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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #30 on: March 01, 2011, 09:24:43 AM »
I really love those gourds...

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #31 on: March 01, 2011, 05:22:07 PM »
I'm curious.  Why are some brown and some white?

because i painted some white and didn't paint others.

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Recommended to go with lighter colors if you want to paint them for temperature reasons.   The natural colored ones are fine too actually. 

I drilled 2 1/4" hanging holes in the tops. sanded with coarse steel wool then primed them white. Afterward  coated all with a urethane; I'll hit them one more time for logevity.

I need to drill 2-3 drain hols in the bottom of all and then cut the "front door" holes and see what moves in....

lvschant, when mrs C saw them drying up on the porch she fell in love with them.  This after asking me for several months why i grew all the gourds and what I was going to do with them . 

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #32 on: March 01, 2011, 08:50:30 PM »
2 x 128  speedling trays "in action"

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #33 on: March 02, 2011, 09:22:04 PM »
A nice evening meal cut from the garden today- a huge salad of lettuces, spinach & radishes along with a large helping of broccoli shoots.  The remnants of the broccoli planted last September produce a healthy weekly harvest of side shoots each week.  The plants were decapitated in November and have still provided multiple side cuttings ever since..


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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #34 on: March 03, 2011, 06:01:42 AM »
VERY nice and encouraging to see you get 12 months of use out of a garden!

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #35 on: March 03, 2011, 06:04:54 AM »
+1 for the inspiration you provide... amazing.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #36 on: March 07, 2011, 08:09:34 PM »
Thank you ladies, thank you very much...  :)


Seed starting 2011: smaller footpring, higher output (hopefully).  Besides the lights and gianormous heat mat, the speedling trays are a new item this year, a test run.   So far so good

The view from across the sun room tonight (I promise you these are frickin blindingly bright lights).



A closer shot of the speedling trays full of spring starts




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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #37 on: March 07, 2011, 08:19:05 PM »
Those seedling trays are massive and a beautiful sight.  How are you going to get them out though? Is it plastic or wood?

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #38 on: March 07, 2011, 08:31:33 PM »
Polystyrene ie hard Styrofoam.  The pyramid shape allegedly allows for easy removal once the roots have developed. I'll keep a butter knife handy if they are sticky.   The trays are from groworganic.com (Peaceful Valley) and there is a tip sheet posted there.

They are light since the material doesn't weigh anything to speak of empty

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #39 on: March 08, 2011, 11:31:18 AM »
What size are those seed starting trays?

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #40 on: March 08, 2011, 11:56:16 AM »
I took a look at those trays and they look really nice.  Please let us know how they perform.  I could stand to use some, but I'll have to completely re-make my seed starting rack to work with them.  I don't want to recreate the lighting system if these don't work right.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #41 on: March 09, 2011, 05:43:44 AM »
Fritz, it looks like you found the answers to your questions already.  

In case anyone else is interested, the ones I am testing out:

http://www.groworganic.com/speedling-transplant-tray-128-cell.html

 
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For more about growing with Speedlings, see the Product Use Information, below. Note: all trays are 26-5-8 x 13-5-8 overall with slight variance on the height. This tray has 128 cells which are 1-1/4 square x 2-.5 deep
http://www.groworganic.com/media/pdfs/gp005-l.pdf



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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #42 on: March 09, 2011, 05:44:28 PM »
Sunday I got a nice 1-2" layer of manure and leaf compost (well aged from last spring) spread over the asparagus bed.  (Only people who compost will understand why I was proud enough of this great stuff to post an action shot of it lol... )



To the left you can see half of the new 16x3' bed being squared up and readied for installation/fill.  Seeing as how I did find 16' 2x12s for nothing this year, I cheaped out and only bought 2x6" lumber for this addition.  Damn it hurts to pay retail...  :(

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #43 on: March 14, 2011, 08:03:46 AM »
So amazing Cohutt!  +1    :happydance: and I'm so green with envy!

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #44 on: March 17, 2011, 08:09:39 PM »
In a moment of weakness I shelled out for a Troy Built chipper/shredder leftover from last fall.  

What a sweet tool for mulch/compost...  

So with this investment I decided I'd better put together a real composting system (that passed the aesthetic test with Mrs c...).  So far, the back and sides are framed and the double chicken with is loosly hung and fitted.  The idea is to have each layer slightly offset from the other so that it get a tighter patterns that with just one layer.   I balked at the cost of the hardware cloth and opted for this instead.  

