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Post  claudiamedic on 5/10/2012, 5:14 pm

After searching high and low for the recommended number of compost types frustration I've completed my beds with less-than-perfect Mel's Mix. NEXT year, I'll have my own compost and will know it is done RIGHT!

Anyway, I'm scared but excited to get some seedlings/seeds into the beds. It is supposed to be down in the 40s here tonight but slowly warming over the next week so I will get some stuff going tomorrow!

I thought I'd share photos of our arrangement. PLEASE tell me if you see anything that needs to be changed or if you have suggestions.

The wheelchair ramp is on the north side of the garden space, garage to the south, deck to the west. These pictures were taken


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Post  quiltbea on 5/10/2012, 5:46 pm

So your trellises are on the West side? They should be on the north side. Or maybe I'm getting twisted up with your description. then again maybe your plan is to have shade on the squares on the other side of those west trellises. That would be the warmest part of the day, when the sun is moving to the west side so it would work with cool weather crops..

Other than that, it's lookin' good.

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Post  claudiamedic on 5/10/2012, 6:16 pm

I have a frame/pergola with trellises on both sides. Right now I have it oriented so that the trellises run N/S on both the east and west sides of the frame.

Here's a link to my garden plan:
http://www.growveg.com/garden-plan.aspx?p=283715

I know Traditional SFG has the trellis on the north....but these are at a fixed width apart (6')...does that matter? They are also about 6 ft tall (just the netting, the frame is much taller).

I appreciate your advice! Very Happy

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Post  camprn on 5/10/2012, 6:29 pm

Claudia it is all looking super spiffy and ready to go! Hooray! cheers

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Post  RoOsTeR on 5/10/2012, 6:44 pm

@camprn wrote:Claudia it is all looking super spiffy and ready to go! Hooray! cheers

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Claudia, I think your beds look fantastic and look forward to seeing your progress

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Post  kbb964 on 5/10/2012, 7:41 pm

Looking great !

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Post  Turan on 5/11/2012, 12:57 am

Wonderful! I like the way you are extending the garden beds with 5 gallon buckets.
cheers

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Post  quiltbea on 5/11/2012, 10:58 am

@claudia.....I planted some of my tomatoes on the west side last year because I had no more room along the north fencing and they did fine as did the Swiss chard and other cooler crops to their east side. It'll probably work just fine.

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Post  claudiamedic on 5/11/2012, 11:40 am

Today's the day. Seeds and seedlings going in. It is beautiful but a little on the cool side but it is supposed to warm up steadily in the next 10 days. Thanks for all your encouragement! flower

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Post  chjbr63 on 5/11/2012, 12:04 pm

Claudia

Looks great!!!

I'm amazed at how fast you got your garden up and going. Can't wait to see progress pictures. I do have a couple of suggestions for your containers. Get them off the ground a little bit, I use 4 or 5 soda bottle tops. Plus I drill holes in the side 5-8 at 1 inch from the bottom and the same at 3 or 4 inches. Both suggestions help with drainage and air circulation.

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Post  claudiamedic on 5/11/2012, 7:12 pm

I put my seeds and seedlings into the ground today (with a lot of help from my friend Amanda). Got my first real sunburn of the year, too. Embarassed

Thanks for the great suggestion on the containers! The bottle caps are a great idea!! I'll have to find someone who drinks a lot of bottled drinks and ask them to save some. We hardly ever buy soda/pop/Coke (what it's called depends on where you live) or bottled drinks. I'm blessed to have a reverse osmosis system for my water and that is my (and my son's) drink of choice!

It's been 3 hours since I came inside. Is it too soon to go peek on the babies? LOL I know some of my transplants won't make it but I figured "nothing ventured, nothing gained". I even stuck some strawberry plants in, even though Mel's chart shows it as too late to transplant them. Who knows? I got them for nearly nothing at our local farmer's market last weekend.

sunny Enjoyed a fantabulous day!!!

