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Re: May 29 Garden status-Alberta

Postby helicopilot » Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:18 am

Keep in mind I'm an absolute rookie at this... First time trying to replicate what the last owners did. Those are my beets, onions, lettuce, chards, carrots, parsnips, turnips, pumpkins, pickling cukes, corn, spinach and a bed of wild flowers for fun (and the bees!)
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Re: May 29 Garden status-Alberta

Postby helicopilot » Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:20 am

Part of the orchard, looks like we should have a nice apple crop!

Strawberries are over, have a nice bunch frozen and made some amazing jam.

Saskatoon and raspberries are starting to come out, picking a few at a time.
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Re: May 29 Garden status-Alberta

Postby Dakota » Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:31 am

Lol-I will go out after my night shifts and take pics to include!
Hey helicopilot... Is this your first go at gardening? Amazingly well done!
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Re: May 29 Garden status-Alberta

Postby peppercorn » Sat Aug 05, 2017 6:17 am

I would 2nd that, looks good to me. Those apples plus a 50 gallon barrel, +45 kg of brown sugar+ yeast, add a month to ferment ( faster if augmented by regulated heating to 27-28 C tops) , and you might ( if processed correctly) have roughly 20 to 27 liters ( depends on volume of apples, sugar content) of 60-65 % apple wine, and a couple liters of very strong cleaning fluid, Just a wild guess on my part...just saying lots of ways to use apples..Drinking them is good too :D
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Re: May 29 Garden status-Alberta

Postby helicopilot » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:25 am

Dakota wrote:Lol-I will go out after my night shifts and take pics to include!
Hey helicopilot... Is this your first go at gardening? Amazingly well done!


Thanks Dakota! I've done a couple of small "square foot" raised beds over the years, but this is my first time getting a garden that size. It was pretty much all setup so it was more a matter of giving it a try. I'll diversify the crops a bit more next year.

A few lessons learned:

1) We don't eat nearly as much spinach as we have growing. Good things the chickens like them!
2) Pumpkins are ridiculously big plants!!!
3) I've planted the tomatoes and cucumbers on the wrong sides of the lean-to greenhouse. The cucumbers would have done better on the trellis against the wall.
4) I should have grown zucchinis, we love them!
5) corn isn't growing well on the north side of the garden due to the shaded trees.
6) I could have grown more onions.
7) I should have planted more potatoes to enjoy the tiny-sized "new" potatoes through the summer.
8) I have to figure out what went wrong with my radishes... or lack of radishes.
9) We've planted wildflowers to bring in bees. The wildflowers turned out to be ugly weeds and the bees were already coming in for the raspberries and other flowers in the area.
10) Marigolds started from seeds are flowering in mid-August apparently...
11) we could have planted more broccoli and cauliflower.

I'm also not sure the straw thing worked out well as weed control. I may have to find a load or 2 of wood chips to make my paths between the beds next year... or the year after.
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Re: May 29 Garden status-Alberta

Postby helicopilot » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:29 am

peppercorn wrote:I would 2nd that, looks good to me. Those apples plus a 50 gallon barrel, +45 kg of brown sugar+ yeast, add a month to ferment ( faster if augmented by regulated heating to 27-28 C tops) , and you might ( if processed correctly) have roughly 20 to 27 liters ( depends on volume of apples, sugar content) of 60-65 % apple wine, and a couple liters of strong cleaning fluid, Just a wild guess on my part...just saying lots of ways to use apples..Drinking them is good too :D


Cheers! ;)

All I'm thinking is Bubba Gump's Shrimps... "there is apple sauce, apple crisp, apple pies, candied apples, apple slices, dehydrated apples, freeze dried apples, apple juice, apple cider, apples and brie cheese sandwiches......."

ummm, apple cider... Now I "need" one last one before going to bed!
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Re: May 29 Garden status-Alberta

Postby peppercorn » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:40 am

helicopilot wrote:
peppercorn wrote:I would 2nd that, looks good to me. Those apples plus a 50 gallon barrel, +45 kg of brown sugar+ yeast, add a month to ferment ( faster if augmented by regulated heating to 27-28 C tops) , and you might ( if processed correctly) have roughly 20 to 27 liters ( depends on volume of apples, sugar content) of 60-65 % apple wine, and a couple liters of strong cleaning fluid, Just a wild guess on my part...just saying lots of ways to use apples..Drinking them is good too :D


Cheers! ;)

All I'm thinking is Bubba Gump's Shrimps... "there is apple sauce, apple crisp, apple pies, candied apples, apple slices, dehydrated apples, freeze dried apples, apple juice, apple cider, apples and brie cheese sandwiches......."

ummm, apple cider... Now I "need" one last one before going to bed!


I see a flaw in your way, though well diverse, my way can claim indefinite storage.
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Re: May 29 Garden status-Alberta

Postby peppercorn » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:15 am

First snow fell a couple days ago...I had dug up my potatoes the day before. Average yield was 3 to 3.5 pounds per plant, we had a bad spring start, crazy winds that knocked my plants flat, and I planted them too close in the raised beds.....so 150 plants x 3.2 pounds= 480 pounds. Hope for better yields next year.

The winner of the crazy potato award goes to this monster one

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weighing in at 1.2 pounds
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I was in town last weekend and one grocery store had 10 pound bags of Russet potatoes on sale for 1.99

So for 80 dollars I could have bought 400 pounds of potatoes.
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