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#31
Garden is pretty much done for the year. I do have the little portable green house set up to get the last few days of lettuce/spinach/greens harvest. May get a couple more plantings and harvests of lettuce before it gets cold. May not. Gonna try. Even if the last is just Microgreens.
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#32
(10-16-2017, 08:15 PM)Luvapottamus Wrote: Yesterday,

I rebuilt one of the mounds the hounds "tilled."

Chuckle

Then planted:

Bok Choy
Lettuce
Cilantro
Mustard
Basil.

May be a little late for basil, but I came up with a trick this spring:

Asian grocery stores have basil seed for use as a spice, and East Indian/Pakistani grocers have mustard and coriander(cilantro) seed in bulk, so does the Mexican spice aisle in most grocery stores these days.

So for $1.99 I get something like ten thousand seeds in stead of 50-100 seeds at the nursery.

And it has worked for every seed type I've tried so far.

Chuckle

CHEAP!

Yeah3

Also, the alfalfa I planted this spring is coming up, and maybe the vetch.

(didn't know they were fall crops) but the seeds waited and sprouted when the seasons changed.

Cheer

Alfalfa is good for micro greens.

Heartflowers
"The Lord preserves the souls of his saints" Septuagint Psalm 96 Loving kindness follows me all the days of my life, Jesus doesn't let me out of his sight. The heart of integrity is essential in life. Every child has the potential to renew and rejuvenate creation with the heart of integrity. The freedom to love @awesome! Human life is worth more than Islam could ever be and heavenly life is awesomeness!
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#33
(10-17-2017, 01:35 PM)KOMMA Wrote:
(10-16-2017, 08:15 PM)Luvapottamus Wrote: Yesterday,

I rebuilt one of the mounds the hounds "tilled."

Chuckle

Then planted:

Bok Choy
Lettuce
Cilantro
Mustard
Basil.

May be a little late for basil, but I came up with a trick this spring:

Asian grocery stores have basil seed for use as a spice, and East Indian/Pakistani grocers have mustard and coriander(cilantro) seed in bulk, so does the Mexican spice aisle in most grocery stores these days.

So for $1.99 I get something like ten thousand seeds in stead of 50-100 seeds at the nursery.

And it has worked for every seed type I've tried so far.

Chuckle

CHEAP!

Yeah3

Also, the alfalfa I planted this spring is coming up, and maybe the vetch.

(didn't know they were fall crops) but the seeds waited and sprouted when the seasons changed.

Cheer

Alfalfa is good for micro greens.

Heartflowers

I planted it for nitrogen fixation.

It stores it in the roots and in the foliage.

The first garden I did at another house, I bought alfalfa pellets at a feed store, and mixed than in when I double-dug the beds.

On that one, I made long raised beds about 3' wide and 30 feet long, and to keep the grass from creeping in from the yard, I dug trenches around the beds about a foot wide and a foot deep and filled that with wood mulch. A couple benefits from that:

1)sequestered the grass
2)gave me surplus dirt with which to raise the beds.

I had some alfalfa pellets left over, and left the bag sitting next to my raspberry plant, which burst open when it got rained on, and that plant grew like crazy.

Then the electric utility poisoned everything in the back row.

Ham

How tall did they expect a raspberry plant and strawberries to grow?

Chuckle
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#34
(10-19-2017, 02:50 PM)Luvapottamus Wrote:
(10-17-2017, 01:35 PM)KOMMA Wrote:
(10-16-2017, 08:15 PM)Luvapottamus Wrote: Yesterday,

I rebuilt one of the mounds the hounds "tilled."

Chuckle

Then planted:

Bok Choy
Lettuce
Cilantro
Mustard
Basil.

May be a little late for basil, but I came up with a trick this spring:

Asian grocery stores have basil seed for use as a spice, and East Indian/Pakistani grocers have mustard and coriander(cilantro) seed in bulk, so does the Mexican spice aisle in most grocery stores these days.

So for $1.99 I get something like ten thousand seeds in stead of 50-100 seeds at the nursery.

And it has worked for every seed type I've tried so far.

Chuckle

CHEAP!

Yeah3

Also, the alfalfa I planted this spring is coming up, and maybe the vetch.

(didn't know they were fall crops) but the seeds waited and sprouted when the seasons changed.

Cheer

Alfalfa is good for micro greens.

Heartflowers

I planted it for nitrogen fixation.

It stores it in the roots and in the foliage.

The first garden I did at another house, I bought alfalfa pellets at a feed store, and mixed than in when I double-dug the beds.

On that one, I made long raised beds about 3' wide and 30 feet long, and to keep the grass from creeping in from the yard, I dug trenches around the beds about a foot wide and a foot deep and filled that with wood mulch. A couple benefits from that:

1)sequestered the grass
2)gave me surplus dirt with which to raise the beds.

I had some alfalfa pellets left over, and left the bag sitting next to my raspberry plant, which burst open when it got rained on, and that plant grew like crazy.

Then the electric utility poisoned everything in the back row.

Ham

How tall did they expect a raspberry plant and strawberries to grow?

Chuckle

Yea, apparently it grows like wildfire Luv. It has to be contained.

Chuckle
"The Lord preserves the souls of his saints" Septuagint Psalm 96 Loving kindness follows me all the days of my life, Jesus doesn't let me out of his sight. The heart of integrity is essential in life. Every child has the potential to renew and rejuvenate creation with the heart of integrity. The freedom to love @awesome! Human life is worth more than Islam could ever be and heavenly life is awesomeness!
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#35
Planted wild flowers I plucked at the library. Blackeyed susan

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They probably won't germinate until the spring but I'm trying to plant stuff every day.

