I've done container gardening, and did well with that, but found that keeping everything moist through our hot summer time temps, when everything is starting to mature, was very time consuming. We've since moved to a bigger home, with an awesome yard and decided to graduate to raised beds. Here are some pictures of my container garden, in a small 5' x 15' yard to a very large yard. The difference is I have a lot of room, so I made 3 beds, 3' x 9' each, enclosed with a 4' fence, and than we closed off an end section of yard with a chain link fence. Our yard borders a sanctuary for wild life, like in deer, and other critters, so protecting our groceries was very important, with out harming the animals who also need a place to live, but not be able to feast on a smorgasbord of our labor. This is my first attempt at raised beds, and I decided it couldn't be much different than containers. My problem with the smaller yard, and containers, were a lot of my cucumbers and squash developed a mold, after looking it up, my pots were sitting to close together, due to the limited space, and couldn't get enough air circulation, lesson learned, but a little late for the crop. This time I have a lot of space and able to use all my pots, in addition to the raised beds, and than the other side which is fenced in will be for corn, watermelons, and some cucumbers! I also am planting cantaloups, but haven't researched where to put them, am hoping to be able to plant in and around the corn, cukes, and watermelon. This is a first for me, and I'm open for suggestions, I know I've already started, my soil is good, but any advise is good advise, as I learn from it! As i progress with my garden, I know I'll have questions, and maybe need some guidance, but here is the start, and as "my garden grows" I'll continue to give updates on here. As I said, I did containers last year, the first time I grew anything, and this year I've decided I want to give it my all. I'm disabled, and this is a hobby for me, I don't want to sit and watch TV for the rest of my life, I love the out doors, and intend on doing what I can for as long as I can. The first picture's are of the container garden, and than I'll post picture's of the new garden in the next post! Give me some feed back if you have any, I know that I don't have all the answers, but in the next few post's I'll will ID what I have in each bed, and any other plantings I put in.
now here is the new garden, BTW, my hubby built me a shed and a green house, after he did the raised beds! The shed was started with his cap off his truck, he sat it on some support beams and built it in using old boardwalk wood, that a friend was replacing with new, and the green house was a big dog kennel that was on the property when we bought it, he framed it in, and added painters plastic to enclose it. The raised beds are from recycled wood also. We have a huge compost pile going in the back of the property, it looked to us like that was what it was used for before we got the property. To the left of all that you see in the picture's we have what you would call a dog run, fenced in, probably about 6'x 30', which is where I'm going to plant my corn, and add the watermelon, and maybe cantaloupe, and if I have some room, more cucumbers, and egg plant. This is the biggest garden I've ever took on, and I'm hoping for great results. My beds have already progressed since these picture's were taken, I'll post more recent picture's as soon as I can. I also do mosaic art, as in bowling balls, and stepping stone's so when I feel good, I'm outside which is the norm when it's warm out, and when it's cold and ugly, I'm inside working on my mosaics. I'll post some of my work in the next post, but I'll be posting the rest of my work in the mosaic section!
Thanks for looking, how are you doing this month with your gardens? Looking for more people with raised beds, and how your doing, all info is important! I learn from you:) Happy gardening, as it's March, and hopefully no more freezes here in sunny Florida, as I'm tired of putting my babies to bed under blankets!!
Your gardens are going to be great. Love the idea of re-purposing the kennel. I've seen them on other threads. I like the idea becasue we are bugged by rabbits so bad that last winter I didn't even plant vegies which for me is rare. We will have to invest the time and $ to built a really sturdy fence with a swing gate so my little tractor can get in to work the ground.
Thanks to our few cows we have large compost pile which I mix with peat moss and shreded wood chips for potting or garden.
Your mosaics are beautiful. Glad you are able to pursue your hobbies. Keeps us feeling young.
Hope you get good harvest from your gardens.
Thanks everyone, I try to stay busy, but am starting to wonder if I'm hooked on gardening ! This is the first year I've been able to do a BIG garden, my hubby thinks I'm crazy, he get's in there when I need his help, but mainly I'm the one pulling the beds all together, he digs with the roto tiller, and I plant the seeds. OK, the new picture's I'm posting here are at the end of what I'm doing, I figure I have another 2 weeks of putting seed in, damp too the cold nights we've been having, what's up with that, I had to pull out every sheet, and spare material I had, the night of 3-13-13, I think it was, and cover all this stuff up, everything came out beautiful, didn't loose anything this time, but a few weeks ago when we had another freeze, I did loose 6 bean plants, and "maybe" 2 tomato plants, I left them in, and they look to be getting better, I waited a few days before I pulled the damaged limbs from them, but so far so good ! The picture's here are of the "finished shed", we painted the porch pole's, my DG says the paint color I chose is to " bright", but I like the look, kinda Keys, in a way, as I love the Florida Keys with a passion. He also surprised me when I woke up the other morning, he went out and cut the shed door into 2, like a barn door, the top can be open, and the bottom closed, so snakes crawl in, lol, if they did, it'd be the last time I sat foot in the shed. I also took better picture's of the green house, this is amazing, but the temps reach 100 or more in there during the day time, so I have a fan that i sit in the door way to blow in some cooler air, circulating the hot air! I have to figure out how to build a window into this greenhouse, I don't think I could utilize it during the summer here as it would get to hot!!! And than today, I started the last part of my 1st garden, finishing the perimeter, I have corn, and cucumbers going in here, egg plants, and some marigolds too, I read where they ward off some pest that like to go after cukes, and the cukes ward off some pest from the corn, and the egg plants grow well with cucumbers. They grow great together, so I'm going to give it a try. The corn here is going to be sweet corn bi-licious hybrid, it's a white and yellow corn, not my favorite, but a test to see if I can grow corn, the other fenced in garden is going to grow my favorite, a sweet corn, goes by the name of Sweet Opal Hybrid, an all white kernel corn. When I plant the corn in the other garden, I'll also be putting in bush beans , some head lettuce, and some watermelon, and at the end of the garden, cantaloupe! I think by than I'll have enough to eat, give away, and freeze for the next winter coming up. I'd sooner have my own than buy, and I think by than I'll have enough to take care of with out over doing it. My DH is already shaking his head, but when you have the room I say plant it with things you can eat, not all grass, and flowers, and water mongering bushes and trees, I knew when we looked at this house, it was meant to be our's. And in 2 months, we have transpired our landscaping into food!
So far , the deer are here, but keeping there distance, I see there poop everyday, when walking around the garden, they could jump in, but won't because they know they can't jump out, we have racoons, and a lot of other animals who just need a place to live seeing how Palm Coast keeps building, we're backed up to a preserve, so we have lot's of lady bugs, bee's, birds of all kinds, deer, and I think 2 bear, from what neighbors have told us. I love taking picture's of the wildlife as I see it, red headed wood peckers, hawks, a few deer at night, even though the picture's don't come out:(, I had a whole heard walking down the street 1 night, ran to get the camera, and couldn't get the flash up! Talk about being mad!
Anyway, enough of my rambling, I'm just so excited to be back with DG, and actually have something to talk about. I was last here in 2009, on Mosaics, and Florida Gardens, than we moved to Thailand for a year, and came back a year and a half ago, we first went into the town house, and than 2 months ago, Jan 2, 2013, we moved here.
Yes, we did a lot here in a few months, but this is as good as it get's when we're done, it's all about upkeep, nothing new other than a pool going in soon, than we are done, and the gardens will be our only up keep. I pray for healthy gardens,and for our health, to see us through many more years here, to enjoy what we have accomplished, Our wish for those who are also doing what they enjoy, may you have many prosperous years of gardening, and enjoying your hobby's, as we do!
I'll keep you all up to date on my garden, I am hoping for the best, and in the down time I'll be working on my mosaics, I get many joy's from working in the garden and than later in the evening or during bad weather working on my crafts, Thank God, I have an understanding hubby, but he has his own hobbies, and isn't one for the internet like I am:) Otherwise, I don't know what we would eat , as we share in the cooking! Just a quick laugh, as some days, I can be out there all day, and we wouldn't eat if it wouldn't be for him, and he's a great cook!
Thanks for reading , see you all tomorrow, or the next!
here is the new bed in the 1st garden, for the multi colored corn, and cucumbers, and some picture's of the 1st garden with the raised beds! These picture's show a little more than when I first posted this thread!
These pictures show the second fenced in garden, This is where I'll put most of the corn, more cucumbers, beans, and watermelon, down toward the back I'll put cantaloup, and if you can see towards the back of the fenced in area, that's where our compost pile is, I'd say it's at least 6' x 6' x 3' high, and it's getting pretty rich, just not as fast as I need it, as I'm still buying compost! Maybe I started out to big, but I have plenty here on the property to compost, and I haven't really studied up that much on compost, it's just really hard to turn, water and keep it with in the temperature it need's to be, to compost down to usable good smelling dirt:) Anyone have any idea's? I have read up on how to compost, I bought a container, nice looking, to sit on my counter, to collect coffee grounds, egg shells, tea bags, and any other items that make great compost, but when you follow the rule's, it can get to big to turn, as in all materials that can be used as compost, so I have slowed down, just filling the recycle containers we sit out for the garbage guys each week :(, I want to keep the stuff for my own use, but just don't have the time or man power to generate all we have into compost, isn't it amazing, what we throw away everyday? I wouldn't have to buy compost!!!! Ok, It's time to get to bed, I'm tired, but am ready for my new day in the garden, Always looking forward to it, I think I dream it, weird but true!
BTW, just some happy things: My DH shops for groceries, He takes care of our 3 children, a chiwawa(?sp) and 2 shit zus, He goes to the doggy park everyday with them, NO, he doesn't do laundry, I Do, We both cook, We both clean the house, But he is a gentleman, and is always wanting to help me in the garden's, I just use the gardens as my therapy, I have degenerative bone disease, I have a plate in my cervical spine C-3 through C-7, and my lower back is going the same route, my hands look like a person who is in their 70"s, BUT, I'm loving life, and as long as I can do this, I'm going to do this, I just love playing in the dirt!
This is a small pool, for the dogs, lol, but I'll be putting an above ground pool in, for water therapy for both myself and DH, the doggy's have their own pool, and believe me, they get in it, and love it!! This is my Shit Zue, Whiskey, he's the one that usually lays around in the pool, my Chawawa(sp?) Chico,get's in , get's wet and get's out, to fast usually to grab the camera, and than my other shit zue, Dakota, she also like's to get in, but very rarely, so here again, no picture's, but, Whiskey is my Brat dog, at 18 months old, he has no fear of anything, and follows Chico's every move, he is like a shadow, what Chico does, he does! I just had to add something about my family here , they are dogs, but they are treated as our children, we love them, and my DH spoil's them more than I do, but that's because I'm in the gardens most days, and he is with the kids!!!
Dakota, Whiskey, looking better than his "wet " self, and Chico, with his favorite toy ! OK, no more pic's of my kids on this Thread, they'll be on the pet threads, but I just had to put them up here, as I'm so happy for what I have in my life, and feel blessed to be able to grow a nice garden, have a great hubby, and 3 beautiful pets, I call kids! LOL! Thanks for looking, and yes, I want to keep this thread geared towards the growth of my first raised bed garden, and what ever else come's up from the dirt as I plant it! See you all on the sunny side of tomorrow afternoon! May we have a little rain!
WOW...you sure have been busy!!!!! My top soil is being delivered tomorrow AM and then I can get "serious" about gardening. I have a couple wooden pallets I plan to use as raised beds for some veg - easy to get a straight row!!! The tomatoes & beans are going into the flower garden this year to see how they do. So I'll have them in 4 places, each gets different sun.
Thanks David and Q, your comments are very much appreciated, Today I started in the other bed, behind the far fence, the bed garden is finished for now, I'll go back and plant some more multi colored corn, ( I have 24 seeds in the block) I planted sweet bi-licious hybrid from 'Burpee', and saved some room in the bed for additional corn, to be planted about 4 weeks from now, ( I haven't ever bought or traded seed yet, need to start doing it, but I'm just use to going to Lowe's and looking at their seed rack, picking out what looks good, and than planting it)Next year I'll do what I've been learning here at DG, and that's ordering seed from catalogs, after reading up on what others order for my area here in central Florida. Today I started 2 hills for my corn seed in the far garden,this time I planted another Burpee type, sweet white called "sweet opal hybrid", I have 2 hills finished with 26 seeds in each row, the most back breaking planting I've done so far , and I still have 1 or 2 more hills to go, this bed is much bigger than the multi colored corn I planted. I love white corn better, but decided to try a few multi, just to see which grows best here in my soil. When I say it was the hardest of all my planting, I mean it! Even though the beds were tilled almost 2 weeks ago, it was still hard on me, to get the soil amended, and create the hills for my plantings, I swear I never seen so much dirt, but I was getting rid of the old and adding new, 2 rows took me 4 hours, and that was brutal. I was a little rushed as , while I was working I could see the rain clouds moving in, and I wanted this done before the rain came, at least most of the corn, anyway, as I was cleaning up for the day, Yeah!!! It started to rain, not a lot, but it was enough to make me smile, and I'm praying for more, I hear we may have a good chance of rain for the next 3 days, may God bless us here in Flagler County, ,and give us rain!!!! I do need to get the other rows of corn in, but oh darn, I can do it in between the rain drops! lol ! My Dh is starting to think I'm possessed! Everyday, I wake up, eat my cereal, and head for the gardens, never to be seen again till lunch, and he swears I'm not eating lunch, but I am, he's just not noticing, and he's made us dinner the last 3 days now, today was the best, corn beef and cabbage, with mashed potatoes! I started the corn beef this am before going out to the garden, he finished that, and peeled the potatoes for mashed, and did the cabbage. He did well!!!! ( he did ask me what to put into the potatoes while mashing them, he knew butter for sure, but I also use a little mayo for the creaminess, and the taste. When I came in from the garden he was just finishing up! For me, a great big long shower to ease my neck muscles, and when I came out from the shower, dinner was served! What a great day, good gardening, rain, and a long hot shower and the best, great food, prepared by my better half! I am so relaxed, it's just a matter of time before I'm sound asleep! I know you looked at the time as I write this, but I did sit here and read some of my favorite items before skipping to my own thread, there just isn't enough time in my day to do everything I want to do, I'm hyper, but I know I still need to slow down before bed. If it rains I can finish some of my crafts I've started and put on hold till the main part of the garden is done. Than it's just maintenance, the hard part is done, and I have about a week of gardening, than can sit back and relax. My green house is coming alive with my seedlings, but these are all for later planting, don't want everything coming in at once, need to space it all out. I look forward to taking it easy after the hard part of the garden is finished, next year it'll be much easier as the beds will have been built, and the soil amended from this year, not as much to do as it was this year, starting from scratch! I hope it all pays off!
And how was your day?
My picture's aren't in order, there were a few steps missing! But I did a hill, than went back and did the 2nd, that planted the seed, and than threw a thin layer of mulch on the hills, not sure if I needed to , but better safe than sorry!
OK, I see a crisis, I think !! I put in my cucumbers, and squash, they had been in there seed containers longer than they should have been, it was always to cold to get them into the garden, I did start them rather early, I'd say some time around January, as we were having such awesome weather. They just went to the garden a week ago, but today while looking at my plantings I see something I don't like, it doesn't look good, I think I'm getting a mildewy problem already, and if this is the case, what do I do, I can pull them, as I have some new plantings started in the green house. Look at my picture's and tell me what you think, or is this normal. Sure doesn't look normal!!!!
the first 4 picture's are of the cucumbers, they have a silvery substance starting to grow on them, am I panicking for nothing, they also look a little dried up, they've been in the ground for around 6 days now, and the last picture is of one of my squash plants, all of a sudden it has little hole's in the leaves! I looked and saw no little varmits, or other thingings that can be eating the holes into the squash, what is going on, it's too soon to be having problems! I'm crying right now, anxious to set this madness right! Help!!!!
opps, sorry the last 3 pics are of squash, the first 2 are the cucumbers, but they all have the same silver stuff going on, the last pic is a squash that has holes in the leaves! It's hard seeing the picture's till you up load them, sorry for the mix up, no matter, there is a problem, and as a gardener, you know your plants, but like me, not always sure of the health issue! Thanks for any feed back!
Being root bound & then transplanted should not bother them. I'd move the mulch away from around the stem. Instead of the mulch try using shredded or even just sheets of newspaper around the vineing plants.
I'm having the same problem with my Asian Melons...? I think its the bouncing-ball weather patterns we've been having into March for one thing... I'm going to start some new fresh seedlings of some things now that the weather seems to have made up its mind!
Q, I'm going to try that, putting newspaper around the vegetables trunks, I use to use it as a mulch, but haven't lately, I have plenty of trees against the line of my property, I'll be raking them up for a good compost, I already bagged quite a few, but will use them next year, I have a big compost pile, but I'm already half wat through it, so will buy my compost the rest of this year, and work on growing the compost for use next year.
Q and Coast, yes, it is awful outside, today I went around about 6-7:30pm, and put blankets on my beds again, when is this nasty weather gona quit!!! Between the wind, and the cold, I'd think we were living up north! I am so over the worrying about my pitiful little plantings being beat up by the wind and the chilly weather. I have a green house, and the plants I could get inside are all cuddled up, but the one's in the ground are left to their own devices, I did put some sheets, and what ever I could get my hands on, over them, even though they aren't calling for frost, at least the covers will hold some heat in. I read a lot about"hot boxes", I think that's what their called, next year I'll be sure to raise my raised beds another 6", and than be able to staple some plastic over the tops when the weather gets like this, create a green house effect! Much easier than what I'm doing now! And when Lowe's and HD's does their winter sales, I'm going to buy the frost mats that they haven't sold( last year I remember them on sale to get rid of the merchandise) I'm going to buy them up, to be used next year! I remember last year they had them on sale for $7.00 something, this winter they were selling them for $12 or so, I don't quite remember, but know they'll be cheaper if they haven't sold them. I'm just over the ups and downs of Florida weather!!!! Who needs a gym membership, when all you do is lift and move your plants to keep them safe!! I know I don't! Hope you all have an easy 2 nights on your plantings, we all are in the hype moad for getting things up and growing, the weather has led us to believe it was time, and now this, ugggggggggggggggg! Go away you cold monster!!!!!!!!
