the snow finally left all the garden area last week, so I've been out doing preps. It will be real nice to get planting soon!

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #78 on: April 19, 2011, 07:19:42 AM »
Cohutt... is your lawn bermuda? If so, what measures have you found helpful in keeping it from creeping into your beds?

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #79 on: April 19, 2011, 12:38:50 PM »
HP, Yes I appreciate the long season more and more now that I've fallen off the deep end (from a gardening standpoint).
LC, it is actually one of the fine bladed zoysias (emerald maybe?) and while it creeps, it is much less aggressive than  than any of the Bermudas I have seen.    I lifted the sod then placed cardboard and wood chips down in the section where the original beds went in in 2009.  This year I noticed some encroachment that I'm going to have to nip early to avoid a loner term issue.




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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #80 on: April 19, 2011, 12:59:48 PM »
I don't think we ever had zoysia where I've lived... but we had something called centipede grass when we lived in n. Louisiana. Maybe it is similar?

My parents have bermuda in their back yard... they are trying to get a garden plot prepared, but getting bermuda out is nigh impossible.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #81 on: April 19, 2011, 07:41:43 PM »
I still find wild common bermuda trying to take hold in parts of the lawn from time to time but for the last few years the zoysia has choked it out.  (Thankfully)

Centepede is a lot different- it has a wide coarse blade and is temperamental from what I have seen; give it too much attention and it croaks,  Too little and it croaks.   

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #82 on: April 19, 2011, 07:52:08 PM »
Taters sprouting in the one of the tater boxes.  Red pontiac I think....




I got off my arse Sunday and collected 2/3s of the nice rocks I uncovered and removed while moving boxwoods around this winter.  I have a few more large ones to go assuming my sore back doesn't completely seize up on me.

Why do it? There were scattered everywhere and in the way too much. Also, i figured itf I rounded them up I could get a good mental inventory of what I have to work with when I reincorporate them into the garden later.  Greenhouse floor/heat sink maybe?

(I promise some of these are a lot bigger than they look)


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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #83 on: April 19, 2011, 07:55:16 PM »
Man I wish I could find rock like that just hanging out in my yard. Thats about 500 bucks worth if you had to go buy them.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #84 on: April 19, 2011, 08:05:08 PM »
You never cease to top yourself my friend.  BTW. heat sink floor to a greenhouse is an awesome idea.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #85 on: April 19, 2011, 08:14:23 PM »
Ros,

I could make a vintage "Flintones" style village out of these for Toads eh?


Man I wish I could find rock like that just hanging out in my yard. Thats about 500 bucks worth if you had to go buy them.

these are all part of the old garden but were covered with 2" of 40 years of composted leaves.  I didn't realize there were as many until I started trying to rearrange things.

In the picture below, 2 things of note:
1. Those really big ones next to the bell are the ones I still have to move (plus about 8 not in the picture).
2. The garlic: I put extra garlic cloves in the holes left behind when I uncovered and pried out the rocks. I just filled the relatively shallow holes (3-5") with mel's mix and stuck the cloves in last October.  The garlic is doing remarkably well considering it was really an afterthought.


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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #86 on: April 20, 2011, 10:45:23 AM »
The spinach we have been munching on for most of the winter has finally started going to seed.  (In the previous post you can see some of the plants in the far right side of the bed holding the sugar snap peas.) Since all of the plants came from seed saved from a couple of plants last spring, I'll repeat and let some go all the way.

In the meantime we are harvesting and putting up spinach as fast as we can- (2 minutes blanch then freeze).

A few tall plants pulled and sitting in water in the shade for a little while :



The leaves ready for processing




How do process the leaves?

Rook

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #87 on: April 20, 2011, 04:20:52 PM »
How do process the leaves
Rook

Blanch/freeze

Wash leaves, cut from stem and cull those going the least bit yellow
Bring a big pot of water to boil
Fill a large pot with cold water (I add a little ice)
Submerge leaves in boiling water for 2 minutes max
immediately drain and submerge in ice water
Drain and place servings in individual cheapo ziplocks removing as much air as possible
Place these in a heavy duty ziplock freezer back and put in freezer

The spinach leaves don't shrink down as much as you would think if you've ever blanched and frozen turnip greens

this doesn't destroy the leaves by any means but you won't be using these is salads when they thaw, only dishes where it is cooked/heated

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #88 on: April 20, 2011, 08:36:25 PM »
I set out a bunch of tomato plants tonight, about 1/3 of the planned total.  In order to make room for the rest I had to do more of the spinach



lol "my cup runneth over"



Also I spotted another honey bee working the tiny asparagus flowers.  Not the best shot but check out the pollen he has stashed on his legs:




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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #89 on: April 20, 2011, 08:42:03 PM »
Nice bunch of spinach!!

good to see the bees, they seem to be fewer and fewer every year