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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #90 on: April 22, 2011, 07:47:34 PM »
I started putting in the tomatoes bit spent most of the day trying to finish tidying up the boxwood garden project -moving the rest of the big rocks, weeding, leveling/ backfilling and then laying cardboard and mulching.
It is finally coming together after several months of moving bushes and squeezing in new beds.



I also got the basic frame up for this year's bean trellis - I think I'm going to use biodegradable jute string or something similar this year for the beans to climb on.  This is a new 16x3' bed that will have potatoes and beans; you can see potatoes coming up in the trench on the left.




Just to the left the asparagus is doing well and is actually standing up this year thanks to the retaining paracord.



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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #91 on: April 26, 2011, 08:04:49 PM »
First Bok Choi I've ever grown or eaten












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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #92 on: April 26, 2011, 08:36:03 PM »
yum.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #93 on: April 26, 2011, 08:59:27 PM »
All from the yardfarm, the stir fry included the choi (duh), some st valery carrots, ruby chard & stems, and green garlic.  The contractors drug a hose over the corner of a garlic bed and damaged one plant enough that I decided to pull it and slice it like a big green onion or more like a leek.   
It was fantastic - the white bulb had just started forming and the greenish stalk was tender for several inches up.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #94 on: April 29, 2011, 09:54:11 PM »
Looks good Cohutt. How long has it taken for you to get it set up and running like it is now?

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #95 on: April 30, 2011, 05:06:20 AM »
Looks good Cohutt. How long has it taken for you to get it set up and running like it is now?

Thanks.   

The whole garden project?

I decided to take the plunge in June 2009- so it has been 23 months now.   

This included a lot of time spent tearing out privet and other junk plants/trees/shrubs plus building 150 feet of fence and 1 1/2 storage sheds though.   If you have ready space you could do it in half the time

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #96 on: April 30, 2011, 06:33:12 AM »
The little bastidge.....

I don't know what he had planned for when he got to the top but he was heading north when i noticed him.






I am 90% sure this is a stinking freshly hatched tomato hornworm. The side markings are there but aren't as pronounced as the pictures I've seen online of the mature ones.  I believe he grabbed on to my pants leg when I was pulling dead bamboo reeds from a thicket for bean poles. 

Clever little devil, he must have figured I'd lead him directly to my tomatoes if he quietly hung on.... 

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #97 on: April 30, 2011, 07:56:12 AM »
Not only is you garden a producer, but it looks very nice too, aesthetically speaking. Great work cohutt!

Put that worm on a hook!

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #98 on: April 30, 2011, 09:44:55 AM »
Or under a boot.  The sentencing is over very quickly at my place.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #99 on: April 30, 2011, 07:10:41 PM »





Thanks.   

The whole garden project?

I decided to take the plunge in June 2009- so it has been 23 months now.   

This included a lot of time spent tearing out privet and other junk plants/trees/shrubs plus building 150 feet of fence and 1 1/2 storage sheds though.   If you have ready space you could do it in half the time

I'm surprised it was that short of a time span. You must have really been hustling.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #100 on: April 30, 2011, 07:56:24 PM »
I sort of just kept grinding at it a little almost every day, a lot on some days.



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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #101 on: April 30, 2011, 09:09:58 PM »
Cohutt, you never cease to amaze me.

I've been following along since you started a few years ago, and you continue to inspire me. I garden on a much smaller scale, but I'm definitely influenced by all your efforts. Please continue posting about your efforts. You are bringing a lot of people over to the dark side...

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #102 on: May 01, 2011, 06:42:02 AM »
Thanks to everyone for the kind comments.

Yesterday I sucked it up and made more tomato cages- I didn't have enough of the big ones to go around last year and decided i wouldn't ever stake again if i could help it...

This is definitely eye protection mandatory work- lots of springy sharp ended wire bouncing around because of the spring tension from being rolled up.  My forearms looks like I tried to drown a bobcat yesterday lol...

The wire is hard to see but I promise it is there





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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #103 on: May 01, 2011, 06:48:51 AM »
I know you talked about making these in a previous thread, but how do you connect them into a circle?  Bending or welding?

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #104 on: May 01, 2011, 07:42:43 AM »
I bend them and will take a close up picture today and post. 

Bending works well since this stuff is so thick.  It is a chore but less than trying to weld imho.

i cut the wires in the middle of the squares and each cage has 12 "full" squares in them plus 1/2 wire on either end.  When I put them together I overlap 1 full square- this makes for a sturdier circular shape vs a tear drop if you don't overlap. the tension of this stuff is pretty high.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #105 on: May 01, 2011, 10:38:40 AM »
Here you are Fritz-

(I had to put an empty vermiculite back behind the wire to get a good focus on the close up.)

The top of the cage at the overlap section where the "connections" are with close up shots of each "bend":










It is a pain but after a while you get a system figured out- I generally used my gloved palm to do 75% of the end then a stout pair of flat nose pliers to finish and put the curl on the end.

