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Great. Another MUST HAVE!!! Now off to convince hub that there IS life outside of the basic tomatoes, green beans, straight necks, and corn... Wish me luck.
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Going to have to check them out!
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I've never heard of pink banana squash, When you first said pink bananas I thought I can't grow these in my zone. Might have to try them.

Maple syrup season started at our place last weekend, I am already sore from carrying sap up and down the hills. We have 250 gallons of sap already and it has only been two days, our first boil will be this weekend.

I am going to Morgan County seeds on Thursday to pick up all my seeds there, and save on shipping. Morgan County has a big Amish community and my friends are going to the quilt shops, while I go to the seed store and the harness maker to get a piece of my harness repaired.
Then we go to the bulk foods store which is amazing.

I am planting onions, lettuce and spinach this week. I have a plastic cover for some of my raised beds. I hope it is not too early.

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Ooooh, that sounds like a lot of work but sounds really good TC! That's something I've not done before. Would love to see pics of the process!
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Great. Another MUST HAVE!!! Now off to convince hub that there IS life outside of the basic tomatoes, green beans, straight necks, and corn... Wish me luck.
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The trick is, you gotta hide just one little "new" plant among the regulars. Discretely slip it in something and act like you never knew it was there until afterwards while hubby is going on and on about the flavor.

Most of the different things I grow started with adding just one or two plants/seeds I found locally as a trial to see if I likes them.
I usually did and still had the rest of the seed packet saved for the next year.
The flat Italian beans happened this way. I happen to buy some frozen ones for a recipe (years ago) and found that I liked them better than regular green beans. Once I started gardening I remembered that, but was still unsure about growing them. So the first time I planted them, it was only a few.
Now, they are about the only green bean I will plant. When I had a DH, he was like that and I had to sneak stuff in.

Wow Taffy... you do syrup too?
I have friends who do Sorghum syrup and have to grind/press the stalks and then boil it the same way as maple syrup.
That is quite the adventure... my hat's off to you for taking that on.
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How many gallons of maple syrup will you get from 250 gallons of sap?

I helped make sorghum syrup when I was about 20 . Draft horses were used to operate the press that squeezed out the juice from the stalks. It was a ton of fun. I don't think that I ever worked that hard in my life to be paid one pint of syrup.
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I know this is an older thread, and have to admit, I haven't read every page, but I'm wondering if anyone has tips on terrace gardens?

We have a large open back area, but it is quite sloped and hilly. It gets great sun, but parts of it also get pretty wet based on how water flows from even farther up the hill. I don't have great pictures that show the grade of the hill, but picture the scariest sledding hill you've ever been on, and that's pretty much it! I'll try to get some pictures soon. Anyone have any general thoughts on how to build up terraced raised beds?
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I know this is an older thread, and have to admit, I haven't read every page, but I'm wondering if anyone has tips on terrace gardens?

We have a large open back area, but it is quite sloped and hilly. It gets great sun, but parts of it also get pretty wet based on how water flows from even farther up the hill. I don't have great pictures that show the grade of the hill, but picture the scariest sledding hill you've ever been on, and that's pretty much it! I'll try to get some pictures soon. Anyone have any general thoughts on how to build up terraced raised beds?
Photos would be good, What is the hill used for now?
What do you want to do with the hill? Veggies? Natural? Pasture? Orchard?
Is the hill terraced already?
How much maintenance do you want to do for upkeep?

I will try and find some photos of terraces in my landscaping albums.

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There is a terrace garden on our lake that I am totally in love with. If it wasn't butt cold and snowing I'd take the boat out and take a picture. It's an older couple that are retired farmers, when they sold their land they bought on the water and have a very steep hill down to the water. It's terraced in beautiful stone, they are all her veggie garden minus the lower couple of tiers and they are for cut flowers. They have an electric lift, she puts her bushel baskets on the lift and takes them up. It's really, really cool.

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I did a raised garden with a retaining wall several houses ago to fix the slope problem. It was so sloped that not only could I not grow anything on it really but the neighbor fence/yard were sliding into mine.

This was a CA yard (so the size of a postage stamp) so I didn't make it a huge garden but it was big enough to grow a ton of fruit trees in a row and as a bonus, they created privacy for my yard.

You can't see the wall really in this picture.... geraniums are a WEED in So CA but basically the garden was about 4 feet deep from the fence to the retaining wall, the wall itself was about 4 ft tall and then below the wall we leveled the ground to have the rest of the yard flat.



The wall is more visible in this picture, this is the right side where I was struggling to get trees to grow due to a MASSIVE tree in the neighbor's yard. The tree fell over in a windstorm and took out the fence and a couple of my small trees. There's small replacement trees in this picture that were just starting to grow in.



The wall blocks were from Home Depot. Just level the ground for the first layer, then stack 'em on up while backfilling the garden with dirt. Hubby cut the end blocks with a circular saw. Amazing thing about these is no mortar or glue required so when the neighbor's behemoth of a tree fell, we just cleaned up the mess and re-stacked our wall! Only one block broke.
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