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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #360 on: September 29, 2012, 07:39:02 PM »



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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #361 on: September 30, 2012, 02:40:48 AM »
Amazing pictures!

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #362 on: October 08, 2012, 09:18:00 AM »
Cohutt... have you planted garlic yet?

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #363 on: October 08, 2012, 10:31:37 AM »
Beautiful bumble bee buzzing the basil, buddy.  ;)

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #364 on: October 08, 2012, 04:55:24 PM »
Cohutt... have you planted garlic yet?

Yes, over the last 10 days I've planted some garlic, elephant garlic & potato onions.  I'm going to plant some more small patches between now and thanksgiving to see how much difference it makes (of any).

My better seed was separated, sorted and planted on 9/30



And yes, I always measure now,  otherwise the 6" grid spacing ends up being "eyeballed down" by an inch or more.



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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #365 on: October 08, 2012, 04:56:45 PM »
Beautiful bumble bee buzzing the basil, buddy.  ;)

Amazing how lucky one can get with the shutter set on "continuous" release.  ;)

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #366 on: October 08, 2012, 04:58:39 PM »
Purple kohlrabi is fattening up; maybe half way there now but growing quickly


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #367 on: October 08, 2012, 08:17:52 PM »
Amazing how lucky one can get with the shutter set on "continuous" release.  ;)

I know you have this on here somewhere but what kind of camera do you have?

Also do you have fire ants in your area? If so how do you deal with them?

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #368 on: October 09, 2012, 08:00:33 PM »
I know you have this on here somewhere but what kind of camera do you have?

Also do you have fire ants in your area? If so how do you deal with them?

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fire ants- yes, but not like in texas.

I always seem to have a colony or two on my small lot.  If they are in the way I have used the horrid bait, otherwise I just keep a wide berth.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #369 on: October 09, 2012, 08:11:11 PM »
Might have a fun barter game to play next season with two local chefs

This basil was delivered to the Italian restaurant catering my daughter's rehearsal dinner in Dec



and this went to the one doing the reception



Both chefs would like to pay or give me "credit" but i just said "make my daughter and wife happy in December and we'll call it even. "

Both have asked if I would be interested in working something out next year for fresh delivered herbs; I was stunned what this stuff is worth to them delivered fresh, in well water, one the same day as it will be used. 

It has the wheels turning; with a little planning and reconfiguring I could grow a ridiculous amount of herbs in this little space of mine.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #370 on: October 09, 2012, 09:16:20 PM »
cam is nikon d5100

fire ants- yes, but not like in texas.

I always seem to have a colony or two on my small lot.  If they are in the way I have used the horrid bait, otherwise I just keep a wide berth.

I normally use that stinky stuff too on piles that are in my way but i have a huge pile in one of my raised beds. Now I don't know what to do. Any non toxic ideas?

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #371 on: October 09, 2012, 09:46:28 PM »
I normally use that stinky stuff too on piles that are in my way but i have a huge pile in one of my raised beds. Now I don't know what to do. Any non toxic ideas?

Roach proof aka boric acid, mixed with sugar or any sweet liquid should work. basically you want them to take it down into the nest and kill the queen, so it may take a while. Same principal as the other "baits" but not a "poison".

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #372 on: October 10, 2012, 07:19:44 PM »
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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #373 on: October 11, 2012, 05:50:10 AM »
Been away a while.  Love the bee pics.

I'm needing to get all my dead veg on the garden, run it through the chipper with some pine and dry horse manure, then I'll get my garlic in.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #374 on: October 14, 2012, 11:07:45 AM »
The okra is still putting out a respectable pod or three, now more than 2' over the top of the 8' fence....



Left and middle: Mixed greens (turnip, kale, mustard etc), right: simpson lettuce.  Two cabbage in the foreground...

(The tomato cages are stacked over the bed to deter invading cats for now, plus i've just been too lazy to move then the 50 feet up to their winter storage spot....)



The first kohlrabi harvested, also the first I have ever eaten that I know of.....


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #375 on: October 15, 2012, 10:22:44 AM »
Any ideas on how to prepare it?  I have some in my garden, too.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #376 on: October 15, 2012, 10:54:02 AM »
Kohlrabi is great in salads if it's young.  Just peel and slice.  Also the leaves you could treat like any brassica: put in a pot with a piece of pig, a starch if you're into that, onions/garlic, and broth or water.  Simmer till all is lovely.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #377 on: October 15, 2012, 06:52:52 PM »
I ate raw- very nice.  Also added pieces plus the smaller leaves to a spicy greens based salad, also very nice.


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #378 on: October 18, 2012, 08:17:35 PM »
Did you get bats this year?

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #379 on: October 18, 2012, 08:39:26 PM »
didn't get a maternal / nursery colony but had a few pass through late summer

maybe next year? ;)

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #380 on: October 27, 2012, 08:22:08 AM »
Love the bat box, by the way.  I had two during my first marriage and gave one to my mom.  The other stayed with the old house.  I painted each of them black and added a Batman logo too.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #381 on: October 28, 2012, 07:25:31 AM »
heh I figured I wasn't the first to borrow that logo.... 


First frost/freeze is forecast for tomorrow night.  I have a LOT of procrastinated work to complete today.  a couple hundred peppers are on the stump that have to come in and be prepped (jalapenos and poblanos).

I have to root through the two lima towers for the last of the "christmas" limas, anything big enough to be shelled.

I have to toss a frame up for this year's version of hoop house - which means I have to decide what I am going to do actually in that area.

I need to disconnect and drain the drip irrigation system after one more good soaking.

I need to bundle up the artichoke plant that isn't going to be under the hoophouse cover. 

Wow, I have been in denial for a few weeks and will pay today lol

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #382 on: October 29, 2012, 05:12:41 AM »
Last of the peppers came in yesterday



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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #383 on: October 29, 2012, 04:50:58 PM »
Lookin' good.  Mine has a nice winter's blanket on it now. ::)

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #384 on: November 08, 2012, 07:59:07 PM »
Late start on this year's hoop house. This is rough outline of the smaller 2 bed one I'll try an get up in the next few days



Herbs like this parsley are really taking off as the cooler weather moves in:



Same for this volunteer dill in the middle of some baby arugula :



Trying favas this winter, they are doing well so far:



Broccoli is kickin it this year, nice large tight heads



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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #385 on: November 08, 2012, 08:07:13 PM »
Looking good.  I've been putting my garden to bed and discovered I have a major mouse problem that I'll have to address before next spring.  Tunnels everywhere!  Guess I'm discovering the downside of hugelkultur; it give the little boogers a great place to build homes under your garden.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #386 on: November 10, 2012, 06:30:20 PM »
I had to deal with a rat family that decided that the area under my shed floor was a great nesting base....



From the volunteer luffa gourd patch:



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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #387 on: November 10, 2012, 08:14:50 PM »
I have always wondered what a person coulld do with all of their loofahs as these plants are prolific. I was in a soap making shop in Sachse TX and they had powdered loofa....dry the loofah, take off the peel, shake out the seeds, cut it up and put it in the food processor or blender. It was fairly fine but you can add it to soap to make it gritty and that would make it work good on really dirty hands.

Nice crop!

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #388 on: November 11, 2012, 07:58:31 AM »
I've still got that many left from last year, and I have given a bunch away. 

That is a good idea though- I need to find someone locally with a soap making hobby to barter with....

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #389 on: November 11, 2012, 11:02:20 AM »
Great harvest...especially love those peppers. :)