For my small plants, I upend buckets over them on the COLD nites. Lg cardboard boxes are also good for larger plants. Free from most stores and fold flat for storage. Also you can rake piles of leaves and put those around the young plants in the garden. That trick worked in MD so should also work here. My neighbors could never figure out how I had vegetables in the ground so early.
Qwilter, I did just that this morning, up ended all my empty pots, and have them sitting besides the plant there going over tonight. Freeze, are you kidding me. I feel like I've been there done that, too many time's. It's getting old now, I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle. I moved as much stuff into the green house as I could, and than rounded up all the sheets, curtains, plastic I have and am ready to start covering everything around 5-6 tonight. Keep what ever warmth there is, in the ground. I spent 2 hours outside this morning, uncovering things I had covered last night, and now with the freeze we're going to get, a step further was taken, getting everything moved back to the green house.( I have a little red wagon for hauling stuff around the yard ) and I'm so thankful my DH built it for me, and as quick as he did. I have extra room in the shed, but didn't need to put anything in there. Maybe my palms I have in pots will get moved in, as I have 2 on my back lanai. There so big and hard to move, I was going to put them in the ground, now I'm glad I didn't, I can just move them inside.
So what else is everyone doing to protect their gardens ? Next year I'm going to have DH mount some thin pvc poles over the raised gardens, I saw this at Lowes when I was there last, than I can put the frost sheets over the pvc and create a warm place for my plants. Plus if I need to give my plants some shade I'll already have the poles in place.
Anyway, everyone have a great day, try to stay warm, and keep those plants safe! Jami
Hello to all, I've been busy in the garden, and starting to see some progress! Being my first raised bed garden, and also, an in the ground garden on the other side of the yard which was started for corn only, I read about the 3 sister style of gardening, so in that part of the garden I'll be putting in some cucumbers, beans, and squash, and along the fence, watermelon, things are beginning to take shape. I managed to handle the last cold spell we had, nothing was lost due to the cold temps, 34 degrees here in Flagler, I put a heater in my green house, and in the am checked the inside temps, it showed a toasty 64 degree's, better than the outside temps, for sure! It's funny, the more I read on here from everyone's experience, the more I think I'd do some things differently, But, so far so good for the first time. I went to my favorite store today, and purchased a lot of things I needed, didn't know anything about these things till I started reading about them, I bought a meter to measure the wetness of my soil around the roots of my veggie's, it works, as I tried it in different places, very dry in the middle of the lawn, damp in my bed's, and than directly into my bird bath, lol, measured top red line of wet!!!Being a beginner I decided to be on the safe side, last year with my container garden, I ended up with over watered plants, and had mold, and lot's of blossom rot, I think it's called, my poor squash looked so good, and I got a few nice pieces, but because I was watering to much, things went down hill. This time, I'm not taking any chances, I'm a beginner, and I'll do what it takes, any advice I can get is good advise. I also bought a very good soil testing kit, I got the colored coded capsules to measure the different aspects of my soil,( nitrogen, potash, and phosphorus) I has originally bought a metered one, got it home, tried it, than read all the reviews on the one I bought, Bad, Bad, Bad Reviews, packed it back up, and returned it today for the kit I got, plus, was able to buy 2 plants for the yard ( a confederate jasmine and an oleander) , with the money I had returned for the soil meter. Yeah for me! I'm learning, slowly, but it's an on going process, and I feel very good about the process of it all, dreamed of a day when I could have the time and energy to do something like this, and only want the best for the out come, plenty of good stuff for me and my DH to eat healthy, and some to give to my friends and neighbors who can't , for what ever reason, produce their own garden. I also bought some blood meal, bone meal, fish emulsion, and some neem oil. I have seven dust, but have read great things about the neem oil, so I got soem, just in case. These are things I never knew, and because of belonging to DG, and reading everyone's threads, each and everyone on here who have the knowledge, you all have been a blessing by sharing what you know. Hopefully I can be an inspiration to someone who is just starting out, by posting my ups and downs of a first time raised bed gardener. I did do a little of my container garden on here back in 2010, but I was more into my mosaic art, as I really didn't have much of a yard for gardening, which is why I started out with the containers. Now, I'm excited. I can't wait to see the transformation of my yard, I have all I could want with the DH building my shed, and GH, now the real work begins. Thanks to everyone !!! You've all been a big help, and too many names to mention! I just know this site is invaluable to a beginner like me!
I'm still a little confused about some things. I mulched my gardens, so when I add certain things to the soil to feed, or even like compost, do I move the mulch out of the way, I know not to put anything directly on the stem/stalks, but I watched a few videos, and the one's I saw, they didn't have a mulched bed, just dug up the soil added the amendments, and chopped it into the soil, my verbage may be in-correct (sp too), but would really like some feed back on this.
Next question, at this time I water in the mornings, because of the size of my 2 gardens, I've thought about soaker hoses, but it's a little late for them this year, I am on a budget and can't afford them either, would it be OK to hook the hose to a sprinkler and water from overhead? I've always heard this is bad for the foliage, causes mildew and other damaging diseases, so I've been watering each and every plant as I walk the hose through the garden, very time consuming, but will keep doing it, if over head watering is bad. Another question related to watering, when is the best time to water and for how long. Most plants don't like soggy feet, I know for certain squash, but what about other vegetables? When their all grouped together, (I did companion planting), they're all going to get the same amount of water, so I think this is all good. Another question on watering, what's the latest part of the day to water? My DH said not in the evening as it causes mildew. But what if the ground is dry? We have such hot days here, it sucks the moisture out of the soil. Doesn't it? I used garden soil, lots of compost, dried leaves, cow manure, and some top soil to do my raised beds, but the area where I have my corn is "in the ground". I dug a trench, using some of the original soil and the above mentioned items, turning all the amendments together and than refilled the trench and created a mound, which is where I planted the corn, cucumbers, beans and some squash. That would seem to me to dry out quicker through out the day, and would need a drink sometime in the late afternoon. This soil was tilled a few times prior to us doing the trench, all the big stuff dug out of the soil, grass clumps, rocks, what ever seemed to be yuck, was tossed to the tree line, I measured a depth after it was tilled and filled back in to be about 24" deep, all soft , you can dig your hand in and pull a nice hand full of soil out. So would it stay moist all day, till the next? I know, to much info for what I'm asking, Right? I just have a hard time explaining things, and do my best to give the right information, for the answer I need.
Next question, where do I get worm castings? lol ! I've read so much information on here and other sites, I think I'm going to have an exploding brain soon! I did find worms in my compost, but what are castings? worm poop? where do I get it? BTW, not a lot of worms in my compost, but a few here and there when we're turning it. My DS use to tell me when I'd take him fishing and he'd be tearing the worms in half and I'd ask him what he was doing " mom, you have to make 2 worms out of one, they grow back if you don't use them, and you have more than you started with to " I don't know how true this is, I never fished, only took the DS when he wanted to go, but while tossing the compost, I've often wondered if I happen to cut 1 in half, will it make more worms? Not that I'm going to do that, I don't harm anything, and always try to save a living entity, no matter if it's a bug, spider, snake or plant. I have a hard time thinning my seedlings when their growing.
On a last note, yesterday was an interesting day in the garden! I had, what I think was a Monarch Butterfly just flitting around, at least an hour while I was watching "him", I even came in the house and got my camera, went out and filmed him on video, ,and managed to get a few picture's as he settled on different things in the raised bed garden. I even caught him in flight, in a picture:). Than while I was surveying my plantings, I found a caterpillar, I didn't look him up yet in the bug files, I did the butterfly, but I picked him up and put him in the woods. I didn't see any others, he happened to be in a potted sweet pea plant. He was a fast moving one, he was very lively, I had to take several picture's before I could get one where he wasn't shaded by a leaf, or pea pod. I was quite surprised he was as active as he was. When I went to pick him up, using a small garden tool, lol, he rolled up into a ball, and ended up getting under a piece of mulch, and it took some time to roll him out, and onto my garden spoon to get him out of the pot to take him to the woods. I think I spent an hour between him and the butterfly. I love filming the wild life in my yard, as we live on a border of a nature preserve, That's another thread I'd love to start, surely there is one already, I have great pictures since moving here and would love to share. I also added a birdbath to my raised garden area. I just finished it, was a discarded item my DH seen and picked up for me, now it's a beautiful piece, worthy of mention on the mosaic thread, my old DG home, and for Trash to Treasure, another of my favorite threads!
OK folks, I've had my say for tonight, Thanks to all who have read this the whole way through, I hope someone can answer my questions, and also hope that maybe someone is reading this who wants to do a raised bed garden and doesn't know where to start, as one newbie to another, "just do it" !
Happy Easter to All, May You All have a Joyful and Blessed Day ! God Bless!
I also wanted to post updated picture's of the gardens so far. I went back to the beginning of this thread, and looked at what I already put on here, an am so amazed at the progress my DH and I have done so far. Amazing! I was looking at the tree line behind our property in the first pictures I posted, and the trees were still pretty bare, and in the new picture's they are a little more greener than than. I still have 3 more rows to get finished, 1 row of corn, and the watermelon need to go in along the fence, this is the "in-ground garden" on the other side of the yard, from the raised beds, in these picture's. The first picture in the back ground is 2 rows of corn, to the right of that, 2 more rows are going in, with the help of some friends, and my DH, I'm trying to keep up with everything, and my a few of my friends are wanting to help, for obvious reasons,lol, and in the front of the picture are 2 squash, one on each end, and in the middle cucumber plants. I'll do a half a row beside these plants, as this is one of the entrances to this part of the garden, and the gate swings in, so I only have a half of a row here to finish. The second picture is of the outside of the fence, I put a bagavilla in here, a "very little one" hope it grows fast, lol, some morning glory's to climb the fence, and some marigolds to keep the bugs at bay. The 3rd picture is a row of cucumbers, back along the first 2 rows of corn, and where I'll be putting corn seed in, I wasn't sure which was to be planted first, but these cucumbers had to get into the ground, and than the freeze came, I had them covered, that's the sheet beside them earlier in the day as I was preparing for the frost. Today, I don't think they'll make it, looking rough around the edges, but I have more in the Gh, so they can be replaced if they don't make it. The corn will go into this row with the cucumbers, and the next 2 rows of corn will be to the left, of this row, with bush beans as a companion plant. Marigolds will be inter-planted through out this whole area. Also, watermelon will go in to the left also, but my picture's don't show that area yet. Everything has been tilled more than once, the soil has been ready, I just need to get it done!
And this is the most recent pictures of the raised bed gardens!
1st picture, Lettuce, peas, and a cucumber plant or two
2nd picture, Squash and cucumber
3rd picture, corn
4th picture, bed #1 tomato, lettuce radish, and spring onions
5th picture, bed #2 tomato, swwet peas, sugar snap peas, and bush beans
You really do have a lot of new beds to tend and it sounds like your soil has been amended well. You'll be getting so many good answers to your questions. These are some thoughts from me regarding some of your questions and hope they are helpful:...
I water any time my plants need it regardless of the time of day. Watering things like Tomatos and the Cucurbits (Squash, Melons, Cucumbers etc.) I try to water early and during the day, as our Sun dries the leaves rapidly during the day.
Those black soaker hoses that feel rough and let water seep out of them are really inexpensive at Big Lots and can still be snaked right over the top of the mulch and they work great. A roll of inexpensive heavy wire or old metal coat hangers can be cut into long pins to keep them in place.(I have devised a movable raised sprinkler system I will photograph and describe for you that may be helpful and works great for me in some situations)
I apply granular fertilizers lightly in my soil when amending it, and more around each plant on the surface when planting them. It is important to not let these fertilizers touch the stem area or set on the leaves. It is perfectly fine to apply granular or time-released fertilizers right on top of the mulch any time needed. This also includes Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulphate) bone meal, lime etc. They will all hose in and work their way down through the soil with every rain or watering.
When I first bought this property it was so dry and sandy I rarely saw an Earthworm. Now I can rarely dig without hitting several anywhere? ( The chickens love them and the Earthworms love the chicken poop!) The more you add organic materials and especially things like Chicken, Cow, Horse manures the worms will appear and will naturally leave their castings as they loosen the soil around your plants in their daily travels!
Thats enough from me now...Ha!
Happy Gardening and everything looks great! Can you send us a closeup of the mosaics detail on your Birdbath?
Thanks David for a quick and informative response ! Our soil was very dry and sandy looking here also. The front yard in barely green, and the back yard has good and bad spots. I don't know if I plan on doing anything this year to make the grass come back or putting down sod, a ;ot of money has been put into the gardens so far this year. Plus, after looking at your picture's, I love what you've done, the pathways, flowers and ground cover that are native to our soil here in Florida look a lot more natural, have very little need for water, and I think I'm going to do something similar to what you've done. That would be done in the front yard of course as it is a total desolate area similar to a desert with nothing but red ants living in the soil. We keep chasing them with red ant killer, but they just move to a new home! The back yard is going to get some more flowers, vines to climb the garden fences, and some tropical plants like banana trees, elephant ears, anything that is growing behind us in the woods. That's my husband specialty, he has a knack for making the landscape look like we're living in the keys somewhere. I really wish it was all done NOW, But I know in time it will look as wonderful as what you've done!
My birdbath, here's the story on that, short one of course, my DH picked it up along the street out of someone's trash, brought it home, and here are the before and after pictures! I have a good camera, so you can see some of the details in the dish , the base was painted because of the way it was, to many ridges and uneven design work for anything to stick to it, and be grouted. Paint was the better alternative. I'm unsure as to if I want to mosaic the pedestal of the birdbath, or leave it as is. It's to flashy as it is, and I think it would be to much for the eye all at once! Enjoy the picture's!!
BTW, can you tell me where to get these plants, I went to Lowes, and couldn't find a one of them, it was so busy, that I couldn't ask anyone where to look, and decided maybe I'd go to a nursery, and get better advice and service. OR, maybe from the internet somewhere! Beside's you and some others on here, I have seen some beautiful plants I want to use in my gardens. Here's my little list : amaranth, love,lies and bleeding, hot biscuts, tower red and golden purslane. (Not sure if I spelled all correctly)
One other question where does everyone buy there vegetable seeds around our area? I bought all my seeds through Lowes, most are burpee seed, but have since read something that it's better to buy from a certified seed seller! Is there a catalog or again, somewhere on line to get next year's seed, as I will use what I have this year, but never again. Thanks again! Jami
Hope your having a wonderful Easter today,
Sunrise Service was beautiful here, just 2 blocks from the beach, now going to put the ham in. Friends are coming today, all our children live in Tampa, New York and Pa. Pretty spread out, so we have our home grown family here! lol
BTW, The glass pieces aren't sharp, there is a polyurethane coating on the glass and beads, you can rub your hand across the pieces and not get cut, I had to make sure it was safe for the birds who use it. The poly won't harm them either, now, I have to watch and see if they're using it. They get into the dogs swimming pool to take there bath's, so now they have their own! If I see them using it, I will surely grab the camera to get picture's!
For worm castings - make sure you get "unprocessed". The processing kills most of the nutrients you want from them. There is a lady over near Apopka that raises worms. And a couple folks up in JAX also. You get the best castings & teas from a "worm farm".
I always fertilize the holes when I plant and don't put the mulch close to the stems so when I want to fertilize again, I'm getting right to the roots. Occasionally I do get the fertilizer that goes on the hose & then I do spray down the mulch. I got the tomato bed fertilized and put pine straw down this AM. Now it can go ahead & rain all it wants the next few days. In btwn rain drops I'll attempt to get the zucchini & peppers planted. Left a bucket high hill where the zucchini will go.
Ace is a good place to get "native" plants. They have a much better selection than the Big Box stores. I know there is one on Rt 1 is S St Augustine. Also Maggie's Herb Farm has lovely plants.
Then there is the Garden Club of St Augustine Plant sale at The St. Johns County Agricultural Center on 20-21 Apr. It is right off of 95 near the St Augustine Outlets. I've heard they have excellent plants.
( smiling) Thanks David, For the compliment on my bird bath! As the creator, I always feel it could be better, when I look at other's work, I get so envious, but I gues we all have a special way of doing mosaics, and if we were all to design the same kind of pattern, we wouldn't be "special" in what we do. I am the worst critic of my own work. I love doing it, but when finished, I think I should of , could of, but it's to late! So your comment made me light up with a smile! Thank You!
Qwil, I'll have to look into these places, it is worm poop, correct? How do I implement the casings into the beds once I get them? Do I do the same thing as when adding compost, dump it around the perimeter and dig it into the soil?
I knew I'd need help once I got this garden started, so much to learn, how to apply what I'm learning, etc, etc! lol! Wow, I have my duty cut out for me the next couple of weeks. Today, I fed all my plants in front of the house, not much to be fed in front, but needed some TLC. I worked on our Easter dinner, once things were rolling along DH took over, that left me a chance to get out doors to do what I love to do, so the front was the priority today. Finished up in about 2 hours, took a shower and had a great Easter dinner with friends, and DH. It was a beautiful day! I managed to get a few picture's while finishing up, and also, found some new growth on my Bromalaids(sp), lol, so funny I can't spell some of this stuff, hopefully , that's what the plant is!
Had great Easter my son cooked so we went to his house.
Regarding watering=I have irrigation system but also water by hand frequently. I NEVER water when sun it out hot as leaves burn and turn brown or curl up. I'm in Lake County and we aren't supposed to water after 10AM or until after 4PM.
My flower beds are all mulched and it takes me quite a while but I pull mulch away from stems and use slow release fertilizer. When planting I always put a handful of cow manure in hole and water, then plant,
more water and then cover in with dirt from hole.
Hopefully we will get some spring rains this year as they really help.