Also planted sycamore seeds today.

I'll dig those up and move them later, but everything starts in the garden.

Many people dislike sycamores, but it's free fuel with "free delivery" for a rocket stove.

Whatever falls off the tree that day is free heat.

Chuckle
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#36
(10-19-2017, 06:47 PM)Luvapottamus Wrote: Planted wild flowers I plucked at the library. Blackeyed susan

[Image: oklahoma-wild-flowers-10-728.jpg?cb=1275512493]

They probably won't germinate until the spring but I'm trying to plant stuff every day.

Also planted sycamore seeds today.

I'll dig those up and move them later, but everything starts in the garden.

Many people dislike sycamores, but it's free fuel with "free delivery" for a rocket stove.

Whatever falls off the tree that day is free heat.

Chuckle

My saffron is coming along lovely and I've still got strawberries, they require some sun.

daydream
"The Lord preserves the souls of his saints" Septuagint Psalm 96 Loving kindness follows me all the days of my life, Jesus doesn't let me out of his sight. The heart of integrity is essential in life. Every child has the potential to renew and rejuvenate creation with the heart of integrity. The freedom to love @awesome! Human life is worth more than Islam could ever be and heavenly life is awesomeness!
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#37
I killed my strawberries.

Chuckle

And 3/4 of my blackberries.

Not enough water for the strawberries; too much mulch on the blackberries last winter.

Any tips on turmeric?

I planted some I bought as root at the asian grocer but they might have clipped the little budlets off.

Nothing came up.

I've got ginger sprouting on top of the fridge but can't plant it outside here until spring.
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#38
The outdoor garden is finished here for the season and the wild picking is also over ... so I started some plants using my aquaponics system again this morning ... herbs and greens for now ... Cheers
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#39
(10-19-2017, 07:38 PM)Luvapottamus Wrote: I killed my strawberries.

Chuckle

And 3/4 of my blackberries.

Not enough water for the strawberries; too much mulch on the blackberries last winter.

Any tips on turmeric?

I planted some I bought as root at the asian grocer but they might have clipped the little budlets off.

Nothing came up.

I've got ginger sprouting on top of the fridge but can't plant it outside here until spring.

Best to leave the turmeric in the bag that you bought it in, until it sprouts green, then put it in your soil. I put mine in a container and leaves started popping up within a few weeks. I put it in a large container and kept it inside until the leaves came, then put outside for the end of the summer, I've now brought inside because it doesn't like the English weather this time of year. I think the best time to start the turmeric off is in the Spring so that it can gain from the summer months.

Now I've brought it inside, it's growing better again. Make sure it get's plenty of light.

Heartflowers

I've going to bring my chilli plants in too, as it is too windy now for those.
"The Lord preserves the souls of his saints" Septuagint Psalm 96 Loving kindness follows me all the days of my life, Jesus doesn't let me out of his sight. The heart of integrity is essential in life. Every child has the potential to renew and rejuvenate creation with the heart of integrity. The freedom to love @awesome! Human life is worth more than Islam could ever be and heavenly life is awesomeness!
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#40
(10-20-2017, 08:25 AM)KOMMA Wrote:
(10-19-2017, 07:38 PM)Luvapottamus Wrote: I killed my strawberries.

Chuckle

And 3/4 of my blackberries.

Not enough water for the strawberries; too much mulch on the blackberries last winter.

Any tips on turmeric?

I planted some I bought as root at the asian grocer but they might have clipped the little budlets off.

Nothing came up.

I've got ginger sprouting on top of the fridge but can't plant it outside here until spring.

Best to leave the turmeric in the bag that you bought it in, until it sprouts green, then put it in your soil. I put mine in a container and leaves started popping up within a few weeks. I put it in a large container and kept it inside until the leaves came, then put outside for the end of the summer, I've now brought inside because it doesn't like the English weather this time of year. I think the best time to start the turmeric off is in the Spring so that it can gain from the summer months.

Now I've brought it inside, it's growing better again. Make sure it get's plenty of light.

Heartflowers

I've going to bring my chilli plants in too, as it is too windy now for those.

Thanks!

Heartflowers

Yeah I figured they probably rotted in the dirt.

Also they were shrink wrapped and refrigerated at the store, and it might be better if I can find them warm-stored.

Today I'm going to plant:

Catawba trees
Cherry trees
one last wild plum
radishes

and the remainder of the alfalfa.

I bought a pound of non-gmo seed this spring, planted 3/4 of it; and a little came up but not much...too hot.

But it's coming up now, so going to plant the rest.

And inoculate the seeds this batch.

I didn't realize it's a legume.

So for legumes I now have:
alfalfa
red husk cow peas
mimosa
black locust
Kentucky coffeetree
purple vetch

(and I collected all the seeds except the alfalfa from local sources.)

found the vetch growing near a soybean farm(near a bike trail). Probably feral from an older incarnation of that farm.

I found some yellow cobbler next to the McKlellan-Kerr navigation channel but only got a few pods, gonna try again for more next spring.

With the fruit seeds, I probably will never glean any fruit, because I'm planning to move, but I may dig some up and take them to the new place.

But the problem with them(other than fruit trees can end up "spitters" if planted by seed, instead of cuttings because they aren't identical to the parent) is:

I've never seen the seedlings; don't know what they look like.

Chuckle

So I'm just not weeding anything I can't identify.
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