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Post  ralitaco on 3/3/2017, 6:16 pm

That is interesting that it dies off. I figured they would produce 1 fruit a year. Makes me appreciate Dole a little.
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/3/2017, 9:14 pm

Okay, here's my Google Earth shot. They must have updated it in 2015 cuz our barn and original chicken coop are there, but the coop has doubled in size since then and the Salad Bar garden isn't there, yet. Also, I couldn't get it all in one pic, so I lopped off some of the front. The Rescue Garden wouldn't show anyway, since it's under the canopy of the redwoods.
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Post  ralitaco on 3/4/2017, 12:29 am

Love it!
You have quite a spread there
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/4/2017, 12:30 pm

ralitaco wrote:Love it!
You have quite a spread there
And the views are beautiful. We're on a ridge that overlooks the valley, with snow-capped local mountains in the distance. It feels like we're in the middle of nowhere, but we're just 5 miles from town. We got sooooo lucky. It took 2 frustrating years to find this place, but now it's ours. I love you
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Post  ralitaco on 3/5/2017, 12:15 am

That sounds absolutely divine!
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/5/2017, 11:03 am

ralitaco wrote:That sounds absolutely divine!
The best part is that we have room to do whatever we want. Also, we're in an unincorporated area so we don't have to ask permission to have a rooster. Rolling Eyes Now, if it would ever stop raining, we could get out and start a new project.
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/11/2017, 10:42 am

Now I know what happens to cauliflower when you wait too long to pick it. It turns into yellow broccoli. Who knew?  Shocked After this was taken, I nibbled off the ends and fed the stalk to the rabbit. I'm leaving the plant alone to pull the leaves off one-at-a-time for rabbit snacks. The next plant is now starting to form a head. Haven't decided whether to do this again. It's fun, but the yield isn't worth it, yet, unless the next ones are a whole lot bigger. OTOH, what else would I use that space for in the winter?  Rolling Eyes
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Post  ralitaco on 3/11/2017, 12:35 pm

My broccoli & cabbage are in worse shape...with the exception of head of cabbage. But I thought the same thing..."what else will I plant it there for the winter"
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Post  GWN on 3/12/2017, 11:15 am

And the views are beautiful. We're on a ridge that overlooks the valley, with snow-capped local mountains in the distance. It feels like we're in the middle of nowhere, but we're just 5 miles from town. We got sooooo lucky. It took 2 frustrating years to find this place, but now it's ours. 

Sounds divine.  We have an acreage, but no view, which I really miss.  I kind of envy the unincorporated part as well.
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Post  sanderson on 3/13/2017, 2:29 am

CN, For next winter, you will start lots of purple and green broccoli and cauliflower and plant by Oct. 1. Wink

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Post  countrynaturals on 3/13/2017, 12:34 pm

sanderson wrote:CN,  For next winter, you will start lots of purple and green broccoli and cauliflower and plant by Oct. 1. Wink
Seeds not until Oct 1 or start seeds earlier and plant out Oct 1? Hmm, October can be pretty hot, maybe seeds Sep 15 and plant out Oct 15?  bounce
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Post  sanderson on 3/14/2017, 2:38 pm

Start seeds earlier, plant around Oct 1. I still have the shade cloth up at that time. When I take it down, if we get another hot spell, I cover with curtain sheers. Want the plants to get some good growth before winter.

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Post  countrynaturals on 3/14/2017, 4:01 pm

sanderson wrote:Start seeds earlier, plant around Oct 1.  I still have the shade cloth up at that time.  When I take it down, if we get another hot spell, I cover with curtain sheers.  Want the plants to get some good growth before winter.
Thank you, Mama. That's what I'll do. Time to plant sorghum, now? bounce
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Post  sanderson on 3/16/2017, 3:09 am

Mother Earth: "How to Plant Sorghum

There is no rush to plant sorghum, which needs warm soil to germinate and grow. Even in warm climates, sorghum is customarily planted in late May or early June.

Prepare soil much as you would for corn, and be sure to mix a balanced organic fertilizer into the bed or row before planting. Unlike corn, sorghum is self-fertile, so a large plot is not needed for pollination purposes. Sow seeds one-half inch deep and 4 inches apart, and thin to 8 inches apart when the seedlings are 4 inches tall. "

I guess we have to wait. :-(

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Post  countrynaturals on 3/21/2017, 6:16 pm

sanderson wrote:Mother Earth:  "How to Plant Sorghum

There is no rush to plant sorghum, which needs warm soil to germinate and grow. Even in warm climates, sorghum is customarily planted in late May or early June.

