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Re: Next year's garden

Post by backtotheland on Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:32 pm

12acre, that is a great idea. It is actually just the right size to do that. It would work beautiful too the way the weather has been here lately. Today it is supposed to be up to 50 which to me is unseasonably warm for this time of year in the Northeast. I'm not complaining though.

Another thing I'm thinking of doing as far as gardening in containers is using cinderblocks. I can use the holes and put a plant in each one. Now that I actually have to think about it I'm thinking about all kinds of things I can do to grow quite a bit of my own food. Now all I need is a Baker's catalog. I'll probably have to go on line and order one though because I've never bought anything from them. I'm going to get a hard copy instead of using the internet to look at the catalog because it will give me something to keep my spirits up if we do ever get any winter weather here.

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Post by kerrig on Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:38 pm

backtotheland-thank you for the idea of cinder blocks. I hadn't thought of that. Even though I have a large plot for a garden, being in town it's big to me, I still need to do container gardening as well. Also, all you have to do is go to Baker Creek's website and order one. That's what I did last year & I've already gotten this year's catalog. Smile
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Post by Evie1 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:36 am

the one thing I would worry about would be more heat. yes manure , and organic matter,needs heat to decompose. but if you make more heat, you will kill many nutrients and ensigns. sorry can't spell. but I find that if you just till or dig your leaves and manure in. it will rot just fine without, any help. except moister. also using frames. they work great. I made plenty. I tried wood, and blocks. and found if I didn't make them solid, weeds would grow in between the cracks. I made some cinder block frames this year, and cemented them together, on a foundation. this will help, keep weeds out, you can flood the aria, and pull the weeds out just fine, roots and all. takes some work. but what garden don't. the one thing I have that is hard to keep grass and other weeds out is asparagus. they are very hungry plants. needs lots of nitrogen. and have to keep weeds out or they will compete. I like the fact that you can change the pH, in frames. and when one is over, you can still grow other crops in other frames. in my area, I have alkali in my water and in my soil. you can leach this out with water. skim it off the top . and control your pH. You don't have to be a scientist. just look at your soil. is it white, slimy, does it smell or taste like salt, or is it sweat. is there bugs. what kind. bad soil don't invite bugs. good soil does. bugs are good , sometimes. to many is a hardship. none is death. believe it or not, bugs can tell you if your plants are doing good. a good plant is high in toxin. and bugs will eat a little and move on. and bad plants will just get eaten . bugs most normally eat sad plants. don't reach for the insecticides, reach for the nutrients. the plants need. like nitrogen, and water, and organic matter. believe it or not, you can hand pick bugs and worms, like horn worms, put them into a blender with water, uuuuuu, put the bug water in a sprayer, and spray it back on the plants, and it will deter the host bugs. I have done this, not fun, but works. just my opinion.
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Post by backtotheland on Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:12 am

Sounds really icky but it makes total sense. They don't want to eat their relatives. Good thinking/1

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