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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #30 on: May 19, 2014, 10:13:43 AM »
Now for the big dig!  We had help from friends and an excavator.   There is no way this would have happened with out heavy equipment and friends.  I still have a lot of sod to bust up and rocks to remove off the swale. 

The long swale on the side of the property.










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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #31 on: May 19, 2014, 10:23:45 AM »
Here is the beginning of the kitchen garden.   I am going for a cottage garden look on 3 foot high raised huglekultur beds.  I am hoping to make it pretty.  It will take me a few years to get it the way I want it. 

A friend brought a bunch of wood for us to bury.  Other friends cut down a bunch of pines from the back of the property to bury in the beds.  Our neighbor also gave us a bunch of wood he was planning on burning.   


I used flags to figure out where I wanted the beds, swales, and pond to go.  Once I finalized the layout we used spray painted the lines with water based landscape spray paint before we started digging. 


the beginnings of the huglekultur beds





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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #32 on: May 19, 2014, 10:26:27 AM »
My father in law came over to help build the first of 2 chicken tractors. 




 

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #33 on: May 19, 2014, 10:31:45 AM »
The second swale of the day.


The third swale of the day.

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #34 on: May 19, 2014, 10:59:11 AM »
Building huglekultur beds is messy and best done with good friends.









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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #35 on: May 19, 2014, 11:00:28 AM »
Here is the 3rd swale and the hugle beds cleaned up.




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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #36 on: May 19, 2014, 11:07:17 AM »
We dug a small pond too.  It is not finished but we got a lot done yesterday.  We are hoping it will self sealing in time.  Bentonite clay is our back up option if doesn't self seal.






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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #37 on: May 20, 2014, 05:22:39 PM »
We measured the long swale this evening. 224.5 feet long.   

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #38 on: May 20, 2014, 05:25:00 PM »
Holy Cats Girl!!!! And the new neighbors are wondering what in the heck you are doing!!

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #39 on: May 20, 2014, 05:49:49 PM »
The neighbor across the way asked us what we were doing.  When we explained he pulled out a bunch of wood for us that he was going to burn.  We offered to let him use the excavator Sunday evening when we were finished with it.  He took us up on the offer and mentioned he may be buying one soon and would let us borrow it if he does.  He did comment that the swale would be a lot of work to maintain but he really liked the raised beds we built in the front yard. 

The lady next door was excited we were gardening and getting chickens.  They got their first flock a month ago.

The guy at the end of our little street runs a landscape business.  He didn't offer an opinion on the style of gardening and we will be paying him to mow the rest of the lawn.  He was excited to find out that we are getting chickens this year and  planning on getting bees next year.   He has apple trees and looks forward to more pollinators. 

We are lucky to have good neighbors so far.

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #40 on: May 20, 2014, 09:19:06 PM »
Looks awesome, I am interested to see how it all progresses, I have a ton of ideas for my place and hope to get a couple of people to wak the property this up coming month with me to reinforce, or not, my design ideas.

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #41 on: May 21, 2014, 04:40:25 PM »
Today I planted asparagus, some of the tomatoes, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, some of the broccoli and a peach tree.   

The UPS guy asked me is we were building a moat.....

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #42 on: May 25, 2014, 07:24:45 AM »
That is some great work!!! I'm really impressed what you accomplished.

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #43 on: May 25, 2014, 07:29:40 AM »
This is awesome, and inspiring! Please keep us informed. Love to see more.

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #44 on: May 29, 2014, 04:23:24 PM »
Today I finished planting the tomatoes, summer squash, watermelon, pumpkins, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, blue Hubbard squash cantaloupe, leeks, red onions, sprouting broccoli, and red cabbage.   

Tomorrow I will be teaching 2 friends how to inoculate shiitake  mushrooms in oak logs. 

I still have a ton of planting to do....

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #45 on: May 29, 2014, 04:38:14 PM »
Wow, very nice.   I agree, all these great garden threads keeps me inspired and wanting to do more w/ my little .25 acre suburb plot.

Good gardens make great neighbor's.

Keep up the posts, this is great.

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #46 on: June 01, 2014, 01:07:46 PM »
Look what I found at a Boy Scout yard sale. 


It was $6.00 and has all of it's original seed disks and it's instructions.

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #47 on: June 01, 2014, 01:46:31 PM »
Here are some updated photos.  Things are slowly getting planted.  I need more time in the day...  I am sure that applies to everyone else on this forum.