After I make all the cages I cut the bottom circular wire off so that about 6" of the wire will stick into the soil for stability. 

Using 12 full squares with the single overlap gives around a 22" diameter if I remember correctly. This is wide enough for the bushy determinate types like the Romas but still allows for 2 rows to fit inside a 4' wide raised bed with a couple inches spacing to spare. (This allows for a little more air circulation too.)

At my local building supply store the cose for a 150' roll of 5' re-wire runs a tad over $90.  This is up about $8 from past year.  Last year the same cost something like $120 at Home Depot, no telling this year....
The "yield" from one roll is calculated as 23-
150 ft x 2 squares / ft = 300 squares long
300 squares / 13 squares per cage = 23 cages  (12 full squares + 1/2 on either side for bending
Cost per cage = $95 / 23 cages = $7.30 per cage.

Yeah the cost is a little more than the nicest cage you can find in the store BUT these actually work- the plants generally don't outgrow them, they don't get tippy and fall over and the openings are a comfortable 6"x6" to reach in and pick the fruits of your labor.
Plus, these will outlast me I am certain. 

I'll end up with around 41 or 42 total tomato cages from the two rolls I've purchased.  I'll end up with less since
1. I am going to extend two by another 2 1/2' for the Tommy-Toes mega-vining cherry tomatoes.  In effect I'll add another 1/2 cage on top of the existing ones.
2. I'm going to use some of this wire to make pepper cages after I study the idea a bit more and I plan on leaving a little in reserve for future projects.

Lunch break over, back to work. ;)

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #106 on: May 03, 2011, 08:25:39 PM »
Potato beds raising up a 2nd level for more hilling






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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #107 on: May 04, 2011, 09:30:08 PM »
Lookin good.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #108 on: May 05, 2011, 05:48:43 AM »
We've been enjoying a lot of lettuce/spinach/bok choi and other cool weather stuff; the 4x4 strawberry tower is putting them out fast right now as well.



Another massive veggie stir fry on the assembly line :


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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #109 on: May 05, 2011, 07:32:12 AM »
Looks tasty! When's dinner?  ;D

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #110 on: May 05, 2011, 01:22:57 PM »
That bokchoi looks amazing. I personally prefer the baby bok choi i like the flavor a bit more. Awesome Job Cohutt once again

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #111 on: May 05, 2011, 05:10:38 PM »
Thanks it is Joi Choi, a mini hybrid


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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #112 on: May 06, 2011, 12:00:35 PM »
The night before last weather.com was forecasting a low of 33 with possible frost in some areas.  More reliable sources (NWS) said nothing but I didn't want to take any chances- losing a bunch of tomato plants this late in the spring would have been a bummer.

So i covered them up with leftover plastic, tarps, garbage cans, my wheelbarrow.....



SO what happened?

Weather.com missed it by a mile and the NWS was dead on- they forecast 39 and the thermometer on my foundation said 42 @ 7:00 AM yesterday; it retains a little heat and 2-3 degrees difference was typical over the winter.

I don't like 39 degree temps on my tomatoes but they have been hardened off pretty well and had started growing noticeably since I put them out 3 weeks ago.  They should be fine.

Thankfully the peppers are still watching from the back window and will move out within the next few days.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #113 on: May 06, 2011, 10:10:58 PM »
It's getting in the 90's here this week. that is just as bad as the 39. Are we destined to have a bad tomato harvest every year???

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #114 on: May 07, 2011, 06:12:23 AM »
Yeah we have 89-90 forecast in a couple of days.   I'm afraid my first season of sugar snap peas is going to be a short one.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #115 on: May 10, 2011, 05:48:28 AM »
Been busy trying to keep up with all the planting & maintenance chores @ this important juncture -

all in all it is coming together slowly, mrs cohutt is pleased at the efforts to make the whole thing look better. I haven't really spent a lot of time working on the areas in and around the beds until this spring. 

I'll try and get better shots this week


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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #116 on: May 10, 2011, 06:50:59 AM »
It looks awesome Cohutt and is really coming together.

What is that big tree looking thing in the bed in front?

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #117 on: May 10, 2011, 04:19:25 PM »

What is that big tree looking thing in the bed in front?

My tiny Rosemary plant that I put in June 2009.  :o
 
 I staked it upright a bit this year.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #118 on: May 10, 2011, 08:02:52 PM »
WOW! That's what I thought it was, but wasn't sure.  Dang that thing is huge!  I just planted some a couple weeks ago.  I hope I have growth like that.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #119 on: May 10, 2011, 08:10:39 PM »


Guerrilla gardening lite, back on April 12:



Seriously I had the extra seeds and noticed I had room for a row there after pruning back the boxwoods.  Why not, right?

A month later:



Another experimental spot is working out well, freshly watered in a spot where I removed some bushes and did no other soil prep:



a third is not, morning sun only, hard packed clay soil: