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jamendjr 2014 Garden
« on: July 02, 2014, 06:36:27 PM »
Ok, so I am a bit of a lurker...here goes!

The blank slate:


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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2014, 06:37:30 PM »
So it begins!


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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2014, 06:39:26 PM »
Double dig in progress...



Double dug "woody beds" on contour.

Helper #1



Two beds down...


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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2014, 06:42:46 PM »
The problem...



Is the solution...



Wire mesh for wabbits installed...


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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2014, 06:47:41 PM »
Helper #2 and super thrifty deer prevention installed...also super high tech.



And we are growing!



Specializing in mutant radishes...



And sexy lady radishes...




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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2014, 06:49:23 PM »
And this is today, just past noon so the its pretty bright and not the best picture...







Thats it for now.

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2014, 09:12:51 AM »

Lookin' great! I love the idea of creating fence with old pallets.

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2014, 09:32:33 AM »
Nice work!

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2014, 10:39:03 AM »
Looking good!

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2014, 07:46:48 AM »
Thanks for the comments. The pallet fence could have been a bit nicer had I taken my time and tried to match up pallets, use certain sizes or even disassemble them and reassemble into a fence. Its a temporary fix for this season so I decided to just throw it together, function first.There are some pretty impressive pallet fences and other pallet projects online. I had a bunch from work so it made sense for me.

We had a big party for the holiday yesterday and gave a few garden tours. Another gardener was impressed with the results and also the fact that once everything was established I stopped watering.

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2014, 07:50:14 AM »
I am impressed too. I like that you used found materials to create your fence and your crops are looking nice too. What are the Red Solo cups for? Markers?

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2014, 08:16:54 AM »
Ah the most often asked question by anyone at the party who decided to take a peek at the garden!  Those were the cups that those seedlings were started in. I put some stakes in, planted the seedlings and decided to throw the cups on top so I knew what was what. Of course now the peppers are coming in so you can tell whats what so I guess it wasnt totally necessary.

I am going to grab a few failure pics today to post. We have a flea beetle party on our eggplants and in our bean and beet bed the beans took a hit so we are barely getting one crop. We have beans in a few other spots so hopefully they wont get decimated. The bed that got hit, seemed to start with flea beetles and now has sort of mini caterpillar looking, yellow guy eating everything.

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2014, 05:54:22 PM »
So, as promised, some failure pic's!

The bush bean bed was decimated but the beets planted in there are doing fine...win some you lose some. We have some pole beans in with the corn and another small patch of bush beans that are doing better. There is also some orach in there that did well, some herbs, and a few varieties of lettuce that have finally gone to seed.






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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2014, 05:58:57 PM »
I also planted a strip with an insectary mix from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. I didn't remember that there were turnips in there. I thought the leaves were chard...nope.







Mashed turnips for dinner this week.

I forgot there were turnips in there, but does this guy look like it was left in the ground to long? Any thoughts on waiting to long to harvest the turnips? I cut this one open, smelled great, very "turnip-ey". Seems fine but I thought I would ask the intertube.

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2014, 06:18:36 PM »
Looks rather edible to me.

I cook my turnips with this medieval recipe alot. It is my favorite way to have turnips. Remember they did not have potatoes in Europe until late in the game, so turnips were what they used before spuds.

Armored Turnips
5 or 6 small turnips
1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) mozzarella or provolone
1/2 cup (4 oz.) parmesan
4 Tbsp. butter, melted
fine spice powder (see below)

Peel turnips, boil until tender, and allow to cool. Meanwhile, slice mozzarella or provolone very thinly or grate. Also grate parmesan. Slice turnips about an eighth of an inch thick. Coat the bottom of a deep baking dish with butter. Then layer the ingredients starting with cheese, then turnips, then coat with butter butter, then sprinkle with spice. Repeat the layers, keeping each one as thin as possible. Top with more cheese. Bake at 350° until cheese is melted.

* I often toss carmelized onions in as well.

Fine spice powder
Many medieval recipes call for spice mixtures without detailing the exact spices. While it is tempting to assume that each particular spice mixture had a consistent recipe, there is evidence of substanial variation for different times, regions, budgets, and cooks. The recipe below is for one of the more commonly called for spice mixtures. It is strongly encouraged to alter it to suite your own tastes.

3 Tbsp. ginger
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. grains of paradise <--- I have no idea what this is, so I leave it out.

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2014, 06:23:54 PM »
Sounds like medieval turnip lasagna!

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2014, 06:27:30 PM »
It is like an Au Gratin potato medieval substitute.

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2014, 06:28:54 PM »
That sounds great, I think we may try it over the mashed turnips. The kids will definitely go for the cheese covered turnip slices.


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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2014, 11:42:03 AM »
nice looking garden!

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2014, 11:47:16 AM »
MountainStatePrepper...thanks! It turned out pretty good even with the inevitable failures and lessons learned. I am looking forward to expanding the annuals next year and introducing a perennial system as well. Hopping over to check out your thread now.

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2014, 01:15:42 PM »
Beautiful set up!  Last year I got a late start on my beans and I only got one harvest before the Mexican bean beetle (that little 'hairy' yellow bugger on the last of the 3 'failure' pics) demolished the plants.  This year, I changed beds and planted the beans much earlier and haven't had the least bit of trouble (plus the winter was super cold which may have helped with certain invasive species). 

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #21 on: July 08, 2014, 09:23:08 PM »
So its a mexican bean beetle, interesting.

We had a pretty cold winter and that was actually my first bed this year. I guess I will see how it goes next year.

If I don't get a greenhouse started before next year I will definitely have a mobile hoop house so maybe I will be able to get a bed going extra early. It seems like planting at different times is a valuable tactic. Whether its beans, radishes, even tomatoes I have noticed a difference in pests based on planting times.

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #22 on: October 22, 2014, 09:57:55 AM »

1 tsp. grains of paradise <--- I have no idea what this is, so I leave it out.


A now expensive alternative to black pepper. I would just use black pepper.

http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/grains-of-paradise

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Re: jamendjr 2014 Garden
« Reply #23 on: October 22, 2014, 10:05:35 AM »
Looks like that comes from the west coast of Africa...how long can Ebola live on spice? Better research that before I order...just kidding.