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#16 Dive_buddy

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 10:04 AM

Last year I tried a container garden which was empty 5 gal bucks filled with soil and then I planted some tomatoes, radishes, etc... It failed Big Time so it was just another sacrafice of plants to the Sun Gods.

I'm guessin that the 5 gal buckets did not give the tomato plant's roots enough room to really grow well.

I will pile up all the leaves from the fall in the garden area, along with twigs and limbs that end up in the yard. Burn most of them and till that into the soil of the garden. And if the weather is too windy or rainy to allow burning, they get tilled in as is. After 4 years of doing this, the soil was black when wet and after 7 years, it was black all the time. I've never tested the PH or anything. But anything that gets withing 2' of that soil grows!

A few quick tips. Look at when to plant certan things. Peas like cooler weather and can be planted early. And when you are done with them, throw in your radishes or other quick growing veg. Lettuce likes a little shade. A good one to plant to the North and East of your corn. Use your grass clippings between the plants to help keep weeds down. Don't pile fresh clippings against your plants as the amonia produced druing break down can harm and kill the desired plants as well as the weeds.

Donny, by all means, please list those plants that help keep away the pesky animals.

This year, having moved into a new place, I am going to plant a spcial garden to keep these little guys and gals happy. (see images)

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 11:45 AM

Making a list of plants to drive pests away isn't that simple because just like people animals have different tastes in different areas, but here are some to help out.
Marigolds around tomatoes will help drive off the nematodes that are the bane of tomatoes, Some people claim they help with deer too, but I have had deer eat the marigolds.
Pepermint will help drive away rodents.
Several strong smelling herbs will help keep deer at bay. My favorite is thyme, because it is very resistant to foot traffic and grows about anywhere under poor conditions. You can even cook with it.
As far as a vegetable garden, I have had great luck with those things that have a motion sensor and when hooked to a garden hose will shoot a blast of water at anything coming into your garden. For me this was almost 100% effective with deer.
Birds will get used to anything that is not moving in the garden so the inflatable owls and such work best when about every other day you move them to a new location. Another good way to deal with birds is take some of those pesky AOL free trial cd's and tie them to a pole and let them flutter in the wind.
One of my favorite plants to keep pests at bay is the Heirloom rose bushes with big gnarly thorns. When planted outside a teenager's bedroom they tend to keep the teenagers both in and out of the bedroom.
I think every state has a master gardener program and the best suggestion is get one of their phone numbers that live by you and call them if you have a problem. They are required to do several hours of community service each year to pay back the state for their training a lot of time and even when they are not most of the time they will be glad to help.
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Posted 02 March 2006 - 12:26 PM

"Marigolds around tomatoes will help drive off the nematodes that are the bane of tomatoes, Some people claim they help with deer too, but I have had deer eat the marigolds."

Marigolds do work well for the insects but where I am now the rabbits eat them before the deer get a chance. I have yet to figure out what is eating my gooseberries from under the bird net.

I think I need to plant catnip to bring in the bobcats and cougars to take care of the rabbits and deer.
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Posted 02 March 2006 - 02:02 PM

I planted a large garden the 1st year after building my house here, it seemed only natural living in Amish country, but I didn't have near enough time to keep after the weeds and take proper care of it. I had several rows of sweet corn, tomatoes, lots of hot peppers, I still have a freezer door full of them. Cucumbers, lettuce, have a few fruit trees, beans. Made the garden much smaller now, still don't have propper time to take care of it, but can't beat the fresh veggies and fruit!

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Posted 02 March 2006 - 05:50 PM

I had a garden untill the cops found it :-D
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Posted 02 March 2006 - 11:02 PM

I think I need to plant catnip to bring in the bobcats and cougars to take care of the rabbits and deer.

Hey, that's just the food chain at work. Sounds like a plan.
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Posted 02 March 2006 - 11:03 PM

I had a garden untill the cops found it :evilgrin:

And you haven't replanted???????
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Posted 04 March 2006 - 11:30 AM

Gardener here. My whole backyard is a garden - there is an herb, cutting, and water garden inbetween tropicals, lime tree, avocado tree, tomatoes, lettuce, and peppers.


