How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by ZombieGranny » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:00 am

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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by NamelessStain » Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:45 pm

Well today's haul was another 5# of pickling cukes and 2.3# green beans.

After pickling them, I ended up with:
7 pints of pickled basil green beans
9 pints of pickled dill chips.

I think I got more pints this time since I did a raw pack vs last time I brined and cooked the cukes before pickling.

Year to date:
12 pints of pickled green beans
16 pints of pickles (cukes).

Gotta love the early growing season in the south, lol.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by scurvy » Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:08 pm

ZombieGranny wrote:\
3 days and that means the thread is dead?
Geez, give the plants a chance. :lol:
Right now all we have here is (are?) tons of strawberry plants.
heehee..... just trying to start a fire...

I'll get some photos up soon, wanted to make sure ya were paying attention. my moles have been taking up all my spare time what with planting, camping, fishing, caring for said plants, and getting back out to the woods again.

looking forward to seeing every ones plants....
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by scurvy » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:14 pm

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snap peas:
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pod peas:
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beans are twisting:
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protecting the tomatoes with mantis... new born above, egg below:
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peppers are pushing:
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potatos rollin, stacking layers of straw and soil (threw some corn in there too):
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rhubarb is healthy as always:
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been training wild strawberries for a couple years, best batch yet:
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bannanas and strawberry patch is going. (moles killes 3/4s of the berries but, I've been getting plenty :
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and gotta have the flowers to bring in the bees; iris, lavender, lilly, ice-plant are among the attractors. "bon-fire begonia" shown:
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did i put in 'turf'? yep. keeps the weeds down and I dont have to mow or deal with stray weeds. Keeps the ground moist and the moles hate it.

that's it for now.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by Ryder358 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:14 pm

Comfrey and Valarian ONE Week after planting root cuttings
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Vertical potato box is almost 1 month old, we've added 160 lbs. of extra soil to it in that time and the dirt has risen about a foot.
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Firt harvest of snap peas
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by NamelessStain » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:14 am

Quick update:

Well it looks like I'll be making pickles again this weekend. I'm guessing 6# or more of cukes are ready to be harvested.
Just a handful of green beans this week. It might be too much of a hassle to can them, so I'm give them to the neighbors to eat.

My Italian winter squash (Lunga di Napoli) is HUGE! About 2 feet long and about 15# already and probably another 2 months to grow! This is going to be INSANE!
Also my Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin is doing well. About 10" diameter is my guess.

Radishes bombed this year. I think it was because of our hot weather. They went almost directly to flowering and there were no radish roots. :(
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by slannesh » Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:06 pm

Got a bunch of stuff done over the weekend, I'll have to snap some pics still. tripled my garden space from the single 4x8' raised bed I started with in 2012 by adding a shallower 4x8 and 2 2x8 beds that have a trellis attached for the climbing stuff. Looking forward to having a lot more home grown food this fall!

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Got some pics tonight after planting some new raspberry bushes.

June 16:
Strawberry basket
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Raised bed overview, the three on the left are new this year.
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Hoop house, Tomatoes, peppers, carrots, swiss chard and Marigolds to attract bees
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4x8 bed:
Some zucchini that may or may not have frost killed a week or so ago, leaves are dead but plants don't seem to be dying so I left them. Also two types of Kale along the back and some acorn squash on the right side Peas I need to transplant in the back right corner and beets in the front. Celery i'm trying to regrow from storebought in behind the beets as an experiment.
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2x8 climbing bed
Zucchini, Cucumbers and Spaghetti Squash
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The other 2x8 bed will be peas and beans, just haven't actually planted them yet. Just filled up the bed yesterday and didn't get it planted tonight as I was dealing with raspberries and little ones :)

Rhubarb:
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Blueberry bushes, new this year so not expecting much of a crop:
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Raspberries, also new this year so will get a few as they're year old canes:
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That's about it for now.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by amber5499 » Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:37 pm

We just harvested our first bowl of green beans the night before last! We are growing corn, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, green beans, zuchinis, pumpkins, watermelons and radishes.

We seem to be doing great with our corn, green beans, and "squash" plants. The little bit of carrots we planted seem to be doing good too. I accidentally let my last two radish plants go to far and one of them actually flowered and is growing seed pods!!

Had bad luck with lettuce, spinach and peppers and the tomoatos are just starting to flower. ( we started from seed with a late start.)

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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by slannesh » Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:39 pm

June 23 Edition:

Got a few more things done, we've had some issues this year with repeated frost warnings way later than usual.