It is 16 ft across and I am planning on 4 compartments with removable fronts and possibly removable dividers.  



Eventually I was instructed by my supervisor to harvest a little fresh produce for dinner; those spindly broccoli shoots were the last harvest from broccoli planted last September.


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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #45 on: March 17, 2011, 09:29:55 PM »
I can't wait to see your garden this season!

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #46 on: March 17, 2011, 10:11:31 PM »
Love the new compost idea.  I can't wait to see the finished product.  Oh and btw, I hear ya on the hardware cloth. The price on it around here is insane.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #47 on: March 18, 2011, 06:11:39 AM »
that's a mighty fine looking compost!!!  I have do do my asperagus bed, but have to wait for the snow to go...still have almost a foot left, but I'm seeing the corners of the beds peeking through.  ;D

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #48 on: March 18, 2011, 06:07:25 PM »
Cohutt if you ever need a job I'd suggest photographing veggies for magazines and seed catalogs.  Your photos are a thing of beauty. Nice work.  Like your veggies too - getting big spring fever here in Colorado.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #49 on: March 18, 2011, 08:40:25 PM »
Thanks! 

I inspected some of my seedlings tonight in preparation to harden some off.

Below are Radicchio roots "air pruning" in a soil cube:



I also spent a minute poking around in one of the garlic and shallot patches and was amazed to see how vigorous some of the shallot plants were.  This is from a single modest shallot planted last fall;  I like these dividing allium varieties I think.....




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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #50 on: March 20, 2011, 03:05:30 PM »
Wiped out the turnip greens this morning since they were racing to seed faster than we could eat them.  We ended up with 8 double+ servings in the freezer after I cooked them down a little.  When we eat them we'll allow to thaw, drain than then saute in a pan with the drippings / crackings of a piece or two of bacon. 




The asparagus has awakened and is popping up all over the place.  So far the size of the spears from most crowns is much larger than last year (the 1st for the bed).  We are going to let them all go this year and resist the temptation to cut any.


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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #51 on: March 20, 2011, 04:58:19 PM »
I can't wait until our asparagus starts doing that.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #52 on: March 21, 2011, 07:47:56 PM »
I posted about speedling trays a few days ago- I figured out an excellent adaptation for hardening off the seedlings in the trays this weekend.  The trays float perfectly with about 1/4 inch below the waterline, allowing the potting mix to wick up moisture in the cool sunshine.




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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #53 on: March 21, 2011, 08:09:57 PM »
Cohutt,

+1 for the mist excellent use of a town bell I've ever seen. Outstanding.  :D

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #54 on: March 21, 2011, 08:41:25 PM »
Cohutt,

+1 for the mist excellent use of a town bell I've ever seen. Outstanding.  :D

Since you granted me my 100th Karma I'll even share the double monty with you (had to add some water to the bell to fit them):




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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #55 on: March 21, 2011, 09:00:52 PM »
That is awesome!

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #56 on: March 26, 2011, 07:22:03 AM »
So how did the speedling trays work, ie what kind of root system did the seedlings have when i popped them out?

"Excellent" is the answer. roots were well developed for the most part; there were multiple roots branching out and all were pointing in the right direction (down).  The only issue I noticed was where I hadn't completely packed the cavities with potting mix.  Lesson learned, next time I'll screen it before filling them and will more carefully press it in....

Rainbow chard on its way out to the garden:



Also, in the last week the asparagus has taken off (to say the least).  With the substantial rain that is falling now (and forecast all day and most of tonight), it should explode.   Since this picture I have put up a 3' high paracord "rail" on the west (left) side of the bed to keep it from flopping over as much as it did last year.





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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #57 on: March 26, 2011, 07:27:57 AM »
I think I'm going to have to get some of those trays for next year.  The problem is they won't fit my seed starting rack, and I think that they will be too big for the cold frame I just made.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #58 on: March 26, 2011, 08:55:46 AM »
Man Cohutt, you make me feel lazy...... :D

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Re: Cohutt's Garden Chapter 3 (2011)
« Reply #59 on: March 26, 2011, 11:20:52 AM »
Man Cohutt, you make me feel lazy...... :D

If I wasn't spending time and energy on this stuff I'd find some way to spend it on something that would get me into trouble. ;)

Fritz _ the size is the one thing that is in both the negative and positive columns.  The bad thing is it is too big for what we are used to dealing with.  The good thing is it is big enough to hold 128 seedlings and not be the least bit cumbersome.   For quantity starts the positives outweigh the negatives.