Really Jill? I didn't know that about you...very cool! If you ever need any help with a bumper crop of avacados I'll be glad to assist. :cool2:

Used to have a garden with a several varieties of tomatoes and peppers (bananas, chili, yellow..you name it), squash and onions. My yard now is too shady for that but every spring the urge to plant still hits me. This year I have started moonflowers and morning glories to teach my 2 year old niece the lovely silence of growing things. Mostly I think she likes playing in the dirt...just like Aunt Kerry.

I am also growing loofahs this year in the sunny part of my yard. Some people eat the squash when it is very young and tender but I let it stay on the vines until it dries. If I get a good crop I will use the sponges to put in gift baskets with my homemade soaps for holiday presents this winter.

Very interesting to see how many other SDers like to garden, too.

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 11:35 AM

Gardener here. My whole backyard is a garden - there is an herb, cutting, and water garden inbetween tropicals, lime tree, avocado tree, tomatoes, lettuce, and peppers.


Really Jill? I didn't know that about you...very cool! If you ever need any help with a bumper crop of avacados I'll be glad to assist. :cool2:

Used to have a garden with a several varieties of tomatoes and peppers (bananas, chili, yellow..you name it), squash and onions. My yard now is too shady for that but every spring the urge to plant still hits me. This year I have started moonflowers and morning glories to teach my 2 year old niece the lovely silence of growing things. Mostly I think she likes playing in the dirt...just like Aunt Kerry.

I am also growing loofahs this year in the sunny part of my yard. Some people eat the squash when it is very young and tender but I let it stay on the vines until it dries. If I get a good crop I will use the sponges to put in gift baskets with my homemade soaps for holiday presents this winter.

Very interesting to see how many other SDers like to garden, too.


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Posted 08 March 2006 - 09:05 PM

Hey Bubski!

I'm working on my 2006 garden, well, not right this second!

but, I"m planting 3 or 4 varieties of tomato, brussels sprouts, spinach, celantro, chives, parsley, peppers, basil, rosemary

I can't wait to have a bunch of fresh veggies!

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 09:19 PM

Hey Bubski!

I'm working on my 2006 garden, well, not right this second!

but, I"m planting 3 or 4 varieties of tomato, brussels sprouts, spinach, celantro, chives, parsley, peppers, basil, rosemary

I can't wait to have a bunch of fresh veggies!


that doesnt sound like the kind of garden blacktar had..... :lmao:

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 09:34 PM

well iam not what you would call a gardener. i have a reasonable herb garden at home but i have 50 hectares down in the south west of western australia and i grow trees. so my backround is in forestry rather than hortaculture. whilst i know a lot about growing trees i still can't grow a decent lawn. :lmao: if anyone needs help in that regard let me know. :-D

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 11:27 PM

Hey Bubski!

I'm working on my 2006 garden, well, not right this second!

but, I"m planting 3 or 4 varieties of tomato, brussels sprouts, spinach, celantro, chives, parsley, peppers, basil, rosemary

I can't wait to have a bunch of fresh veggies!


that doesnt sound like the kind of garden blacktar had..... :lmao:


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Posted 10 September 2006 - 06:29 PM

Well Kimmy and Friends

Here is the grand total of my gardening efforts this year.

about 3 dozen tomatoes.
a handful of yellow squash and zuccinni.
greenbeans failed Big time! saw about 5 beans all together.
Who stoled my watermelons ??? didnt even see a sprout come-up.
potatoe plants did OK but they never got bigger than golfballs?

All in All what I didnt pay attention to and water the drought got. I think I need to let the leaves mulch alittle more before I plant next time. It was worth the little effort I put into it tho. cant wait to sacrifice some more plants to the Sun Gods next year :usflag:


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Posted 10 September 2006 - 06:31 PM

I am one whose brown thumb allows me to kill even such hardly plants as prickley pear cactus! Even I find that rather amusing since I'm supposed to be a biologist... maybe I should plant those cacti underwater (I have on occasion seen one down under... and I'm not referring to Australia!).

Edited by drbill, 11 September 2006 - 10:34 AM.





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