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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by bigboberta on Today at 09:51:01 AM »
I moved the last of my peppers outside this morning.  Planting day is Saturday or Sunday FINALLLLLYYYYYYYY.

Boudin, I see you are from Watson, check the weather, supposed to rain Sunday morning.

Bob
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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by Boudin on Today at 09:39:48 AM »
I moved the last of my peppers outside this morning.  Planting day is Saturday or Sunday FINALLLLLYYYYYYYY.
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General Discussion / Re: Bush bean poll..... hehe get it?
« Last post by spchance on Today at 09:06:11 AM »
it's Blue Lake Bush for me, I too am a sucker for bent over back breaking work. Cans well and I like the taste. and to add to that I planted two 150ft rows of potatoes so I can have plenty of new potatoes to go with them.
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Seed Exchange / Re: Gumbo onions
« Last post by Maggie13 on Today at 03:43:26 AM »
They are here! Thank you so much I will get them planted today!
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General Discussion / Re: Raised Beds and blight
« Last post by TanklessPro on March 25, 2019, 07:13:36 PM »
@gymgirl
Wow that seems like a lot of work, but great info. Any idea how long treated 4x4s will last?
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Livestock / Re: January 2019 Lambing
« Last post by Rabbitproof on March 25, 2019, 05:13:34 PM »
Sorry about your dog, Mike...was he old and maybe getting a little senile/ cranky?
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General Discussion / Re: Raised Beds and blight
« Last post by Gymgirl on March 25, 2019, 12:21:16 PM »
Did someone call my name, LOL?   Hey, Dwight!

TanklessPro
No weed block on the bottoms of my raised beds.  I started out with a raised bed mix of double grind pine bark fines (PBF) (which closely resembles Miracle Grow Potting Mix), peat, perlite, Black Kow Composted Cow manure, and my own homemade compost.  I used a ratio of 5:3:1 on the PBF:Peat:Perlite.  I added 1 part each of the Black Kow and my homemade compost.  To that mix I added my amendments of Triple 13 fert, lime (to adjust the pH), Bloodmeal, Bone Meal and Phosphorus.  Maybe a handful of Epsom Salt for the Magnesium, too.

I filled my beds with the blend above. 

Over time, and as shrinkage of the organics occurs, I've been topping the beds off with my sifted homemade compost.  I collect bags of leaves all fall/winter from my neighbors, and coffee grinds from Starbucks, for the asking.  I keep my table scrap veggie peels.  As the fall (and the leaves) roll in, I start layering my compost system (90-gallon recycle bins with holes drilled in the bottoms) with leaves that I mulch (it's a fine break down coming through my blower/vac/mulcher), the coffee grinds, and the veggie peels.  Keep it moist, but not saturated.  By now, what I've started in the fall is beginning to heat up nicely, so, by NEXT fall, I have enough to top off all the beds again. 

I don't do much in the Spring/Summer garden, but, usually there's not any significant shrinkage in the beds, so, if I choose to grow something, I just add two bags of Black Kow manure to each bed, and sift in an equal part of my homemade compost.  I add the fertilizer and other amendments, turn it over, and, voila!

At some point, I'll need to reintroduce the original blend, for structure.  The PBF has slivers of bark, from dime to quarter size, which snap easily.  There's also a "dust" component in the pine bark fines. It all adds up to a mix that creates pockets for air and water to seep through the mix.  Offers great aeration, drainage, and water holding capacity.  At some point, I need to add a bit of builder's sand for veggies that like that medium.

Hope this helps!

(Sorry for the long post  ::))
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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by Gymgirl on March 25, 2019, 11:24:52 AM »
I spent the weekend grooming the lawn and yard.  And fighting with the weed whacker...I moved old planters and reclaimed the planter mix for rejuvenation.

Once the yard no longer looked like a jungle, I was MUCH encouraged to start tackling other projects. 

THIS WEEKEND: COMPOST SYSTEM. 
One 90-gallon bin has shrunk by HALF, since I loaded it up last week!!!  The leaf mulch I'm adding is so fine, it's taking no time at all for the microorganisms to break down the material.  I had layered in all the old veggie leaves, stems, table peels, and coffee grinds, so, the system is well fed, and, those 'lil boogers are working overtime!

I hauled bags of shredder paper to the dumpster, cuz, it's not working so well in my compost system.  I end up with hard, paper mache' balls.  Still trying to figure out how to use all the shredder paper I have available, without it clumping up in the bins.  I've tried mixing it really well with the leaves and coffee grinds, but, not doing such a good job...

Finally, I started refilling two 35-gallon trash cans with all the coffee grinds I've collected.  I am sooooooooo glad I ended up with TWO 90-gallon recycle bins before the City took them out of service.  Now, they give you the smaller 35-gallon bins.  I emptied a whole 45-gallon contractor bag of shredded pecan leaves into one bin, layered with grinds and veggie peels.  That bin holds a lot!

My blower/vac/mulcher will consolidate 10 drawstring bags of whole leaves into one 45-gallon contractor bag of fine leaf mulch.  I have ~50-75 bags of whole leaves to mulch for the compost.

NEXT UP:  LEAF MULCHING

Gittin' er done! 
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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by Dwight Hebert on March 25, 2019, 10:02:09 AM »
Went to the Master Gardener Show at the Coliseum in Lake Charles.  Bought some tomatoes and peppers. Deb bought a bunch of bromeliads.

Cleaned out one of the 4X4 beds and planted 6 pepper plants.  Along with the two banana peppers I planted two weeks ago, I have 8 peppers in the ground.   I hope I have better luck that I've had over the last couple of years.  I worry that the pH is too high.
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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« Last post by whitestrout on March 25, 2019, 06:36:31 AM »
     I am pulling up the winter/spring weeds, wild geranium, chickweed, bedstraw, and others, pilling them up for mulch/composting. Putting pine straw down for walk paths. Cutting down the old collards plants. I fear I picked up a fungus on the collards so I raked the old leaves off that row and will compost the plants separately and use for the flower bushes, azaleas, and fire bush plants only. Next I will put 4-6 inches of some old leaves I have on the rows and let rows rest for a while before planting summer peas there. It was a pretty weekend here so today I will go curb shoppin' for leaf bags.  I hope a lot of people raked their lawns and stacked bags of leaves nice and neatly at the curb. I do appreciate it.
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