- Utah, USA - raised bed veggie gardener.
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29 May 2017 06:29
I used cement blocks, as I didn't want to use treated wood and I also didn't want to be replacing the boards every three years either!
What are you building the raised beds on top of? Grass? Cement? Gravel? I wouldn't use plastic, unless you intend to line the boards with it to help preserve the wood a bit longer. I built mine directly on top of grass, and just lined the bottom with cardboard and newspapers to kill off the grass. I know others have put theirs onto gravel or cement, as that was their only options, and they lined the raised bed with weed fabric to keep the soil in but let the water drain out.
25 May 2017 19:24
As Dove said, propagation.. and I would add patience. Buy one plant from the garden center and collect the seeds that fall, or propagate at the appropriate time. Resist buying all the plants to fill your garden at once. Also, ask friends and contacts for cuttings or splits from their plants. I'll even stop and ask people if they happen to be out in the yard when I walk by with my dog, and have ended up with a few big bags of day lilies, a lilac, and a raspberry. One persons extra heading-to-the-compost-pile plants are anothers treasures.
Also, just work improving your soil with the compost you are gradually making. Don't go out and buy loads of bagged compost. Offer your garden as a place for neighbors to dump their old potting compost, instead of putting into the garbage. I even collect up the neighbors pumpkins to rot in my garden over the winter. Someone else a few streets down collects all their neighbors bags of grass clippings and leaves, and composts those. I worry too much about chemicals and carnivore feces to do that myself, but I do take clippings from the next door neighbor who I know doesn't treat her yard.
Best of luck!
24 May 2017 16:13
I found lots of water encourages them to relocate, as Obelixx already stated. I heavily water the area of their nests in the grass, as well as any pots they happen to have moved into. Put your entire pot and plant in a deep bucket of water up to the rim and let it soak for 10 minutes.. most of the ants come scrambling up and out. You might have to do it a second time, a few days later, if you still notice them.
24 May 2017 15:53
I had to google it, I didn't think it was possible..
They've braided the stems up. (It's a highly photoshopped image) Probably like blue watermelon seeds, black tomatoes, etc.
It looks nice.. but I would think the effort required would be better spent elsewhere in the garden.
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24 May 2017 15:38
Treehugger, are you sure your mum's plant wasn't a lupin? I grew those from seeds in our family garden one year as a teenager, and my dad was quite certain it was marijuana -until it started flowering. I think lupins are even used as 'camouflage' plants when growing pot outdoors.
23 May 2017 15:53
All our food waste either goes to the dog or the compost heap. The dog likes all those things you really shouldn't put in a compost, like fish skins, meat, cheese, etc. My compost is sealed up in a garbage can though, and inaccessible to animals. If you have an open compost, or even one with an open bottom, I would stay away from any cooked materials. Even then, the rodents still find it interesting. Every winter I have mice living in my open weed compost pile, as it's cozy and dry there under the snow. As Dove said, wear some gloves and wash your hands.
22 May 2017 18:29
Do you have a male or female dog? Evidently urine from a bitch is much more likely to burn the grass, as they pee all in one direct spot. I have a male dog, and where he pees is actually greener than the grass around it. He eats quality meat based dog food and a fair amount of table scraps. I would try switching your dogs diet. We did raw food for a while, before we had kids and could afford it. There is a company in Surrey that delivered frozen raw meat right to our door. They sold all sorts of stuff, but I thought the minced lamb was the best for meeting the diet requirements, along with raw frozen chicken wings as treats. He always had access to dry dog food too, in case there were some elements he was missing in the raw food. Alternative, switch to a dry dog food supplemented with wet can food. Anything that is mostly meat based. Dogs are carnivores. We do them a disservice by feeding them a diet mainly of grains. Also, make sure your dog is drinking a fair amount of water, diluting the pee would probably also help. Good luck!
22 May 2017 15:37
Not exactly batter powered, but our lurcher does a fantastic job.
22 May 2017 15:33
It looks like a canker. I've never dealt with it though, maybe someone has some advice? I think it's bacterial.
19 May 2017 20:27
Consider grasses too.. my birds love the millet that grows up under my bird feeder.
19 May 2017 18:56
Thanks Dove.. you are correct, as always, in all things plant related.
