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Old 04-02-2020, 05:29 PM   #21
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Bristol, a variety of black raspberry, grows very well up here and has a great fruity taste.

It's something of a nutriceutical. Powdered black raspberries are sold in capsule form. Personally, I prefer to just eat them.
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Old 04-11-2020, 12:07 PM   #22
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Got first bed planted Monday, have sprouts already.



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I will be lucky if I can plant anything in a month from now. My wife is from Oregon and that is the one thing she does not like here , the way things grow or can't grow.
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I just tilled some good old fashioned horse manure into my little garden.

I was going to pick up some plants earlier in the week but the big box store was swamped with people. I wasn't going in there.

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I will be lucky if I can plant anything in a month from now. My wife is from Oregon and that is the one thing she does not like here , the way things grow or can't grow.
This is a first for me. I am usually throwing in starts at the end of June due to procrastination and time restraints, but mainly procrastination.

I want to have a raised bed farm out here in a couple years, so I'm trying to change my habits.

These beds are pretty much an experimental experiment.

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I just tilled some good old fashioned horse manure into my little garden.

I was going to pick up some plants earlier in the week but the big box store was swamped with people. I wasn't going in there.

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Be careful using horse manure. Farmers use a herbicide on hay fields that pass right through the horse and can mess up broad leafed plants. I learned that the hard way.
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I did not know that. This has been composting for quite a while so I hope it does not turn out to be an issue.
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I mixed a few buckets of cow manure from my neighbor accross the street, into my garden beds. It was a little hot the first year, lot of nitrogen and large plants, with less yield. It's improved over time though.

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Be careful using horse manure. Farmers use a herbicide on hay fields that pass right through the horse and can mess up broad leafed plants. I learned that the hard way.
I'd expect this would vary by location. Up here, I know a Bunch of people who sell hay and none do that. It's way easier to have a basically weed free field than in Texas.

Pasture just gets mown periodically. I could see pastures there getting broadleaf herbicide.
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I've heard that horse manure tends to contain more undigested weed seeds than cow manure. No idea whether that's actually true.

On the bright side, if you find it works well, CT has plenty of it you could use next time.
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I've heard that horse manure tends to contain more undigested weed seeds than cow manure. No idea whether that's actually true.

On the bright side, if you find it works well, CT has plenty of it you could use next time.
That could be true about the weed seeds. This stuff I picked up has been on the ground for a couple years and cooked for a while. I'm hoping any weed seed got cooked off. This Manure didn't have any offensive odor.

I'll know soon enough.
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I mixed a few buckets of cow manure from my neighbor accross the street, into my garden beds. It was a little hot the first year, lot of nitrogen and large plants, with less yield. It's improved over time though.

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Nitrogen gets plant growth, but IIRC phosphorus gives fruit and flowering.
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Nitrogen gets plant growth, but IIRC phosphorus gives fruit and flowering.
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Got some late starts going for the hot weather crops. Will be doing fall crop starts in a few months and wanted to see how well this soil mix worked.

Mixed up ingredients for soil blocks which should allow me to just transplant at any time with no root issues so they get a nice boost until I get the next raised bed ready.

Should have done them 6 weeks ago, but they should be fine if the weather holds.

Most years you can't really plant until late april or mid may, but the last few have been pretty nice.

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Plan to start a small garden to teach our boys this year but we are seriously behind some of you guys.

This is my back yard today.

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Don't feel bad. I didn't get last years garden in until July 29th.

Still munching on it.

This is the earliest I've ever had one in, which is crazy for me.

Had to build all the new beds as well.

If anything good came from this mess it is that my procrastination is less procrastinated.

I did learn that a 16x4x2 raised bed takes a crap ton of dirt, even if you fill it half way with debris.

Oh, and I need a tractor.

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Bristol, a variety of black raspberry, grows very well up here and has a great fruity taste.

It's something of a nutriceutical. Powdered black raspberries are sold in capsule form. Personally, I prefer to just eat them.
I have wild blackberries growing here.
First few years they produced the best berries I have ever had. Then they just petered out for some reason.

Stalks grow up year after year, they flower, then the berries are just tiny shriveled up and not even worth picking.
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I have wild blackberries growing here.
First few years they produced the best berries I have ever had. Then they just petered out for some reason.

Stalks grow up year after year, they flower, then the berries are just tiny shriveled up and not even worth picking.
For the wild ones, a lot of the size has to do with weather. Not enough moisture, and they wind up being bitter shriveled up things.

They also tend to grow in poor soil. Sometimes a little water and nutrients.

Blackberries or raspberries, the yield tends to drop off as the canes get older.
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We've got tomato plants started from seed going inside the house, they're about 2" tall now. Planted lettuce, spinach and a couple kinds of radishes in garden couple days ago, no sprouts yet.
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For the wild ones, a lot of the size has to do with weather. Not enough moisture, and they wind up being bitter shriveled up things.

They also tend to grow in poor soil. Sometimes a little water and nutrients.

Blackberries or raspberries, the yield tends to drop off as the canes get older.
Sounds like old canes is my issue.
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