Your gardens look like they are coming along very well. Love your gazing balls also. I have tried to get some old bowling balls as I would like to paint 2 lady bugs but no luck at getting any yet. Was given a set of very heavy iron bench legs and the design on them is beautiful but I will paint them one color. I'm not artistic. I'll buy lumber and it will make a good sturdy garden bench. Also, I have a bicycle planter that needs painting. I never seem to get cause up on the cutsy projects. Takes a lot of time just to keep the plants and fish healthy.
Look forward to seeing on the 13th.
A big happy hello to all ! Bonnie, I have my projects all going at the same time as the gardens, but the gardens always win out, they come first right now. I got my bowling balls off craigs list, I put in the add what I was going to use them for, after I had people trying to sell me the balls and the carry bag, they thought I wanted to bowl, so I re-worded my add, and said I was using them in an art project, and would pay $5.00 for any I could find. I had people coming out of the wood work with balls. I bought 5, took the add off, and still have 1 more to finish. If your doing lady bugs, try a few stepping stones. They would be pretty amazing looking in the garden.
Thanks for the info on gardening techniques, every little bit helps. I did move the mulch away from all stems, and trunks of my plants. I bought the spray bottle to be used with a hose (miracle grow) and will give everything a good feeding this week sometime. I also had to buy more compost, as my pile has went down considerably and needs to be started again.
David, Thanks, The front yard is almost as big as the back yard. I think I'll wait till next spring to start in on that. I still don't know what I'm going to do, I'd like to put in a raised flower garden, using qoquina rock as the border. Centered of course. We did this years ago to another home we had, I think I have picture's, I'll have to look, but we had a home equity line of credit, and were able to buy some big palms to put in it, in addition to flowers. We're not living on credit anymore, so... what to do, what to do...LOL! I'm sure to figure it out.
Now for some updates on my garden: I bought some new flowers to go in the back, not vegetables. My DH is freaking out, lol. I went shopping, and came home with plants, not clothing. I bought lobelia, verbena, carolina jasmine, another purple bougainvillea, and a coral honey suckle. I went to a nursery looking for tansey and the plant David has, amaranth. I was told they didn't have them in yet, the tansey they really didn't stock, and the amaranth isn't ready yet to be sold yet, what ever that means. I'm going to hopefully put my bowling balls there for sale, once I take a few over to show the owner what I have. Fingers crossed! I may decide to sale the birdbath also. I can always make more, but the extra cash would be lovely too.
Next: I had company last night. Didn't see him or her, but we know it was a bear!!! I knew we had 2 in the area from the neighbors, but didn't expect them to climb over the fence to get into the garden. It did !! Squished the fence in 2 places, 1 where it went in, and than again where it went out! No Damage Done to the garden it's self, phew... DH woke me up to tell me before I actually saw it, and had it fixed before I could grab the camera. I was surprised it didn't walk in the raised beds, yeah, that's the garden it got into, It did get a few seedling of corn, but I think they'll be ok once I tap the soil around them back down. Other than that, nothing. I already looked on the internet to find something to keep them out and came up with an invention called a scarecrow motion detection sprayer. You hook up a hose to it, turn on the water, and when something walks across the eye of it, it releases a giant spray of water. Amazon has them for $51.00 and change, plus free shipping. They have 30 + videos of this thing in action, sent by people who bought them. So much fun watching this thing in action. Almost peed my panties, laughing so hard. I'm going to order 1, and than another, as long as the first performs as they say it does. A few blast from the scarecrow, the bears will think twice before trying to climb the fence. Great for deer to! It doesn't look like a scarecrow, just a normal extra big sprinkler head. It gets it's name because it guards the garden. Look it up, if for only the laughs!
1st picture is of a stepping stone I did, I made a few in the day, but sold most of them. The 2nd and 3rd picture's of our home we owned years ago. We did the front yard ourselves, I wish we could do it again here, but money is a little different now, so I need to come up with another plan.
Well, gotta run, time to get groceries in the house. I hope you all have a great day! Happy Gardening, Jami
BTW, the house was also undergoing some changes, as you can see in the 3rd picture. We were redoing the facade on the front. And I don't have the picture's of the finished touches after we completed it. I don't know why, weird as I have a lot of past pictures, oh well, it's long gone,!
Hi All, Hope your enjoying the rain, I know I am!
David, Thanks for the compliment, I also wish I could find free Qoquina Rocks. When we got the one's in the picture, my DH was working with a custom home builder, who also was a very good friend. He had all these extra's left over from a landscaping job he had done, and invited my DH to help himself to them. All we had to do was hire someone to pick up and deliver them. The day they arrived was funny. The truck pulled up, (I had no idea they were coming) and just dumped them in the front yard. All my neighbors stopped by afterwards and started asking what we were doing with all the rock. At the time I was clueless, my DH wasn't home to answer their questions let alone my own. When he finally came home, even he said he didn't know, he just took them because they were offered. I couldn't imagine moving them, they were all huge, very heavy! When he finally got the idea, I was still skeptical, but as he progressed along with his plan, things started coming together. When he first put the trees in, everything still looked funny, as the middle of the pile wasn't filled in yet, but in time he had a truck load of garden soil brought in, filled in the middle, and started planting flowers. The summer of that year, we had more people stopping and taking picture's of our flower garden. It was a very proud summer. It's to bad we never got around to finishing the house, outside and in, another story, but it was looking like a key west style home and landscape. It was beautiful! The neighbors all had the cookie cutter home's, done in traditional paint colors, we on the other hand added the prefab columns, all the fancy window trims, the coins ( I think that's what they're called), everything my DH learned from working with his friend was incorporated to our home. The colors we painted it were a Lime green on all the added stuff, the facade of the house was a cheery yellow ! My next door neighbor even asked me 1 day if that was the primer coat, lol, I said "no, this is the actual color we chose", I thought her mouth was going to catch a few fly's, she had it hanging open so wide! We were in love with the look, but all things came to an end, the home sits empty at this time, it has since we moved from it. It is a long story, but we still own it, waiting for the bank to foreclose on it, Sad, but true. One day when I'm in the area looking for yard sales, I'll stop by and get some picture's, but I know it's a little weeded in the bed, but someone is cutting the lawn in front, the back is over grown with weeds and grass. I had a really nice garden in the back also with a pool, and a pond.
We have a new life now, so no going back to what should have been. I'm thankful for the rain were having, I can't believe how green everything is getting with just a day's worth of rain. I went out to the garden last night, and swear the corn has grown 2" since 2 days ago. It looks to be about 4"- 5" high, I just hope the bear stays out of the yard. I did order the scarecrow, a motion detecter that shoots water when something crosses it path, I'll post picture's when I get it, if it works as it shows, I'll be ordering another, this way I'll have 1 on each end of the garden. A rude way to keep animals of height out of where you don't want them. Like bears and deer ! I can picture the scene in my head, just mozzing along, sniffing for something to eat when Bam.. you get hit with a strong spray of water, chasing you back into the woods! I need to set up a spy cam to catch it on tape if it should happen. I'll have to look into it, but think it would be a little expensive. Not sure how all this high tech surveillance works, or how much it cost.
Everyone have a great and beautiful Day, no need to water the garden, so sit back , relax, and watch it grow! Jami
Lovely pictures you are doing a good job.
2 words of warning.
1st be careful when you prune the confederate jasmine I find the sticky sap irritates my skin. Also do not plant next to your house the vines will stick to walls and mess up house paint
2nd be careful not to over admen your soil-my dad did that. Some times less is more.
My raised beds are taking off, doing very well for it being my first time. Wren, I have to ask, over amending the soil, I am so scared that's it's under amended, but I did buy a kit with capsule's that tells me the ph of the soil, and all the other things, potash, etc. I think I'm done, everything is running around 6-7.5 for the PH, I also got a water meter, I have a tendency to over water. Last year, all my plants were in pots, and I ended up with blossom rot, I think it's called, my squash and cucumbers would have mushy ends where it grew from the flower. So now, every time I think I need to water, I measure the water in the soil first, I'm surprised at how it looks dry, but is very wet yet from the rains we had a few days ago. I hope not to make those mistakes this year.
I put the jasmine out along the shed, ,DH is going to put up some lattice and wants it to climb the shed, we have honey suckle also, that went in between the GH and the raised bed garden, here again DH will put up lattice to get it started up over the green house. We also moved some banana trees from the woods into the yard, with some elephant ears. My DH has an eye for this kinda thing, flowers etc. so I let him have at it, mine is the vegetable gardens, him decorating the yard.
We also got our scarecrow, what a hoot, I dare the bear to come back and climb into the garden. He'll get a scare when a blast of water hits him, I think just the noise from it will spook him, we played with it, and made sure it covers all areas where he may try to enter the garden again. For the $51.00 we payed for it, it was well worth it, works wonderful, my dogs even stay away from walking in front of it. A few time's and they learned, it keeps them out of the woods for one, now hope it keeps the bear in the woods!
Here is a picture of the scarecrow, and of it being set off by my DH, he's behind the garden, and this thing will sense him and shoot a big strong spray of water, We hope it'll keep the deer and the bear from the garden.
These are 3 different trailing plants I just put in, and above I said the jasmine was along the shed, Nope, I was wrong, I just went out and looked and here in the picture's show what is where, sorry about that, the Star Jasmine is on the fence, in the 3rd picture, the 4th is at the GH, this is a coral honey suckle, we will grow it up the side of the GH once a piece of lattice is attached, and the 5th picture is beside the shed, this is a scarlet trumpet honey suckle. My neighbor has one and I fell in love with it. Here again, I think DH is putting a piece of Lattice for the jasmine to climb. I also have seedlings that I directly sowed into the ground coming up, purple morning glory's, that will cover all my fence's. I hope the picture's towards the end of summer will show a big change to what is here now! I have a few more picture's to show in the next reply!
Somehow the picture's got mixed up, in the last post, but you can figure it out. Here are some of my raised bed plants making a beautiful statement; I have squash flowering already, peas and sugar peas, bush beans, and white sweet corn.
How are your gardens doing?
Have a happy kinda smiley day, Happy Gardening! Jami
I'm going to start with my milk and baking soda spray and a little Spinosad for fungus on the Cucumbers, melons, and squash plants. The Spinosad is veggie and people friendly and gets rid of the leafminer which seems to be making its presence early this year. It also gets rid of the various beetles and caterpillars that can turn stems and fruits to mush!
Hello everyone, Sorry I took a leave of absence from my thread, The heat has been stressful, What happened to spring is in the air? I've been slowly trying to finish the gardens, as of now, all I need to do is add some spring onions to a few long planters, and finish up getting my egg plant extras, and brussell sprouts into pots, as I ran out of room in the raised beds, and the corn garden. Everything is coming along nice, I'm picking some lettuce, radish, sugar peas, and peas, also 1 nice yellow summer squash so far. I'm just jumping for joy, tickled pink as they say. I can finally slow down, ordered a intex pool, should be here by the 25th, a 12 x 30 above ground pool. Enough to cool off while floating around on my raft with my e-reader in hand. I had one before, loved it, and it's big enough to jump in and cool off from the heat of summer with out paying out lots of money. My yard is almost done in the back, I planted seed for extra flowers, and things are going good there too. I hung some pots in front of the house today, as it started to pour rain, YEAH!!!! Everything has been transplanted, mulched, and fertilized! I missed Bonnie's RU, So sad, as I hear they had a wonderful time! I'm jealous that everyone had plants to go home with, and someone put a bug in my ear about having a RU here in Flagler Beach, This could happen!!!!!! I just didn't have the time to escape to go to Bonnie's as I know me, and I needed to finish up here, one day make's a big difference when your friends can't always come to help you do what you need done. I started out small, enough for me to do, but kept going with my vision, and with friends helping it's easy, but when they can't come, it's all on me and my dear DH, and he isn't into gardening even though he like's to eat fresh. We had the best salad the other night, Fresh lettuce, Sugar peas and peas, raw,, some radish, basil, chives, and a store bought vine ripe tomato, as mine aren't ready yet. He said it was the best salad he ate in a long time. lol!!! BTW, We used Italian dressing! LOL
My prayers go out to those in Boston, ( sorry about the interruption in my thread, they just got the 2nd person involved) I hate what our world is coming too! So very sad!
Anyway, back to us and my thread, I've been lucky in the gardens, And a special mention on the scare crow. It's working. The Bear hasn't been back, and I think it's keeping the armadillo out of my yard too! He was digging so many hole's with his long snout, either the scare crow, or the ammonia I put around the yard is keeping him at bay. Some deer have been passing through too, I see the poop, and between both gardens, no damage. I keep my fingers crossed!!!! I also have strips of material hanging around, and spray this nasty smelling perfume on the strips. Don't know which is keeping the wild life at bay, but something is!!!
Today was the last day for all the heavy gardening, now it's all about upkeep, weed whacking, feeding, and watching things grow! It's a great feeling! I can't wait to see how my garden grows! Let the rains come, supposed to happen this week end. Now I get to concentrate on y mosaics!
I'd love to hear how others are making out with their raised beds, I'll keep posting my picture's as the garden continues to grow! As I said this is my first year with raised beds, I did a lot of research on ask.com for quick remedy's, you can"t always wait for feed back when you need to know something now. I also appreciate all the feedback I've received from you all following my thread! Your a God Send! Thanks, for all the help and guidance! Stay tuned, lol, I may need more help if something should go wrong. Thanks to everyone!!!!!!!!
1st tomato's almost ready
2nd my squash
3rd sugar peas
4th sugar peas and peas
5th sweet corn
My garden is not raised nut the soil was amended before I planted. I picked 3 doz cherry tomatoes yesterday. had a ripe tomato but I hadn't realized it was sitting on the ground & the bottom had rotted. Darn drat!!!!!
My lettuce has been producing sinece late jan so it getting tot he end. 1 romaine is going to seed. Will soon be ready to start some new plants.
Have lots of zucchini blossoms so am hoping for the best. I put them on very high hills so hopefully the roots will stay dry enough. I have 2 plants in the sunny side of the yard & 2 in mostly shade. Curious to see which produce best.
Lots of blossoms on the pepper plants also. I went small for my 1st year so I can see how everything does.
My DH is from Watertown so all day was getting interesting updates from relatives still living there. We knew about the guy in the boat before the news was reporting it. I say, revoke his US citizenship & ship him to GITMO.
Tried to remember all I read Jami. Never have grown brussell sprouts during the summer only winter. Let me know how they do. Your gardens look fantastic. Hope you saw the pics Sherri & Mittsy put on RU forum. Cloudy and a little breezy here we are hoping for rain. All our lakes are 3 to 4 foot low. That ain't good. Our canal went dry once (18 feet deep) and that provides my irrigation system so I'm sure praying for rain and plenty of it.
Q. Just revoking US citizenship is too kind. I can think of a better punishment but its also illegal.
Jami, I'll try to get a couple of bowling balls from Craigs list. Never thought of that. Good idea.
Jami, Forgot to add: that confederate jasmine will be all over your fence in a couple of years mine was huge and after 5 yrs. finally trimed it back (too far) but it is coming back now. When I had the chain link fence put in I told the company to beef it up cause I knew I would vine it. Some in the upper yard is blooming now and I love the smell. I have 2 night blooming jasmine shrubs and their smell will knock your socks off. Some people get headachs from it but not me. I open my bedrm. window when its blooming so I can smell it.
Jami it all looks so wonderful. A pool will be real nice, I wish I had room for one, but I do have an outside shower thanks to our good friend that is a plumber, I use it often in the summer...on ICE cold.
I sure would love all that room for a veggie garden. I have one nice jalapeno plant that is doing very well, and some cherry tomatoes, had two tomatillos but one died on me. I have one tomato plant that I thought I lost in the freezing temps, but it is now popping out blossoms and several tomatoes, so fingers crossed.
Thanks for sharing you garden and have fun in that pool. We'll be pretty close to you next week camping and kayaking...looks like a nice week for it. We'll go to the Flager market on Friday morning and load up on some produce before heading back home.
wow Shauna, your peppers are further along than mine, nice looking garden, and yes, i also have marigolds in my gardens, as I read about them for the first time this year about keeping bugs out of the garden. I have all kinds of peppers in, but they are getting a slow start because it was so cold, they wouldn't grow for me, even being in the GH till it got warm out.
Q, sorry about the lost tomato, pray there will be many more for you to take it's place! My pepper plants that I bought at Lowes are starting to bud, but the one's I started from seed are very slow to take off. As far as everything else things seem to be ok, for now!
Bonnie, I can't wait for the jasmine to take off, I have led them to a few lines of twine I placed to train them to go where I want them. The one against the fence is already grabbing ahold and starting the climb. The one against the shed started to climb to. LOL, I took a cheap fence I bought from Lowes, and hung it from the roof of the shed, so that the jasmine there had something to climb, I had no use for it in the yard, so instead of a trellis, I hung the fence, have to be creative when your trying to save a few dollars. If I bought all the trellis I need for the gardens, and what not, I'd be broke. I have recycled bamboo, tree limbs, molding, and did break down and buy some more bamboo stakes from wally world, I had tomato cages left over from last year, so all is good.
I'm a little concerned for my squash plants, I noticed yesterday, while weeding, that a baby squash had end rot (?), so I know I've watered too much again, now it's raining, yeah, but I'm praying that no severe damage is done. I have plenty of plants in, I even bought a meter to measure the water in the soil, I just have to get it in my head to not water even if the top layer is dry. The roots are very wet. So hard to understand when to water. Duh!!!
My bone's are stiff today, cold, damp, and miserable. I shut down in weather like this, had plans to clean the house, and than enjoy just looking at the gardens, not working in them, and I haven't moved from the couch. DH asked me what was for dinner, I laughed and said left overs, he's OK with that, me, I'm feeling guilty, but just now, came to the computer and am starting to move a little bit. My fingers and knuckles are so swollen and sore from the dampness, my neck feels like someone hit me up against the back with a baseball bat, just terrible because of this weather. I hope everyonne else is enjoying it, if your having the same that is!
