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    07-07-2012, 01:49 PM
  #81
Trained
Well, skip the garden.... I wish I lived in NZ! I love sheep/cow dogs, horses, and the beach ... what could be better than NZ?

Our weather is currently ... nice. Monsoons are moving in. The leaves on the potatoe plants in the potato patch don't look as parched and curled. :) My tomatoe plant (down to one...the one w the re-inforced cage and wire) doesn't even have buds on it yet, which is a bit unusual.
Then I went to the market (kind of a farmers market/grocery) - and got russet potatoes 10 lbs for 2 bucks...I have both red and russets. Okay - that hurt. Not that I wish for higher prices, but....2 bucks?
     
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    07-07-2012, 01:58 PM
  #82
Trained
Oh, btw. I bought a 200 gallon "dirt bag"on sale on amazon.com. They make all sorts of sizes .. down to 5 gallon, I believe. Anyway, got it to "store" my castings. But, it would make a rather large "garden container".....for anyone that has a use for that sort of thing, like myself.
Yet to be seen - will rabbits, pack rats (not really rats), or who sie-what-nots chew through it for fun? I say, yes...since they have thus far chewed through hoses, wire fencing, engine parts, and stolen my hose nozzles and put them in their condos. I don't have the heart to kill them...I just wish they were better "neighbors".
     
    07-07-2012, 02:33 PM
  #83
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Originally Posted by Missy May    
Oh, btw. I bought a 200 gallon "dirt bag"on sale on amazon.com. They make all sorts of sizes .. down to 5 gallon, I believe. Anyway, got it to "store" my castings. But, it would make a rather large "garden container".....for anyone that has a use for that sort of thing, like myself.
Yet to be seen - will rabbits, pack rats (not really rats), or who sie-what-nots chew through it for fun? I say, yes...since they have thus far chewed through hoses, wire fencing, engine parts, and stolen my hose nozzles and put them in their condos. I don't have the heart to kill them...I just wish they were better "neighbors".
I don't know if they will chew through the bag.
I'm too cheap to actually buy a container, but I do grow potatoes in cardboard boxes. So far (this year and last) no one chewed through the boxes, but there is plenty of other things for rodents to chew on instead.

I've used all manner of rodent proof tubs and containers I already had around for growing of tomatoes and potatoes with sucess too.
A friend uses a wooden potato box with great sucess. I would think those would foil rabbits or rodents.
My friend's is much larger as he just keeps adding slats as the potaoes grow, but iti looks similar to this...
     
    07-07-2012, 05:00 PM
  #84
Trained
Nice box, lockwood!! I never thought of cardboard boxes...hmmm. I use to use an oversized metal water trough - it worked great, but it is now used for greater things. I might try the cardboard boxes aligned tightly inside the dirt bag to give them "integrity". Good idea! Thanks!
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    07-07-2012, 05:14 PM
  #85
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Here is a box from last year that I did. Since it had a gloss coating on the outside, it stood through the whole growing season on it's own.
I don't have any pics of the finished plant, but it grew to over 5 feet high
I planted the spuds on the dirt directly in the open bottom, covered with some more dirt, then mulched, mulched, mulched.

When it was time to "dig" up the potatoes I just ripped open the side of the box, pushed aside the dirt with my fingers and wowza... it was time for mashers!
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    07-07-2012, 09:39 PM
  #86
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This heatwave & drought are making gardening no good. Everything is still doing okay but I'm soooooo sick of watering it and would love for mother nature to fill up my tank for manure tea. Our 2 Bartlett trees normally bear truckloads (literally) and there's maybe a bushel on each tree at best

We have been eating quite a bit out of it though despite the miserable weather. I think I'm going to eat a big fat slice of zucchini cream pie and have myself a pity party
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    07-07-2012, 11:09 PM
  #87
Yearling
Despite the "fancy" sprinkler we got, my garden is looking kinda sad too. (For some oddball reason or lettuce is doing awesomely though. )


From left to right: peas, onions, peppers (green, jalapeno, and a mystery one that dad just appeared with one day and wanted planted), lettuce and the whole two carrots that survived whatever dug them up, and tomatoes.
And some stray weeds here and there.



My snapdragons are doing really good, but my hollyhocks.... bugs got into them, and the spray I usually use seems to have failed me. Any suggestions? Is there something I can plant that will chase them off? Haha
I've got some foxglove started in the house. I was going to plant a row of them in with the snapdragons, but with it being as dry as it's been, I think I'll keep them inside a bit longer.



