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#1 PsyBearknot

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Posted 18 March 2016 - 04:22 AM

Since we have straw bale thread started I thought I'd start one for traditional raised beds and container gardens.
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Posted 18 March 2016 - 12:07 PM

This is awesome. Maybe we can suggest varieties that do well in raised beds and containers.

I would suggest for cantelope , minnesota midget , about the size of a softball and comes in early, this variety can be grown up a trellis.

I want to grow some blue potatos  this year, along with cayenne peppers and tomatoes and some beans . All heirloom varieties, the beans were grown by Native Americans in my area. You can save seeds of these and plant next year.

delete this if required but Seeds Savers offers a great selection of seeds and plants including trees. I won't spam for any company.
 


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Posted 18 March 2016 - 12:40 PM

Raised beds, and container gardening are both important tools for gardening where I live. They are season extenders, with the raised beds allowing soil temps to raise a little faster, and the containers have the ability to move to shelter to finish, if the season ends too soon for them.

Extending your season is very important to growing around these parts.
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Posted 18 March 2016 - 01:13 PM

its easy to extend your season using those white garden frost blankets as a mini greenhouse covering at the end of the season, or bring inside as mentioned. Here a guy can get at least another month is you make it through the first frost. I have seen some nice plants grown in hanging containers for strawberrys and tomatoes.

I also want to grow some carrots and onions.

I have a few large containers ready to use about 2x3" large recycling containers. I will do a in ground grow as well.


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Posted 18 March 2016 - 01:51 PM

This is awesome. Maybe we can suggest varieties that do well in raised beds and containers.


delete this if required but Seeds Savers offers a great selection of seeds and plants including trees. I won't spam for any company.


Yes, love this idea and thanks for suggesting. It fits ver well with the info for raised beds and containers.

IMO I have no problem with the suggestion of something like Seed Savers. I also go throug Sustainable Seeds as well.

Seed saving is very important. It helps you get seeds that grow well in your environment and saves on the budget!


I think where we need to watch suggesting a company name is when it will compete with one of our vendors or sponsors. That throws some gray areas with people like Workd Seed who sell vegies fruits and flowers but I think as long as it's not pushing a sales agenda from one of our own I say ok!
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Posted 18 March 2016 - 03:57 PM

My cinder block raised bed

Middle will be cucumber. salad and pickling

Outer edges will be filled with King stropharia wood chip spawn and peas/bean for nitrogen in the soil.

Planted will also be runner beans and Malabar spinach.

Cucumber - cool weather
Malabar spin thrives in hot weather
And runner beans will be let grow the whole season till fall so I can gather the multi colored beans for use as gifts of pie weights.

The holes of the blocked are going to be filled as well and nasturtiums and marigolds will be planted for the benificials

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Posted 19 March 2016 - 10:37 AM

Raised garden bed porn!

This was found on a Facebook page titled woodworking tips


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Posted 19 March 2016 - 10:53 AM

Talk about the closest you can get to plug n playimage.jpeg

Not a fan of merical-grow bagged soil but if it's the difference between no fresh vegies and fresh vegies I say go for it!
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Posted 19 March 2016 - 11:05 AM

Beautiful pics Psy. raised beds have a lot of benefits  the warm fast have great drainage and are good for people in wheel chairs and for the rest of easy on the back.

I was energized  yesterday reading all this that I spent over an hour @ world wide seeds and found several plants I want  to include in my order to them.

I am using pro mix in my containers. I got things to add like worm castings and other organic nutes.

I found a sweet corn variety that can grow in container , 2-3 ears per plant they grow about 3 feet tall and are white until the mature then they become a dark blue. They  can be dried and used to make cornbread.
Called blue jade.

 


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Posted 08 April 2016 - 05:03 PM

I was picking up some wood chips at h depot and saw a 24"x20" self watering  container system for $20 on casters , like the earth garden, a person needs to use promix or something similar for the potting mix.

Might be good for a person growing on a deck, I almost bought one.


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Posted 10 May 2016 - 01:41 PM

Raised beds and containers close to first harvest.

I planted some Rye in large containers at least seems like 2 x 3' and 2' tall.
They will be harvested soon to make a loaf of bread or pf jars.
I might as well use the rye straw to.

I planted my Rye in fall as a persom plants hard red winter wheat.
Oats are planted in the spring.

Just an experiment for larger grows of grain.

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 03:54 PM

Getting ready to plant our raised beds, we are raising 4 of them 3 inches or so and just got 3 cubic yard of a really great top soil/garden soil mix delivered. We have 7 beds (raised) and will plant cukes on the shady side of the house this years with old fencing for them to climb up on. This is my favorite time of the year!!


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Posted 15 May 2016 - 04:06 PM

Just finished getting beds planted.. 13 tomatoes, all heirlooms and some cherry, potatoes, greens, carrots, beets, eggplant, peppers, butternut squash, bush beans. Nastursium, and daughters new flower bed with Zinnias, cosmos, marigolds, catnip, and milk weed. Going to sow some of Shadow wings pretty poppy seeds in a few flower beds and see what happens.image.jpg
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Posted 20 May 2016 - 11:34 PM

Great idea :) ............... I have containers to grow in thias year at home I cannot fight the weeds anymore .

I grouped my pots together and have a tarp under them the rain will get threw and away but the grass will not grow up threw it :) so no grass between pots either :) cover this with bark chips to make it more natural lookin ......this is very close to the pond so I do nor have to carry water far..............The rain is captured off the roof into the rain barrel into garden hose into the top of water fall into the pond (goldfish eat the mosquitoes) then I have an extra bucket to hold extra rain water when it rains lots cause mid summer I will have little rain here and need that xtra water this bucket is inbetween the pond and the container collection so it is super easy to water the plants :) very important for containers that can dry out too much

for all the pots I have a container to catch left over water no holes in the bucket and then the container or another bucket with holes :) I got my hubby to drill holes up the sides of the containers .......kinda like a smart pot idea this is for the roots to breath but theis makes them dry out way too much but the roots grow big so I always have a container to catch and hold a bit of water watching that not too much is inside .........I also have moss planed to put inbetween if the gap is too big but colonized wood chips man love that idea :)

I have one bag cow poo
one bag sheep poo
two bags peat moss with a bit perlite in it
two bags black earth top soil
hoping that this mix isnt too hot I wanna mulch the top with compost but i might eait a feew weeks .........
.....fertilizing with the fish pond water and some comfrey fermented fertilizer in a month or so need to ferment some in a week or so.....

We are planting Tomato bonnys best early girls heirloom, Kilp Dagga, peas, cucumbers early miko? they are good pickels or slicers nice variety not sure hoow well they like pots??,, carrots, celery ........???hum......need to find my snow peas and I have one weed plant......if I find a couple more purple potatoes I will try them in a container lol i dug the weed bed a bit and found a few baby purple potatoes from a few years ago they are still growing the other year I had a year of all rain and coold winter most of my weed potatoes all rotted by spring but the purple potatoes coud take it they are an heirloom variety .......
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Posted 24 May 2016 - 01:06 PM

Thought I would show a little Roma tomato  and my Rye only 18sqf. I am wanting to harvest it I need the space.
Everything is doing great. Still plenty of work to do but its more like fun work.

Well not all the pics  I wanted to post but a couple

  a good year to you all

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