The pool I'm getting is only 12 x 30" deep, lol, an adult wading pool! I wanted a 15' but my yard isn't big enough now since we put in the shed, green house, and the 2 gardens. Plus, if that darn bear decides to go for a swim, I'm going to be really mad!!! I had one of those intex blue ring pools a few years ago, but decided to go with the new pool intex put out, with a liner, and walls. I'll post picture's after it's here and set up. David, I'm sure you have room for one! Incorporate it into the landscaping like I plan to do. lol. Really, I'm going to plant around it, maybe get another scarecrow to keep the bear at bay. And I say it's working, The scarecrow, nothing has been in my yard as far as I can tell, a few deer droppings is all I've seen.
BTW, sunkissed, where are you camping over here? I haven't been to the market in a while, I should go, I haven't been up to the beach, or by the market since, gosh, I don't know when! Living here has become a habit, I guess, we don't take advantage of all the great things around us. The beach is beautiful, our market is one of the best, but yet, I stick close to home. Go figure! When I first moved to Florida, you couldn't keep me off the beach! lol!! Anyway, I hope you have a good time!!!
Thanks a lot Jean! Yolie just informed me that she was ordering rhubarb plants and oriental poppies cause "Jean said they would too grow here." Like there aren't enough plants around here already, huh? She just got a yard full of new babies in last week and I know she showed you that herd of ROS she bought already. I make 10 beds and she wants 10 more. You two are definitely work makers AND trouble making enablers.
I haven't taken any pictures for a couple of years David. My woman keeps me too busy digging up new beds and mixing up potting soil. Qwilter eggs her on. I started down our back walkway and got slapped in the face by something green, turned to check and it was another of the twisted up willow sapling's slender little branches; courtesy of Jean. Yolie wanted curly willows and Jean brought them from Maryland by plane to her and they're now in pots, lining my walk just waiting to attack me. If Jean wants, Yolie tries to get for her. I have to go to work just to get away from work. I'll post a few shots from two years ago but they won't show this year's out back jungle. One neighbor swears Yolie lives in a rain forest so she brings a search party, carries a big gun and has to use a machete when she want's to visit my wife. It's really not that bad yet, but getting there. Ask Jean to tell you about the red seeds in the peanutty looking pods she brought here from Texas and the chocolate daisies that sent my wife on a seed hunting frenzy!
1st one is living fence of azaleas DW will kill over, 2nd is one of six front bed, 3rd is her fountain that I've had to move to another area, 4th shows is a longer view of the front door. I can dig out some shots of the other beds if you want; eight 8x4 veggie beds, one 16x4 veggie bed and borders around everything with potted plants galore.
About those Azaleas...they are intertwined with a wild Passion Flower vine. I spent 1 long day over there trimming the Azaleas back (they had taken over 6' of the yard) and pulling down miles of the passion vine. Of course, by the next season, you could not tell I'd cut a thing.
I take Yolie all my empty pots & get baby plants in exchange. If not for them, I'd not have 1/2 my lovely plants.
Q- I have had that jalapeno plant for a year now and the first batch of peppers stayed green, but were super hot. The second batch all turned red, but I was not able to get anyone to taste test them for me ( I do not like hot/spicy foods...LOL). Now, I have blooms opening while I have peppers growing, at least a dozen total between the new blooms and existing peppers.
Plant Thang, Absolutely Beautiful, I love your landscaping! I want a pond now! lol, I'm running out of yard space though!
here's what I've been up to lately. Picking horn worms from my tomatoes, I found some other critters on my cucumbers, look like more worms, don't think their horn worms though. My new neighbor saw my back yard, and is tickled to death she has someone in the neighborhood that she can relate to. She has brought me quite a few plants, some milk weed for the Monarch Butterfly, plus a few I can't remember the names of. My plant book is out in the shed, and I don't venture into the yard this late. I couldn't sleep so here I am. My DH and I laid a bed of sand yesterday, and sat the pool up, ugh, after we started filling it, had to empty it and disassemble it so we could move it. The water was all going to one end, we thought we had the ground level, NOT! What a pain in the butt. After all that, it's up and filled, went to pinch a penny and got chemicals, so tomorrow will be a swim day. I'm ready for it. FYI, when your outside sweating, sprinkle corn starch all over yourself, it absorbs the sweat. I was out front of my house, didn't realize what I looked like, my neighbor asked me if I had seven dust all over me, I had to laugh, and told her no, it's what the Thai's do when their working outside in the tropical hot sun, something I picked up while in Thailand. Looks funny, but it sure works, last for about 2-3 hours, depending on how thick you sprinkle it on yourself.
I still have some stuff to get planted. My flowers from seed are still in their growing pots, the gardens are screaming attention, I feed once a week, pick weeds out of the beds, pick worms, or should I say I take a garden tool and flick them into a pail of soapy water, yuck, to have to use my fingers, no way, I tried and just couldn't do it. have picked sugar snap peas, peas, squash and cucumbers. Everything is coming along very nice for my first time with raised beds. I have found that my squash plants are finicky, even though I have well established squash, the lower fruits seem to be getting end rot(?), or is it flower rot? I know that deep down on the raised mounds, the roots are very wet, which isn't good, but yet I am getting good results from the squash that's growing higher on the plants. Really weird. I found some weird looking cat on my cuke's, not like the horn worms, I flicked him off into the soapy water to, but no visual damage to the plant.I took some neem oil and sprayed the raised bed garden, and than because I was running out of time, and my fingers were hurting from spraying, I got the seven dust out, and did the corn garden, which is what I named the far side garden, where I have the watermelon growing. I also have cantaloupe in there, way opposite of the watermelon, some more squash, cucumbers, and bush beans. My friends stop in and help out, but I don't know how much they know about gardening, probably the same as me, Notta! If I could keep my lap top clean, and have it outside on the picnic table, it'd be easier than running in and out asking "ask" questions 30 time's a day, which I really do.
My scarecrow is working wonderful! No doubt!! Bear sightings in the neighborhood are rampant, for sure their are 2, and they have been making a mess with garbage, knocked a neighbors berry tree down, just doing what bears do, but they are staying out of the garden, as are the deer, and the smaller predators. I have an armadella digging holes in the yard, I went around and sprinkled ammonia where he travels to no avail. My DH said to let him be, he's not hurting anything. Yeah right! A good way to sprain your ankle is to walk into one of his hole's if you don't see it.
Anyway, story short, haha, from me, that's a joke, but I've been busy, everything is looking good, I wouldn't change a thing. The back yard is almost done, next fall, and through spring will be focusing on the front yard. I did some landscaping, but not enough for what I really want to do. Money is tight, DH bought a 1928 Buick Century, without the bumper seat, it's in my garage as he restorer's it. His hobby for the rest of his life time, I think! So, no more money for me and the yard! BUT, I do get to drive it, when he's finished with it. I'm OK with that:). Yes, we've been busy!
I'm posting some picture's here, and even of his car, ( I know this thread is about raised gardens, But it is my thread) and to all reading, I have no problem with you just chipping in, with what ever it is you want to chat about, just saying!!! Have at it! But do share your raised beds if you have them. I learn from everyone out there and this is my first year with them.
My pool is an intex pool, 15'x33" deep, just big enough for a few people to float around in, easy to keep clean, BUT, needs to be on flat ground, otherwise you could shoot a guest clear across your yard should a side blow out, my biggest concern when we first set it up. Now it's good to go
My garden picture's are self explanatory, the horn worms, and other critters that I'm not sure about. And the car, just a throw in since I mentioned it in what I've been up to.
I hope you all have had a sparkling sunny happy kind of day here in the Florida Tropics, it's heating up faster than anyone really wants it to, Remember, wear that corn starch, it keeps you dry!!!!! For real!! No joke! Looks funny, but guess what, I'm not dripping sweat. Take care and see you all again real soon, Jami
Here are some more picture's. I didn't realize the second picture was blurry of the little tomato, there is a worm going inside of it, I have a picture that's clearer, but if anyone can put a name to the different worms I showed Please, tell me, I know they can't all be horn worms, and I did read where there are a few different one's that like tomatoes, I just took picture's of everything I found that looked different. The 4th picture, was on a cucumber leaf and had a hard looking shell with what looked like wings flat against it's body, it wouldn't fly as I was moving the leaf to get it into focus, but it looked like it had horns, a hard shell for a body, legs, and antennas! The 3rd picture is what I assume are horn worms, and no, these are from different plants, I was just cutting the leaves off the plants because they had no importance, and they just happened to be laying side by side, ick, worms, they took a bubble bath after the picture was taken!
Pic 1 The 1928 Buick Century
Pic 2 The scarecrow set up to chase the squirrels from the bird feeders
Pic 3 sugar snap peas from the garden
Pic 4 a cucumber
Pic 5 A new flower garden with limbs I drug from the woods, eventually will turn to mulch
And a few more pictures
#4 back yard view of the raised beds, really filled in since the first picture's I posted, Can't wait to see the flowers that will climb and cover the fence! They are growing,!!
#5 a new bed of banana trees and elephant ears I dug up from the woods, I hope they grow, so far so good! I just need to cut out the grass and create an island, haven't thought of what I want to create yet!
Ok, let's get the show on the road, show me some of your creative beds. raised or not, if you like what you've created let's see it, I'm showing you mine, now, let's see yours!
Its great hearing from you and seeing all the progress Jami!
Things are looking great except for the bug problem. I believe in Spinosad for veggies. Wishing them away for you.
Those Intex pools are tough stuff! I have the same pool and bought it 4 years ago to raise Tilapia in. I grow them for food and fertilizer. I have some in the fridge we just fileted last night. I'll take a pic and send it! I think I should do a thread here for those who may like the idea. If you get tired of the cleanings and pool chemicals etc. you could raise Tilapia!!! Ha!
I am a huge old car fan and That buick is cool!
The tree limb branch framed bed is super. Of course its right up my alley! I use old logs and wood all the time.
Keep up the good works, and everything is looking great!
I'm back from my camping trip, was really nice, some heavy rain first day just as we arrived, but gave me a few hours to finish my book and the hubs got to take a three hour nap, something he loves to do. Then perfectly wonderful weather, and the coolest thing was all the lightning bugs (fireflies) in the evening, been awhile since I've seen any of those. We were at Tomoka State park in Ormond.
Jami glad you got your pool up, and except for the caterpillars your garden is really coming along nicely, I like the way you used the branches as a garden buffer, it looks pretty good. We were at the Flagler market Friday morning, some nice produce there and lots was Florida grown, some really good tomatoes and Florida seedless watermelon.
David I can't believe you raise fish too. I really didn't know you could raise fish in a pool to eat, what a great idea. Now I really wish I had more room for a pool because that is something I'd like to try. ☺
Actually, my pool is a little smaller then Jami's Sherri. It's 13' x 36" high. I have friends around here who raise them in 300 gallon stock tanks the size of the pond you have seen pictures of in my front yard, and it works for them! They are easy, sturdy and tasty fish. I like knowing where they come from for sure.
Here's a picture of their home...
I'm glad you had a nice time at Tomoka. My huge Opuntia cactus out front came from a start there. I took a cutting from a sad specimen in too shady of an area in the woods. I never dreamed it would develop so fast in only 5 years in the place it should have been growing. Full Sun in my front Southern exposure. Tomoka Park was one of my favorite haunts as a kid, and still is...
This is the 2nd time I started this, the 1st time, I forgot to send it, now it's 2 days later because I've been busy fighting the flooding in my yard from all this rain. David to be quick and finish this message, I still have inside chores to do, ugh, to much all at once, rain rain and more rain, but ! I love the idea of the fishing pool. I have to look into it. I like that idea, Knowing what's on or in my veggie's as they grow and we eat them is so satisfying, and to know that I can do the same with fish, sounds to good to be true. I'm going to look into it, and just maybe, give it a try.
Sunkissed, Glad you enjoyed your week, or weekend here! Tomoka State Park is Beautiful! Because I live here I wouldn't camp there, but have enjoyed the day time there. I still haven't been to the Flagler Market, have no need because of the garden, no excuse, But you know the saying, you don't know what you have till it's missing. I live here and take everything for granted, the market, the beach, just living in a little beach community. I can't go in the ocean because of my cervical spine, afraid I'll get knocked over by the wave's, the parking has gotten out of hand on A1A, a lot of Daytona Bch. people come up here and use the beach due to the fact it's free, and there is parking along side the beach. In Daytona, you either take a chance and drive on the beach hoping to get a spot, or you park in a designated parking lot, and carry all your stuff a couple hundred feet to the beach, and with a few little one's tagging along, it can be a handful. driving up here is much easier. I stay close to home, unless I have chores to do out and about, I just put a pool in my yard, so I just simply enjoy what I have, here! I do occasionally take the dogs over by the police department/and library, there's a really nice boardwalk that goes through the wet lands, I love walking it with the dogs, enjoying the setting sun, the wild life, and just chatting with the people who are also strolling along for a late afternoon walk. It's so peaceful and beautiful. I don't know if you've been there, but there are a few miles of boardwalk, entertwining through the mangrove's, and trees. Flagler did a great job when they built that walkway. They have benches, and picnic tables with little overhead shelter, similar to what they have along the beach on A1A. You can carry a lunch, and halfway through , stop and enjoy a nice afternoon. I've taken chicken necks, twine, a net and went trying to catch blue crab, yes, had some luck, I see some people fishing the little arbitrarys( sp, or correct word) that run through there, there are quite a few, as it's all run off from the River. I really do enjoy it! But, I'm glad you had a nice time. It's peaceful when your camping, our last trip was down to Sabastian Inlet! Now, that is a great place to go too! They have the camp ground right on the inlet, you see the big boats coming and going, fishing , swimming, nice restruants, and it's 1 way down to the campground and one way out. Similar to going to the Ponce Inlet. Ok, I hope I wet your whiskers! lol, getting you ready for your next camping trip, I know I did mine. I'm ready!!!
If I missed anyone, I'm sorry! I just wanted to jump on here for a few minute's and tell you whats up with my gardens since all this rain started.
1st off, I don't know where they're coming from but I have worms on my Tomatoes, Corn, and found a few on my peppers, and squash!!! This is a new garden, never planted in before, 3 raised beds in 1, with some potted plants too. The other garden was tilled 3-5 time's, and the soil I used was bought from Lowes. The corn garden is OK, no worms found as of yet, but the raised bed garden, ugh! And the worms look different. Some are deff horn worm, but the other's I don't know. I have blasted them with soapy water, bough 7 dust, neem oil, than I went and bought more 7 dust in 1 of those garden hose sprayer thingings. I don't use this stuff everyday, but give it a few days before blasting them again. These worms have almost wiped out my corn, so I think. DH say's maybe I caught them in time, I don't know, but I'm freaking because I have 2 corn fields, 1 with bi colored sweet corn, this is the one with the worms, the white sweet corn is now drowning! I planted the white 2 weeks after I planted the multi colored. The multi has the silk starting to form inside the stalks, and all I can see is damage from the worms. Maybe some aphids too. I'm putting some picture's up here and if anyone has suggestions please, don't hold back, if I have to pull it all, do I have time to reseed the garden or count my loss this year. I am new, and this is why i started this thread. Now I really need help!
As for the white corn flooded garden, the corn wasn't as far along, but I have a large cedar tree at the bottom of the garden, and it's roots were stopping the flow and drainage of the water. I also had built up my rows of corn and squash to hills, and all the water is laying in the ditches between the veggies. I'll have to post a few time's to show you what I spent my day doing. While we slept last nigh, in addition to the rain, our hot water heater went crazy, flooding the garage. My garage is our family room, shop, whatever. We woke up to soggy carpets, 2 full bags of wet charcoal we just bought for the 1 side of our grill, wood chip, parts from my DH's old car, wood panels, they used wood to make some of the parts on a 1928 Buick, as in running boards door trim, roof trim, I don't know all that they used wood for, but quite a lot, and he was keeping it to make a template for the new parts. That's just a few things that were on the floor. So, while he was getting the garage and hot water heater back together, I was out with my shovel, and hand tools digging trenches to drain the water from my garden. I also unhooked the filter from the pool I just set up, and drained the water below the skimmer, as I was worried about the pool collapsing, because the sand wasn't really that stable under it yet. It kept overflowing, as was the rain barrel, not enough hoses to syphon the water away from everything. Just a mess! BTW, Remember, this is our 5th month in this home, so much to learn and do after this mess, imagine if this were a hurricane, OMG! Glad we got this now, so we know what we're facing! Anyway, to get to the point, He worked in the garage, I dug, heart and soul, body aching with every shovel of dirt I shoveled, trying to dig a ditch to drain the water. Every once in awhile DH would come out and take over, to give me a break, my neck was killing me, but we don't have that kind of money to call in help from a professional. It's DIY, I created this monster, and I get to handle it, the good and the bad! What I ended up doing was getting on my hands and knees, and literately digging the ditches with my hand shovel, and I had root cutter clippers, I actually dug the roots out from this cedar tree, cutting the thin roots, and the real big thick one's, digging till I found the bottom of the root, and digging under it so the water would drain . After about 5 hours, with many breaks, It was done the best I could. The water was moving, it reminded me of a small stream up North when I lived there! The picture's I post here will tell you what I did. Tonight I don't feel too bad, but I know I'll be miserable tomorrow, my hands hurt on a normal basis, as does everything else, I overdid it, but, we can fix this mess now with pvc, knowing that this is a problem, it wasn't a hot humid day as I was working, actually sweating, with 3/4 length pants, garden knee boots with 2 pairs of socks, and an insulated jacket with a hoodie, and another ball cap, I didn't have a rain coat, but till I was done, I was mud from head to toe, and wet, clear to my skin. Than I had to wait to get a shower, cause he was still installing the new water heater! lol, I went out to the rain barrel, got some water, and than rinsed off in the shower! And how was your day!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I feel good, knowing that this won't ever happen again, at least this bad, we will put some reinforcements in, and correct the problem. I forgot to tell you about the pool. It's holding up, rather nicely, we took nylon rope and one of those swimming tubes, cut the tube into 5 inch pieces, ran the nylon rope through the hole in the middle of the tube, and than ran it around the bottom of the pool, to keep the legs together. If one leg would have been wiped out from the shifting sand, which hasn't happened, the sand is staying in place, it could have taken all the legs out. But, I did empty the pool half way, so I don't have to worry about that mess, or replacing the pool should it happen.
