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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #330 on: August 14, 2012, 08:56:09 PM »
That is awesome! I've got about as much as what you have in those three pans in the freezer waiting to can.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #331 on: August 21, 2012, 07:40:58 PM »
The mega basil bed




The same with a cohutt added for scale; this year's basil has gone freak giant on me (not a complaint). 




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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #332 on: August 21, 2012, 08:09:12 PM »
* Cedar dreams of pesto*!!!!


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #333 on: August 21, 2012, 08:16:58 PM »
* Cedar dreams of pesto*!!!!



I wanted to take a picture before the pesto required mauling that these will get over the next few weeks.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #334 on: August 22, 2012, 05:59:05 AM »
I'm gonna show my little basil plant those pics. It will be shamed.  ;D

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #335 on: August 22, 2012, 08:59:37 PM »
Steady water is the ticket i believe. The herbs are on a 2x per day drip cycle but are in a soil mix that drains very well.

Bread night tonight

fresh ciabatta from this recipe: http://leitesculinaria.com/79221/recipes-ciabatta.html



3 into the freezer and one into the belly over the next 48 hours

good recipe- sliced ciabatta, then topped with: 2pt butter, 1 pt mayo, chopped garlic, chopped basil, fresh Parmesan  roast on grill or in oven for just a few minutes.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #336 on: August 22, 2012, 09:05:35 PM »
Ok.. I was hungry before reading this.. now I am ravenous. THANKS!! ;)

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #337 on: August 27, 2012, 05:08:16 AM »
I "gave" a local chef some Thai basil.  Most appreciative, wanted to pay, I said we'd work something out next time. 

Apparently there would be a market for this sort of thing here, even in season.  He indicated that fresh cut/ same hour delivery @ 2:45  for that night's menu would demand a premium lol.   He had specifically asked for lots of blooms (for garnish/presentation) the previous day when I took him a sample.   

I told him I had about 8 or 9 more of these:


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #338 on: August 28, 2012, 07:04:57 PM »
A sweet potato curing discussion is going on in another thread next door, but I wanted to post my inital harvest sampling.

10 days ago I pulled a couple of mediumly smallish Varamans for sampling and cured in the warm humid air of my back porch.

Tonight we sampled one, briefly roasted in the oven with a little Rosemary, oil and salt.

Good stuff.  The sacrificial tuber in process:



Yesterday I went out and poked around in the same "hole" and pulled another one out.

It was a "hoss" as they say:



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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #339 on: August 29, 2012, 09:52:18 AM »
omg... those sweet potatoes look wonderful. Roasted with a bit of butter and salt... yum.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #340 on: August 30, 2012, 04:44:16 PM »
These are "Vardaman" and "Porto Rico", two "bush" types that don't sprawl as much.

Ha.   I would hate to see the "vine" ones in my busy backyard....






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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #341 on: September 02, 2012, 08:31:22 AM »
It's settled... we definitely want to try sweet potatoes out in the new garden.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #342 on: September 02, 2012, 10:19:00 PM »
It's settled... we definitely want to try sweet potatoes out in the new garden.

If nothing else they will help keep the weeds down lol

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #343 on: September 03, 2012, 08:08:33 PM »
Finally got around to building some garlic & onion storage trays today- I came up with the idea and bought materials in july but sort of never got around it until this evening.

The idea was for long and narrow open "net" bottomed single or double layer storage bins that would stack 2, 3 or 4 high without cutting off ventilation.  I also wanted them narrow enough to go on the wall in my basement stairwell using cheap metal shelf brackets.  1 ft is pushing it but i think we will be able to get by ok.

I used cheap white wood from Home depot and the 1/2" plastic "fencing" or whatever it is.  Exterior dimensions 12"x36".



bottom of one- tension held by nailed cross braces and staples




The offset cross braces and top carrying handle keep an air slot between the individual boxes as well as around the base of the bottom one if sitting on a solid surface.

And damn I had forgotten how big some of my softneck garlic heads were this season- soon time to put some back in the ground. :)


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #344 on: September 03, 2012, 09:18:07 PM »
Nice work on those storage trays, cohutt, and cool design!

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #345 on: September 12, 2012, 05:06:29 AM »
September pepper explosion has started



So much that one of the caged jalapenos sheared a branch



As the leeks fatten up and get taller I add another level to their bed and fill with compost/mulch/soil.  this extends the blanched white part up the stalk and increases yield per leek.  They were transplanted to the current beds when they were not quite pencil thick and were planted "up to their necks" for the same reason....





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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #346 on: September 12, 2012, 05:58:35 AM »
Those peppers and leaks look good!

I didn't know that you could blanch leaks like that. Thanks for the info!

