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Post  Razed Bed on 4/1/2015, 5:58 pm

hello from the greater nashville area.  my dumb phone will not allow me to capitalize letters or use any other punctuation besides a period.

i found this forum after watching a video on youtube from a dedicated dude who convinced me to add rock dust to my compost.

i have been using the sfg method since the book came out but missed last year due to way too much work and other things.  my wife and i have an organic csa with a great farm and thus do not grow a lot of staple garden things.  we do not eat tomatoes or other nightshades so we concentrate on growing nutrient rich foods like kale collards beets turnips lettuces onions garlic and a few others veggies like cucumbers japanese sweet potatoes and trying rutabagas this year.  we must share some of our produce with a couple of rabbits that call our yard home and somehow avoid becoming food for coyotes bobcats and two owls that also live in our yard and love to watch us garden.

we have three large plastic garbage cans full of mels mix and a large compost bin.  thanks to another youtuber known as reaganite seventy one we make complete compost in about a fortnight.

i have been reading a lot of this forum and hope to learn more and prove that an old dog can learn tricks of any age.  and hopefully get a new computer soon after my dozen year old laptop bid the bits and bytes adieu in february.

i met a sfg tutor three years ago at a farmers market.  hopefully she contributes here.

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Post  jimmy cee on 4/1/2015, 10:45 pm

Just treat this season's planting as if you did it last season.
One of the great advantages of Mel's Mix, add a trowel full of compost, mix and plant...your on the way...
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 4/2/2015, 11:52 am

Hi Razed Bed.  Welcome from Atlanta, GA!  Glad you found us.

Looking forward to see what you guys do w/ your garden!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/2/2015, 12:20 pm

glad you\'re here Razed Bed. Hope you can post photos. I look forward to seeing your greens as I grow and eat lot of greens also. My cat, Miss Lilly, keeps the critters out.

@Razed Bed wrote: we do not eat tomatoes or other nightshades so we concentrate on growing nutrient rich foods like kale collards beets turnips lettuces onions garlic and a few others veggies like cucumbers japanese sweet potatoes and trying rutabagas this year. 
Stopping the nightshades would be a radical move for me, but one that needs to happen...some year.  For now I'm on a huge pepperoncini jag.

What varieties of kale and collards are you growing?

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Post  Kelejan on 4/2/2015, 1:05 pm

Hi, Razed Bed. glad you\'re here  from Canada .
I hope that littorally you do not raze you beds.

How do you make make your complete compost in three weeks? Enquiring minds would love to know.   Please!
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Post  yolos on 4/2/2015, 4:04 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:glad you\'re here Razed Bed. Hope you can post photos.  I look forward to seeing your greens as I grow and eat lot of greens also.  My cat, Miss Lilly, keeps the critters out.  

@Razed Bed wrote: we do not eat tomatoes or other nightshades so we concentrate on growing nutrient rich foods like kale collards beets turnips lettuces onions garlic and a few others veggies like cucumbers japanese sweet potatoes and trying rutabagas this year. 
Stopping the nightshades would be a radical move for me, but one that needs to happen...some year.  For now I'm on a huge pepperoncini jag.

What varieties of kale and collards are you growing?

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Why should we stop eating nightshades.  Is there some problem with them.
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Post  sanderson on 4/2/2015, 5:16 pm

@yolos wrote: Why should we stop eating nightshades.  Is there some problem with them.
I'm also curious. They are a mainstay for me. Shocked

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Post  CapeCoddess on 4/2/2015, 5:17 pm

I don't know Razed Bed's reasoning, but for me they can cause my arthritis to act up. I'm experimenting this year to see if different varieties have differing affects, and maybe one may have no affect. That would be nice.

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Post  NHGardener on 4/2/2015, 8:50 pm

I still grow them, but my husband is allergic to tomatoes, they get his sinuses going like crazy. I'm not sure if it extends to the other varieties of nightshades.
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Post  kauairosina on 4/2/2015, 9:12 pm

Welcome Razed Beds.  We would love to have more success with nightshades.  So send them this way.  Our tomatoes are getting blossom end rot (any one know what to do about that?) and we have not had much luck with potatoes.  We sure could use them.
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Post  Razed Bed on 4/2/2015, 11:05 pm

We grow lacinato kale, but I do not know for sure what type of collard.  It is in a brown paper bag from an organic farmer who gave us some to grow.  She also gave us some Malabar spinach cuttings.

As for no nightshades, my wife has us  following the auto-immune paleo diet to help with inflammation.  She believes I am nightshade intolerant.

For the quick compost method, check out Reaganite71 on YouTube.  The video to look for is: grass to garden soil in 14 days.

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Post  sanderson on 4/3/2015, 12:38 pm

@kauairosina wrote:  Our tomatoes are getting blossom end rot (any one know what to do about that?)

From the archives: Epsom salts and powdered milk were suggested. Worked for me! I mean, my tomatoes! If I remember 2 years ago, about 1/4 cup of each per plant.

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Post  camprn on 4/3/2015, 12:55 pm

@sanderson wrote:
@kauairosina wrote:  Our tomatoes are getting blossom end rot (any one know what to do about that?)

From the archives: Epsom salts and powdered milk were suggested.  Worked for me!  I mean, my tomatoes!  If I remember 2 years ago, about 1/4 cup of each per plant.
and a consistent water regimen.

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Post  NHGardener on 4/3/2015, 1:17 pm

camprn - In keeping with what we said recently, and how blossom end rot can be from over or underwatering the tomatoes, it goes back to not overwatering tomatoes. I wonder if that would fix a lot of cases of blossom end rot.
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