Here are some picture's I took today!
#1 first kind of cat found on a tomato leaf, horn worm?
#2 also on a tomato leaf
#3 This cat was on the underside of a squash leaf? Funny that they all look different!!
#4 Hubby getting ready on late afternoon Thursday, to try and get some ditches dug for drainage. To many roots from the cedar tree, being close to the end of the day, his back hurting( he already had surgery, need's more) and it was stiil raining, and dinner was almost done, he gave it up for the evening. Didn't realize what would be the waiting the next day!
#5 The dogs checking things out. This is the corn garden, and this side ( left) of the garden, watermelon, pole beans, and cantaloupe are high and dry compared to the right side!
LOL, Now here is Fridays picture's, I may have to post a second time for this batch!
The picture's are self explanatory! Except for the 4th one. Whiskey is a shihtzu, but he thinks he's a water dog. He will get into any water he can find, and I think he actually put's his head under water, with his eyes wide open, as he does put his head under the water. He has to have his eye's open because he does it all the time. I have many picture's of him in all kinds of water, even his water bowl. He's the only one out of the 3 to stay out when it's raining, he love's his swimming pool, and now that he knows the new pool is a swimming pool, he puts his front legs on it, and barks to be put in. He'll do a lap, and than swim to me to get out. I don't have a picture of that yet, as it's all new, but he has developed a habit, so picture's will be coming soon. The other 2 like water, but aren't crazt enough to over do it. In and Out, that's it, and only at the dog park if they're hot!
And some more from Friday!
#1 old sprinkler piping laid in the water to help it drain down hill
#2 Swimming pool drained, look close, yellow nylon rope with swim tube pieces on it to help hold the legs in place!
#3 Bare roots from the cedar tree, water draining freeer, and faster since the roots were dug out of the way. Before we put the soil back in place we will put something in place to keep this from happening again!
#4 still wet, but getting better
#5 I forgot to mention in the last thread of pictures, I was washing Whiskey off with the hose, he wanted to go in the house, so the drill is, get a hosing off, a snack and a towel dry in the garage, than, you get to go in the house. While I was doing this, I came outside and saw the wind had picked up my umbrella, threw it on top of the shed, and toppled the plastic table. This is the 2nd time this has happened to me. The first time, about 4 weeks ago, I had a smaller glass top table, with a smaller umbrella in it, same thing happened, but I lost my glass top table, the glass shattered in the lawn, so I picked up the big pieces and saved them for a mosaic, and the little shards got sucked up with my wet vac so the dogs wouldn't get any in their paws. I don't know where the wind come's from, when it is windy, I put the umbrellas down, it's like a freak accident, but twice in 4 or 5 weeks!!! Go figure!
In the 3rd picture is bird seed that got ruined in the garage flood, from the hot water heater!
The raised bed garden is doing OK with all this rain, I forgot to mention it! Only problem over there are the cat's. Yuck, I hate them. I hope I beat them, and I hope someone can give me some feed back.
David, I tried to buy spanosaid , I don't have the spelling handy, but the stuff you told me you use for pest? I can't find it, and was told by a rep at Lowes to try a feed and grain farm store, or buy it on line. Where do you get your's. I'm desperate. With all this rain, the neem oil is being washed off the leaves, I bought 2 bottles, and am 3/4 way through the first one, spraying in-betweeen the rain drops, haha, that's funny, and I also bought 2 bottles of seven garden hose spray, and used 1 already. Those bottle's don't have very good directions on them, nor on line as to how much 1 bottle covers sq ft wise. Weird. I think I'm in over my head at this time. I worked hard and feel like I'm losing the battle. Not much imput here from other readers, other than the normal folks. I don't understand that either. A lot of stalkers, reading, gaining knowledge but not giving any! I need help here folks, if you know something I don't speak up. I put money and me into my garden, so we can eat healthy and save money. Now I'm watching it be washed away by the rains. At least I'll be prepared next time, but that doesn't help me now!
First the cold and frost, than nothing, now floods, what's next??? Snow maybe, hahahahahahaha, Anyway, I've had enough tonight, wrote more than I wanted as usual, are you still there David, hehehe, I'm just so tired that I get overtired, and ramble on.
Now to get bust with the house till I fall into bed, as usual! I hear DH snoring already, and the dogs have all had their last call on pee pees, so now it's just me!
Good Night all, Hoping for a sunny smiley kinda day, dry the damage up in the gardens and my garage! Jami
There is a product called "Stickee" (I believe that is the spelling) that you mix in with the product you are spraying on. It causes the other product to "stick" tot he plant so it will stay on thru "normal" rain.
And we will have to add fertilizers again once this rain stops. Right now it has all washed down to China!!!!!!
I had to walk thru my garden to get to a flag that was wrapped around the fence. I was happy to find that most of the garden seems to be the higher ground of the back yard.
And WM sells the knee high rubber boots!!!!! JoAnn's has the pretty ones on sale starting Sun.
I might be wrong but I believe the small worms in your first pic are of the hated (around here) cabbage lopers. Yolie had something like that on a few of her tomato plants and I'm pretty sure that's what she called them. They were skeletonizing the leaves and that woman declared war and threw DE all over them. Kilt em dead in a short time. I know she used DE because she's really adamant about any product she uses, she makes sure it won't hurt bees or butterflies. She's more protective of bees than she is of me or her rabbits.
Not too bad right now Jean but for two days Yolie was ankle deep in water out back checking on things. Better question is how flooded is our hallway ??????????????? and other parts of downstairs, vent pipe on the roof went bad and made a mess. Your friend, my beloved wife, that woman made me climb on the roof of this tall house in the pouring rain to fix it but the damage was already done. The shop vac and carpet shampooer have just about done their job and the screaming has lightened up a little. Do you know how loud Yolie can scream when she's ticked off?
Funny David I was actually looking for a Opuntia cactus while hiking over around Tomoka, didn't see any though. I do know where some are in Flagler but ran out of time for a good walk over there...next time, or I can pick a piece off yours ☺.
Jami, sorry about all that flooding and the worms. Sounds like hard work now, but like you said at least you've fixed it before a tropical storm dumping tons of rain. Personally this whole rain storm looked a wee bit like a cyclone to me on the weather radars.
That market in Flagler has much more than just produce, they have some fresh catch of the day and we've had some really good shrimp from there. Some really great roasted nuts, homemade bread, plants, cheeses. There are some jewelry, and craft booths also. I don't really wear jewelry but saw some very pretty handmade pieces.
Down by Gamble Rogers is a nice dog beach, right before the North peninsula park preserve area, bet your dogs would love it. We used to live right by the pier and I don't like all the traffic there, but then I don't ever like the touristy areas anywhere, that is why we hook up the RV at Gamble Rogers and spend our beach vaca there...much more peaceful. I can walk for miles towards Ormond-by-the-Sea and not see a but a few fishermen here and there.
regarding raised beds ,the best i have seen so far were built by my son.your idea is great but the frame will not last.
Here is a brief description of what he did.
Frame size: 4' x 16' ,material used 6"x6" timbers.
height: 2' 6"
weeping water lines on surface.beds are placed 2'6" apart.
super easy to work on and last year produced organically a massive crop of vegetables and berries.
quilter, I'm going to look for that product ! Thanks for the info, Anything to kill these ugly creature's, I won't touch them, I flick them off into a pan of sudsy water, or if I can't get them off, spray them directly!
Plant_Thing, is DE same as neem oil ? I'm not sure what DE is, but if you tell me, I will get some, if I don't already have it! Thanks for the info!
sunkissed, I know the market has expanded to include a lot of other things, I have to get over there and visit mor often, like I said when you live close by you tend to take things for granted. I'm missing out on why I live here! lol, it only taks 1 person to remind you of that. Thanks for reminding me, my eye's are open, and I'll be more appreciative of where I live. I love it, don't get me wrong, just got to comfortable in my own little world I created, or am creating. LOL! Hope to meet you on your next camping trip, maybe we'll haul out the camper and go to Tomoka, anywhere away from your own property is relaxing!!
OK, here's a follow up, no picture's yet, but will post them later. Sun is starting to shine a little, the back where we were digging is almost water free, except for the low points where we might have dug to deep. The water is still draining in the trenches we dug, yeah, this has helped move the water to the woods. If it stays fairly nice out, we will start filling the pool again, after we make sure the legs didn't shift. In a way I'm glad for this 4 days of heavy rain, it has given us insight as to what will happen if we do get a tropical storm. We'll be ready for it!!
It did feel like a tropical storm as it was, with the winds and the heavy rains that would come and go, like feeder bands of a hurricane. So, how did everyone else fare? btw, I hope my corn pops back up, it's all laying on the ground, soggy. If the corn is shot, do I have time to plant more? Just wondering, especially with the worms in one patch and the flood in the other! lol
Time to get busy, gotta run to the grocery store and get that out of the way while it is clear outside.
DE is diataneatous (sp) earth. It is a powder. it comes in both food grade (you can put that with flour to keep bugs out) and the "outdoor" grade that is not as "pure". Both are environmentally friendly.
Thanks all, I'll be adding it to my arsenal!! Those critters gotta go, but not the bees, lady bugs, wasp, and any other good critter!
Now, for the rain to stop, we are under a severe thunder storm watch, and maybe a threat of a tornado! Enough is enough now!
See you all on the sunny side up of Sunday! God is my savior! Jami
I put DE in my pool filter all the time. Mine is ground silicone. I've used in fire ant mounds with fair results.
Fla. is really blessed with all kinds of bugs thats why chemical companies do so well here. I try to avoid pesticides and go natural. I tried neem oil and it did nothing on my vegies. Next I'll try Davids formula a ways back if I can find it again.
Everything is happy now that the suns out and especially the Squashes, Melons, and Cucumbers. Keep your eyes out for molds and Fungus' now.
I answered Nefitara's bug insecticide question on the '2013, (continued)' thread about the insecticide I use including a picture of the bottle Jami. It has a good description of it. Get those bugs in order! Ha!
David, I went back a few days ago and looked for it. I remembered you told me what you use, I than went to Lowe's to but it, they didn't carry it, one of the associates looked it up to see where I could go to buy it. No where around here as far as we could find. I haven't tried the feed store yet. Where did you find yours? I can't remember the name, spanasoid (?) something like that, I have it wrote down somewhere, just can't find it at the minute.
Also using DE is a good idea too. I just planted milk weed for the butterflys, and don't want to hurt the good bugs!
Well folks, it's sunny out, time to hit the gardens and try to clean up. See how much the cats ate since yesterday! I have some more seven left in the hose attachment bottle, I'll use that up, and than try and get me some DE in the meantime. " I"M GOING TO WIN THIS BATTLE! " lol, ( I hope) positive thinking at it's best, My mantra for the week ! ☼☼☼ Jami
Here are some picture's of my mess! Now the clean up starts !
#1 DH and the dogs trying to get the water to drain to the back, this is a sloped area, but after I put in the garden, the water lays in the trenches. I also found out that the cedar tree at the far end of the garden had roots that were holding back the water too. So since we got everything dug up, we'll lay some pvc under the roots, hopefully it doesn't clog up once we fill the dirt back in. I know we need to use some kind of screen, but still trying to figure this out. Any idea's ?
#2 ugh, my corn is laying on the ground, drowned. The squash and beans in the background were a little wet where they were planted in the hill, the hills were higher than where I planted the corn, but here again the trench between them is filled with water. I hope I don't get end rot due to soggy roots.
#3 Trying to get the water to drain by using hose and some old pvc sprinkler piping. It worked a little bit, but really didn't do much good, as the water would just accumulate where it was coming out. It had no where to flow.
#4 & #5 Here's the problem. Tree roots from our cedar tree. My DH and I tried digging with a shovel, but all the roots under ground created a problem. I ended up getting pruners and cutting the roots as I dug with my hand shovel and hands, moving the dirt out from under the bigger roots we couldn't cut away. After 5 hours of digging 2 different trenches to the back woods, the water started really flowing out of the beds.
Today it is wet, but no standing water left! Talk about a muddy job. I wish I would have gotten picture's of myself when finished. I was mud from head to toes, soaked through to my skin from the rain as I dug. And boy, does my body hurt from being on my knees, digging with my hands. I swear that was the most physical work I've done in a long time. I don't ever want to do this again.
lol, I need to check my picture's before making a new reply! I just noticed way back when, I already put these picture's up. Sometimes I can't sleep at night and come on here, post, and than forget I did it. My mind is going in addition to my body! Oh well, it save's everyone from having to go back and search. lol!!!
Hi All!! Hope everyone is doing well! As for my garden, because of it being my 1st raised bed garden,I feel like I'm beating myself to death over everything that has been happening since all the rain we had. Everything was coming along great, than I had the horn worm problem, I think I got that problem under control as I haven't seen any of them or the holes in my leaves where they were feeding. Now, since the rain, I have a new problem, It looks like a mold of some sort! I had the same problem in my container garden last year, but was under the impression that because I was growing everything so close together, that was how I created the mold.
I'm posting some picture's, maybe someone can give me advise on what to do. Here's what I have been doing to help my plants, spraying neem oil every so many day's, and since the rain, I did spray everything once with a liquid seven, hose attachment spray. That all seems to be working, I didn't have to go buy any more stuff to combat the cat's.
Now about the mold, or mildew I think I may have. I have read that neem oil stops it in it's tracks. I hope so, Since the rain, I've sprayed it as I see some tinge of what ever is on my leave's, sometimes it seems to work, other time's no change! I'm getting very frustrated.
David, what you see in the last 2 picture's is a bunch of bird seed. The week end of the rain, my hot water heater blew a gasket,( just a figure of speech)and when we woke up, we had no hot water, went to the garage to see what was going on, and found everything on the floor soaked, the bag of bird seed being one of the items soaked. I had a huge bag of it, same as I had 2 huge bags of charcoal for my BBQ grill. All of it was soaked, the bags fell apart, so my DH scooped up the birdseed and put it back where we hang the bird feeders. That is what your seeing in the picture's. The squirrels will eat it if the birds don't.
And what do you mean have I have been eating any special herbs lately ? This question may have went over my head , not sure who you were directing that question to, I thought it was directed to me, so can you tell me what it means. Sorry, I sometimes can be clueless, but am very curious! ( I just may have an inkling, after reading a few of my older post, and LOL, NO... It's just lack of sleep and being in a lot of pain at night when I'm trying to sleep, the yard work catches up to me, so I get up, move around a bit, than try to sleep again. And because I'm so tired, I re-post stuff I already did. You are to funny, you catch stuff like that! If that's what you meant! I'm still chuckling to myself over that. haha! I could only wish though!!!!!
Q, I feel the same way as you do, I don't think I'm losing any tomato plants, but I have begun to see damage, which is why I came on here tonight, to see if I can get any feedback.
I know I lost 2 watermelon plants,and a few green bean plants, These I noticed right away. Now, I'm seeing more things going to pot,( lol David, no pun intended) But, my cucumbers are getting spots on the leaves, than turning brown, and getting a crunchy feeling to them. I'm also seeing damage to a few squash plants doing the wilt of leave's, and some small fruits getting mushy on the end where the flower was, My other problem is on my pepper plants, they're still very small but something is eating hole's in them, and when I look for a bug, or worm, can't see nothing. I think they're hiding from me. My sweet corn too, I did have cat damage to some of the corn, now I only see destruction, and no worms, thanks to neem oil. I'm wondering if the corn will keep growing, even though some of the male part has been eaten away. I'm not sure about my descriptions here of the damage, I'm trying to do my best, but my picture's will give you a good idea to what I'm asking. Also, I have 1 more question, when your looking at where we dug trenches to allow the water to escape from my other garden, where it's mostly corn, squash, watermelon and cantaloups! How can I keep this from happening again? I need idea's. I can keep digging trenches, but I don't want to do that. I want to make something personal, to keep the water flowing. Mt DH said we should keep the pvc where it's at, just wrap some screen around it to keep it from getting clogged up with sediment, and other debris. I don't think it'll work! The tree roots are in the way, not letting the water flow.
BTW: Plant Thang, I have DE on my shopping list, I didn't forget what you told me about your DW using it faithfully, I just used up what I had, hoping I didn't need to invest more money into this garden. This was meant for us to save money and knowing what chemicals we were putting into our mouths!, By knowing what were eating and wanting to stay healthy, this was the best plan for us. But it seems there is a lot I need to learn yet, before it pays out! But I don't give up easily! I want this to work so I can teach my grandchildren. I feel in the future they'll need this experience more than they'll need their never ending video games. You can't eat "points", or "highest score" lol. That's all they know!! I want my grand babies to know how to garden!!!! To provide themselves with a good and safe chemical free food supply! ( I am a prepper, in my own way !)
Ok, now for the picture's! I need feed back folks!!! And thanks.
And here are some more photo's of my beautiful plants! ♥
Picture #1 is of Egg Plants, hole's in the leave's, but can;t find anything chewing on them!
Picture#2 is of another egg plant, but planted in a 5 gallon bucket!
Picture#3 Sweet peppers, have hole's in the leaves, but can't find anything eating the hole's into them!
Picture#4 I think this picture is of my squash plant, here again, nothing can be found on the leave's as far as bugs!
Picture #5 My Pole Beans, starting to get a funny spotting to it!
Is this all because of the rain? Thanks all!
Have a beautiful Saturday!!! Don't let the rain drops knock you out while falling from the sky, look up, stick out your tongue, and pretend your a child all over again!☺☺♥♥
About the mold - is there good air flow around your plants? Not just be close together but where they are planted.
I found out that my wilted tomato problem was because they got "steamed" when the sun came back up.
As for the bottom leaves turning yellow - prob because it is sitting on the ground. Any leaves sitting on the ground, off the main stem, should be removed.
As for something eating your leaves - you can never stop that 100%. I grew up growing vegs & bugs eating your leaves are a fact of life. As long as it isn't terrible, just let those buggers have their dinner. Now crickets & big, fat worms are another problem and need to be dealt with.