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #347 on: September 12, 2012, 08:42:56 PM »
Those peppers and leaks look good!

I didn't know that you could blanch leaks like that. Thanks for the info!

I start them in loose vermiculite in the spring, transplant the sprouts into a window box type pot of loose potting soil
once they are getting to be almost pencil thick i dump the whole pot and separate them. At this point they are maybe 8-10" and very floppy.
I take these and use a dibble or a hori-hori garden knife to plant as deep as i can, basically up to their necks, where just the tips are above ground.
They are slow growers for a while. When they start getting some body to them and have another 3-4 inches of good stem above ground (before the leaves branch out) I put up the makeshift second box and raise the ground level again.

This worked well last year- I harvested plenty of these over the course of the winter last year - YUM


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #348 on: September 12, 2012, 10:00:15 PM »
What kind of conditions do your sweet potatoes do best in?  Last year I started 36, got one plant to grow and the resulting sweet potato was the size of my thumb.  I'm wondering if it was too wet, dry, hot, cold, windy, shady, sunny, or what.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #349 on: September 13, 2012, 04:40:54 AM »
Sounds like you sprouted your own slips from a grocery store sweet potato? 
I ordered a couple dozen slips from Steele http://www.sweetpotatoplant.com/ .  I figured I had such issues with potatoes and rot I'd just assume start with clean disease free plants my first year. 

Bottom line is they like heat and sun, sun and heat.   And if it is hot that's a big plus too.

Loose soil ridged up with the plants a foot apart in a row is what I read and how I did it. I watered carefully and mulched with straw initially until the plants started growing well. Once it got warm here they took off- the leaves shade everything out fully so in effect they are self mulching and this is why they can take the heat so well. 

In your case you might check out some of the shorter season varieties- the range of maturity runs from 80-90 days up to 120.  Also, preheating the soil with black plastic mulch is done in cooler climates to help get off to a good start.


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #350 on: September 13, 2012, 05:54:59 AM »
I started with slips from a nursery.  Several started growing, some got nailed by deer, but the majority just failed to thrive.  I suspect too dry of soil and not enough heat in the ground played the biggest roles.  Meh, I'll see if I feel up for another experiment in the spring or not.  In either case, I appreciate the tip on the black plastic.  That could definitely help since my starts off very cold.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #351 on: September 22, 2012, 06:03:39 AM »
Some stuff going on out back lately......... 

Bugs, escaped gourds, giant okra, wild basil, jalapenos and sweet potatoes  ;)









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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #352 on: September 23, 2012, 07:22:30 AM »
My home is in the "urban" section downtown in a small (<40,000) town.  Pretty crowded, tight lots etc surrounded by commercial, office, retail and even manufacturing within 1/4 mile.
Ka-Rap....

These two maturing fawns have been living up the street in a small thicket for several weeks now.





 I think they have discovered that their fantasy "garden of Eden" buffet lies behind my fence.  They've been foraging and grazing nearby for a couple mornings now and sure were curious when i opened my back gate to hauled off some pulled tomato plants yesterday.   They haven't found a way in or over.......yet. 

Hopefully an introduction to 6 pounds of white lightning traveling at warp speed will keep them at bay lol...


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #353 on: September 24, 2012, 07:19:26 AM »
This thread has inspired me to start my own blog by Cohutt's model.  Thank you!

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #354 on: September 24, 2012, 04:31:11 PM »




You can just see her saying, "Reyanne, would you get a look at that.  It's the buffet I've been dreaming about."

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #355 on: September 24, 2012, 05:59:09 PM »
This thread has inspired me to start my own blog by Cohutt's model.  Thank you!

heh..... 

you won't get rich on it will keep you improving your garden and trying new things if you get in the habit of regular posting

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #356 on: September 24, 2012, 06:02:14 PM »
You can just see her saying, "Reyanne, would you get a look at that.  It's the buffet I've been dreaming about."

yeah that's pretty funny until I think about them actually getting in.... 

It will take me all of 2 hours to purchase and string a hot wire around the perimeter should it be breached. ;)

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #357 on: September 24, 2012, 07:59:25 PM »
Fortunately, after two years, I've been lucky enough to have only rabbits, mice and birds get into mine.  The deer look, but so far, I've been lucky.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #358 on: September 24, 2012, 08:13:25 PM »
Fortunately, after two years, I've been lucky enough to have only rabbits, mice and birds get into mine.  The deer look, but so far, I've been lucky.

you think possibly due to the 220 lbs of the beasts in your avatar pic ?  those are 30 or 40 of our guardian dog

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #359 on: September 24, 2012, 11:13:54 PM »
You can just see her saying, "Reyanne, would you get a look at that.  It's the buffet I've been dreaming about."

Where did you get the name Reyanne?