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Post  elliephant on 9/21/2010, 12:00 pm

LOL...all summer I would have loved to have gotten rain, but this is starting to drive me crazy. I knew September was our rainiest month, but this 60% chance of rain each and every day is really interfering with putting in my fall garden! Every time I make it out there it starts raining and every time I don't, it doesn't rain!

I'm making progress little by little, but am behind where I thought I would be. I had to move one of my beds because the ground wasn't level enough where I put it in the spring and I was losing MM. Finally got the trellis up on that one and hope to start planting/transplanting tomorrow if the weather cooperates. One more box to put together, but I'm having a bit of trouble finding a level spot for it that doesn't get too much shade or cut into the kids' play area too much jocolor

So far I have one tomato plant that is about 2 1/2 feet tall. It was a sucker taken from my spring tomatoes that I rooted back at the end of June and have almost killed time and time again indoors all summer. I have one square of cucumbers with one as tall as the tomato plant, but totally infested with some kind of bug that is eating the leaves (and any cucumbers that try to get started). Just brought out the big guns on that one as neem oil and insecticidial soap weren't doing anything. The other cuke in the square is just a seedling as I had to replant when the first died in hot spell.

I have several squares of bush beans that I planted in late July when I just NEEDED to see something grow. They have been eaten up by bugs, suffered from not enough iron, and just generally suffered. BUT, I have a handful of beans growing now!

I have one yellow crookneck plant that is doing so nicely I hardly dare to mention it. But box it is in is falling apart. I made it from reclaimed materials that I knew wouldn't last forever, but I was hoping it would last until first freeze (mid Dec). I'm actually thinking I might just wrap the box in duct tape and hold it together that way/ Laughing

Anyone else doing a fall garden?

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Post  pattipan on 9/21/2010, 12:12 pm

Send that rain to my neck of the woods, we're having a drought! Grass is dead again for the second time this summer. SFG is back on city water and our rain barrel has been empty for weeks...

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Post  camprn on 9/21/2010, 2:55 pm

YeaH I want the rain too. We are short about 9 inches of rain for the past 4 months.
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Post  NAR56 on 9/21/2010, 3:03 pm

I need some as well in Louisiana. My old rain barrel (55 gal) is about dry, which is why I upped it to a larger 250 gal rain barrel. Hopefully that will last me through these dry spells.
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Post  elliephant on 9/21/2010, 3:13 pm

LOL, Ok, I freely admit that I am a rain wimp. I grew up in the deserts of the CA/AZ border where we got 2-3 inches of rain a YEAR. The rainest month here is September and that averages 4 inches. Go ahead and laugh.

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Post  Old Hippie on 9/21/2010, 4:51 pm

@elliephant wrote:
I have one yellow crookneck plant that is doing so nicely I hardly dare to mention it. But box it is in is falling apart. I made it from reclaimed materials that I knew wouldn't last forever, but I was hoping it would last until first freeze (mid Dec). I'm actually thinking I might just wrap the box in duct tape and hold it together that way/ Laughing


Go for it elliphant. Quoting Red Green from a Canadian TV production: Duct Tape is the handyman's secret weapon.

My fall garden so far consists of one square of radishes. I am waiting to hear back from a guy we know that has a horse stable. He said I could have lots of fresh horse manure to put in the bottom of my cold frame to make it into a hot bed. Hope he calls soon I really want to get that done soon or it will be too late.

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Post  camprn on 9/21/2010, 5:27 pm

@Old Hippie wrote:Quoting Red Green from a Canadian TV production: Duct Tape is the handyman's secret weapon. Gk

That stuff, it works in the rain, eh?
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Post  Old Hippie on 9/21/2010, 6:00 pm



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Post  trustinhart on 9/21/2010, 9:41 pm

"Well, if the women don't find you handsome, at least let 'em find you handy"- Red Green
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Post  Old Hippie on 9/21/2010, 11:46 pm

@NAR56 wrote:I need some as well in Louisiana. My old rain barrel (55 gal) is about dry, which is why I upped it to a larger 250 gal rain barrel. Hopefully that will last me through these dry spells.

We have four 45 Canadian gal barrels (55 gal. U.S.) that we have hooked up for watering the garden and our cedar hedge. We also have another four ready to set up next year. Our house is very small (under 900 sq.ft.) and it only takes about 1/2 to 3/4 hour to fill them when it rains hard. That is 180 gal. in under an hour. We can get that easily in one thunderstorm. That can last me quite a while. I also use water from doing dishes to water, especially if I am running low on rainwater. We are hoping to figure out a way to install a diverter on the grey water from the bath tub and the laundry to also use for watering.

I learned a lot of watering saving methods as a kid gardening with my mom and grandmother in Saskatchewan where it was very dry.

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Post  elliephant on 9/27/2010, 1:34 pm

My DH has a Red Green DVD, lol.

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Post  Old Hippie on 9/27/2010, 2:06 pm

Awesome! I didn't realize anyone outside of Canada knew who he was/is. He is a household icon here.

Would be fun to see his take on SFG. I am sure he would come up with something hilarious.

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Post  Wyldflower on 9/27/2010, 3:47 pm

Oh yeah!!! I just love Red Green... he's hysterically funny!

Maybe we ~should~ write to him about doing a segment on SFG. He's sure to come up with something interesting! Can you just picture him trying to assemble a covered wagon?
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Post  Garden Angel on 9/30/2010, 7:50 pm

We finally got rain today ! we went for a walk in it ! around the lake ! I think my garden loves it , everything is just so refreshed looking compared to drooping in the triple digits just days ago !
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Post  camprn on 9/30/2010, 7:53 pm

@Garden Angel wrote:We finally got rain today ! we went for a walk in it ! around the lake ! I think my garden loves it , everything is just so refreshed looking compared to drooping in the triple digits just days ago !
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We got more rain this afternoon than we have in the past 4 months. A bit more than 3 inches of rain fell today.
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