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After lying fallow, the garden thread pokes through the soil again! Anyone still gardening? I broke dow and built raised beds this year. I put concrete blocks around it and put marigolds, salvia and basil in the holes (deer repellent)

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1 hour ago, mamasa said:

After lying fallow, the garden thread pokes through the soil again! Anyone still gardening? I broke dow and built raised beds this year. I put concrete blocks around it and put marigolds, salvia and basil in the holes (deer repellent)

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Hey Mamasa, looks good!  I just planted garden boxes this year also.  My boys are 4 and 1, and I'm working through a transition from old hobbies to new hobbies at home.  Going to try gardening.  

 

Looks like you're doing the Square Foot Garden method by Mel Bartholomew?  I'm trying it, right down to the vermiculite/peat moss/compost soil mixture.  I finally got the last ones planted on Saturday, and now I'm afraid it's all going to freeze.  

 

This weekend, I missed most of the good EYBL action because I'd rather be at home elbow deep in manure-mixture than following IU recruiting.  So there's that.  

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3 hours ago, Stromboli said:

 

 

Hey Mamasa, looks good!  I just planted garden boxes this year also.  My boys are 4 and 1, and I'm working through a transition from old hobbies to new hobbies at home.  Going to try gardening.  

 

Looks like you're doing the Square Foot Garden method by Mel Bartholomew?  I'm trying it, right down to the vermiculite/peat moss/compost soil mixture.  I finally got the last ones planted on Saturday, and now I'm afraid it's all going to freeze.  

 

This weekend, I missed most of the good EYBL action because I'd rather be at home elbow deep in manure-mixture than following IU recruiting.  So there's that.  

I love the square foot concept- I get so much more of a yield from it!  I'm still doing zucchini/tomatoes/vining plants in my regular beds, since I don't want to waste the space.  My composter is junk, so i'm doing a ghetto trash can version of a composter, lol.  I'm holding off until this weekend for my peppers/tomatoes/squash/eggplant, since we're just past the frost free date in mid-southeast Indiana.  

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We have everything growing on the dining room table right now. Still waiting for it to warm up to get them planted outside. We have zuchini, turnips, kale, an assortment of tomatoes, cucumbers and squash. Gardening is pretty huge up here despite the short growing season. 20+ hours of sunlight makes up for it and everything grows well except corn. For some reason corn doesn't grow. I have asked around and the old locals say it is because corn needs night time. That sounds strange to me, but maybe one of you corn specialist can answer that one.

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1 hour ago, Class of '66 Old Fart said:

I'm absolutely shocked Alaska.  I was certain the only thing you could probably grow were popsicles and sno cones.  :103:

Igloos make for great greenhouses! He can grow everything from moss to....different species of moss. 

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2 hours ago, ALASKA HOOSIER said:

We have everything growing on the dining room table right now. Still waiting for it to warm up to get them planted outside. We have zuchini, turnips, kale, an assortment of tomatoes, cucumbers and squash. Gardening is pretty huge up here despite the short growing season. 20+ hours of sunlight makes up for it and everything grows well except corn. For some reason corn doesn't grow. I have asked around and the old locals say it is because corn needs night time. That sounds strange to me, but maybe one of you corn specialist can answer that one.

What kind of soil do you have (clay/loam/sand/etc?).  I'm on a lot of clay and have trouble with corn (I'm also too cheap to plant it when I can get it on the way home at 3 different farmers markets 5/$1, lol).  

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i use raised beds. up here where i live we are on big hills and there is alot of shale and clay. Of course, the valley folks have good soil. But, i have no idea what it is. Most of them have permafrost though and can't plant till later in the season so they use raised beds too. If we were down in South Alaska, they have a much more temperate climate and the soil is amazing. They have difficulties with corn too. Oh, i have a question: Has anyone tried growing potatoes in hay/straw instead of soil? my buddy did it last year and the taters were awesome.

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1 hour ago, ALASKA HOOSIER said:

i use raised beds. up here where i live we are on big hills and there is alot of shale and clay. Of course, the valley folks have good soil. But, i have no idea what it is. Most of them have permafrost though and can't plant till later in the season so they use raised beds too. If we were down in South Alaska, they have a much more temperate climate and the soil is amazing. They have difficulties with corn too. Oh, i have a question: Has anyone tried growing potatoes in hay/straw instead of soil? my buddy did it last year and the taters were awesome.

image.jpeg.8456d7196dd21d8aa484ba8dec58982f.jpegThis is how I do my potatoes- works great!

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