As for Sevin - not only did it kill off your "bad" bugs, it probably killed of the good bugs & bees also. Stick to the DE. Home Depot sells it in the "healthy" treatment area. Need to read the labels but it is usually the least expensive one on the shelf. I just got some to kill the ants.
Bottom line - growing your own veg is not "easy". Takes a lot of trial & error. I'm still doing better using pots & moving them around the yard to figure where the best spot is for the "permanent" veg garden. The blazing afternoon sun will take a toll on all but the strongest plants.
Q, Thanks for the advise, I am def going to get the DE, TODAY!! I don't want to kill off the good bugs, so scratch the seven, I used it twice, once the powder form, the second time, using the hose attached to the liquid. I'm trying to keep the good bugs, and didn't think that sevin was a bad everything killer. I was trying to stick with the neem oil, but that wasn't working for me.
Air flow around the plants is pretty good. I was thinking a lot of the damage came from all the rain, than the dry period. Even though some things look close to death, I have more that are looking good. I want to keep things the way they are. I don't want to keep losing things.
After doing the raised beds for the first time, I have already made myself note's for next year. I'm going to do things a little different. I learned a lot this time, and made mistakes, which I'll fix next year when starting over. I wish I knew than what I do now. I feel good that I have managed to get this far with the garden, and being a perfectionist, I expect more. I know it's God's will, and the weather that control our gardens, we only get to help set the plants in motion, the rest is up to mother nature. Everyone gotta eat, lol, so I'll try to live with the bugs who may happen to still be munching out on my vegetation.
BTW, I did like using the pots better also, I could rotate the pots, and like you said, moving them to a different areas to see where they flourish best. Where I have the raised beds, the plants get full sun everyday. no shade except in the early morning when the sun is coming up over the trees, once it's past the trees, it's full sun till late in the afternoon. My back yard faces east, so it's sunny all day.
I'm headed out now to remove all the leaves that are on the ground, another piece of good advice, Thanks Q, I didn't know you could do that.
The, "Have you been eating any interesting plants lately" thing was just simply a funny Jami! Ha! That's all.
When you were talking about the mind lapse thing regarding the reposting pictures and such in the post previous, I instantly thought of the Brugmansias, Daturas, Lions Bane (Lions Tail) and such growing in my gardens, and not to mention the many Marijuana plants out front, (some folk have thought that is what my Texas Stars are)
It was just what popped in my head. I have a huge and creative since of humor that I realize is not always clear to some... and NO! I do not have Marijuana plants in my yard...
If some FBI agent reads this and comes up with the idea they should send a "Drone" over our house,... they would be wasting tax dollars. Ha!
I might swat it down wth my big ole' grapefruit picking pole from the 40's possibly if they did...
I might see it as a huge primordial Dragonfly!
See, I have an odd since of humor!
Thanks for sharing your you updates and Happy Gardening all...
LOL David, I knew what ever it meant wasn't mean, I really do sometimes forget what I wrote the day before ! I believe I take on too much, and than forget what I did or said the day before. No sweat, I know me, and I can be like a bimbo some days. But the truth is, I like my world to be tidy, and organized, and my garden is far from that, and than I get beside myself. Not enough time in my day to create a perfect balance, which I need.
You have a beautiful garden, and I only can wish I get mine in shape. The summer is upon us, the humidity is here and I feel like I need more time to finish, so I can relax, and start doing my mosaics. I'm done planting, now just trying to keep everything growing. Because of this being my first time with this garden, I've learned so much from you and everyone else, now I can't wait till next year, so I can redo things that I feel I did with out thinking about the outcome. I've learned a lot! And I'm laughing, just thinking about the FBI intruding on our gardens! I live in the flight path of planes flying in and out of the Flagler Beach Airport. hahaha! I sometimes wonder what they think when they're flying over my house and seeing all the gardens. I have my camper in the yard covered up with a piece of bamboo fence, a tarp, and an old picnic table umbrella, our rule's here state we can't have things like that in our yard! Well, my DH is adamant that we will keep the camper here, we have more than enough space, it's being used, not a piece of junk we need to trash, so, between that and the 2 gardens, I sometime's wonder what these people flying the planes over us think. I must have 15 tomato plants, and they too look like the wacky weed. Hmmmm? Do you think I'll get a knock at my door? That would be so funny!!!! Anyway, I did see that plant in your picture's, and thought to myself that it looked like mary jane, but I know better! Really , it does look it. lol! I want some for my yard!
Anyway, we know what we have in our yards, we're plant nuts, we like seeing things grow, what could be better than that? I'm seeing lot's of change in my yard, I can't wait to post the before and after picture's. I know I've come a long way with this yard in 5 months. It's already different from when I started, I keep saying I'm done, no more, than another idea forms in my head, and I'm off again. Anyway, by June, I'll be ready to do the before and after photo's. and than one more around July or August ! Than it'll be time to start all over again, I think:)
Anyway, have a great evening, and Happy Mother's Day to everyone out there! May you all receive a beautiful Rose Bush from your other half! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Jami
lol, NO, And thank you dearly for the mother's day wish! I did get a nice dinner out, and than proceeded to come home, and being me, went out to the yard to check on all my baby's! I think my dear DH is coming to his wits end! I'm always outside, he's always in the garage, he has that Hot Rod that he's restoring, we both seem to be going in different directions, lol, but Love is Love, we love each other, I didn't get my rose bush, but we are getting ready to pull the camper out for a trip to NY to see the kids next month. I'm very happy with that! Than we leave from there, and head out west, to see the Grand Canyon, from there, back up to Pa. for our son's wedding in Sept. I am blessed! My dear neighbor will keep a watch on my gardens, and reap thee rewards, she has been giving me all kinds of plants, one of which is the milk weed for the Monarchs, she has also given me a Florida Poinsettia, and some Buttercups?, I think that's what they are.
I hope your day went well, I "think" you have a better half?, and hope her day went well! Thank You so much for the input you've given me, I really do appreciate it. You have an awesome garden, and I look forward to more advise from you, and many more picture's. It give's me inspiration, and idea's! Thanks David!! ☼☼ Have a sunny day tomorrow !♥♥ Jami
Q, I'm originally from outside York ! Jacobus, Pa. My son still lives there, Put it this way, my old home was 1/2 way between The Maryland Line, and York. About 20 miles from Harrisburg, and around 30 from Lancaster! All country, plenty of corn fields, and apple orchards! I loved it, but couldn't take the winters! We had more cold, a tiny bit of snow, being in between the mountains, and Susquehanna Valley! I was in the valley, and never a lot of snow! Every thing was always gray, damp, and cold!!! I moved to Florida in 1990! And almost moved from here to Thailand. We spent a year there, and than DH brought me home. I was so sick over there, I didn't want to come back here, but had no choice. I'm back, my health has gotten 95% better, I love my home here, but I do miss Thailand! I don't miss PA. But, I'll be going back for the wedding in September. We're breaking the trip up. We leave in June to go to New York for a week, than out to the Grand Canyon. Than in September we'll head to Pa. for the wedding! We take the camper because of the 3 dogs we have. Heaven forbid should we let them behind! lol. We've been camping with them before, in the Smoky Mountains, we've stayed in Hotel rooms with them, they behave really well. Lets put it this way, they are well traveled!!!!
As far as seeing my garden grow, it's growing!! I've been picking cukes' zuquinni's , sugar peas, peas, green beans, lettuce, radishes, onions, basil, and chive's. Plus I have some strawberry plants and have been getting a "few" from them. My sweet corn was either drowned in the 1 garden, it came back, and in the raised bed garden, other than the worms, or cats getting to them, they are now producing the silk stalks. Things seem to be going OK. Till I leave here things should be setteling down. ( I hope:)) No matter, we have the plans in place, and my neighbor is willing to keep an eye on things. She has been giving me plants left and right, we seem to be on the same wave length. We met each other when DH and I moved in, and once we got to talkin, we haven't stopped! lol! Q, have you heard of Hog Maws? If not, I'll tell you about them. lol!
Ok, time to get to bed, I have a dentist appt, early in the morning! yuck!
See you all on the sunny side of tomorrow!!!
Well, I came here from MD. Used to go fabric shopping up in Intercourse. My cousin lives in Red Lion. Very familiar with the area. Went up last fall & came back with a suitcase full of fresh apples.
Not a clue about Hog Maws???
WOW, sounds like your garden is doing very nicely. I had tomatoes till the steaming disaster. Now I have lots of green ones. My lettuce is about at its end. Zucchini plants look happy, lots of blooms. Some small peppers. I never got my peas or beans planted. Will do those in the fall.
QI may have gotten my Zucchini, Cucumbers, Radishes and some other stuff in earlier than you, I don't know, I started my seed in January, and put it in the raised beds sometime around March, I know we had 2 major freezes after I put them in, but everything is coming along nicely. As of right now, I have 5 zucchini in on my counter, going to make bread, plus we've been eating it every way I can think possible to eat it, my pole beans have been producing enough for a meal each night, as so with my sugar snap beans! I've pulled maybe 5 cucumbers so far with maybe another 7 ready to come off the vine's. Plus more zucchini coming in. My radish are gone, as are my peas, that crop was terrible, the vine's started drying up on me, I have slowly pulled all my romaine lettuce as we ate it, second crop coming up from the roots I left in, same for my head lettuce, I have spring onions in, so slow to grow, haven't had any yet on the table, and as far as my tomato's, O my gosh, vines full, all green, I feel like they'll all go red at the same time, and I have 11 different types in! So, my fingers are crossed, we leave here for about 2 weeks in June, my neighbor is more than willing to water and harvest what ever is ready while we're gone, I hope she save's us some tomato's, I don't know why they are so slow to turn red. I have all types of pepper's in too. But I know they will keep growing till the cold come's back. Plus, they.ll keep till we get back. The garden is doing great, I got rid of the worms, and so far, the mold that I thought I was getting has backed off. Tonight I checked the garden and things look good, NEEM OIL and DE, has taken control of the beds. Thanks to all the advice I received on here!!! My sweet corn has no signs of the horn worms or what ever they were, they are gone, and the tassels and silk are going strong, even though I planted in blocks, I still go out and shake the tops of my stalks, spread that pollen around, haha! Anyway, it all sounds good, let's hope it stays this way!!! I pray to the garden gods, I have my spirit house sitting in the NE side of my garden, to protect my gardens, and so far, the Gods are Blessing me!
Ok, Hog Maw's !!! Because I lived close to the Amish, we always had a really nice market to go to, fresh everything!!! Potato chips, in a brown sack, fresh vegi's, straight from the vine, cheap plants, .25 cent, .50 cents, any kind of plants you can think of, from vegetables, to flowers. Plus fresh butchered meats. My grand mother use to buy the pork belly, cleaned, it's what they make pork rinds from here in the south! Instead of chopping the skin and fat up and frying it, from the stomach, the Amish scrape the fat off the stomach skin, similar to hot dog or sausage casing's, and use the stomach casing to stuff it with potatoes ,farm fresh pork sausage, onion, eggs, garlic, and basil, mixed all together, than shoved into the casing of the pork stomach, you take cooking thread and sew all the openings together, puncture a few holes in the lining to allow steam to escape, and bake in the oven at 300 degree;s till all is soft inside, and the sausage is done. Takes around 3 hours to cook it fully, the skin of the belly becomes like the skin on a turkey, crispy and very delicious!! Everyone wants the skin, but the inside is better, all the seasonings melted with the sausage and potatoes, plus your spices, to die for!!! Thanks to the Amish for this recipe!!! That's what the north calls Hog Maw! I saw it here , close to where I live, and was jumping for joy, till I realized, it looked funny! I don't know what it was, it was labled as Hog Maw, but it didn't look like I was use to, it looked like an unbaked lasagna! I don't get it! lol!
Anyway, there you have it Q! I hope your garden is coming along, now if I knew how to get all these tomato's to turn red, I'll be really happY. I have a feeling they'll all turn red at once! omg, what than, Spaghetti sauce, here we come, lol!
See you all on the sunny side of Wednesday☺☺☺ !!! With just a tad of rain thrown in for good measure! Jami
here are some recent picture's of my gardens! The gardens look so different than when I posted the picture's when I first started this thread!
The first and second picture's are at opposite side's of the raised bed garden, the corn, and cucumbers in this garden are doing great. I did have a problem with worms in the corn, but managed to eradicate them before they ate all the tassels before they were tassels, lol,! I need to go to another post to add more picture's!
In the last post I forgot to add that I planted some cucumbers in and around the corn, that worked out well, the corn stalks are shading the cukes! And providing the cukes with support, something to climb on. I do have some cages around the cukes also, but they out grew the cages and now are hanging onto the corn.
Here are some more veggie's I have in the raised bed grden. Toms out the gazoo, BUT, they're all green, and I have a feeling they're going to turn red at the same time. I plan on canning some, but was hoping to eat them for awhile, I'm now wondering if I pick some of the bigger one's, and set them out in the direct sun, if the sun would turn them red quicker. I did clear some of the unneeded leaves from them yesterday, so maybe that'll help. I've been picking 2-3 squash a day, plus 2 -3 cukes too ! I have 6 or so cuke plants, and probably a good 9 squash plants. I have yellow summer squash, and zuquinni's in both of my gardens. I've made bread, casserole's, fried and grilled squash, every way it's possible to eat it, we've done so! lol ! We love cucumber salad, I make 2 kinds, 1 sweet, and one a little sour. I take onions and cukes, add vinegar, sugar and mayo to them, some celery seed, salt and pepper, and let it soak for a day, than we eat it. The sour is made the same way, just with more vinegar and no mayo. My DH also likes to add tomato's to the cuke salad. And we love them plain, dipped in a salad dressing as a snack. We do that with the squash too, raw, dipped in a salad dressing. mmm good!
Here is the corn garden, this is on the opposite side of the yard, away from the first block of corn I planted, they're 2 different types. the corn in the raised bed garden is a sweet bi-colored, this is a sweet white corn. I also have cucumber and squash plants in this one. I also have watermelon, and cantaloupe in this garden. The cantaloupe is about the size of an egg now, the watermelon look like a small green pea right now. This is my first time growing the corn, watermelon and cantaloupe so I didn't know what to watch for. I'm amazed at how fuzzy the cantaloupe look! I would have never expected that!
And the last picture is my spirit house, It houses the good garden spirits, who keep an eye on my gardens! lol ! I like to think they live in it, and do keep an eye out for everything!!!!
I hope everyone is having a great gardening day, keep the rays of sun shining, and the gentle rains coming ! Jami
Q, thanks, it's on my list for tomorrow! I did read about this somewhere, just can't wait to taste the sweetness of a garden tomato! And believe me, I have plenty, all different kinds, and size's! I'll pick a few tomorrow and do just as you said. I'll let you know how it works out! Thanks! ( a big Hug to you)!!
I did the bag "trick" with the ones on the vines when my plants got steamed. They were very green. Some have ripened & some are in the process. We used the bag up north when COLD came with the green tomatoes still out there.
Thanks Everyone, My ♥ swells with pride☺☺☺☺!!! I keep telling myself next year will be so much easier than this year. My body can't keep up with my mind. When you move somewhere new, it seems like you want everything "now", as I did, once my DH got the beds built, that was, after he built the shed, and the green house everything just got crazy from there. I had what I wanted, and didn't stop there. The cooler weather at the time helped, but since everything is finished ( for now, chuckling) all I do is go out, look around every morning, pick what needs to be picked, than water, by that time the heat is on ! I come inside till later in the evening, than back out to close up the yard, do some more watering, hook up the scarecrow for the night, and I'm beat!! Really, I look around and really enjoy what I see, but I can't imagine doing it all over again, ever!! This was my last hurrah ! What it is, is what it is now! I have the pool up, and am waiting for the water to warm up. Once that happens, I'll spend more time outside. I'm not one for AC, or a closed up house because of it being on all the time, but being outside all day with the Florida humidity isn't a feel good feeling either. With the pool, I can be outside, and enjoy what I created.
I did do a little garden out front over one of the cloudy, look like rain days one weekend. It's just flowers that I grew from seed, plus I put some hanging pots up on the front of the house, my neighbore told me the house actually looks like someone's home for once. I guess for about 5 years the people who had the house really weren't the outside gardening type of people, and all the home's here in the cul de sac we live on have beautiful landscaped lawns, this house needed a lot of sod put into the bare spots, still working on that , I fed the lawn, and gave it a good dose of epsom salt, much cheaper, and the lawn is looking 75% better. But I really don't know what else to do with it, I have enough to do in the back with out adding to it. So, I'm thankful that I did what I did.
here are a few picture's of the front lawn and flowers, everything you see, we put in! I posted some picture's previously on this thread, and if you look at the than and the now picture's, you'll see a big difference!!
I always wanted a white picket fence when I was growing up, I have one now ! lol ! I may change it out for a natural border, similar to what's in the back yard, but for now, the picket fence stays! Gotta keep the mulch in place somehow!
You sure have accomplished a lot. I have a lawn guy coming over tomorrow to let me know what I need to do to get grass to fill in out front. Where it grows its BEAUTIFUL. Then the bare areas that are again turning into a mass of just weeds. Too mush for me to handle by myself. Once I have grass, I can do the work to maintain it.
Goal is for the entire back to be just planting beds & walkways.
I spent all day today cleaning inside - have been ignoring that to work on the gardens. Could not handle the dirt another minute. Even washed inside of all windows & outside of the door glass. I was disgusted by how dirty the water was. Dumped it on potted plants.
I was in the yard all day. I have a tomato plant that would be over 6' tall if I had a way to have it stand straight. As big around also. I have 4 old trash cans to hold all the green tomato laden branches up off the ground. It is 1 of 2 plants that survived the storm last month. I need to get the camera out tomorrow & get a pic.
Hi All, Look what I found this morning in one of my zucchini. My DH brought it to my attention, than, after checking some more vegetables I brought in from the garden, all my sugar snap peas have hole's in them too!! WORMS!!!
