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Gardening in 2016

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Re: Gardening in 2016

Postby Esteldin » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:55 pm

I have a small garden.I plant for first time some tomatoes,peppers and cucumbers.I will see soon the result but i am really excited :)
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Re: Gardening in 2016

Postby Dakota » Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:46 pm

Our 2016 garden did not bad-were in the foothills and had some impressive hail this year but it has survived through it.
I'm happy with the results thus far! We keep the bee's in the back of the garden which makes a huge difference!!!
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Re: Gardening in 2016

Postby peppercorn » Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:58 am

That's some good gardening...love the surrounding forest
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Re: Gardening in 2016

Postby Dakota » Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:30 pm

Thanks peppercorn! We love the woods too! The root veggies are fairly easy to grow in this region but the longer season veggies are a challenge. Not impossible...but a challenge!
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Re: Gardening in 2016

Postby farmgal » Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:34 pm

Great looking garden, thanks so much for the photo.. Liking the hoop houses to be.. extending the season's is a great way to go for sure.
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Re: Gardening in 2016

Postby RedDawn » Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:15 am

farmgal: Great website! http://livingmydreamlifeonthefarm.wordpress.com/ Wonderful recipes. Beautiful Pictures! Intelligent Blogging. How do you do it?
That must take some serious time and thought and effort. Wow! Kudos. And now a question. My crops cringed in this drought. How about yours?
I read that the water table is very low too. Then what? The only bumper crop was my Chinese bitter melon. Oh joy. Is this drought long term, like Cali?
I am fretting at rethinking my entire crop plan for next year. Out with Beefsteak, In with miniature tomatoes. What do you think/predict farmgal??
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Re: Gardening in 2016

Postby farmgal » Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:51 am

hi reddawn

First thanks, glad you like my website, I do my best to blog regular but there are times that I do need to put down the blog for a day or week and getter done, but most of the time I try an do a daily post, the camera comes with me as I go and I tend to blog at my 9ish coffee break or at least start it then, after morning chores are done etc

as my writer hubby (one of his many jobs) says, I write enough words yearly on the blog to be a full length novel :)

thought this season you will have seen be talk about the drought, we added in a 2000 gallon tub and had it filled a number of times 4 so far this summer, our pasture was done by first of aug an they had to go to hay early, coming into a month of harvest posts, you see me talking about a) harvest losses, on the sunflower post, should have had 120 head approx. an I got eight small ones, talking about those that did well, its a grape year, locally the grapes have been extra fine, talking about so many things being so far ahead due to the drough, four to six weeks ahead (wild harvest-forage plants) or so far behind- domestic crops in garden that did not really start growing for weeks late and now will not finish in time for fall..

water table is down but weather patterns are all over the place.. last drought year was 2012 an not as bad, I think right now it will run in a cycle, and what I think an prodict is a) get a small greenhouse or hoop house so you can grow even a small amount in controlled way, b) plan at least a part of your garden for drought, my hugelbeds with their wood bases have rocked both drought and been my heaviest producers on dry years c) raised beds are kicking on normal an wet years but on dry years in ground planting with swells to catch and hold any water you get is needed.. d) use the honey pot inground method or the keystone method above ground with a watering tube it make a huge difference

e) plan a two year garden pantry at a min and most important, be willing to go without the wants for the needs, no one local could grow carrots for love nor money, even our turnips bolted and most of us lost our sweet corns but beans, beets and potatos.. we all got them.. normally I do a min of 500 plus in squash, I planted this year for 500 to 1000 pounds I am going to get 100 if lucky but I have at least 50 jars left from last year and at least a hundred pound dried and jarred up.. not happy about it but will make due

last tip, I have collected thousands of the hardy wild seeds for fresh green this year, normally raddish an mustard seeds from the garden make up the bulk of my greens in winter for seeds but this year, wild forage seed is replacing because that's what I have got..
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Re: Gardening in 2016

Postby RedDawn » Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:40 pm

"I planted this year for 500 to 1000 pounds I am going to get 100 if lucky" WoW! At least you have some. Most of my tomatoes were a bust.
Yes, a greenhouse seems to be a Must. It also helps guard against pests and animals. Much better yield in a greenhouse, and variety of veggies.
Chinese bitter melon, Peppers, Tomatoes, etc, love the heat and humidity of a greenhouse. Thanks for the very informative reply!:)
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Re: Gardening in 2016

Postby dollyndrew » Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:44 pm

So.. I experimented this year with different growing mediums. The great wooden potatoe towers and tire towers were a complete bust. Barely a colander full of very small spuddies..bah! Every raised bed ( with the exception of the tomatoes and rainbow chard) was also dire. Too hot, too fast.
Right now Im laying down a "back to Eden" set up and letting the chickens roam all over it before it gets to wet and cold.
On a brighter note - in doing some land clearing yesterday we found a mature Italian plum with some beautiful fruit that is almost ready ( only been here 3 years and never seen it before). And it's right next to a very mature Hazelnut tree that we didn't know we had either. This is the first year we've had any pears on the tree too so,not a total disaster.
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Re: Gardening in 2016

Postby farmgal » Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:41 am

Hey Dolly, Its been a killer year in the gardens that's for sure, So many things would not start and many more are underproducing in a big way.. Aug thankfully has been a better month so the length of the fall will tell the tale on what the final outcome is.. will let you know.

Congrats on the fruit trees, very good.. hmm plum and great find on the hazelnut.. so grand.. and fresh ripen pears are a delight for sure.. Where did you get the wood chips from? and where you able to do so a free or a reasonable price? I hope so.. I have heard good things about it.
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