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A mid-winter refresher.

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A mid-winter refresher.

Post by Forerunner on Sun Jan 31, 2010 5:27 pm

A shot of the southwest corner of the main garden.



Grandfather and grandson working the bees.




The early Moon and Stars watermelon patch.



The June garden.



A boy in boy heaven.



Coup de grace.

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Re: A mid-winter refresher.

Post by Sonshine on Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:31 pm

WOW, those strawberries look wonderful! The slugs got my strawberries this past year. Any suggestions on how to keep them away? We tried putting some beer in a can down and crushed eggshells to no avail.

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Re: A mid-winter refresher.

Post by Forerunner on Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:21 am

I've never had slug troubles, and I don't know why.
Hand picking would be my preferred method of dealing with them, but I have several kids running around.....
I wonder what would happen if you sprinkled some sulfur powder or salt lightly among the plants ? Maybe mulch with cedar chips or oak sawdust...something abrasive that the slugs would prefer to avoid crawling over.
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Re: A mid-winter refresher.

Post by Forerunner on Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:30 am

Here are a select few of the main garden (soon to be the smallest :eek: )
in some semblance of growing season sequence.

Rows laid out, panels put up, mulch partially laid in.


More mulching as growth progresses.


A view from the east, taken a few years ago...house in the background, left; powerhouse to the right of that.


Sweet corn behind me, tomatoes in front. Misc. in foreground.


More of what we refer to as "tomato village". My woodshed and syrupping supply shed in the background.


A good shot of our late season tomatoes in the upper garden, long after everyone else's plants had withered and died for the cool, wet summer and resultant blight.


Good shot of a zucchini, etc.
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Re: A mid-winter refresher.

Post by squeezinby on Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:46 am

Wow, those are some good pics of a great garden. I use to grow big beutiful tomatoes when we lived in michigan. My son would tease me and call them tomatoe trees. Now if I could just do the same here in Texas,we will be doing good. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: A mid-winter refresher.

Post by Forerunner on Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:06 am

What are the temperature extremes where you are located ?
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Re: A mid-winter refresher.

Post by squeezinby on Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:13 am

We get 100's in the summer and this winter has been unseasonably cold for us. We have been having 20 digree and teens this year. We usually only get down to 30's or maybe upper 20's and that would be at night. The normal daytime temps for winter would be 40's and 50's.
I usually start my seeds inside,except for corn. To try and give them a headstart befor the summer heat.
What I really need to work on is the soil. It is lacking nitrigen and potasium.
I've let my chickens run around in the garden this fall after the plants were done producing.(Wich wasn't much) I only got enough tomatoes to eat on in the summer and the corn was stunted and most of the ears didn't develope. I got a couple great tasting watermellons.
The text of the soil is pretty good. Mostly sandy lome. Just need to boost the nutriants.

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Re: A mid-winter refresher.

Post by Forerunner on Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:29 am

Sounds like you need compost...... I've written a bit about that and posted here and other places. Have you read any of that ?
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