Does anyone know what this pest is. I also noticed something is eating the crap out of my cabbage leaves. I can't find anything though. I have looked and looked, in the dirt around the base of the plants, and up and down the stems, and under the leaves, Nothing!!! What is going on, what am I looking for, how do I find the culprit ? Thank goodness my sugar snaps are almost completely harvested, I have a few more new plants that have been in for about 2 weeks, hope they are going to be OK. I'm having these problems in the raised bed garden. The other garden seems to be pest free. Is there a possibility I'm too close to the woods, and may be getting things because of the location? Anyway, getting the DE out and attack once again! So far my tomato plants are hanging in there. Plenty of good looking toms, and no holes in them!!!!
Well, just wanted to jump on here and see if i get some kind of feedback, it's a beautiful holiday weekend, hope you all having a great time with your family's, and I want to give a big salute and a bigger Thank You to all those who have served in our armed forces, or are serving, and to the Family's who have loved one's serving! This is your week end! Have a wonderful weekend!! Jami
My Dad used to say "worst thing to find in an apple is 1/2 a worm"!!!!!
Those worms seem to hide during the day. You might try putting a plate of beer out in the garden. Mom used to save old aluminum pie plates for that purpose. The beer will kill some worms if they crawl in and is harmless to birds looking for a drink.
Q , lol, yuck! 1/2 a worm means you ate the other half!!!! LOL!!!!I'll try it, but today I went out after treating with DE. everything was dry, needed water, but while watering I checked all my toms, Found one that was squishy on the bottom, I cut the tom from it's stem, and opened it up, I found the biggest, plumpest fattist worm, he was so fat, he could hardly move, till I put a stick up his side, and flicked him into the woods, how long does it take for this stuff to work? I looked it up, but couldn't find anything to tell me! omg , my garden is being ravished by these worms! I can't believe it!!!! I thought it was only the squash, and peas, but looks like I'm invaded!!! From the looks of things it's my pepper's, squash, and now a tomato! I want to cry!!!
I'll figure it out, if not I'll be yanking everything out ! Next year is another year! I'll let the deer and bear eat what I can't! I'm disgusted!!!! I took a young, yellow neck summer squash that looked a little funny, about 4 " long, 5"' in diameter, it had "1", mind you"1" little hole in it, I split it open, and inside were 2 very plump brownish striped worms, lack a daisy, from all they ate! The yellow summer squash is a new plant!!!!! What is going on, I'm going to turn my garden spirit house into a bird house if it doesn't start protecting my gardens!!! I'm so mad, I could hand feed these little cats to the first bird that wanted them!!!( to eat, mind you) And no, I didn't get any picture's!!!! UGH!!!!!!!!!! I'm spitting nails!!!!
Sorry to hear about the worms. I know nothing about worms. Guess they go in small & then eat their fill. I have to keep the squirrels off my vegs. Those buggers take 1 bite out of each but luckily the seem to not like the tomatoes!!!!!
Are you saying everything in your garden has been hit by these worms? Peas, tomatoes, squash, peppers? Are these different types of worms or are they all alike? DE works pretty quick, DW sprinkled it on cabbage lopers one evening and next morning there were none to be seen. We've never had worms in our squash or peppers altho we've had borers hit the squash vine stems. The only other thing I can think of you might try is the Captain Jack's Deadbug brew, pick it up at Ace Hardware or order it thru Amazon. I'm curious as to what you're having to deal with.
Charlie, as soon as I can get some pictures to you, I will!! They all look different, but may be due to age! And they are in my Squash, cuke's, and some of my sugar snap peas! I'll get you some better picture's , but I did treat the garden yesterday morning, before I had friends over for Memorial Day! Treated with DE! Today I went out and still saw some hole's, but I didn't want to disturb anything, as of yet! They could be inside dying, I hope! I was in a total state of shock, because they weren't there the day before, but than again, I need glasses for up close! The holes were very tiny, but the worms, very fat ! No way did they enter the very small hole as big as they were, They got hefty once inside!
I'll get back to you! Thanks for the interest and looking forward to your insight! Jami
A quick update ! No more worms, as far as I can tell. Most of the zucchini have been picked, waiting for the new batch to come in, and so far, no little holes, The yellow summer squash is just starting to come in, but nothings large enough to really look for hole's. I guess I'll wait and see. I did go out and pull the rest of what was left of the zucchini, and they all had the worm hole's, so I threw them into the woods for the animals, no way was I putting them in my compost pile! The peppers I took off the vine were also found to have the hole's, so into the woods they went. One pepper plant was totally eaten, leaves and all, all that was left was the stem. The cucumbers also had been hit, but I had already more or less picked them all, and was waiting for more to develope, so hopefully I caught this critter before more damage could be done!
I'll be checking my local ACE for the Captain Jacks Brew, sounds interesting. I no longer have faith in Neem Oil, forget it, useless!! Soemthing so organic that it doesn't do what it says it'll do, plus, I think with the dew in the mornings, it washes the oil off! Just saying!!!
I'll stay in touch, getting ready to do some inside work for a week or two , painting my bedroom, and deep cleaning. I've been ignoring this stuff while doing the gardens. I hate to be inside, ugh!!!
I never had any luck with neem oil. Did nothing. Had better luck with dish soap and cooking oil. Up north I used to boil garlic and take the juice and pour it on plants for bugs but we didn't have the amount of bugs we have here.
I have less bugs with a winter garden so I don't garden during the summer. Hope you have gotton rid of your bugs. I know its discouraging but don't give up.
Jami - I ended up in Flagler Beach yesterday. Nice little town. Tried to get to the beach but there was too much traffic & not enough parking!!!! We got close enuf that my friend (fm TX) got to see the Atlantic). Sure was rough yesterday.
Neem has its uses but is not good for everything. The watered down stuff you buy in the stores is worthless (10% Neem) but I use pure Neem that I then cut with water. It is great for gnats, aphids, and the like. If you need it to stay on you need to mix it with a bit of Stickee.
Glad your worms have moved on.
My baby zucchini are still too small to pick. Sure wish they would grow. I do need to get out & put fertilizer down.
Hi everyone, Have you all been as busy as me in the gardens??? I have been out there every morning and evening, wow, things are growing as fast as I can pick them. My toms are turning red, thank goodness not all at one time. My string beans are producing, my cukes have been doing great, I have so many, I guess I can make some kind of pickle's with them. My squash are kind of stunted at this time, either finished, or laying low because of the heat, and rain. The cantaloupes are growing, and for some reason, the watermelons get the baby on them, with the flower at the end, but when I go out and check them, the little green pea size ball has either turned black, or fallen off completely. I'm thinking about hand pollinating them, I don't see any bees buzzing around them. Weird, as they're in the same bed as the cantaloups, just on the other side of the bed. My corn is up, has been pollinated, the silk is turning brown, looks like I may have small ears or else they are still growing inside, I never grew corn so... just waiting to see if the kernels are full and the husk get bigger!!
My flowers that I grew from seed are doing awesome!! I can't believe how my garden fence's are getting covered, or hidden from the flowers. That was my intent, I didn't like the fences sticking out with nothing to hide them. I planted some morning glory's along the fence, they are climbing like crazy, and the blooms have started to open up. As soon as I get a picture with a " bunch of blooms" I'll post them, the 1 picture I have so far, is of the first bloom I saw, I think it was 1 or 2, don't remember which picture I took. My climbing vine's, the jasmie, honey suckle, and other's are doing great, I also stole some little vine's that were growing on my side of the neighbors fence, I used some root hormone, and they took, and are in pots for the time being. I'll wait till all the melons are done, than transplant the vine's. The melons seem to have taken over the one fence, and are now intertwining with the morning glory's, and the honey suckle I have in there already. Once I yank the old vine's out, I'll put the new one's in, for better planning next year. I have to say, I never expected to grow all this in a short time. I'm very surprised with myself! woo hoo!!! I have grown all these flowers from seed, echinacea- purple and white coneflower mix, petunia's, giant peony mix, pansy's, and my favorite cleome's rose queen. I love these flowers so much, such beauty! I also put in marigolds from seed, more of these than any of the others. Amazing to see how different they grow, depending on where I planted them. Some look like a bush, other's look like a large ground cover! I also have spearmint, chive's, basil, dill, and some other garnishes in as ground cover. I bought some buttercups, my neighbor gave me some bee balm, hydrenthis(sp?), and some succulent cactus plants,( I don't remember the names though). My bougainvilleas are doing great, I was a little worried as they lost their color, I thought they were dying, as I did buy the plant, not seed. I guess all it took was some time to get established in their new home!
Anyway, I'm sure I'm missing some plants, all I know is "all" my beds are filling in! I'm going to look and see what I can plant next for out Florida zone, I have room where I took out the last of the radishes, peas, sugar snap peas, and the rest of my spring onions just came out. I have a new batch going, but in a long planter. They took up too much room in my raised beds, with very little results! I think I planted the seed to early, and those last frost we had stunted their growth. Same for all my peppers. They weren't growing , than I found some worms in them, so I pulled all the fruit, and threw it in the woods, but in the last 2 weeks, wow, they have spouted up! Here again it had to be the cold weather, and planting out too soon. I also planted some later pepper seedlings in buckets, and they are just as big as the one's I put out in early March. I forgot to add, I have egg plants in, and they are starting to bloom, not sure if this is the time of the year for them, but so far so good. I need to get picture's of them. I have a late batch of cabbage, it didn't grow as fast as the lettuce did, it's been up and harvested for 2 weeks now. The cabbage ??? Still waiting! I have a Brussel Sprout plant, that was planted in a pot, around Feb, it's growing, maybe around 28" high, but know little cabbage heads showing! Here again, maybe the wrong time to plant, but if it's growing I let it be. This is my first year, having a raised bed garden, and I was so hyped up, I just went and bought what I wanted, planted it, and here we are today! Next year I'll put more thought into the gardens, actually, already planning it out, but haven't come up with a completed garden yet.
I have to get some things done in the house that I've ignored since we moved in here, painting, finishing up my craft room, which reminds me, I've been away from my mosaic's too long. I may not be here as much as I have been, My last 6 months have been getting the garden ready, and planting, an ongoing thing since Jan, 15th 2013, up till now, and from here on out I should have more time to do other things. Besides that , it's getting to hot and humid to be outdoors between 11am to 5pm, geesh, 5 minute's and my whole head is soaked from sweat, darn thick hair, I take my DH's old tube socks and use them as headbands, they do soak up the sweat that's running into my eye's. Looks funny though, but who cares, nothing worse than having sweaty hair stuff rolling down your face into your eye's. lol!!
So there you have it, an update on my raise bed gardens. I'm so glad I did it!
Oh, and BTW, I have had no encounters with Bear, Deer, or any other creature who lives in the sanctuary behind my house. I have been blessed, thanks to my scarecrow water shooter, and my Spirit House! More to do with the scarecrow though!! I see deer every night walking the dogs, around twilight they start to move around, I went out the front door one night around 10:30pm to let the dogs out for their last bathroom break before bed, and a deer was in my front yard! I know I see them about 5 time's a week! And yet, they aren't chomping on my garden stuff! A well spent $50+ dollars!!!!!
OK, let's hear your updates on your raised beds, anything that you've been doing! I'd love to hear it, all you who read but don't post, this means you, I know you have things to share!!! Please...DO !!!!
Q, Glad you found your way to Flagler Beach! What day was it? I know it get's packed up there, this has been the case since 2005, Daytona has no where for anyone to park, they charge to get on the beach, and if the tide is up, or any other thing that make's it hard to drive on the beach, they close it off to cars. If you have little one's, and a cooler, and all the other goodie's you want to take with you for a day on the beach, it's hard to carry it all for a few blocks. They started coming to Flagler around than. When I moved here from Ormond Bch in 1998, the year of the fire's, there was never anyone parked further than N.10th St, or S. 10th. It was always pretty busy around the pier, but now, wow, you can't get a spot on the beach, you have to go in a block or so! And July 4Th, lol, they use to allow you to park your vehicle the night before, all you had to do was unload it the next day, and set up on the beach that day. Big motorhome's would pull in the night before, and spend the night along A1A, but they have now outlawed that! You have to get up early to get a space, but if your lucky, like us, you just walk to the beach area, or have someone who has no plans to spend the day on the beach, drop you and your gear off, and than after the fireworks, hang out for an hour or 2, all the traffic is headed out of town as soon as the FW are finished, than your friend or who ever come's and picks you and your load up! So much easier. We take our bike's so we can go back and forth to the house, potty breaks, refills on ice...
I love Flagler Beach on July 4th, we look forward to it every year! This town ROCKS!!!! It use to be a 3 day event, if I remember right, Than it went to 2, now it's a 1 day affair! I think maybe it depends on when the 4th falls. Anyone else reading this remember??? Anyway, when ever you get over here again, d-mail me! We can meet, and have lunch, or?, and talk shop! LOL!!!
More Picture's Now and before, of the raised bed gardens, not the best views, so hard looking at little thumb nail picture's, and not being sure how much they show, or if it's showing the difference as much as you want it to! But the before's were taken around March, and of course, the now's have all the flowers up and blooming!
I'm going to add the before and after picture's of the side garden! A big difference there too. I may have to go out tomorrow and redo the picture's, depending on what I found in my picture folder!
Thanks for viewing, hope you enjoyed!!! And Also, Idea's for your own garden if your a beginner like me!!!
Here is my side garden!! Now, and before!! As i was going through my picture's, I realized I don't have any up to date picture's! I only have squash, coen, and my melons in here, plus all the flowers that grew on the fence. I'll take up to date picture's and post, as this has really filled in, very nicely! It's beautiful, and the melon vine's, honey suckle, and morning glory's are taking over the fence!! And the marigolds, outstanding!! I'll get the picture's!!
BTW, The inside of the shed has the truck topper as part of the roof! I should have posted a picture of the inside of the shed, it's here somewhere in this thread, I think, or on the recycling thread, not sure! But , if you want I can post a picture here, just ask!
And last, my green house, started out as a dog kennel!!
I have to add that the shed was still being worked on when DH started the green house, but we needed it up and ready as we still had some cold days coming, thank goodness we did, as you can see it was used as soon as I could get in it, and get my shelving done. I do want to add some extra's, vents, heat and electric, I have it in the shed, but he hasn't run power over to the GH yet! Right now it's serving as a pool float storage room! lol! I also have all kinds of trailing vine's growing up and over it, no pictures yet, but I'll take some and get them on here, for those who are interested!
I want to thank anyone who has been following my thread, it has been a learning experience for me, and my DH, I read and learn, he does the manual labor, so sweet, but the last few post you've viewed, all this has been accomplished since January. I have had help from friends when I couldn't get my body to move, and they also have learned a lot from helping us achieve what we wanted to do! I'm very grateful for what I have, this has been a very good learning experience, taking things that would have went to the dump, and turning them into something useful. We haven't spent a lot of money, for the wood, the garden tools, etc. Everything came from friends, yard sale's, curb side pick up, lol, the best! Anyway, my point is, it doesn't take much to get started, just an imagination, a willingness to do it, and a need to achieve something from nothing, to reap the rewards afterwards!
Thanks for looking, I hope I've put a spark in someone's mind! Get started, small, and work up to your dreams. What you've seen on my thread is 6 months of work, now I can sit back and breath, and more importantly, ENJOY MY WORLD ! God Bless Everyone! Thanks Jami!!
After looking at the last picture, after I had published it, I remember now, I ran an extension cord from the shed over to the green house, and put a small electric heater in it to help keep the temps up. I think this was one of our coldest nights, and I checked through out the night, the temps in the GH never dropped below 60, a good feeling. as it was freezing outside of the green house! You can see it in the picture! It was a small heater, not anything hard core that could cause a fire, but I still kept an eye on it during the night!
Wow, you have been busy.
I was in Flaggler last Thur. Good thing my friend was here last week. Would need a boat to get there today.
I have small zucchini but they don't seem to be growing much. And my tomatoes are not as green. Have picked 2 ripe ones. Jsu t hope all this rain doesn't ruin them.
Jami, you've done so much in the past six months and your very lucky to have that hard working man make you such nice shelters for your plants and garden tools.
Seeing deer in the mornings and evenings must be wonderful...just as long as they don't eat your plants.
Thanks for sharing your new garden with us, you certainly took a big plunge all at once and looks like is has worked out pretty well for you as you have reaped the rewards. Enjoy eating all those nice veggies.
Quilter, I haven't been on here lately, too much to do in the yard right now, keeping up with the weeds, grass, and all that is going on, But you mentioned the ugly spidery bugs you found on your toms, well, I had the same thing, they never did any damage, but I eventually got rid of them with neem oil, They would scatter when I shook my plants a little, but they were all huddled in a group on a few toms, not all of them. I think I got a picture of them, I have to go back and check my picture's. You last posted on the 7th, did you ever find out what they were, and did you get rid of them. The one's I had were reddish in color, with black legs, looked like a type of spider.
Sunkissed, Thanks for the kind words, I think we all have nice gardens, it's great sharing picture's, and jumping back and forth between everyone's threads! That's what give's me inspiration!
Anyway, back to the yard I go, the work is never done and even though it's summer the days are shorter in the yard, to darn hot and humid to even breath! I try to get some stuff done in the morning, and always try to get something accomplished in the evenings, which takes away from my computer time. I already started amending the soil in the raised beds for fall crops, slow going, most of my beans, and peas are finished, so that bed is ready to go.The others are slowly starting to go to crap, too hot, next year am hoping for a shade cloth for all 3 beds. Can't afford it this year anymore. Maybe get the hoops done for all the covers I want, shade, frost, and what ever else may be needed.
To all reading this, have a great day/evening, try to stay cool especially in the hotter area's around the Great Nation we live in! Bye for now!
Someone said they were adult aphids. I used neem & DE, and some other spray. Killed most of them. I still see a couple but nothing like the infestation I had.
Right now I'm in a tomato lull. No more ripe but lots of green & flowers galore. In a week or so I'll be overwhelmed again!!!! I planted them in 3 areas & all seem to be doing equally well. All get a bit of shade during the heat of the day and I think that is a big help. Plus we have been getting a good amount of rain up here.
I have 2 very happy looking zuc plants but no fruits. All the blossoms must be male.
