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Title: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 07, 2018, 08:11:05 am
Here is what my wife?s winter garden looks like. The carrots, broccoli, greens, beets, lettuce and kale are all starting to grow.

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Jim
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: beepro on November 07, 2018, 08:59:40 pm
Nice fertile soil you got there!  I only panted some cilantro and spinach now.  Need to
finish the greenhouse to plant the rest.  Hey, we still have 4 months before Spring time.
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 07, 2018, 11:00:06 pm
I bought my wife a nice 8x10 solid corrugated green house for Christmas several years ago. She made me take it back. Her father had one and she could never stand to work in it.
Jim
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: beepro on November 08, 2018, 01:43:10 am
A 8x10 is too small.  Just like building a pond, the bigger the GH the better.  This one is only an
experiment for now at 10x20x17.   I have plan for a 40x60 if things grow well in the first one.  The bigger the better!
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 08, 2018, 06:13:35 am
Yea, bigger is better. It could have been 100 by 100, she still did not want it. 😞
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: Michael Bush on November 08, 2018, 10:19:08 am
Looks like late spring here...
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 08, 2018, 10:30:00 am
Michael,
Most of the plants she planted will die before the produce fruit here if they were planted in the spring. It gets too hot.

Jim
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: beepro on November 10, 2018, 03:55:18 pm
Probably she doesn't want to maintain a GH in the hot summer there.  Might as well
devote the time to tending other things. 
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: Dallasbeek on November 10, 2018, 04:38:26 pm
Nice looking garden.  How much do the deer, rabbits, etc., leave you?
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: blackforest beekeeper on November 10, 2018, 06:12:51 pm
do alligators like lettuce?
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: Acebird on November 10, 2018, 10:47:51 pm
Yea, bigger is better. It could have been 100 by 100, she still did not want it. 😞

We used a bus stop that was about 8x12.  I painted the north side black and the south side got plate glass.  It worked well but my wife did not like carrying water so it only got used for a couple of years.
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: beepro on November 11, 2018, 02:09:11 am
Yup, no water no life!  I'm going to install a pvc set up with sprinklers for my
plants and veggies.
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 11, 2018, 10:05:08 am
Nice looking garden.  How much do the deer, rabbits, etc., leave you?
Thanks.
I put an electric fence around the garden to keep out the cows and deer. I have seen rabbit tracks in the garden once but once their ears touch the wire they stay out.
Jim
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 11, 2018, 10:07:52 am
do alligators like lettuce?
No they are Carnivores. They rarely come out of the pond except to leave.
Jim
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: bwallace23350 on November 11, 2018, 03:10:28 pm
I got mine coming along nice. I have some cauliflower, kale, collards, and cabbage.
I really. have spruced up my soil. Left it fallow one year. Planted it one year in clover, then added some black cow to it plus some organic fertilizer and it is doing really well this year.
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: The15thMember on November 11, 2018, 03:58:55 pm
do alligators like lettuce?
No they are Carnivores. They rarely come out of the pond except to leave.
Jim
Are you joking, Jim, or do you really have alligators in your pond?  :shocked:
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 11, 2018, 04:07:13 pm
do alligators like lettuce?
No they are Carnivores. They rarely come out of the pond except to leave.
Jim


Are you joking, Jim, or do you really have alligators in your pond?  :shocked:

No not at all.
I let my neighbors grandsons fish the pond and they told me they have seen one while they were fishing.
This is the third time we?ve had gators in it since we have owned it. Previous owner also had one.
Jim
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: The15thMember on November 11, 2018, 05:26:42 pm
No not at all.
I let my neighbors grandsons fish the pond and they told me they have seen one while they were fishing.
This is the third time we?ve had gators in it since we have owned it. Previous owner also had one.
Jim
That?s insane!  Do they tend to hang around long, or do they just sort of come and go? Have you ever encountered one out of the pond? 
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 11, 2018, 07:29:37 pm
I have seen them. They ate 20 free range chickens and 5-5+# bass and almost all 10 large catfish.
Jim
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: Dallasbeek on November 11, 2018, 11:00:27 pm
And they're protected, I suppose.
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 12, 2018, 12:26:05 am
And they're protected, I suppose.

Oh yea. There are millions of them but once environmentalists get something protected they do not let go.
Jim
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 16, 2018, 02:05:18 pm
Here is a picture of the same garden a week later.

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Jim
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: Acebird on November 16, 2018, 05:16:47 pm
Looks nice Jim.  What are you using to till the soil?
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 16, 2018, 07:33:46 pm
I used a heavy duty walk behind tiller to get it cleared. My wife uses a hand held 2 cycle tiller to keep it cleared.
Jim
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: Acebird on November 17, 2018, 08:57:57 am
Ah, Stop with the 2 cycle tiller.  You are polluting your vegetables and killing the worms.  At the very least use a 4 cycle.  You have a tractor.  I was thinking you would use a bottom plow.
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 17, 2018, 01:52:02 pm
I used to do that but Judy never liked how it worked out on her first garden and there are always spices plants that remain in the way of using a tractor. I did use the tractor for the first prep work to clear, turn and disc the garden.
Jim
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: minz on November 18, 2018, 08:43:54 pm
So jealous! Shutting it down for the winter here. Put mulch down on the new flower beds and privacy wall for the neighbors and sitting reading the internet  and drinking fresh pressed apple cider. OK maybe it isn?t so bad
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: Acebird on November 19, 2018, 07:48:52 am
and there are always spices plants that remain in the way of using a tractor.

Why do wives do this?  Spices and flowers can grow in pots even elevated if you want so you can move them out of the way.  I convinced my wife to keep these things out of the way of the tractor mostly because she did not like weeding and if I were going to do it, it was going to be done mostly by machine.
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 23, 2018, 07:46:53 am
Another update on the garden.

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This was taken yesterday.

Notice the plastic on the left side of the beans, I had to cover them to protect them from the frost last week.
Jim
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 28, 2018, 07:11:37 pm
Here is the latest update. I took this picture yesterday. Plastic is back up for the frost we had last night and tonight.

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Jim

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Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: Acebird on November 29, 2018, 09:19:40 am
Back to the 80's tomorrow Jim... so much for a winter blast.  Check the weather in Utica to get your bearings on what a blast is.  Man, did we get out in time.
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 29, 2018, 01:53:32 pm
Are you on your way south now? Are you going to stop by on your way?
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: Acebird on November 30, 2018, 01:49:25 pm
I have been down here a couple of weeks.  I changed my profile location.  We took the auto train.
Title: Re: Winter garden started
Post by: sawdstmakr on November 30, 2018, 05:07:46 pm
How did that work out?
Would you do it again?
How does the cost compare to driving?
Jim