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Post  UnderTheBlackWalnut on 5/11/2012, 10:02 pm

Oh Claudia! I'm so excited for you! Your beds look just gorgeous! Smile

I really wouldn't worry about the strawberries too much. From what I've read, you may not get many berries this year, but as long as you've put them where you want them to stay for a while, next year you should be sitting pretty. Smile

Keep us posted on what comes up! You are right - some things grow, some things don't grow so well. It's just the way it goes and the experienced members tell me every year is different! Smile

I can't wait to compare notes with you. So far some things are working and some are...err...learning experiences. Smile ...mutter...mutter...darn little green caterpillars...mutter... Evil or Very Mad

A BIG hug to you for having the courage to stick with it and create such a beautiful garden! Smile

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Post  Turan on 5/11/2012, 10:24 pm

@UnderTheBlackWalnut wrote:

A to you for having the courage to stick with it and create such a beautiful garden! Smile

+1 Smile

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Post  claudiamedic on 5/11/2012, 11:11 pm

Thumper albino and his friend already started checking out the buffet...there's a small (but big enough) thicket in the vacant lot adjacent to our house and we always have lots of bunnies. My profile picture is of my dog "watching doggie TV" ( looking out the window of my bedroom at a rabbit in the flower bed). Anyone had success at using dog hair to deter rabbits (my dog sheds a lot so I'm excited at the prospect of finding a use for it). How do you "apply" it? If I just sprinkle it around it will blow away....here in windy Indiana.


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Post  chjbr63 on 5/11/2012, 11:20 pm

I hear it works but have never tried it. You could use a nylon stocking. Take clump of hair and small rock in it, toss a few here and there around the garden. Might work.

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Post  dsmdeb on 5/11/2012, 11:59 pm

Your beds look great, Claudia! way to go

Congrats for getting everything set up and planted. I'm right behind you! I finished setting mine up today, and would have planted, but am away for a day or two and didn't want to risk things going too dry.

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Post  givvmistamps on 5/12/2012, 12:44 pm

@chjbr63 wrote:I hear it works but have never tried it. You could use a nylon stocking. Take clump of hair and small rock in it, toss a few here and there around the garden. Might work.

+1 I think dog hair might just do the trick! Also, put some of that dog hair into your compost. A little hair in compost is definitely beneficial, and since you have a ready source right there at home you'll be sitting pretty in that regard. Very Happy

Your garden looks WONDERFUL!!! I know you're going to love gardening; you're already showing all the signs of devotion. Please keep posting pictures as things grow!

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Post  claudiamedic on 5/12/2012, 9:19 pm

@chjbr63 wrote:I hear it works but have never tried it. You could use a nylon stocking. Take clump of hair and small rock in it, toss a few here and there around the garden. Might work.

Great idea! Thanks!!

I also planted a flat of marigolds today in squares with my baby plants....hopefully they'll keep the critters at bay until I can figure something else out. thinking

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Post  claudiamedic on 5/20/2012, 1:18 pm

The bunnies have not been bothering my plants thus far! I've got radishes, corn, Swiss chard and lettuce coming up and my transplants (herbs, peppers, tomatoes, peas, kale, strawberries) are doing well. I've got to scrap the radishes (and beets) when they come up because my manure is of questionable age, but everything else looks like it is happy in my less-than-textbook MM.



My transplanted Lincoln Sweet peas:


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Post  quiltbea on 5/20/2012, 1:54 pm

Are those pencils in with the sweet peas? They look like they have their own little walking canes. Laughing

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Post  claudiamedic on 5/20/2012, 2:10 pm

Yes, pencils. 0))__)> My mother was a WalMart greeter 15+ years ago and they used to give pencils to kids. I got a FEW in 'care packages' over the years (she lived in Texas and my children, her only grandchildren, were in Indiana). One can only write with one pencil at a time so I've had a few left over. PERFECT seedling supports, IMHO. sunny

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