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Time for the 2018 garden thread.  Post 'em up.

 

This year's pepper spread:

-Dragon Cayenne (potted, 2x)

-Cowhorn

-Garden Salsa

-Mammoth Jalapeno

-Jalapeno

-Habanero (2x)

-Carolina Reaper (potted, 2x)

 

For tomatoes, I've got two big designated pots: German Johnson and Beefmaster (heh)

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We don't have a garden, but we did just get two new plants yesterday. The cat already took a liking to one! It is now more strategically placed. Hopefully it works.

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I've already had to yell at my dogs to stay out of the planter boxes.  They dug the shit out of them this winter.

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Hopefully we've had our last freeze.  We have a few plants started in a small greenhouse and plan to get the garden going in earnest in a week or two.

 

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We don't have a vegetable garden this year, way too many deer and not enough sun. And not enough space to put an enclosure in to keep deer out.

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last year we planted on mothers day weekend and it snowed the following weekend so this year going to wait till the weekend after that!

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3 hours ago, Supe said:

Time for the 2018 garden thread.  Post 'em up.

 

This year's pepper spread:

-Dragon Cayenne (potted, 2x)

-Cowhorn

-Garden Salsa

-Mammoth Jalapeno

-Jalapeno

-Habanero (2x)

-Carolina Reaper (potted, 2x)

 

For tomatoes, I've got two big designated pots: German Johnson and Beefmaster (heh)

I just germinated my Anaheim and Birdseye peppers! I hope these little guys make it.

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5 hours ago, vhab49_PE said:

We don't have a vegetable garden this year, way too many deer and not enough sun guns

Fixt. Likely the reason for too many deer. :thumbs:

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16 hours ago, vhab49_PE said:

We don't have a vegetable garden this year, way too many deer and not enough sun. And not enough space to put an enclosure in to keep deer out.

We have deer in our yard on a daily basis.  I put a 5' fence around our garden.  The deer could jump it if they really wanted, but so far they haven't.  I just used welded wire and t-posts, which don't really take up any space.  Unless you have a postage stamp yard.

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1 minute ago, mudpuppy said:

We have deer in our yard on a daily basis.  I put a 5' fence around our garden.  The deer could jump it if they really wanted, but so far they haven't.

I can send you a few Reaper seedlings.  Once they eat one of those peppers, they'll never come back.  They may just die on the spot, and would be pre-seasoned if you wanted to keep the meat.

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Thankfully, my greyhounds do a pretty good job of rabbit population control in my yard.

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9 minutes ago, mudpuppy said:

We have deer in our yard on a daily basis.  I put a 5' fence around our garden.  The deer could jump it if they really wanted, but so far they haven't.  I just used welded wire and t-posts, which don't really take up any space.  Unless you have a postage stamp yard.

I have a portable deer hunting ladder stand. How's the projection beyond your garden for say the trajectory of aa 30-06 bullet? Asking for a friend. :)

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22 minutes ago, mudpuppy said:

We have deer in our yard on a daily basis.  I put a 5' fence around our garden.  The deer could jump it if they really wanted, but so far they haven't.  I just used welded wire and t-posts, which don't really take up any space.  Unless you have a postage stamp yard.

We have no back yard, it is all wooded.  And such structures are not allowed in the part of our yard that actually gets sunlight.  I'm ok with not growing things, we have a great farmers market where I can get all sorts of tasty things.

13 minutes ago, knight1fox3 said:

I have a portable deer hunting ladder stand. How's the projection beyond your garden for say the trajectory of aa 30-06 bullet? Asking for a friend. :)

Bow hunting only in our neck of the woods.

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24 minutes ago, Supe said:

Thankfully, my greyhounds do a pretty good job of rabbit population control in my yard.

I have never seen a rabbit in our yard.  We have too many owls I think.  We do have a ton of squirrels and chipmunks. And groundhogs. And possum. And raccoons.

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4 minutes ago, vhab49_PE said:

Bow hunting only in our neck of the woods.

