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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #30 on: February 25, 2013, 09:02:55 PM »
yummm.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #31 on: March 05, 2013, 07:07:17 PM »
Spring is crashing down one me here; some of the greens in the hoop house are a little leggy and going to seed now





I was surprised though when I pulled back the row cover from the artichoke plant:



Wow, who knew?

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #32 on: March 06, 2013, 05:57:32 PM »
looking forward to seeing your garden this year

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2013, 08:19:31 PM »
Thanks.  So am I :)

Some lettuce and chard blocks on the way out to the hoop house for transplanting


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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #34 on: March 06, 2013, 08:53:51 PM »
I am so jealous that you have artichoke!!! That is awesome!

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #35 on: March 06, 2013, 09:06:43 PM »
I am so jealous that you have artichoke!!! That is awesome!

mrs cohutt agrees 100%

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #36 on: March 07, 2013, 07:37:20 AM »
so great! Love the artichoke...

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #37 on: March 14, 2013, 08:45:10 PM »
The last two cabbage of the winter:



and the largest artichoke (mrs cohutt whacks it tomorrow)


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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #38 on: March 17, 2013, 07:20:48 PM »
Unloaded and distributed a load of composted dairy manure all weekend.

This is a good fully composted batch, no "aroma".   30 or 40 wheelbarrow loads, haven't worked it into the soil yet though



Spring kale coming along nicely



Last frost date theoretically is still 3-4 weeks away, although we didn't get a freeze last year much past late Feb


Tomato cages all out and inspected, currently residing over the asparagus bed:




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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #39 on: March 17, 2013, 08:46:52 PM »
I get hungry everytime I see that artichoke!!!!  :-\

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #40 on: March 17, 2013, 10:48:28 PM »
I get hungry everytime I see that artichoke!!!!  :-\

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #41 on: March 17, 2013, 11:42:50 PM »
That is gorgeous!!! and so edible looking. Like with real butter and minced garlic..

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #42 on: April 03, 2013, 07:46:40 PM »









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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #43 on: April 07, 2013, 09:13:03 AM »
Wonderful... we are wondering what the middle photo is... And... have you had good luck with celery stalks like that in the past?

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #44 on: April 08, 2013, 09:56:39 PM »
Wonderful... we are wondering what the middle photo is... And... have you had good luck with celery stalks like that in the past?

Broad beans aka Fava Beans

First try with celery, time will tell.

Note that the onions about to flower are from grocery scallion bases replanted too


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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #45 on: April 13, 2013, 08:26:37 PM »
nature took a dump on my garden Thursday evening. As some previous pictures have revealed, I live in a downtown area of a medium small town.

The storms that rolled through Thursday around 6:00 created a micro-burst wind event that removed the roof of a nearby plumbing supply company and deposited in on my garden and fence as well as several trees over and around my lot.  A lot of damage to the various structures I've spent the last 4 years putting up (both sheds, the bat house, fencing, beds, trellises all had damage).
This is what it looked like when the storm had passed- lots of work done Friday to assess damage and begin removal. 
Overall, very lucky since the power lines snagged the big piece as it was heading to the back of my house and dropped it on the fence and garden instead.  I was on the phone and had gone out in the sun room on the back of the house to see what the storm looked like when all hell broke loose. When I saw the roof come off of the little garage apartment behind me I hung up and scrambled to the basement steps- there was a burst of loud noised in the sudden wind surge then the power popped as the wires came down. 

Crews worked all night to repair the lines and we were up again around 9 the next morning.

Removal underway.











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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #46 on: April 13, 2013, 11:21:40 PM »
Man, that really sucks!!  Looks like your beds are diffused throughout your yard, so at least that mitigated some of the damage.  Hopefully things aren't too screwed up...  :-\

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #47 on: April 14, 2013, 07:07:50 AM »
That stinks, cohutt. I'm glad that you, the family and the house are alright.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #48 on: April 14, 2013, 10:35:08 AM »
Glad to hear that everyone is safe and accounted for! The plants will grow back even after a roof falls on them, but you all might have had a harder time with that! Everything will be back thriving in no time.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #49 on: April 14, 2013, 01:38:18 PM »
I can barely move today but the roof is off the front section now, sawed up and @ the recycler.  I had a roofer who did some work on the damage behind me offer to remove it all if he could have scrap/salvage rights.  Deal.
I told him he would have to start that afternoon and take it off a piece at a time without damaging the plants.  I worked with him for several hours friday afternoon/evening and was satisfied I could trust him while I was gone Saturday.
The place was spotless when i returned last night and this morning i ran power to the back for him to juice his bigger sawzall as he takled the stuff wrapped around the tree in the back.   He's out now making good headway.
Boy I was lucky....
In the front, minor damage to a couple blueberry plants and one artichoke. some soil that had fresh compost worked in ahead of the season was compacted but since fixed.  The fence is a little whacked but repairable.