19 May 2017 18:53
Look into the way they pipe the stove for yurts. It goes out the side through a metal bit sown into the canvas, and then high up above the roof. It looks fairly easy to DIY, with lots of directions on the internet. As others mentioned, it would be tough on any plants inside. If you're willing to give up the space for over wintering, and only use it for spring/summer, then you could consider it. Might be nice, all fitted out with your garden furniture and a cozy wood stove. Make sure to crack some low down vents a bit when you're in there, to keep the air circulating. Keep in mind, it takes a long while to get the space up to a comfortable heat.. probably an hour? So going to watch the sun set or see the stars is going to require planning. Maybe consider some sort of electric space heater? Just go switch it on half an hour before, then go back into the house and get on with stuff. Don't have to worry about all the carcinogenic effects of breathing wood smoke air either (http://www.lung.org/about-us/media/top-stories/wood-stoves-harm-health.html).
19 May 2017 18:38
Are you sure it's an iris? The foliage as it connects to the flower stalk is different from mine, as well as the direction of the flower head.
Keep us posted.
19 May 2017 17:54
I've grown mangos twice. I've found them sprouting up from my compost, so I repot them into some good soil. They grow really well for about a year and a half, and then just sort of gave up and died. I couldn't figure out what I did either time, as they were in the same position/watering under which they previously thrived. Good luck!
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19 May 2017 17:46
Another alternative is to plant above the soil. Dig the hole big, pound holes in the bottom as HC recommended, fill with gravel, then build a sort of raised bed around the hole, pop in the tree, and fill with a mix of the soil from the hole and soil from elsewhere (bagged compost, etc).
Something like so:
The young roots will mostly be up out of any pooling water, and the tree will then send the roots where they are happiest. Stick with something on a dwarf rooting stock, as the roots will never be very deep with such soggy soil, and wind would take down a more substantial tree. Or else grow something that loves a good amount of water, like a willow, etc. Just be sure it's planted well away from anything.
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17 May 2017 21:10
I'm curious to know why you don't eat your apples, Blue Onion? None of my business, of course...See original post
Oh, I do.. but the worms have already eaten most of it, so I only ever get a few bites here and there. I'm not one for spraying (I'm organic, EXCEPT for glyphosate), and the coddling moths eat pretty much every single apple I grow. Doing six different organic control methods over several large apple trees weekly is not my thing, so apples goes either under the tree or under the veg garden mulch.
17 May 2017 17:52
I would resow both of them, as I would expect signs of life by now. Sow them either in a seed tray or modules, water well, then cover them in plastic and put them on a very sunny warm windowsill. The parsley I don't even cover with soil, but with tomatoes I just put the lightest of sprinkles of soil. Check them every day for signs of life and to ensure they stay moist. Try some kale for your rabbits too, and maybe some beets? They are both easy to grow too.
17 May 2017 17:44
I would go with two of the same apples on dwarf root stock, to keep with the symmetry of your yard. They will provide blossoms and then fruit for you and the wild life. Another alternative would be crab apples on dwarf root stock, much lower fall maintenance due to not having to deal with fallen apples everywhere.. and a good amount more color in the spring.
I have a yellow delicious apple on dwarf root stock in my front yard next to the driveway, and I just kick the fallen apples under the tree onto the bark mulch I have around the tree. The bird and critters eat what they want, and then once all the apples are down in early winter I just cover the whole lot with a fresh layer of bark mulch. The apples compost down right there, and feed any other little tiny critters looking for a winter snack.
Do make sure you plan a good size area of mulch around the base of your trees. This reduces competition with grass (Bunny on GQT mentioned something last week, or the week before, that trees grown with mulch perform 70% better than those grown in grass), AND mulch prevents mower damage to the trunk. Get small trees, and don't stake them. Small trees will soon out grow something planted at a more mature age, and they are much cheaper.
17 May 2017 17:29
It looks like an arborvitae tree, if that helps your research. I'd be tempted to just cut off the branch and put it into the garbage can (rather than the compost), and not worry too much about it. If it was a deadly serious problem, then there would be more on the internet. At least, that is my philosophy in most things gardening or health related.
16 May 2017 16:52
You could just go buy some yards of tulle from a craft store, and make a 1x2" wood frame that fits into the open door slot, held in with a latch or two on either side.