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Post  sanderson on 9/23/2016, 5:49 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Awww...they're wonderful!   cheers  Nice job!
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Post  Robbomb116 on 9/29/2016, 7:57 pm

Planted some German red garlic yesterday.  Just one square cause of how long it'll be in the ground, and how many things I want to try to grow next year!

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Post  MrBooker on 9/30/2016, 6:47 am

@Robbomb116 wrote:Planted some German red garlic yesterday.  Just one square cause of how long it'll be in the ground, and how many things I want to try to grow next year!
I planted Inchelium red garlic and some locally grown garlic last weekend and as usual, I Waaaaay over planted. I filled a 2x8 and a small 2x3 bed. 198 cloves in all and we dont eat much fresh garlic around here.

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Post  sanderson on 10/1/2016, 1:58 am

@Robbomb116 wrote:Planted some German red garlic yesterday.  Just one square cause of how long it'll be in the ground, and how many things I want to try to grow next year!
Sounds like someone needs another box Wink

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Post  Robbomb116 on 10/1/2016, 7:55 am

@sanderson wrote:Sounds like someone needs another box Wink

While I agree, wife seems to think I need to prove I'll be able to keep up with the 2 I have when they are fully planted and needing attention in the summer.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/1/2016, 10:08 pm

Lookin' good!  I love radishes!  And your leaves look good too!  cheers

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Post  Robbomb116 on 10/11/2016, 5:33 pm

I noticed very small buds forming in the center of my bok choy.  I suspect it is just barely starting to bolt.  I harvested it all, and am hoping it's still edible.  Do you think it'll be alright or should it go to the compost pile?

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Post  Kelejan on 10/11/2016, 5:46 pm

I would eat it, Robbomb, before it gets too far.  Very Happy

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Post  sanderson on 10/11/2016, 6:57 pm

Should be okay. I don't remember bok choy getting bitter when in bolts.

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Post  Robbomb116 on 10/29/2016, 10:18 am

Haven't posted in a while. Everything is doing pretty well.  We've had 3 frosts below  below 30 degrees.  the coldest one I did not expect and just had tulle and no plastic overnight... That was Sunday night.  I  thought everything survived it just fine, but now one of my spinach varieties seems to be turning yellow.  is this from the frost? It is still edible?  I will admit I haven't been harvesting it as much as I should lately and read somewhere older leaves can turn yellow?  Anyway, here's  a picture.  I mainly want to know if it's still edible.

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Post  Kelejan on 10/29/2016, 5:31 pm

From the picture, they look good to me, Robbomb.  Lots better than anything at the supermarket.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/30/2016, 6:15 pm

I would eat it.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/30/2016, 6:53 pm

I would eat it!

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Post  sanderson on 10/31/2016, 4:07 pm

The one in the upper left looks a little spent, but the rest look good.

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Post  Robbomb116 on 11/3/2016, 4:49 pm

A little update. I have pictures as well but my phone is having trouble uploading them without rotating them so that will have to wait till later to post.

Thanks for the input on the spinach, we did eat it. Left the smaller inner leaves in hopes of getting another harvest out. By all rights we should be below freezing every day this time of year, possibly with a layer of snow; but here it is 66 F. Maybe I'l get more spinach after all. Also harvested all my arugula and gave it to my mom. Me and the wife figured out after trying a few recipes that the only way we really like arugula is on pizza. Well the point of the garden was to encourage us to eat healthier, so making a pizza every time the arugula is ready to harvest is a bit counter productive haha.

This we also finally got to harvest some of the swiss chard, which we put the leaves in a stir fry last night and smoothies this morning. The stalks we are putting in the freezer and saving to put in chicken stock.

Lastly, last weekend I built and filled my compost bin! Truth be told it is mostly leaves, with the kitchen waste we have been saving for about 3 months. But I hear leaf mold itself is pretty good, so I figure whatever we have is better than nothing. Would have loved to have some manure to add as well, but making connections with local ranchers is going to be a job for next year. Maybe I can make some calls in the winter when not much else is going on.

