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Raised Bed Gardening

Posted in Gardening, Horticulture with tags , , , , , , , on 2011/01/06 by rmolby
cordoning off square feet of our raised bed ga...

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This will be my second year at a new house with a new garden. Last year I didn’t have time to spend in the back yard for growing food crops. I hope this will change this year.

What I learning back at my old place is that no matter how bad your soil is, if you work with raised beds you can grow almost anything. In my case, I only moved  about 12 miles north, and the soil conditions are similar.

At the last place, I had heavy soil that had been good farm land and the clay was brown to black about 16 inches / 40 centimeters deep before I got into the really dense orange clay of our state.  At the new place, the orange stuff is only 3-4 inches deep except in a part of the back yard that used to be a vegetable garden, but that area had been rototilled and it’s not much better than the rest of the yard.

So, last year I put up three raised beds and I was able to rescue that much soil from the last place. I tried to grow some garlic, onions, tomatoes, peppers, dill and parsley, but almost all of it croaked from too much water, then too much heat. I did get some garlic and a few of the Stuttgarter Onion sets survived. I transplanted some of the garlic and the few survivor onions are still in the ground.

I put up another bed late in the fall, and ordered three garlic varieties but didn’t get them in the ground soon enough for it to take off, but these last few days, despite the really cold night time temps, the garlic is sprouting greens through the top of the mulch.

For the raised beds, I built them the way I had back at the old place, but I have been seeing some neat designs for cedar raised beds in some of the gardening magazines, and I think I will adopt their design idea of pegged corners, they require no screws for assembly, only a galvanized peg at each of the 4 corners and the ends of the board notched a certain way so they stack properly for pegging.

Anyway, tese were just some thoughts about my new gardening endeavors.

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Garlic followup

Posted in Food, Gardening, Health, Horticulture with tags , , , on 2010/11/27 by rmolby
Harvesting garlic, from Tacuinum Sanitatis, ca...

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When I went out to feed the chickens today I noticed a few little green tips sticking out of the mulch in the garlic bed I planted earlier in the month… so despite the two hard freezes we have had the garlic is slowly growing… that’s good, I know that the garlic is building a good root system before it gets consistently too cold for it to grow further.

Garlic

Posted in Gardening, Horticulture with tags , , , , , , , on 2010/11/08 by rmolby
An Ikea garlic press, with pressed garlic.

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About a month ago I realized it was the end of the garlic ordering season, so I bounced from website to website trying to find some of my favorite garlic varieties, but was having a hard time finding a site that still had at least three of them left. I finally settled on ordering from Filaree Farm. I remembered reading about the farm in an article somewhere, and they still had quite a bit of garlic on hand, but only one variety that I was looking for, Red Toch, and artichoke variety.

So I settled on ordering St. Helens, a Silverskin variety, and Chopaka Mountain, another artichoke variety. Here are the descriptions of the three varieties from the Filaree web site:

RED TOCH – Collected in Rep. of Georgia by Hanelt about 1988, near the town of Tochliavri. Cloves streaked medium to light with red and pink. Very popular. Part # G-RT-BA

CHOPAKA MOUNTAIN – Large bulbed vigorous strain grown in an isolated mountain valley for the past 10 years. We believe original stock was actually Inchelium Red. Mild but lingering flavor with a tingle. Part # G-CHPK-LQA

ST. HELENS – Baked it has a subtle, nutty flavor. Hot raw. Heirloom from Western WA. Part # G-STH-LQA

Anyway, yesterday I was able to get a 4’x4′ bed lined with cardboard, laid down some leaf mould, a layer of Miracle Grow Organic Vegetable soil, placed the garlic cloves, topped them with some more of the organic soil, then placed a layer of freshly vacuumed and chopped fall leaf matter as a mulch, and watered the whole mess.

Hopefully I got them in the ground on time since we’ve been getting some cold night time temps!

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