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post #211 of 616 Old 02-19-2013, 12:45 PM
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Taffy, sorry to be vague. I am looking to turn a small portion of the hillside into a vegetable garden. I sacrificed most of my flat "yard" to a fenced area for the dogs & chickens, so I need to get creative. I don't want to build up too much infrastructure, as I eventually will want to use most of the hillside for pasture, but a few raised beds won't take up too much room.

There is currently no terracing in place, and I don't have any experience with it so am not quite sure what to expect in terms of how hard it will be. Would love to see more pictures (thanks, Delfina!). The property itself will provide all the rocks we could ever want for retaining walls, it's just a matter of collecting them all!

I've lived all over the US in the past 10 years, but having a vegetable garden has always been a constant for me. I miss the hot humidity of Louisiana (man, the tomatoes there! Plus, having a huge lemongrass plant right outside my door made for some great cooking), but most of my gardening experience has been in Zone 5. The veggies we love to grow include: tomatoes, beans, lettuces, garlic, shallots, cukes, carrots, and a couple of squash and pumpkins. I try to find heirloom varieties and like trying out oddball old-timey seeds from places like Baker Creek & their newish acquisition, Comstock Ferre (I like that it's based in New England, helps to find heartier varieties that will make it in our region). I've also had great luck with Fedco in Maine-our local conservation district has a plant sale fundraiser every year, and brings in a lot from Fedco. I'd like to try asparagus for the first time now that I'm actually living in a place I know we'll be long enough to be able to harvest it! We also have a pretty good kitchen herb garden started.

In addition to the veggies, I'd like to eventually do some blueberries, though that might be next year. I am extremely lucky to have a lot of really productive red and black raspberries well established on the property- if I can just get them before the chipmunks and birds this year!

These pictures don't really show you the full grade on the hill; to really see it, I'd probably have to go stand at the bottom and take a picture facing up the hill, but that's tough with all the snow right now.
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post #212 of 616 Old 02-23-2013, 07:26 PM
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Was doing garden planning today :) Almost time to start seed inside. Makes me really anxious for Spring!

Was browsing seed/plant sites and thought I would share, Jung has an online garden planner (that is actually pretty decent and lets you make a sizeable garden plan, not the 12 x 12 max that most seem to have online) and it is free for the first month, no cc # needed upfront. It also after you plan the garden, makes a plant list with # needed, when to sow seed (indoor & direct) and harvest timeline.
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post #213 of 616 Old 03-09-2013, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Putting in the cold weather stuff today!! (well, DH mostly!)
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, onions, and snow peas! Yeee HAW!

Doubled the size of the garden! Just so excited I can't stand it! Went to the grocery store yesterday, I am so sick of buying that crud. Flavorless goo. I ran out of onions a month ago, store ones are GROSS.

The hoop house is coming soon, it's going to be massive! Whew, do I have my work cut out for me. Preparing a game plan. If you guys know of any great sites or books please let me know. Watched this video, check it out, so cool!

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post #214 of 616 Old 03-09-2013, 01:37 PM
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That video is awesome!

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post #215 of 616 Old 03-09-2013, 01:55 PM
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Maple syrup is finished... finally. I am getting too old to carry 7 plus gallons of sap at a time up the hill. At our house we have a 4 wheeler that we use to at least get close to the trees but at bIL's the hills are to steep, so it is all done by hand, and it is straight up hill. One day I collected over 70 gallons there. I SWORE NEVER AGAIN.
Ended up getting a total of 21 gallons of syrup.
40 gallons of sap makes one gallon of syrup, sooooo we boiled off 819 gallons of water.
Now just cleaning up. Haven't even thought about the garden. Still snow on the ground here.

Erogan I have an idea for your hillside garden I just need to get in on paper, maybe tonight
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Taffy that is AWESOME!
I'm needing to pick your brain on syrup. We are just now starting to make plans for our bottom 60. Looks like we have multitudes of nice mature Maples, sugar and reds. (Pretty uncommon for them to naturalize so well in our forest but the hillside is north facing and shaded.) I'll be looking more into it this summer, I'd love love love to see photos of your operation!

Anyone hunt ginseng? Course it isn't the right time to even worry about it but I know we have tons of it... Our area is primo. Need to order seeds and get some forest beds started, that stuff takes forever.
Hmmm, maybe a Naturalist Thread is in order...
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Fly- A hoop house?
You GO girl!
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post #218 of 616 Old 03-10-2013, 12:51 PM
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We still have snow on the ground and then a good layer of frozen soil to thaw out before I can even think of doing anything outside
I try to have plants raised and ready to plant out as soon as possible so they get chance to mature and produce before it goes cold again
I use fleece and pop up covers to protect against any late frosts
This company has some good ideas for raised beds - my DH made mine in the same way and as we have really stony ground and an inherited weed problem its worked a lot better than trying to grow direct into the soil here - I've mostly had to buy top soil to put in them.
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post #219 of 616 Old 03-10-2013, 12:54 PM
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Beautiful gardens, everyone!

Now that I've moved back to "the country", I'm planning on starting a very small garden and getting some chickens for meat and eggs. I'm going to keep it simple this year, and stick with what I know, so I'm planting tomatoes, lettuce, basil, mint (and other herbs), hot peppers and potatoes (which I don't eat, but will trade for other foods).

Our growing season is so short that just about everything gets started inside, and some people even have wood stoves in their green houses. However, there are some very successful gardens up here.

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post #220 of 616 Old 03-10-2013, 03:03 PM
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The only thing that grows in my garden are my wild blackberries. I water them and make sure the cows save me some but other than that, I don't do diddly and have tons of yummy blackberries. I'm admittedly a lazy farmer in that department but I'm making my suddenly health conscious dad a basket to take hone with some of our own organic eggs and all natural berries. :)
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