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2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« on: January 18, 2012, 05:36:13 PM »
Wow a new garden year already.

12 weeks until last frost.

Seed starting has started

Thornless Blackberry trellis (the plants are in there hiding in the temporary patch of greens, yet to be tied up)



Cold morning on kale



Bok choy all winter



More winter harvest (cabbage, fat brussel sprouts, radicchio)

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012, 06:18:55 PM »
I haven't seen ground for months where I live! Or leaves outside.  My indoor plants are happy, but not producing until summer.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2012, 06:46:26 PM »
I'm lucky, here in N GA it has been a fairly mild winter. @20 or below a couple times, no weather "events". 

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2012, 06:49:26 PM »
Oh you had to say that didn't you? Hang on to your hats. Momma Nature tends to like to introduce her events to newbies.  ;D

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2012, 06:52:25 PM »
I thought that looked like GA.  I used to live in Rome, Augusta, Savannah, Tybee, and Marietta (so basically all over GA), and your ground, trees, fence, and sky looked familiar.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012, 08:05:24 PM »
Looks good.  I won't be starting any seeds for a couple more weeks.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2012, 09:46:05 PM »
i have a speedling 128 unit with lettuce staying mostly in the hoop-house - should be able to transplant about half in another few days.
mrs cohutt has decided that she likes cabbage so there will be a spring cabbage attempt this year (seeding this weekend)

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2012, 12:37:03 AM »
Good luck on 2012.

Any thought on doing a running weight total on production?

I've got 20 weeks until avg last frost in MN. We get about a 3 week growing season. :o ::)


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2012, 04:40:36 AM »
Oh heck no, that would require planning, discipline and organization.  ;)

I was going to do that last year but quickly got behind and stopped.  Without a dedicated processing / weighing area I could leave set up all year it isn't going to happen.   


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2012, 06:39:31 AM »
Looking good, Cohutt... I look forward to seeing this year's progress.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2012, 08:42:15 PM »
Bat house rough cuts were made today; 99% of the sawing is done.  Below, the parts stacked together for two large 4 chamber nursery bat houses that will be mounted back to back on a 16+'+ pole on the back. .




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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2012, 05:02:54 PM »
I would never have bats in that. I would have a colony of wasps.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2012, 05:04:47 PM »
That's awesome. cohutt!

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2012, 06:08:49 PM »
I would never have bats in that. I would have a colony of wasps.
Maybe initially.  But once the bats found the house, I bet they would take care of the wasps pretty quickly.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2012, 08:25:33 PM »
S'sM, actually they say wasps will find them sometimes and from what I can tell the bats don't eat them.  It is is 8 or 10' off the ground I think it would be more of a problem than if I can get it 16-20 feet up.   I believe I am going to use 2" steel square tube - it coes in 24' lengths and I have an idea on how I can hinge/cantilever it to a base like some flag poles so that I can bring it down for maintenance during the winter if needed.

I got the houses assembled today except for the metal roof. I still need to caulk and stain though. Picture later- these are really big, bigger that I figured once I got them together

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2012, 08:58:30 PM »


progress

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2012, 04:22:43 PM »
Cleaned up the greenhouse beds and got some more lettuce starts in the ground.




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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2012, 01:54:58 PM »
Yay! Another year, another Cohutt garden thread.  I can't wait to see what you do this year buddy.  Looking good already.  :popcorn:

I was thinking of building a bathouse too but didn't realize they had to hang that high. Makes sense though.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2012, 06:06:44 PM »
Bats don't just jump and fly like birds- they have to drop then transition into flight during the fall.  The recommendation is 12ft; apparently the pups learning to fly need 8 or 10 ft maybe, vs 3-6 min for grown small brown bats.  Or so I have read in the various "bat forums". 

I"m about to attach the metal roofing that conveniently blew into my neighborhood after the Christmas tornado that blew through here.

Pics to follow



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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2012, 08:23:59 PM »
I've lost my frikin mind, this thing is monstrous



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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2012, 06:55:30 AM »
That thing is huge!

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2012, 06:59:10 AM »
I like it! However, you better get that thing up before Mrs C sees it. It will look a lot smaller 16 feet in the air. LOL

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2012, 03:57:11 PM »
Last night she definitely wasn't as excited as she was when I told her of the plan to add the bat house.

This afternoon was dreary, it rained all day and she had a craving and raided the garden and greenhouse for kale, spinach and brussel sprouts.  She was finishing off the kale chips when I walked in from work; she's adjusted to the mega-house now. 

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2012, 08:01:27 PM »
lol I hope your neighbors like having a colony of a hundred flying rats squeeking around the street lights! But seriously....crane?

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #24 on: February 01, 2012, 09:26:00 PM »
I think that's more of a bat-condo, or even a bat-highrise, than a bat house.  ;D

Seriously though, that's one sweet lookin bathouse cohutt!

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2012, 07:41:33 PM »
I figure I'll mount it and the walk up the poles then secure them to a prebuilt base.

Ha


In the meantime:

Rosemary blooming



Red Russian kale looking red between elephant garlic rows:



Winterbor kale in the hoophouse:



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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #26 on: February 05, 2012, 03:28:21 PM »
Cool.  I didn't know that rosemary would bloom.

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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2012, 07:45:10 PM »
Actually I didn't either- it bloomed a little last year (3rd year), this winter it is wide open...


Kale seedlings in speedling tray


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #28 on: February 06, 2012, 08:30:41 PM »
I'm noticing more worms lately- example of a healthy specimen of a nightcrawler below:


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Re: 2012: cohutt's garden v4.0
« Reply #29 on: February 07, 2012, 06:19:01 PM »
wow that guy could move a mountain! Time to go fishing!