So you're suggesting the use of a silencer then. Or a crossbow. Got it. :thumbs:

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2 minutes ago, knight1fox3 said:

So you're suggesting the use of a silencer then. Or a crossbow. Got it. :thumbs:

As long as you don't hit any neighbor kids (ok, ok, or mine either)

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1 hour ago, knight1fox3 said:

I have a portable deer hunting ladder stand. How's the projection beyond your garden for say the trajectory of aa 30-06 bullet? Asking for a friend. :)

Our backyard slopes down, so it's a pretty good trajectory.  Unfortunately in my part of the state 30-06 aren't allowed for deer hunting.  Shotgun, handgun, muzzle loader or larger caliber (.35+) with straight walled rounds.

 

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@mrs blybrook is responsible for the garden.  It's been too cold to really get started until this past weekend.  I know she's getting ready to get started.  There are tomatoes and strawberries in the house waiting to go outside.

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21 hours ago, vhab49_PE said:

We don't have a vegetable garden this year, way too many deer and not enough sun. And not enough space to put an enclosure in to keep deer out.

Use an electric fence.  I put in a 6' tall, multi strand fence a few years ago.  Works great for the moose (until they break through it while getting chased by dogs).  It's fun to watch the newborns try to lick it, once...

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1 minute ago, blybrook PE said:

@mrs blybrook is responsible for the garden.  It's been too cold to really get started until this past weekend.  I know she's getting ready to get started.  There are tomatoes and strawberries in the house waiting to go outside.

Yep, it's been hard to call this weather "spring" here, but I have started weeding and digging in the beds and prepping the soil. This year there will be lots of onions, carrots, beets, lettuce, squash, zucchini (I need this for zucchini bread!), tomatoes (if it warms up enough), strawberries, cucumbers, snap peas, green beans, and I am going to try growing butternut and winter squash this year. Alaska is such a picky b*tch when it comes to weather so sometimes we have a great harvest, and other years only the cold weather veggies are successful. We will also have the usual containers full of flowers surrounding our deck and I might plant a bed with some wildflowers for the bees. I like to roll around in my awesome hammock on the deck, surrounded by flowers, and read a good book...summer....where are you? Heck, where is spring??? :P

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We are currently in the process of improving the soil in our 12' x 10' garden. Digging up about 6-8 inches of existing soil, laying down new weed barrier, sifting the existing soil, laying down said sifted soil, adding more "planting soil" from Costco, adding some of our compost that we have been creating over the years, going to add some manure, and then plant. We have about a third of it done. PITA, but hopefully we get better production out of the garden this year.

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15 hours ago, FLBuff PE said:

laying down new weed

Must be a CO thing....

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13 hours ago, FLBuff PE said:

We are currently in the process of improving the soil in our 12' x 10' garden. Digging up about 6-8 inches of existing soil, laying down new weed barrier, sifting the existing soil, laying down said sifted soil, adding more "planting soil" from Costco, adding some of our compost that we have been creating over the years, going to add some manure, and then plant. We have about a third of it done. PITA, but hopefully we get better production out of the garden this year.

After loosening up what was there (which was some decent screened topsoil from the previous year), I added a bit of potting mix and a manure-based compost mix to the raised bed planters this year.  I'll be curious to see if it helps production at all.  I did not see a real benefit to miracle grow use last year.

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Spent a couple hours roto-tilling last night, until one of the tires decided to spin on the rim and rip the valve stem off the tube.  Definitely sore today, but I'm going to try to fix the tire tonight and get back at it.

We're going to try the mulch over landscape fabric method this year.  Last year was the first year we put in the garden, and it being grass prior, it was almost impossible to keep the grass down in the garden.  We're getting 12 cubic yards of mulch delivered today, which should be enough for the vegetable garden as well as topping off some of the other landscape mulch around the house.

 

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Landscape fabric did the trick for the first two years (put over healthy grass), but we started getting weeds/grass at year three.  Still manageable though. 

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