Overview, Still growing!
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Deep 4x8, tomatoes seem to be getting stronger, stalks are thickening up, not a lot of flowering or growth yet but they look a lot better.
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Shallow 4x8, The Zucchini on the left that I thought frost killed at the end of May are making a comeback, even have some flowers starting so I may be drowning in Zucchini later! Everything else is growing well, the Kale at the back is going like crazy, I need to start cutting it back before it gets to this size as the leaves have a bitter aftertaste once they get this big. Need to find the happy medium.
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2x8 beds
Lost a zucchini in this bed as well, but i'll leave it and see if it regrows, these were the replacements for the 'frost killed' ones in the 4x8 bed anyhow. Cucumbers, tomatoes and spaghetti squash are growing ok.
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Other 2x8 bed has been planted with purple pole beans, sugar snap peas and regular green peas. Late, but hopefully they have enough time to do their thing.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by Ryder358 » Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:04 pm

How does my garden grow?

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We've had a minor set back after a storm...
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by slannesh » Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:35 pm

Ryder, that sucks man. Sorry to see.

Anything salvageable?
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by Ryder358 » Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:47 pm

We are still in clean up mode. Took a few days for the electric company to clear the lines, now we can start removing chunks of tree.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by slannesh » Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:15 pm

Garden continues to do its' thing.

I should see some big growth now as the weather has warmed up a lot and we're seeing a lot more sun. Just have to make sure it doesn't dry out as we're sitting around 34 Celcius for the next couple weeks and no rain in the forecast. I need to put some effort into a better watering system than just using the sprinkler.

Pics should be in the same order and roughly the same positions as my last post.

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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by smgeaghan » Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:27 pm

These all look great! I'll pop outside tomorrow to take some pictures and post them up!
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by scurvy » Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:49 pm

ZombieGranny wrote:
scurvy wrote:any interest? is this dead? I see the 2013 is still sitck'd.

too bad, I enjoy all the photos of gardens.
3 days and that means the thread is dead?
Geez, give the plants a chance. :lol:
Right now all we have here is (are?) tons of strawberry plants.
looks pretty dead to me..... the last couple years were cool.


no interest, no point in posting...


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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by Ryder358 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:33 am

scurvy wrote:
ZombieGranny wrote:
scurvy wrote:any interest? is this dead? I see the 2013 is still sitck'd.

too bad, I enjoy all the photos of gardens.
3 days and that means the thread is dead?
Geez, give the plants a chance. :lol:
Right now all we have here is (are?) tons of strawberry plants.
looks pretty dead to me..... the last couple years were cool.


no interest, no point in posting...


sad,
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by Ryder358 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:48 am

44 new jars of pickles for 67 total, 6 jars of green beans and 14 jars of tomato sauce. We use pint jars.

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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by quazi » Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:18 am

My family grows a big garden back in my hometown. Usually I get down to help plant in the spring and harvest in the fall, but those aren't the best picture-taking times. This year I made it down in July, so I made sure to snap a few.

Here's the upper-section of the first garden plot, looking from one side:
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Here it is from the other side:
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Here's the lower-section from the front:
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(Sorry about the finger.)

Here's the lower-section from the back:
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Here's a side-view of the back of the lower section:
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Here's the greenhouse:
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My grandmother didn't plant as many tomatoes as usual this year, but I'm not a big tomato fan anyway.

Here's one of our rhubarb plants:
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Here's the second garden plot looking North:
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Here's the third garden plot looking south:
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(There's another row of potatoes going ~20 feet behind me.)

Here's the fourth garden plot looking north:
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I'd guesstimate we have about a quarter acre of gardens at my grandparent's homestead.

I didn't get any pictures of our nursery business, where we have more greenhouses and another large garden. I'll try to get some when I'm down for my brother's pig roast next weekend, but we started getting killing frosts in late August so I don't know if there will be much to look at.

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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by slannesh » Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:13 pm

Ugh. Speaking of killing frosts.

Garden is done for the year. Got started late this year and paid for it this week, I'll get some beets and carrots and whatever peas the frost didn't totally bugger up but that's about it. We've been eating Kale and Swiss Chard all summer and had a few cherry tomatoes but I don't know if any of my Romas or Beefsteaks will be ok, they're all still green for the most part but the plants are done, leaves are all dead after two very unseasonably cold nights even though they were in my hoop house. I'll snap a couple pics tonight if I get around to it.
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Re: How Does Your Garden Grow: 2014 Edition

Post by sheddi » Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:28 pm

slannesh wrote:Ugh. Speaking of killing frosts.
We had the opposite problem. Last winter was warm and wet and so the slugs and snails all survived. They came out and ate almost everything we planted. (I would've laid some bait but Mrs Sheddi disapproves and it's only a hobby garden.)

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