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Old 05-16-2020, 04:44 PM   #61
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Getting the last beds in for spring. Might do a few more if I get time.

Tomatoes in one and Melon and squash vertical in the smaller one.

Trying some new dirt. Comes from old mills. Looks good.

Can't be any worse than the crap I got locally. Full of ants and too hot. Running a lot of water through that bed to try and cool it off.



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Old 05-16-2020, 06:16 PM   #62
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With corn you need a block of 4 or 5 rows with 4 or more plants per row to get the ears pollinated. With a small amount of plants you can hand pollinate and make it work. Works better with lots of plants so you'll probably get some this year.

I swear I have so many bees here that they steal too much of my corn's pollen to get proper pollination. Every tassel would be covered up with bees. They'd get so heavily laden with pollen they could hardly fly. Always wondered what their honey tasted like.

I had cucumbers growing next to the corn so the vines went into the corn. I'd have to go in there to pick the cuc's with thousands of bees right over head. I'm sure it would be unnerving for most folks but the bees and I are on the same wave link or something. I don't bother them & they don't bother me.
12 rows of 9 plants.
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Off to a poor start this season. Getting the bed prepped late, but our veggies always ends up growing well.
Not sure what's going on this year.... Definitely the usual tomatoes, kale, Swiss chard, zucchini.... But I think I want to try some more herbs and smaller squash. Gardens 2020-20200516_153258.jpgGardens 2020-20200516_162436.jpg

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Got 'Er done.
I'll get the plants and seeds in the ground tomorrow. Gardens 2020-20200516_175122.jpg

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And now we wait....

Mostly greens this year. Arugula and spinach. A few zucchini, strawberry, a watermelon, some squash, and a few tomatoes. Fresh herbs and some sweet pea as well. The raspberries and horseradish that were already established at this place are coming along nicely. Gardens 2020-20200519_201121.jpgGardens 2020-20200519_201234.jpg

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What does swiss chard taste like? I planted some in my wifes, gonna die anyhow planters, but she said they were gross and I realized I have no idea what they taste like.

Id imagine anything swiis in Florida, in the summer... aint gonna make it...
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It's hard for me to describe, because I'm bad with flavour descriptions....
It's a leafy green, kind of like a flavour profile between kale and romaine lettuce when fresh, but changes to a more bitter, spinach like flavour when pan fried.
Good on its own as a side when pan fried with oil and a bit of butter.
I honestly don't know why we grow so much of it each year....

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It's hard for me to describe, because I'm bad with flavour descriptions....
It's a leafy green, kind of like a flavour profile between kale and romaine lettuce when fresh, but changes to a more bitter, spinach like flavour when pan fried.
Good on its own as a side when pan fried with oil and a bit of butter.
I honestly don't know why we grow so much of it each year....

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I like spinach a lot, maybe with some butter, garlic and chicken?
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I like spinach a lot, maybe with some butter, garlic and chicken?
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A little lime or lemon will mellow out the bitterness, but garlic is always good.
Water chestnut and watercress are good with it too.
It's great for stir fry.

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Our garden this year, buy plants for some of it. Planting extra this year so we can share it.

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That ain't a garden. That's a farm.

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Not sure about chard, but most greens lose bitterness after the first frost.

I like the bitterness. Fried in a little oil and salt and pepper. Most tasty.

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wife looked at the picture and says...."that makes me tired"
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It is a lot of works , once stuff gets up a little will setup drip system. Lower end with flags is asparagus and raspberries. Need to get up deer fence too.

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I like the bitterness. Fried in a little oil and salt and pepper. Most tasty.

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So I should put it in the freezer for a bit if I dont want it bitter? Bitterness is my kind of thing though so I guess I might like it.
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Some good looking dirt there Randy... you do anything to it or is that just Montana dirt? Actually looks kinda sandy like ours.
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Some good looking dirt there Randy... you do anything to it or is that just Montana dirt? Actually looks kinda sandy like ours.
It is on the sandy side. I add manure and compost to it , takes plenty of water ,but stuff does grow. Have not planted anything for a couple years , and my sister want to help with it this year so I did the tilling and she has done most of the planting.
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It is a lot of works , once stuff gets up a little will setup drip system. Lower end with flags is asparagus and raspberries. Need to get up deer fence too.
Ran 200' of drip line today to get to some pomegranates, was really digging the technology of the system, so simple yet so sophisticated also, little mini pressure regulator, different flow rates on different emitters, push and stick together assembly and it doesn't leak!

Of course a couple of rabbits got a line in another plot but a coyote got the rabbits so it all worked out.
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I'm running drips into my raised beds this year. All the different gadgets and fittings are fun.

However, even at 2-6 bucks a bag of pieces, it gets pretty spendy. I think I've thrown down at least 300 bucks so far.

Still want to get an auto timer and run pvc out to the beds so I don't have to hook up a hose.

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