Sadly the bat house was throw 50 feet and the two 2" galvanized poles were bent to around 45 degrees before separating.  I don't see getting it repaired and up again this year if at all.

The blackberries and trellis got kneecapped by the same cable that cut down the bat house and I figure I lost 50% of the production from them (based on my unofficial forensic analysis, both of the large sections of roofing hit the power lines and the back one dragged it over my back section like a 4000 lb tensile strength kite string. The back section looks originally to have been approximately 180-100 x 30-40ft, the front one near my house around 50x40.  That power cable would have cut someone in half.  Not that I would have been out there though....)


Struck a deal with a salvage guy working at the business where the roof was (until thursday evening) and he's going to give me some salvaged 5-v roofing he has so i can repair the shed roofs with "aged" ie rusted panels that match. 





Like I said, pretty lucky overall.
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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #50 on: April 20, 2013, 09:56:34 AM »
I have done the unusual and accepted gifts of rhizomes etc from some local master gardener friends who have been after me re: "everything you grow doesn't HAVE to be edible"... 

Some iris put in around a stump last summer are giving us some beautiful flowers and a nice aroma floats through the garden these days.  Some were decapitated by the power line that swept the garden but the survivors' bud stems are chest high now.



I figured I'd let some of the scallions from a meal winter before last bloom too- still a few days from hitting it though



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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #51 on: April 21, 2013, 03:29:04 PM »
I am sure sorry about your storm damage. I hope you have filed a claim for this. keep in mind that your own hours for debris clean up can be claimed as well.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #52 on: April 22, 2013, 05:11:53 AM »
My deductible is such that it wouldn't be worth it. Stinks in this case but I've saved $$$$ long run keeping it high since I'm insuring against what would have happened it it had flown into my house.

This weekend I rebuilt the blackberry trellis in a design that can take more tension on the wires; I also made a couple more beds (one of them is done and in this pic) and braced the back fence.  I discovered one of the posts had cracked at the concrete line and was just sort of propped.  In the background you can see the new post that anchors a cross brace 2x6.  This, along with the two already inline on the back section, will support heavy duty trellis lines.

The asparagus bed (behind blackberries with 2x4s stacked on it) has the remnants of the bat house base on the end; note the 2" galvanized poles bent to 45 degrees. ouch.



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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #53 on: April 27, 2013, 05:35:04 AM »
"Bay Laurel"

Last year my sister shared some dried bay leaves from her "bay tree" that were exponentially more flavorful and aromatic vs the McCormick ones.  I shouldn't have been surprised...   
After some research I learned I probably just a little too far north for long term survival outdoors (ie in the ground as a tree or bush).  The good news is they do pretty well in a pot, so I'm in business with a new (tiny) "tree" of my own:



Mrs cohutt continues to be spoiled by a steady harvest of gianormous tender artichokes



The the remaining portions of the decapitated blackberry vines are literally covered up with blooms, so I it looks like they survived the damage just fine:



Planting most of my summer stuff this weekend, weather permitting.  Two weeks late maybe, but I have an excuse this year lol

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #54 on: May 07, 2013, 09:01:40 PM »
Blackberry bird netting frame:







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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #55 on: May 08, 2013, 08:31:56 AM »
Cohutt, I wanna say thanks for these threads you put up. It will be a long (long long long) time before I have any land where I can do real gardening myself, but seeing your handiwork is a real encouragement.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #56 on: May 08, 2013, 07:38:29 PM »
Theswerd,

Thanks for taking the time to post that.  I appreciate the encouragement as much now as I did in June 2009 when this little journey started.

If I can do it, I will assure you that anyone can.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #57 on: May 08, 2013, 08:28:42 PM »
Mizuna  puts out a jillion seed pods. wow



sort of like arugula seeds but more of them.


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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #58 on: May 09, 2013, 07:55:17 AM »
Are you planning to save the seeds? Looks like you have a bumper crop.

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Re: Cohutt's Garden 5th Try (2013)
« Reply #59 on: May 10, 2013, 05:37:48 AM »
Are you planning to save the seeds? Looks like you have a bumper crop.

Yes-

Done it with arugula before and will do it every year from now on.  It is so easy....  once the pods start to brown and dry out I pull the whole plat and let it finish drying under shelter. The pods tend to explode if touched once they are dry, so I tend to have lots of volunteers along the way, wherever the plant has been either growing, in transport or drying.  These tend to be quite robust survivors and are the source for next year if they are tucked in a corner slightly out of the way.  Basically I've turned it into a somewhat encouraged weed, like cilantro.
The mizuna was a survivor out of a mesclun mix last fall that I just never got around to dealing with. Turns out it is very hardy, very productive and terrific salad base as well as stir fry green.  A fellow blogger in Australia says hers survived the 100+ degree heat wave this past summer and is as good in warm weather as cold, so I'm hoping this will become my summer salad base this summer here in sunny (hot) Georgia.

Happy to share if you'd like some (same offer for anyone else too).