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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #30 on: February 07, 2012, 06:21:34 PM »
The bat house is stained and complete with the exception of any stenciling I may end up adding...
This is the side view back in the garden where it is resting on concrete blocks. The space between the two boxes with serve as a thermal buffer between them and offer a 9th more ventilated roosting chamber.  All the chambers have 1 1/4"passage holes drilled between them including the backs of the houses, so bats can move anywhere between the 9 chambers without exiting the open bottoms.



If you are interested in what might work in your area, I found a small "bat house forum" where I've learned a lot about bat house construction/placement and the seasonal habits of various species.  As you might imagine the activity there is much less than TSPF but in 24 hours since posting a question I've gotten several good responses. 
http://bathouseforum.org/forum/advice-for-color-and-orientation-t1252.html


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2012, 06:58:37 PM »
Well, I don't get jealous much over other people's weather, but looking at your garden right now and looking at the two feet of snow on my deck right now, I'll admit it, I'm jealous. :D

You look like you're off to a tremendous start to your 2012 garden.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #32 on: February 07, 2012, 06:59:38 PM »
wow that guy could move a mountain! Time to go fishing!

LOL these are nowhere to be found whenever I have decided to go wet a hook in the rivers nearby.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #33 on: February 07, 2012, 07:02:54 PM »
Well, I don't get jealous much over other people's weather, but looking at your garden right now and looking at the two feet of snow on my deck right now, I'll admit it, I'm jealous. :D

You look like you're off to a tremendous start to your 2012 garden.

Thanks.  It has been a mild winter here (so far) so things are greening up a little. 

Please disregard my neighbors' vertical ivy farm in the backgound

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2012, 08:49:08 PM »
I've been tinkering with a new seed starting set up this year, and mrs cohutt what pleased to learn her sun room will be free for use to use all spring for a change. 


It will be in the cellar or the dungeon as my kids called it. 

So far:


The mat will be on a soil thermostat and the lights on a timer.  (The trays are  just there to get the storage "roll" out of the mat).


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #35 on: February 10, 2012, 04:32:09 PM »
LOL these are nowhere to be found whenever I have decided to go wet a hook in the rivers nearby.

That totally figures. I like the idea of silver. I think I will add some aluminum foil around mine.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #36 on: February 10, 2012, 04:38:40 PM »
That totally figures. I like the idea of silver. I think I will add some aluminum foil around mine.

The sheathing is cheap- 3/4" foil backed polystyrene 4'x8' was something like $8 at lowes.   Reflects and insulates for consistent soil temps (my theory anyway...)

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #37 on: February 12, 2012, 09:08:48 PM »
Winter came back. Damn.



Another layer of protection for the young lettuce in the hoophouse; I didn't want to take the chance of loosing it (below 20 here). The lightweight row cover adds another 2-4 degrees of hardiness.




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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #38 on: February 12, 2012, 09:29:13 PM »
Good idea. It is snowing here. The only lettuce I have out right now is under an aquarium

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #39 on: February 13, 2012, 09:47:10 AM »
bummer.  Best of luck to you and your veggies.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #40 on: February 13, 2012, 08:17:20 PM »
I finished out the seed starting foil box thing- complete with timers for the lights and a thermostat for the heat mat floor:

Baking some seeds now:


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #41 on: February 15, 2012, 08:38:17 PM »
Sunday evening: seeds go into grow box
Wednesday evening: most of the cabbage has sprouted 

That was fast.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #42 on: February 16, 2012, 08:06:29 PM »
haha the seed baking is just what I thought when I saw the pic. Very cool!

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #43 on: February 16, 2012, 08:25:40 PM »
Shazam: it works!



Not bad considering I just seeded the flat 4 days ago

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #44 on: February 18, 2012, 06:55:47 PM »
I was listening to Jason's latest podcast and he talked about companion planting.  It occurred to me that I needed a couple more flowers in the garden.  I also didn't have any oregano.  So I stopped on the way home to pick up some sunflowers, nasturtium, oregano and dill seed.  I also noticed that a couple of my see starting trays were looking pretty rough, so I picked up 4 more of them.

