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Gardening Thread- Show me your gardens!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Noelie84, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. Mar 28, 2014 at 7:29 AM
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    Noelie84

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    Anybody here keep a garden? Can be food or flower or tree; doesn't really matter.
    I installed a pretty good-sized vegetable garden this past spring. We had a small two-bed garden at the old house, but we bought that one as a flip so I didn't want to have a huge garden in case the people who bought it didn't want a garden. We're planning on being in this place for a while, so I don't care what the next owners want or don't want at this point. So as soon as the snow melted in the spring I got to work cutting turf, building boxes, and hauling soil.
    Here's what the house looked like when we bought it in the fall of '12 (courtesy of Google's street view):
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    And here's what it looked like by June of '13
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    We (by which I mean I) also built a coop and picked up a dozen chickens (which turned out to be 10 hens and 2 roosters) for fresh eggs.
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    The hens keep us in scrambled eggs, and the roosters make a pretty effective alarm clock, as long as you don't mind waking up at 5AM.

    So who else keeps a garden?
     
  2. Mar 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM
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    Really?
    Nobody keeps a garden?
    Am I seriously the only person on TW getting the itch to get some seeds started?
    :confused:
     
  3. Mar 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM
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    We have a garden
     
  4. Mar 28, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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    Vegetable, herb or Flower?
    Did you do raised beds to help counter all of that PNW rain, or did you find that you didn't need them?
     
  5. Mar 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM
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    Combo

    Yes , raised beds

    Right now it is being used to heel in all our bulbs and plants from around our house due to construction though

    My wife tends a big garden for an old client of mine , it's really nice
     
  6. Mar 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM
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    My tomato plants grow year round.
     
  7. Mar 28, 2014 at 1:59 PM
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    Neat. Does he pay her in vegetables?

    I'm hoping to expand mine again this year, if I can find the time for it. Less mowing.

    Hydroponics, or temperate climate?
     
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    She gets paid like a regular job , we get fresh veggies / fruit / berries as a bonus
     
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    Hey OP, do you have any close up pictures of the wood boxes you use for planting?
    I would like to copy your design if you don't mind lol.

    I know nothing about gardening, however my gf been wanting to plant things in the backyard, but it is looking like crap....
     
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    Hm. I might on my home PC. I'll take a look this weekend if I remember
     
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    It's Mr Rogers
     
  12. Mar 28, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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    Not sure having pot on the brain counts...

    Well unfortunately this is the closest picture I could get. I didn't stop at any point while I was building them and take a picture, haha!
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    The basic layout of each bed is a pair of 4'x8' boxes made out of cedar 2x6's stacked one on top of the other to make a box 12" deep. I picked up a few cedar 4x4's and ripped them down into 1x1's on the table saw for interior corner posts to anchor the boards to, and I used a cedar 1x6 cut to 12" at the halfway mark on each of the 8' sides as a stabilizer to keep the board from shifting back and forth. And then I ripped a 1x6 cedar board down into 1x3's tacked them on as trim pieces on the corners to "make pretty" since they're in my front yard.
    I'd go out and take a picture of one close up for you, but right now they're buried under a foot of snow. Once it melts I'll be happy to get closer picture of one for you, if you remind me.

    Gratuitous shot of a day's veggie harvest from this past September, since I'm itching to get dirt on my hands again.
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    Just got me some baby chicks to try my hand at it. Hoping to get some eggs one of these days.
     
  14. Apr 2, 2014 at 3:41 AM
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    This is my Greenhouse, started it last year. Its been a while since I took this picture but you get the point. I'm so stoked it finally warmed up in my area enough to empty it. Now I can finally do the floor and set up my benches :)
     
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    That's a nice-looking setup!
    What did you use for panels? Actual glass, or those poly sheets?
     
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    I officially have a 'black thumb' and a bad case of the 'rabbits' - which, prevents me from effectively & efficiently grow anything that resembles a plant. :D
    I tried to rid myself of this rabbit disease with a BB gun, but unfortunately....it came back. :D

    Moving to a new house in 2 weeks and leaving those rabbits behind (I hope).

    I need a cure for my black thumb. :eek:

    GIMME GARDEN VIBES!!! :)
     
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    I used Impact rated insulated glass on the bottom sides up to 5' high. Then 1/4" Tempered for the rest of the sides and the front and back. The roof is 2 layers of greenhouse poly that is inflated with a fan to provide more insulation. Ran electric and h2o out to it and did a misting watering system that hangs from the roof with drip lines all on separate valves. All the arches are made from conduit that I bent to form the arch for the plastic to lay on.

    Its going great so far. Cannot wait to finish it up this summer. Got a nice couple month head start on seeds this year.

    Oh, and I have 150+ gallons of water in large drums for thermal mass.
     
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    I have a grove with 19 Avocado trees (17 Haas and 2 Fuerte). 16 of them are mature and three are newly planted this year. I also have three orange trees (1 Naval, 1 Valencia and 1 newly planted Blood Orange tree), two tangerine trees, a lemon tree, a Fuji Apple tree (new), a new Lime tree and a new Doughnut Peach tree.

    Last year we pulled off about 800 pounds of Avocados. Most of them were small (about 2"). We picked late the previous year so I don't think they had time to grow big. We also picked about 200 pounds of tangerines last October.

    We also have a flower garden in the back. It doesn't need much attention. We have the irrigation on a timer for most of the flowers around the property and also for two of the orange trees and the lemon tree.

    The Avocado grove and the other trees need to have the water turned on manually, usually once a week. They each have their own sprinkler head and the irrigation system is divided into three zones. I can only run one zone at a time due to the large amount of water required. We use about 50,000 gallons of water per month.

    Front shot: Avocado trees to the left and right of the picture
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    Flower Garden:
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    Neat!
    Sounds like what I want to eventually build, except that I'll have to use something that can handle snow load on the roof for mine. I'll probably end up going with a couple layers of that clear corrugated poly roofing they sell at Home Depot or something.

    I'm jealous of the avocado's. I've got two trees that I started from pits that live indoors, but because of that they'll never get the chance to grow more than 8 feet high. Not sure if they'll ever produce or not (Honestly I'm leaning towards 'not'), but they're a fun experiment. Not jealous about that 50,000 gallons of water per month, though. That's crazy!
    I've got a pair coffee trees and a pineapple, plus a pair of small lemon trees in the house that finally have fruit on them, so I'm pretty excited about that. I want to get oranges and grapefruit as well, but I just don't have the space for it right now.
     
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