Post by anthonydykes on Dec 23, 2010 20:28:01 GMT -5
Anyone plannin on doin any gardening this year? Me and my wife were talking tonight about what were putting out this year. Mostly just your average stuff. Sweet Corn, Strawberries, I decided on some Yellow watermellon, along with an assortment of peppers. I think she is wanting to put out some lettuce and herbs. One of the things I want to try this year that I am REALLY excited about, is MORELS! yes thats right, I said MORELS!! I found this site while surfing a few years ago, that sells Morel Growing Kits. It seems to be a pretty established site, and I have been wanting to do this since I first read it. The kits go for I think like $30 or so, and appearently people have found morels as long as 20 years after planting. It says it may take a few seasons to produce, But I think this year, I am going to go ahead and take a few dollars out of my return and buy a kit. I will post a link to the site for anyone else who is interested, and will try to keep ya informed. I want to hear some of the things others are planning to grow this year.
Since we live in town our space is limited. I usually do some spinach, lettuce, beans and tomatoes. This past year I also put peas along the side of the front porch. That worked out well and I will probably do them again. One thing I am gonna try to do this year is get my lettuce out earlier, I always put it out a little too late and only get a couple clippings off of it before the heat kills it. I would also like to master a carrot...lol...I have tried 3 years now and last year I just about got a good long slender carrot. Last years was the best, it was about 3 inches thick but only 8 inches long or so. The year before that I just had a armless man and yes I could tell it was a man.
Post by anthonydykes on Dec 23, 2010 23:42:38 GMT -5
Dont they!? ALL NIGHT since I posted this thread, I have been HANKORIN for some shrooms! I been watchin youtube videos and readin internet articles all night lol. If your wantin a Large carrot like it sounds like your sayin, you may want to try a GOLD KING, or a FLAKKEE CARROT. i know of a sight where you can order just about whatever type seed your wantin, and I'll put it in here for you. Heck they even have Purple and RED carrots! I have never done carrots myself, not a huge fan of em. I may try some Peas this year if they're fairly easy. I love em!!
My dad and I plant a pretty big garden every year. We always do tomatoes and cucumbers but always try some new types of vegetables every year. We also have a small raspberry patch and an an apple tree that gives us a bushel or two of fruit every year.
Posiedon, we tried carrots for the first time two summers ago and ended up with more than we knew what to do with. The best way to grow them is in really loose soil that drains quickly. You don't want them sitting in mud for any extended amount of time. Also, be sure to real thin them out once they start sprouting. We did two different patches of carrots. In one we thinned (just pulled some plants out) until there was only one plant every 3-4 inches. In the other patch, we thinned a lot less. The patch we thinned more ended up producing a ton more carrots than the other patch. Just a few tips for you.
Here's a picture of the garden we built. You can tell that the section on the left side is newer. We just added that in 2009. We use raised beds because we get much better soil quality and the area our garden is doesn't have good drainage but raised beds eliminate that problem. We also rotate where we plant different types of plants so the soil can recover its nutrients each year.
Heres a trick for you Brian since it looks like you have about as much space of me. I tried this last year and it worked great. I plant early contender bush beans instead of a climbing bean to save space and I have found I can plant them fairly close to tomatoes. I keep my tomatoes trimmed to where they don't branch any until 18" or so and the beans will grow right in the canopy of the tomatoes. The beans also help with tomato production being as they are a legume and are constantly putting nitrogen in the soil. Be sure not to place any pepper plants close to your bean plants though. Peppers don't like a lot of fresh nitrogen, and you will get a late harvest because of the high amounts. Your plants will be huge and you will have a ton of peppers but they won't grow or rippen till you pull the bean. Then they all rippen at once.
As far as the carrots go, I would just like a straight carrot with the good taper. I have been planting tendersweets. Last year I did in a separate raised bed filled with potting soil. It did the best so far, I think the abnormal size was because of the raised nitrogen they were planted in the mist of 3 bean plants.
I enjoy gardening and have most of my life, when I was a kid my parents had a garden that took up 90% of a 2 acre pasture. Needless to say I spent alot of time out there.
that actually sounds like a really great idea Posiedon. I've never thought of that. Now that I think about it, those lower branches on the tomato plants never really produce much fruit. I'm probably actually going to try that this spring. Does some lack of sun hurt the bean production at all though?
Most of the carrots I harvested were about 8-10 inches long and maybe about 2 inches thick at the top. I have the variety I grew written down somewhere. When I find it, I'll post it on here.
I have always enjoyed gardening too. We never had a garden when I was a kid, but my aunt has a huge garden on her farm that I was always helping in during the summer. When we moved to our new house, we finally had the room to put in the raised beds in that picture.
I'm glad you started this thread. It will be nice to have a place to discuss gardening and asking advice and everything. Spring isn't too far off. I just got my first seed catalog in the mail today.
Post by anthonydykes on Dec 25, 2010 1:05:07 GMT -5
Yea, me and jayme are gonna start ordering seeds soon. Once snow is gon, I gotta start preppin the ground, and I gotta go get a fresh roll of plastic barrier. Last years went kaputs on us. I will try to get some pics up once we get planted.
This is an old thread, but I remembered it when I was working outside the other day. Gail has been planting a tire garden in an old dog pen the last few years and we decided to expand it to the adjoining kennel this spring. This should be a good dog proof and deer proof location. We had a few old tires laying around and I pulled up a few more from the creek running through the property. I also brought up some good sandy dirt to use as the bottom layer of soil in the tires. So far we've got tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, zucchini, and even some sweet corn planted. We used some old carpet in the pens for weed control. Hopefully I can update the pics with some nice healthy veggies this summer!
I'm gonna put the trailcam on it tonight and to find out what kind of critter I'm battling here. It's even eating the tomato plants now.
This thread is starting to get a little more interesting now! It reminds me of Caddyshack a little. Although I'm sure it's not near as funny to you. Like I said before, dealing with garden pests is the most frustrating part of gadening (and weeds!) I can't wait to see who the vandal is