I updated my spreadsheet with the new seed purchases.  I'm still keeping up on the updates.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #45 on: February 18, 2012, 09:04:45 PM »
With some luck it will be up this weekend 



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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #46 on: February 18, 2012, 10:26:26 PM »
haha how high up are you going? you may have a caped crusader at your door by accident! I love it.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #47 on: February 19, 2012, 08:19:51 AM »
haha how high up are you going? you may have a caped crusader at your door by accident! I love it.

Up between two poles that each two 10' sections of 1-1/4" galvanized pipe, so the top will be around 20'.

This assumes I manage to get the thing installed lol
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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #48 on: February 19, 2012, 08:19:18 PM »
The monstrosity bat house is mounted on its 20' poles, almost ready to lift (somehow). 



Closer shot of the bottom of the house:


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #49 on: February 20, 2012, 08:17:07 PM »
It is up, and what a chore it was



The wood behind it will come down- it was the boom I constructed to help lift the house up

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #50 on: February 24, 2012, 11:41:03 AM »
I took down all the wooden boom structure I used to lever the bathouse up with.   The night before last we had a freak storm that touched a tornado down 2 miles east of me; NWS said the storm gusts were 60 in my area.

It survived its first test and remains standing without damage.   

The picture below gives a better perspective on just how tall this is- 22'+ at the top of the roof:





As far as true gardening goes, the mild winter has made the greenhouse winter growing project seem easy.  Lettuce starts I transplanted 2-3 weeks back have taken off.  Also, spinach (down the middle) that I had written off after it was smothered  by broccoli all through the fall has come back strong.






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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #51 on: February 26, 2012, 08:26:37 PM »
The garlic, leeks, onions, & shallots are dominating the otherwise dormant middle beds here in the last few weeks of winter.  I looked around yesterday and they suddenly looked huge compared to the last time I noticed them. Sneaky growers these winter crops...



I posted a long, multi-picture update on the blog if anyone is interested is an overkill report lol http://cohutt.com/2012/02/26/alliumtown/

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #52 on: February 27, 2012, 07:39:41 PM »
I cant wait to see what else goes into the amazing garden this year. I look forward to seeing what is possible in smaller space. It also makes me want to quit relocating every year and a half so ican buy some property and start my own homestead. Keep it up you are a great inspiration.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #53 on: February 27, 2012, 10:29:15 PM »
well they don't seem like they need to be singing any songs about growin' there in allumtown .....


sorry couldn't resist, with a post title like that

looks better than I ever manage, I tend to get lots of leaf, but no bulbing

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #54 on: February 28, 2012, 04:29:00 AM »
cookingtosurvive - thanks.  I didn't start on this until I had already been in this house for 22 years and sometimes wonder what it would be if I didn't wait so long to break ground.

Entity, lol I didn't think of that but maybe subconsciously that's why I changed the title from Alliumville- t had a better ring to it.
As far as bulbing, I've had decent results by adding bonemeal to the beds before planting (and always lots of composted leaves/manure) and then keeping good moisture in the soil. The bigger you can grow the green tops prior to bulbing the better the end result too, so a boost with some nitrogen this time of year seems to help as things warm up and the days lengthen. 

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #55 on: February 28, 2012, 07:49:14 PM »
I love the bat house! I think you need one of those blinking lights though to warn off aircraft. Wow your onions and greens look wonderful

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #56 on: February 28, 2012, 08:59:05 PM »
That bat house is awesome! BTW, I bet if you mounted cameras on that thing you could monitor the whole neighborhood, lol.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #57 on: February 29, 2012, 04:37:15 AM »
Haha lights and cameras are the best ideas I've heard so far.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #58 on: February 29, 2012, 05:51:54 PM »
I was listening to Jason's latest podcast and he talked about companion planting.  It occurred to me that I needed a couple more flowers in the garden.  I also didn't have any oregano.  So I stopped on the way home to pick up some sunflowers, nasturtium, oregano and dill seed.  I also noticed that a couple of my see starting trays were looking pretty rough, so I picked up 4 more of them.

I updated my spreadsheet with the new seed purchases.  I'm still keeping up on the updates.

keep an eye on your nasturtiums... the garden I have put together at my mother's has 14th generation nasturtiums... I have not replanted them... they come back every year.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #59 on: February 29, 2012, 06:46:38 PM »
I know what you can mount on the bat house. A streaming camera so we can watch you work in the garden!!!