"Mom's Garden" -- by which I mean, I do all the gardening work, and mom gets to 'decorate' it with all her weird stuff and call it her garden -- is growing pretty well. Likely because the two things I planted there are desert-loving plants and the groundcover is just a weed that I let take over (It's kinda pretty, and keeps the weeds down. I'm not complaining. XD)



My Ivy can't decide if it wants to wither up and die or stay alive. But it's still mostly growing, I guess.



This pair I inherited from my grandmother. I'm not sure why, but the flower-y one is loving this drought. I forgot to water it for a bit and it started blooming. The other one.... I really hope it'll spring back. I liked it.



I also have a couple rosebushes that are doing OK, and a Chinese Lantern plant that I'm ashamed of.
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    07-08-2012, 12:05 AM
  #88
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Originally Posted by RubaiyateBandit    
Despite the "fancy" sprinkler we got, my garden is looking kinda sad too. (For some oddball reason or lettuce is doing awesomely though. )


From left to right: peas, onions, peppers (green, jalapeno, and a mystery one that dad just appeared with one day and wanted planted), lettuce and the whole two carrots that survived whatever dug them up, and tomatoes.
And some stray weeds here and there.



My snapdragons are doing really good, but my hollyhocks.... bugs got into them, and the spray I usually use seems to have failed me. Any suggestions? Is there something I can plant that will chase them off? Haha
I've got some foxglove started in the house. I was going to plant a row of them in with the snapdragons, but with it being as dry as it's been, I think I'll keep them inside a bit longer.



"Mom's Garden" -- by which I mean, I do all the gardening work, and mom gets to 'decorate' it with all her weird stuff and call it her garden -- is growing pretty well. Likely because the two things I planted there are desert-loving plants and the groundcover is just a weed that I let take over (It's kinda pretty, and keeps the weeds down. I'm not complaining. XD)



My Ivy can't decide if it wants to wither up and die or stay alive. But it's still mostly growing, I guess.



This pair I inherited from my grandmother. I'm not sure why, but the flower-y one is loving this drought. I forgot to water it for a bit and it started blooming. The other one.... I really hope it'll spring back. I liked it.



I also have a couple rosebushes that are doing OK, and a Chinese Lantern plant that I'm ashamed of.
Your geranium is lovely!
Marigolds are fairly hardy little flowers and bugs hate them. Maybe that would help the bug problem?

Even though we got a spot of rain, and a ton of hail the other day, the heat is drying everything right back up.

I hear you MHFQ-
I''ve been going back to the spring and hand carrying buckets of water to the plants again.
Can I have a slice of pie too?
(Don't be offended by my puzzed face when I see it. I've never had that kind of pie before.)
     
    07-08-2012, 12:46 AM
  #89
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Lockwood    
Your geranium is lovely!
Marigolds are fairly hardy little flowers and bugs hate them. Maybe that would help the bug problem?

Even though we got a spot of rain, and a ton of hail the other day, the heat is drying everything right back up.

I hear you MHFQ-
I''ve been going back to the spring and hand carrying buckets of water to the plants again.
Can I have a slice of pie too?
(Don't be offended by my puzzed face when I see it. I've never had that kind of pie before.)
Is that what it is?
Excuse me, I'm a bit plant-stupid.

I'll have to go hunt down some Marigolds then~
     
    07-08-2012, 01:01 AM
  #90
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Lockwood    
You must be somewhere near me. We got dumped on too plus and some of the worst hail I've ever seen.
The garden got pretty beat up/damaged and I had to pick a lot of things I wasn't ready for.

Now, we are melting in the heat wave...
I've not seen such droopy and unhappy veggies. Even the flowers are acting wonky. My Hibiscus and Rose of Sharons are blooming like it is August and the rest of the flowers are complaining.

How did your garden fare?
Actually I am in CO so a bit away from you. I have a bunch of corn that got nailed and was lying sideways but still rooted so I stood them up and mounded dirt around to keep them up but then we flooded the next night.....so back to sideways. So far it's 100 during the day, then late afternoon WHAM, 60 degrees, high wind and pouring. So far everything other than the corn seems to be ok with this except one mad Zucchini that is trying to croak and here I thought those things were supposed to be impossible to kill.

Oh well..... I think at least 1 of my "mystery squash plants" (small child planted random seeds in random spots in the garden and was so proud, I couldn't weed them out...) is a zuchinni, 2 might be, the teeny squash look like it but the leaves look a bit off. Should find out shortly and they are happily thriving!
     

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