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Post  jimmy cee on Fri 25 Apr 2014, 9:37 pm

Finished bed #4 last year, filled, laid out grids, planted garlic and shallots in October.
Onions last month..

Soil (dirt) still in


sides completed


partially filled


filled and grids added


note grid flexibility



garlic, shallots planted and secured in Oct 2013


coming along nicely...April 2014

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Post  Marc Iverson on Fri 25 Apr 2014, 11:40 pm

Looks nice. Why did you lay the fencing over the top of the beds/under the straw?
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Post  sanderson on Sat 26 Apr 2014, 3:27 am

Is the lattice fencing for ease of removing the straw mulch?
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Post  jimmy cee on Sat 26 Apr 2014, 7:33 am

I have lots of squirrels digging everything they can find.
This was only a piece that was laying down that I just left there..
I'm needing to cover  just about all of my plantings, at least till they mature a bit.
I managed to get them off my bird feeders, now need to reduce the herd again as I did a few years ago.
All they are are destructive  critters with no purpose in my life.
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Post  lyndeeloo on Sat 26 Apr 2014, 7:49 am

Looks great jimmycee! I agree with you about the annoying and destructive habits of the squirrels.  No sooner did I get my sfg beds topped off and nicely raked and leveled, there they were digging holes. Evil or Very Mad
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Post  AtlantaMarie on Sat 26 Apr 2014, 8:06 am

+1, Jimmycee!  They look great!

I have more trouble with chipmunks than squirrels.  One set up an apartment under a blueberry bush last year!  Till I put the plastic snakes out... Twisted Evil 

Jimmy, you might try that.....  I got them from Wally-world for $1 each.
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Post  bnoles on Sat 26 Apr 2014, 9:04 am

Hi Jimmy, I'm with you on the critter solution.  The only way to go is population reduction. I have 2 cats being given to me this week and a new pellet gun on order.  Laughing 

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Post  jimmy cee on Sat 26 Apr 2014, 9:15 am

Marie
That snake idea sounds great to me, snakes run in our family...LOL...
2 sons collected, purchased and grew them.
One was a Burmese python that had a 4 X 8 foot cage in his bedroom.
Ate 3 rabbits and 2 chickens at one feeding once, (forced fed)
Grew to 12 feet and almost as round as a football.
He gave it back to the pet shop where he got it (thank goodness)
Extremely gentle it was, so it made a good pet...ha ha
One visitor to our home one day sat beside our terrarium, look over at it and asked ! is that a snake ?
When we told him yes, he bolted out of the house and wouldn't come back in...
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Post  AtlantaMarie on Sat 26 Apr 2014, 11:49 am

Jimmy - Oh, my...  I like snakes, but don't have any.  Don't WANT any!

Bob - Mike had a student in a couple weeks ago that hunts squirrel & chipmunk.  Says the chippies taste sweeter than the squirrels...  ???
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Post  CapeCoddess on Sat 26 Apr 2014, 12:32 pm

Jimmy, you must really like garlic and shallots. That bed looks fabulous! Well done!

The cats will do it, Bob. I have 1 cat and no  more squirrels, no rabbits, no chipmunks and no moles. The neighborhood has no moles either. They all end up here...on my front steps. She must think moles are my favorite food because when she first started going outside I was having such a problem with them, that I praised her highly every time she killed one and brought it to me. Now I get everyones moles. Rolling Eyes
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Post  bnoles on Sat 26 Apr 2014, 1:38 pm

Hi CC.... now that's the kind of cat I need!

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Post  Cajunsmoke14 on Sat 26 Apr 2014, 4:08 pm

Those are pretty, growing nicely.
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Post  jimmy cee on Sat 26 Apr 2014, 9:52 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Jimmy, you must really like garlic and shallots. That bed looks fabulous! Well done!

I enjoy the plants more than I do the veggies, although I do love roasted garlic.
Wife keeps complaining when I eat what she bakes for me....once I start on it I can't stop.
Shallots ?? I don't know enough about them yet, however for what they cost at the store I'll have a whole bed of them, wife loves cookin with shallots, and me ??I love eatin what she's a cookin..
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Post  Kelejan on Sun 27 Apr 2014, 3:00 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:
I enjoy the plants more than I do the veggies, although I do love roasted garlic.
Wife keeps complaining when I eat what she bakes for me....once I start on it I can't stop.
Shallots ?? I don't know enough about them yet, however for what they cost at the store I'll have a whole bed of them, wife loves cookin with shallots, and me ??I love eatin what she's a cookin..

Sounds like a perfect partnership.  Very Happy
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Post  jimmy cee on Sun 27 Apr 2014, 8:15 pm

Kelejan, it certainly is 53 years and I sure got the better of the deal.
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Post  Kelejan on Sun 27 Apr 2014, 11:10 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:Kelejan, it certainly is 53 years and I sure got the better of the deal.

From the sound if it, jimmy, I doubt that she thinks she got a bad deal either. Smile
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Post  GWN on Mon 28 Apr 2014, 10:05 am

Jimmie
I am impressed by your shallots and onions.
I plant garlic in the fall and do quite well, but this year was my first to grow onions and shallots and they look terrible
I planted them from seed in January and then put them out in garden 
However you appear to plant yours like garlic, and they look better for it.  We are both in zone 5...
Your pictures are amazing, so much fun to see step by step beds
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Post  jimmy cee on Mon 28 Apr 2014, 2:46 pm

GWN
many thanks, as far as putting pictures together, I do it the way I would enjoy viewing them.
This is my very first crop of garlic in MM, I've always had fairly good results in soil, this year I am looking for giants, and tasty.
Shallots are my first altogether.
These onions I picked up from a local small town farm shop.
They must be local, possibly Amish onions as there are quite a few communities in the area.
Again, my first in MM..
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