Prepare soil much as you would for corn, and be sure to mix a balanced organic fertilizer into the bed or row before planting. Unlike corn, sorghum is self-fertile, so a large plot is not needed for pollination purposes. Sow seeds one-half inch deep and 4 inches apart, and thin to 8 inches apart when the seedlings are 4 inches tall. "

I guess we have to wait.  :-(
WAAAA! I'm tired of waiting!   I wanna garden, NOW!
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/21/2017, 6:19 pm

My beautiful year-old kale is finally starting to bolt. I think it's time to pull everything, eat what we can, share the rest with the rabbit and chickens, freshen up the beds and get started for 2017. I already have sugar snap peas growing around the back of the Salad Bar. Now I have to decide what to put in front of them. Decisions, decisions. Rolling Eyes
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/21/2017, 6:23 pm

I am growing Romanesco cauliflower for the first time this season....we will see!
Some places call it Romanesco broccoli....
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/21/2017, 7:29 pm

Scorpio Rising wrote:I am growing Romanesco cauliflower for the first time this season....we will see!
Some places call it Romanesco broccoli....
My problem with broccoli and cauliflower is that the plants get huge but the yield is very small. Not enough bang for the sfg buck. I justify it by remembering that the rabbit loves the leaves, but I'm still not sure it's worth it.
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countrynaturals wrote:
Scorpio Rising wrote:I am growing Romanesco cauliflower for the first time this season....we will see!
Some places call it Romanesco broccoli....
My problem with broccoli and cauliflower is that the plants get huge but the yield is very small. Not enough bang for the sfg buck. I justify it by remembering that the rabbit loves the leaves, but I'm still not sure it's worth it.
Yeah, it does commit a square...I don't have as many as some...but I am gonna give it an early season run and see what happens...4 are up sprouts.
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Post  sanderson on 3/22/2017, 3:03 am

I have 29 Table top squares for winter "cabbage" gardening. I predict I will plant half in broccoli and purple cauliflower, a few in Brussels sprouts (new for me), and the rest in dwarf kale and Bright lights Swiss Chard. I also have 13 squares dedicated for winter snow peas, 10 TT squares for perennial and winter herbs and 13 squares for lettuce, bok choy, radishes etc.

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Post  countrynaturals on 3/22/2017, 11:54 am

sanderson wrote:I have 29 Table top squares for winter "cabbage" gardening.  I predict I will plant half in broccoli and purple cauliflower, a few in Brussels sprouts (new for me), and the rest in dwarf kale and Bright lights Swiss Chard.  I also have 13 squares dedicated for winter snow peas, 10 TT squares for perennial and winter herbs and 13 squares for lettuce, bok choy, radishes etc.
I have 72 sfg squares, sorta, minus the back 4" or so for peas. If I do what you're doing and plant it all in the fall, I should be done with it by April 1 and ready for summer stuff. Right now it's all lush and huge, going to seed and ready for something new, but what to put there? Nothing I planted there last summer did well except Armenian cukes. Thinking, thinking. 72 squares of Armenian cukes? Rolling Eyes
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/22/2017, 11:57 am

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Scorpio Rising wrote:I am growing Romanesco cauliflower for the first time this season....we will see!
Some places call it Romanesco broccoli....
My problem with broccoli and cauliflower is that the plants get huge but the yield is very small. Not enough bang for the sfg buck. I justify it by remembering that the rabbit loves the leaves, but I'm still not sure it's worth it.
Yeah, it does commit a square...I don't have as many as some...but I am gonna give it an early season run and see what happens...4 are up sprouts.
Definitely too late to start any more, here. Gotta find something more heat-tolerant.

Changing the subject: Was it you I was talking to about pepper starts in another thread? I still have only one tiny sprout, still with its seed cap on, and no sign of growing. No wonder most folks buy plants instead of starting peppers from seed. geek
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Post  countrynaturals on 3/22/2017, 1:12 pm

countrynaturals wrote:
sanderson wrote:I have 29 Table top squares for winter "cabbage" gardening.  I predict I will plant half in broccoli and purple cauliflower, a few in Brussels sprouts (new for me), and the rest in dwarf kale and Bright lights Swiss Chard.  I also have 13 squares dedicated for winter snow peas, 10 TT squares for perennial and winter herbs and 13 squares for lettuce, bok choy, radishes etc.
I have 72 sfg squares, sorta, minus the back 4" or so for peas. If I do what you're doing and plant it all in the fall, I should be done with it by April 1 and ready for summer stuff. Right now it's all lush and huge, going to seed and ready for something new, but what to put there? Nothing I planted there last summer did well except Armenian cukes. Thinking, thinking. 72 squares of Armenian cukes? Rolling Eyes
Ooo, I forgot about daikon radishes. Those did well last year in the Salad Bar. I'll get that puppy filled up, yet.
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Post  sanderson on 3/23/2017, 2:46 am

72 squares of Armenian cucumbers! Razz What about bush beans, peppers, and lots of herbs? I have been concentrating on dehydrating herbs for winter cooking. Some are perennial like oregano and sage. I'm also going to try summer garlic. I lost all of my garlic to black aphids (??).

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Post  countrynaturals on 3/23/2017, 11:56 am

sanderson wrote:72 squares of Armenian cucumbers!  Razz  What about bush beans, peppers, and lots of herbs?  I have been concentrating on dehydrating herbs for winter cooking.  Some are perennial like oregano and sage.  I'm also going to try summer garlic.  I lost all of my garlic to black aphids (??).
I like my herbs in containers where I can control them and use them as ornamentals. Peppers didn't do well there last year, but I am trying again. I am not a garlic person.  Bush beans sounds like a great idea. I'll plant some seeds inside, today. 
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