This lovely hedge is mostly roses and autumn olive.  I was happy to find some grapes and raspberries.  I haven't explored behind it. 



raspberries and autumn olive


Here are the grape vines we found in the autumn olive.  The trick will be getting to eat some before the birds get them.


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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #48 on: June 01, 2014, 01:50:58 PM »
In the 224' long berm we planted a bunch of trees.  2 peaches, 1 Asian pear, 2 sweet cherries, 2 plumes and 1 apricot.   

In between the trees are cover crops, tomatoes, winter squash, summer squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, and pumpkins.  I also planted sunflower seeds on the western edge of the berm.

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #49 on: June 01, 2014, 01:55:00 PM »
I picked up a bunch of marked down flowers at Lowes.  I was happy to find gerber daisies for $1.00 since I killed my seedlings(with help from my cat) a couple of months ago. I also picked up 2 thorn less blackberries, 2 grapes, some yarrow and columbines for $3.00 each. 

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #50 on: June 01, 2014, 02:00:38 PM »
I am starting to get the huglebeds planted. 



Cover crops sprouting


My 4 in 1 pear tree on the left and most of my 4 in 1 apple tree on the right.
There is a baldwin apple, 2 quinces, a dwarf pie cherry and a bunch of tomato seedlings in this photo too.  The straw is on top of my wildflower/annual flower mix.  Some of it is starting to sprout but not much yet.



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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #51 on: June 01, 2014, 02:02:14 PM »
The blueberries and strawberries are doing well.  I wonder if the wildlife will let me eat any of the strawberries?


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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #52 on: June 01, 2014, 02:04:08 PM »
My friend jon and I are also inoculating oak with shiitake mushrooms.  We are using my drill press to make the holes. :)



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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #53 on: June 20, 2014, 10:20:43 AM »
It has been a month since we built the garden.  I am still planting it out.  I am hoping to get the last of the summer planting done in the next couple of days.   

Here are some photos I took yesterday of the big swale.  There are fruit trees, diakon radish, buckwheat, field peas, clover, pumpkins, winter and summer sqaush, mellons, comfrey, tomatoes and sunflowers.












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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #54 on: June 20, 2014, 10:25:19 AM »
Here is the main garden 






The pond is not holding a drop of water.  Corrected this problem will be addressed late this summer.

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #55 on: June 20, 2014, 10:48:16 AM »
Here is my sweet potato bed.  These were panted so late I doubt they will produce anything.  I will plant some other stuff in between the plants and use it as a cover mulch.


Peppers and tomatoes with a few leeks.


Right now this bed only has rattlesnake pole beans in it.  That will change this afternoon. :)


This beds have my Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, and my earliest tomatoes.


This is my 55 foot long herb bed. 


Another bed of tomatoes with yellow wax beans and a 4 in pear tree.



Here is the flower bed.   There is a Baldwin Apple tree, 2 quinces, a dwarf pie cherry, and a 4 in 1 grafted apple tree. There are little tiny flower seedlings starting to pop up through the mulch. 



I found Gerber Daises on clearance at Lowes and couldn't resist.



My kale, kohlrabi, and cabbage bed.  There are basil seeds in this bed but I haven't seen any of it sprout. 



My asparagus bed is doing well.  It will get mulch soon.

 
In this photo you can see my green beans, elderberries, and the herb bed.


Does anyone know what this is?  I am hoping the blackberries will out compete it.



Here is the strawberry, blueberry, pansy, and rose bed. 


I also have lots of wildflowers which make me happy. 






I am hoping I will get to try some of these grapes.




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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #56 on: June 20, 2014, 04:45:23 PM »
Wow, things are coming along nicely. What a lot of work. It looks great!

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #57 on: June 21, 2014, 02:43:35 PM »
Thanks.  I still have so much to do.  I guess a garden is never done.

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #58 on: July 06, 2014, 07:23:23 PM »
Great job, thats a monumental effort there. Its great to see larger scale projects being undertaken.

How did you guys handle the grade while making your swales? Did the machine have a tilt bucket or was there a lot of hand work to level the bottom of the swale?

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Re: PorcupineKate's 2014 Garden
« Reply #59 on: July 06, 2014, 07:51:48 PM »
Thanks.  I still have so much to do.  I guess a garden is never done.

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