I'm also planning my fall garden. Would like to plant it raised, but near the fence so I can easily make a green house using the fence as a back wall. With it close to 90 it's difficult to think of COLD temps!!!!
Ok, here's a follow up of my raised bed garden's ! I have slowly been picking my toms, I had 14 plants in, and some of my name tags were lost in the dirt, but I can say I have harvested at least 30 lbs of tomato's, the best I've ever done. When I started I didn't know the difference between indeterminate, and determinate, now I do. I also know what a beef steak is, and roma's, but I also had a little of everything planted, so when they started to turn red, it was an amazing sight. I just didn't know what was what. I saw some of the littlest roma's ever , looked like cherry toms. I didn't plant any of those, we don't care for them, so in the picture's, what you see are my roma's. I have made sauce, paste, stewed, and also blanched whole tom's for use in my recipe's, as needed. I also gave away some to everyone who wanted a few. I had tom sandwiches for breakfast 2 weeks in a row! Made every which way I could think of. I still have some slow growing plants, some with fruit, and flowers, but I think the heat has slowed down. I cut back all damaged limbs, extra foliage, and am waiting to see what starts new growth as things die down, heat wise. I also took pieces of my best performers, dipped them in root hormone, and stuck the root to be in perculite, (sp?) and have had success with some of the transplants. They are now in pots, in shade, waiting to see what happens next.
My green beans were great producers, here again, not sure what the name is, they were bush beans from burpee, brought at lowe's. I will be sure next year to make myself note's and keep up with those note's, the only thing I did was mark in a huge desk calendar, when I planted things, when they flowered, and when I started to pick the fruits. I vow to be more concise next year! I froze them straight off the vine, no blanching, and I had my first pot of Ham and Green Beans w/ potato's, and it was the best I've ever had! My problem, I only had 12 plants, and know that next year, I need plenty more!
Pea's were a disappointment ! Burpee here again, early sweet peas, the pod's were lucky to have 5 fully grown peas inside, and for some reason, didn't produce many pods, all at once, so it was hard to get enough peas to make a side of. What I have will go into soups, or a casserole of some sort. Here again, not enough plants put in for 2 people. Same goes for the sugar snap peas I had planted. Awesome flavor, ate right from the vine. sweet, but here again , not enough planted for 2 people, plus I added seed 3 weeks after I did the first planting, and the second planting came up very thin, and really didn't produce at all. I have already pulled the beans, and pea plants, put into the compost, and started to amend the soil for this fall. I tested the soil, and it was lacking in everything, so it'll be a while till it is ready to be used again. I don't have enough homemade compost, and am off to the nursery to buy some good stuff!!!! In the mean time, I bought some N, P, and K, I think are the 3 letters, and added it to my soil as directed. Just need the compost.
Next on my list of harvest, squash, I planted yellow summer squash, and zucchini, all burpee seed again, even though I thought I planted an even amount of each, all my plants produced zucchini, I posted this in an earlier here, and so far haven't had but 1 summer squash, and the one remaining plant, that is still trying to produce, looks like the yellow summer squash. The others, I had 12 in, 6 of each, I had a good run on zucchinni, made bread, grilled it, cooked it in some casserole's, ate it raw in salads, so I'm quite pleased, but have nothing frozen for stews etc. I didn't give any away either. lol! At this time, I pulled the worst of the plants out, and put them in the compost, they were dried and plain dead, the one's that are still in are being drowned by all the rain. I have my fingers crossed, and I think next time, I'm putting them in containers, and under some kind of cover to keep the rain off, and will water as I feel they need it! I had better luck in the container garden I had, before the raised bed garden.
Cuke's, OMG, I had a great harvest so far, and still going, even though I had 10 plants to start, I have 2 left, some of the plants got powdery mildew, I fought it, the plants did give me plenty of cuke's, but than would curl up , get brown and die. I can't really say what happened to the one's that didn't get mildew, I think heat, but I have 6 jars of pickle's, gave away some, ate some raw, made cucumber salad, which my DH and all family and friends would look for when they came to visit, I didn't need snacks, they ate the cuke salad as fast as I could make it. Anyway, I'm down to 2 plants, looking a little dry, but as I type this have 4 cukes ready to come off in the next day or so, and more baby's on the vine's that still look healthy.
Next, my pepper plants! Not going well at all. When I did them in containers, I had so many I was making relish, stuffed peppers, poppers, and freezing them. I think I planted them to early in the season, the worms attacked what was growing, the leaves started falling off, looked like something was eating the leaves also, anyway, I did start more already from seed, and these are in containers, so hopefully I will have the same luck as last year, and will not be putting them into the beds next time. I can move the pots, if needed, can't move the plants if their in my beds. So far, nothing to report here other than what I wrote!
Cabbage, radish, garlic onions, basil, chive's, dill, spearmint, lettuce,( head and romaine) all did well, as of now nothing growing but my herbs I listed. I want to get some more radish in, and more herbs before it's to late, as I've been drying it, and freezing it, but I can never have enough of the fresh stuff. ( btw, I hate cilantro, as does my DH )even though we were in Thailand for a year. lol! Something about the taste, just can't acquire the taste for it!
My corn I planted, sweet, and bi colored sweet all went to the worms. I already pulled the corn from the raised bed garden, and will do the same in the side garden as soon as I can get to it. I won't ever grow corn again, too much involved.
My last planting, egg plant! ye haw!!!! I have some 9 egg plants growing out of 3 plants. I can't wait till their ready, hungry for some grilled eggplant on the grill, basted in garlic, and lots of spices, and some yummy egg plant parm!! They're about the right size to be picked, so looking forward to them any day.
And last of all, my cantaloupes, and watermelon. All doing well, I've picked about 6 loupes so far, and one watermelon, I'm not sure what I planted, went to look at the type, again by burpee, but for some dumb reason I cut the top of the package off, maybe to mark the place where I planted them, but the watermelon was white inside, with white seeds. It was sweet, but not the texture of a red one, with the black seeds. Now, I'm wondering what I bought. I have 4 more growing on the vine, and will wait till they are twice the size of the 1 i picked. These were marked to grow in a pot. As for as the cantaloupe's, omomom sweet! And I planted 4, again burpee seeds, and so far have picked 7, and have 2 more ready to come off the vine, and I see 2 baby's starting to form. I did have to treat both for the mold problem, some of the vine's look all dried up, but some of the upper leave's look good. We'll see what happens.
I think I covered everything I planted this spring, all my seeds went into seedling pots early Feb. and into the ground in March. We had some late frost, so I can see how that may have did in my peppers, I had problems with worms, and bugs, but because I had good, not great results, I'm happy, and have learned a lot from this first time raised bed planting, so I'll continue my thread, going into fall.
I'm posting the latest picture's I took, hopefully not repeats, most are of my harvest, after I brought them into the house, or on the patio table. I'll try to give a description of each picture, but most should be self explanatory!!
I hope everyone who has viewed my thread has learned something, I'm going to try to be more attentive to what I'm planting, I just received my very first seed catalog, so will start a new thread to see if any of my fellow Florida gardeners have advice for me before I order seeds from them. I won't be using a big box store seeds anymore, they did great for a novice like me, but now, I want more produce/ results, and since I learned how to do most things myself from the great DG, and other site's, I feel I'm ready to invest in some good seed! And hopefully have better results!
Thank you for following along with me, and to all those who have added to my thread, Quilter, David of Deland, Sunkissed, BonnieGardens, Plant_Thing, Wren, Shauna, georgiacat and CoastalZonePush ! You all have added your 2 cent's, haha, And I just want to give you all a big hug, and your 2 cents was worth a million dollars to me!!! I gave it my all, moved in here Jan 2. 2013. today is June 28th,2013 ! omg, 5 months, no wonder I can't move, lol, I wasn't thinking about time here, just was very busy, and another thing, my seeds were started at my town home, before we moved here, so I did have a head start in that area, but, I couldn't have done this with out those I mentioned, following their threads, David of Deland is Great with advice!!!! I know we have " stalkers" who read but never say a peep, I hope one day you share your advise on gardens, but in the meantime, I hope I've been able to help someone out there in the stalker world,(I don't mean stalker in the negative way) but sometimes we all need advice and don't always want to give up our identities, but your still learning from what we all post!I hope you have gotten the advice you were looking for!
Here are some pics!!!
#1 cucumber's, zucchini, and can' quitesee what else is in my sink
#2 bush string beans, one of many baskets
#3 another batch of harvested cuke's and Z's
#4 lettuce, I think it's my romaine
#5 a table full of different types of tom's
Last post, #1 was all cuke's, an onion, and some spring onions
#3 was a picture of my one and only pic of a summer yellow squash, the rest were zuchinni, and cuke's, and that day's worth of string beans!
In this post are some more picture's!!!
pic # 1 a bunch of tom's getting ready to be blanched and frozen
#2 my cantaloupe's
#3 cantaloups pulled from the vine
# 4 More tom's, and a few green peppers from my pepper plants, before the
worms got to my peppers!
#5 a baby watermelon!
This is a cantaloupe cut open in the first picture, the 2nd picture is where my cantaloupe grew up over the fence, and combined itself with my morning glory's, the 3rd pic is of my egg plants, I need to take precent picture's, as they are ready to be harvested, and the last is of my strawberry plants, no luck this 1st year, but looking for results next year!
I seem to miss some great picture's as I'm new to this, but will get better as time goes on! I hope you enjoy what I can present to you! Next year will be better, with better details!
Thats fascinating about the frozen tomatoes Q. We're going to try it! I have been wanting to experiment with that straw bale concept for a while, and am believing now, that I am going to experiment with 1 bale this Fall for sure...
Your 5 month developments in your new home eerily remind me of our own here on this property. In 5 years you won't recognize your space! You guys have done everything incredibly well, and don't be disheartened at all about the veggies going down now. It is that time of Summer in Central Florida. Fungus' will happen on some things with the daily rains and humidity for instance.
In only 2 or three weeks we need to start seedings and cuttings for Fall. We Central Florida gardeners are so fortunate in that way!
I have learned and plan to get all Bell Peppers off my bushes which are looking tired now and also remove all new flower buds, and/or tip all the branches including flowers. Then I will add some mushroom compost around them (or your fertilizer of choice including Miracle gro, which I will use to jumpstart the process personally) and Let them rest and regrow. By October they likely will return to robust bushes and be bountiful again for Fall.
Besides starting new tomato seeds, I am also going to take top cuttings off my fading favorite Tomato plants, spray them for fungus and bugs (Spinosad for bugs) and root them. Then I will cut back a few of the old tomato plants to 6 inches and do the same. They usually regrow for the second season for me beautifully and again are bountiful...
You are honest, sharing, and I love your gardens. Keep up the good works! I very much appreciate your many pictures. It really makes things more fun...
Ok everyone, Time to get the fall gardens ready, I have been so happy with my first raised garden, coming from nothing but pots, and here I am, ready to share some pictures of tonight's garden update picture's. I still have lot's of questions, but since the spring garden turned out so well, I'm anxious to get the fall garden going!!!!!!!
Please ask questions, if you have any, and I can't answer, I know plenty of folks who can, as this is how I got to where I'm at!!
#1 & # 2 Tilled my side garden, added, all the nutrients needed, will top dress my plants as I add them with compost! ( * nutrients, potash, bone meal, blood meal, and phosphorous! )
#3 looking down on the right side of the far garden, my cantaloupe's, and watermelon ar growing there, with my morning glories!
#4 & #5 are picture's of my melons in development! I just love seeing the babie's pop up!!!!
Sorry, Picture #3, is a picture of the roots I have to dig under, keep clear of all weeds, as this is the where the water runs out of the garden. When the water gets to this point, it clogs up, I need to find a way for the water to keep going! Any suggestions? Thanks, there are more than a few roots to go under! And NO, I don't want to destroy the tree!
Next, I have my raised bed garden, In the middle bed I planted beans and sugar peas, they're coming up, the bed to the left of the middle bed has existing tom's, and than I planted some egg plants, and brussel sprouts! The far right bed has peppers in it, with toms! Everything seems to be going along good. I put straw in as a foot path!
Jami - why not start a new thread for "Fall". So many pics in here it is taking quite awhile to load.
I still have green tomatoes & blossoms on my monsterous tomto plants. I was out yesterday attempting to get the branches up off the ground. These are out front & the armadillo seems to like tomatoes!!!! Since the monster out back seems to be "done" think I'll cut him back so I have more supports for the plants out front.
I need to figure out where to put my Fall garden - beans & pees sound wonderful & I'd like some cukes out there also. I'm thinking I may use my 55 gal tubs and put the garden in the side yard. 1 sprinkler will hit it and I can run a soaker hose off the outlet over there. But, will have to wait till I'm back from vacation.
DH has told me he thinks we need raised beds for next year. My neighbor also wants some. Luckily her DH is handy so we will have a guy to help us with our projects.
Jami, I envy the room you have for your gardens. I appreciate the time you took to give the individual detailed report how everything did in your spring/summer garden, the good, and the bad.
Best wishes with the fall garden, I'm only doing tomatoes, and guess I need to think about starting my seeds soon. I'm surprised that I'm getting some blossoms and fruit on some of my spring tomatoes that I thought were dying out.
Hi All, I've been busy, early morning, and during the evening, mid day, is terrible, too hot and humid! Not spending too much time on here, trying to get my mosaics table started, cutting glass, too long being on the back shelf.
I have cleared out the middle raised bed, and planted bush beans, and took a chance on sugar snap peas! They were so tasty right off the vine, so I figured I'd try them now, by the time they're harvested, should be late August, early Sept. Remember, this will be my 1st year yet, just different time of the season. I know what the books tell us, but after reading whats available, for this time of the year, getting a specific name of a vegetable, like for instance, beans, "bush blue lake" and looking through my catalog(Johnny's) I couldn't find a seed named that, so I just picked one, and planted it, even though the book says, next planting, Sept. I wing it, actually, and so far so good. I hate schedule's, lol! And we live in Florida!
Thanks all for the compliments! Grakay, your more than welcome to swing by and visit! Everyone is invited if your over my way! DM me, and I'll give you my address, and ph#. I would love to show off! LOL! It's been a long hard road getting to where we're at, a lot of it learned on here by many, David of Deland for one, I named quite a few above in one of my post! He sticks in my mind more because he seems to be the one everyone turns too for help, he has beautiful gardens, post a lot of picture's, and explains a lot of things in detail. If you want to learn, follow him!! ( plugging you David, you deserve it) LOL !
Any way, here are some picture's I took in the last several days! I'll explain each
as I go!
The first is a before it was tilled, a mess, the next all done, all nutrients added, I'm not sure what I'm putting in here this time, Thinking more squash, maybe trying sweet corn again, I see where I can still get by if I plant it, but I'm just not sure about the soil yet. I have it built up, but...
The third picture is of my 3 raised beds, I put straw on the ground, tired of mowing in between the beds, saw this guess where, David of Deland☺, hope it works, and my little babys are spouting, planted the bush bean seeds last week, their the first to show their heads, behind them are the sugar snaps, just starting to poke up through the mulch, not enough to be seen with the camera eye!
now you have to go to the next post!
Again, Thanks all!!! I couldn't have done it without " ALL" of your advise!!! This is a great site, and Florida gardening is the best, hehehe, because we live here!♥♥♥
I was just looking at the last picture's I posted, the first of the picture's is where I need to try to make a drain field for all the water that lays in this garden. But it was tilled, so should make it easy to do something to help drain the water.
And in the other picture's, you can see I still have things growing! Yes, Peppers, egg plants, and I have some indeterminate tom's, they're holding there own, but not producing! I made some cuttings, no picture's yet, will get them on here, but they're doing great too. I have them on my covered patio, away from the direct sunlight, and am hoping for plenty more tom's towards Sept. The one's in the garden should start producing again than too, I feed them, it's just too hot for production!
Here are some of my flowers I planted from seed, I planted morning glory's to hide the crappy look of my fence, and they have grown way to much for my liking, but I love them, ( only in the morning) They're taking fence space from my cantaloupes, and watermelons, I have to decide if I'm taking them out or not, and the 4th picture is of my garden in the front yard, My mosaic sphere I made is the center attraction, and than the last picture is Part of my butterfly garden in the back yard. When I put this together it looked so bare, now it's so full, it's awesome! I love it!
I don't know if I have any more new picture's to put up at this time, I'll check, but will get more together as the new things grow, and as I pull other plants to make room for new stuff. I just love being outside, in the garden. I see a lot of butterfly's, bees, and lizards, lol! I have to learn how to ID them, have no clue!
I hope we all escape Chantea( spelling) we can use a little rain, but not the abuse a hurricane can dish out! If everyone huffs and puffs, we can blow her out to sea, instead of our houses being blown to smithereens! You all have a great day/evening! And Thanks for following along here on my "first raised bed garden"
Why is all the right side of this thread missing, seems to be out of whack! Too many changes, and I'm not likening them, I'm not computer savoy, and if this continue's, I may not be back, I don't know how to fix this, some sites seem to be OK when I look at them, and than, some like mine, are screwed up! Help, anyone know how I can get this right???
I have started a new thread, for some reason I'm missing the whole right side of the page, can't read it! Q suggested to start a new thread, so I'm trying to do just that. I hope this works, as I'm a little computer illiterate! If not, I'm at a lost, and maybe someone can help me get back on track! This is weird, I can read everyone's post, on all thread's except for my thread and the other thread I like! The "David of Deland Thread", can't remember the entire name for his thread, but those who know me, know where I mean! Sorry for sounding so frustrated, only because I am!!! Here is where we go from here! http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1326574/, I hope this works!!!! Thanks jami
What a wonderful shed! (and what a wonderful husband for sure). You will love gardening with the raised beds. Down here in southern florida where I live, it is a necessity for vegetables and ornamentals as the soil is so sandy and nutrient depleted. but I also did it for years up in New Jersey where food grows quite well -- it protects the plants from the dogs that run right into and over a non-raised garden. (small dogs) I does not stop the various other wildlife that feast upon just about everything, but there is always netting for the beginning of the growing season when the plants are so tiny and are still weak. Have a great planting season and keep the pictures coming. Julie