Especially excited to share pics of the compost bin, inspired by TD's bin, which i heard was inspired by Sanderson's. Made form mostly free lumber that my previous homeowner left out back behind the garage. Its already been outside for at least 2 years, so idk how many useful years it has left. But hey, free wood is good wood. Even if I have to rebuild it in a couple years.


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Post  sanderson on 11/4/2016, 3:07 am

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Lastly, last weekend I built and filled my compost bin!  Truth be told it is mostly leaves, with the kitchen waste we have been saving for about 3 months.  But I hear leaf mold itself is pretty good, so I figure whatever we have is better than nothing.  Would have loved to have some manure to add as well, but making connections with local ranchers is going to be a job for next year.  Maybe I can make some calls in the winter when not much else is going on.

Especially excited to share pics of the compost bin, inspired by TD's bin, which i heard was inspired by Sanderson's.  Made form mostly free lumber that my previous homeowner left out back behind the garage.  Its already been outside for at least 2 years, so idk how many useful years it has left.  But hey, free wood is good wood.  Even if I have to rebuild it in a couple years.
Free is always good. If you set the bottom wood rails on bricks or pavers, it should last several years. May I encourage some type of farm manure for the next compost pile, plus coffee grounds? Leaf mold is good but it is only one source.

Looking forward to your photos.

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Post  Robbomb116 on 11/4/2016, 7:41 am

I do actually have some coffee grins mixed in with my kitchen waste that I added.   just not a whole lot.   And it was the plan to have the next batch hopefully have some manure if I can get my hands on some for free.

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And I did put the bottom on some pavers  Very Happy

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Post  Kelejan on 11/4/2016, 9:00 am

@Robbomb116 wrote:And I did put the bottom on some pavers  Very Happy

Well done, Rob.  Something I never thought of, so thanks sanderson for the next time I move my compost frame that consists of stacked four 4x4s.

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Post  Robbomb116 on 11/4/2016, 9:35 am

Compost bin



Garden post spinach and arugula harvest (arugula is in the bowl on the square it was in). So much arugula from 1 square!



And lastly, the swiss chard harvest.


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The compost pile was started Sunday, and I turned it Wednesday night and felt the heat coming from it.  I put my meat thermometer in it near the bottom of the pile and it read an amazing 140F even though it was about 60F outside.  Things were cooking!  It has now shrunk to almost half (eh maybe 2/3) its size  Very Happy

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Post  trolleydriver on 11/4/2016, 9:43 am

@Robbomb116 wrote:The compost pile was started Sunday, and I turned it Wednesday night and felt the heat coming from it.  I put my meat thermometer in it near the bottom of the pile and it read an amazing 140F even though it was about 60F outside.  Things were cooking!  It has now shrunk to almost half (eh maybe 2/3) its size  Very Happy

That is great!!!  Well done.  cheers

I still have not yet filled my bin.

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Post  Robbomb116 on 11/4/2016, 10:25 am

@trolleydriver wrote:
@Robbomb116 wrote:The compost pile was started Sunday, and I turned it Wednesday night and felt the heat coming from it.  I put my meat thermometer in it near the bottom of the pile and it read an amazing 140F even though it was about 60F outside.  Things were cooking!  It has now shrunk to almost half (eh maybe 2/3) its size  Very Happy

That is great!!!  Well done.  cheers

I still have not yet filled my bin.

Yeah but yours will be a lot better stuff! Mine is lacking manure and a lot of other things...

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Post  yolos on 11/4/2016, 10:31 am

@Robbomb116 wrote:Compost bin



Nice compost bin.  So pretty when they are first built.

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Post  sanderson on 11/5/2016, 12:33 pm

@yolos wrote:
@Robbomb116 wrote:Compost bin



Nice compost bin.  So pretty when they are first built.
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