March 18, 2021 at 2:24 pm #34652
Making me a few outta some scrap today
March 19, 2021 at 9:14 am #34666
We still have snow.
But I planted seedlings!
March 20, 2021 at 4:58 pm #34689
Made folding stands too
March 28, 2021 at 1:19 pm #34851
I’m going to encourage y’all to do something. Things are unstable and now is the time to get even a little going. What the worst that can happen? You end up with too many tomatoes?
If you look bottom right you can see indian onion sets from days past I transplanted from another place. They will spread on their own.
March 28, 2021 at 2:29 pm #34856
Matt cut the next at 90 degrees and use the bungs as a water drain. It saves plants from wet feet without adding extra holes
March 28, 2021 at 3:42 pm #34860
Yeah if thought bout that but the seam line was easy for me to follow. I’m terrible at straight lines so I took advantage of that
March 28, 2021 at 8:00 pm #34867
Lol a level and string with a felt pen are your friends..
Or you can plumb line the string to get the straight line
March 28, 2021 at 8:04 pm #34868
One of the other tricks we use is to put hen house and animal bedding hay/straw under the planters just make sure you add some water… as they decompose they release heat to warm the planters in the shoulder season… adding a hinge and stiff green house plastic you have cold frame raised beds
March 28, 2021 at 8:28 pm #34869
Yeah I make a slurry with the chicken bedding using a water mix to fertilize. I let it settle a day or two before using cause it’s too hot.
March 29, 2021 at 8:02 am #34874
The wife found something called wood pallet wall gardens. So far, looks like a good idea.
And then last night, we got 2-3 inches of snow.
March 29, 2021 at 12:29 pm #34885
Crowbar… adding geotextile and planting potatoes in those work well.. but do not use a square configuration.
To maximize growth make a 1/2 wide 1 long so you optimize the soil used.
Also have it so you can turn it so each side gets sun or use shade ok plants on north side.
March 30, 2021 at 11:55 pm #34911Olivia GreenParticipant
Neat idea. When i was gardening, i used old wood pallets for the compost piles. Against the garden wire fence, it took seven pallets for the 3 stages. Easy to “build”.
April 18, 2021 at 8:04 am #35931
Normally I go from seedlings straight to ground but this year has been a roller coaster. It’s supposed to snow Tuesday and we’ve had a few frosts well after the norm
Been using cutoff Gatorade and juice bottles and solo cups to hold them over a few more days.
I covered the stuff I’d already planted with clear plastic but who knows how it’ll go.
How y’all doing so far?
April 18, 2021 at 9:06 am #35942
I got cabbage, onions, leeks, peppers all started indoors.
Our last frost date is pretty much memorial day weekend. Technically I was supposed to transplant the more hardy cooler weather stuff out, but we still have had snow in the forecast, so I am keeping them in for now.
About a week ago we had really warm weather. Something that looks like either onions or garlic sprouted in the old raised beds. We transplanted them. Will see what they become!
May 31, 2021 at 6:18 pm #37682
Doing good with the heavy rains
It’s not to late to start something in buckets folks. Inflation is kicking in and lots of things are going south so help yourself out the best ya can.
June 1, 2021 at 8:33 am #37690
We found some rutabaga that over wintered, and sprouted all on its own.
The cabbage, chard seem to have survived the transplant shock and are doing well. The chard I plant outside took off.
The peas are doing great. So are the onions.
Some of the herbs have sprouted.
Carrots have sprouted.
The peppers are looking . . . meh. Might have to re-plant them.
The more temp sensitive stuff is going to get planted in the next week or so.
June 1, 2021 at 8:41 am #37691
The temps have been crazy low this year. We are running 20 below normal
June 28, 2021 at 10:36 am #38292
I’ve been pulling so much lettuce in feeding us and the chickens. Cucumbers and melons are babies now. The green beans have bout ended and I got my first squash harvest today from this small container garden. the cilantro is being used slowly. Peppers and tomatoes are running slow this year because of the late cold snap. I’m hoping y’all are doing good and anyone who didn’t plant will do so this fall or next year. Prices are spiking
August 3, 2021 at 7:46 pm #39081
I’ve been eating and freeze drying and sharing with neighbors. Part of me wants to share more but part of me is screaming put back stuff. I hope y’all had a good year and for those who are still thinking on growing something please be ready to do something even if it’s a 5 gl bucket on the porch. Things are looking sketchy
My melons are ugly but very sweet
August 4, 2021 at 4:20 am #39084Julia MetcalfeParticipant
Hi, you did a great job!!! From the beginning of the container work to the end of the harvest. I think you’ve got great veggies, and most importantly it’s all your own, natural! I wish you the best of luck in your future planting!!anchor!
August 4, 2021 at 9:30 am #39097
We tried a grow wall experiment.
The place we put it was TOO much sun! Everything got burnt.
August 4, 2021 at 10:16 am #39101
Well at least you KNOW which is critical come time
I learned several lessons myself in these containers and the location. My wood TV tray type stands don’t have enough ground support in heavy rain and soft ground. I need to add a support bar. Nothing like picking up several hundred pounds of a half barrel with giant squash plants and trying not to destroy everything including my back 😂
I lost a plant and several squash however because I did it now I won’t lose in the future when it could be critical
This is why it’s so important to do and try stuff
I plan on doing both above and in ground next year
November 4, 2021 at 9:37 am #41914
<div>Not a bumper crop but as an experiment…</div>
I took 3 Golden potatoes that were growing on the kitchen counter and planted them second week of August. I should have gone deeper and added more soil than I did but it did work out.
Tossing the greens to the girls
November 5, 2021 at 10:26 am #41920
Did you cut the potatoes up prior to planting?
November 5, 2021 at 10:42 am #41922
No they were old ones that just started growing on the counter so I just planted them with green stems up and went from there.
I’ll definitely plant more goldens this year knowing they do ok
November 5, 2021 at 11:00 am #41924
I have read to cut them with an eye in each piece, let them dry for a few days, then plant them.
I am going to plant some in the next few days, cover with hay and let them over winter.
Had one plant from last year, I missed the spud and it came up in the spring! Surprised me.
November 5, 2021 at 11:22 am #41929
Yeah I’m the past I’ve just halved them and planted after they dried a few days. Those were store bought russets. They do great in sandy soil.
Im eyeballing some on the counter right now as we are canning wondering if I shouldn’t try and winter plant them.
November 5, 2021 at 8:15 am #41918keebler tParticipant
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