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Gardening is hard work!
10-28-2014, 03:16 AM #16
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Hey Bohica. I barely try anymore, this global warming brings frost in August sad2.gif anything frost tolerant I'll try though. Peas, kohl rabbi.
10-28-2014, 03:37 PM #17
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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My back is OK today...surprisingly because I was lifting really heavy stones.

My backyard soil never was any good for growing veggies and the work involved to 'make it so' was too much, so I opted for a variety of plants and flowers instead. However, hubby and I would take motorcycle jaunts in the country where I would buy my produce from farmers.

Bohica, you picked a good one with garlic because not only does it flavour food, but it also acts as a medicine in fighting parasites and infection within the body. thumbsup.gif
10-28-2014, 03:57 PM #18
Wicked Oblivion Member
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"Doing the garden digging the weeds who could ask for more"

10-28-2014, 04:08 PM #19
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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10-28-2014, 04:43 PM #20
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Well, there actually is RV bumper gardening and considering we may spend 5-6 months in Florida or Arizona, I may be able to grow veggies. It certainly looks like much less work than what I have now.

İmage

http://rvtravel.com/publish/gardening_demaris.shtml

Quote:One bit of attention we haven't appreciated was when the Arizona ground squirrels discovered our lettuce plants. I wonder if I could rig an electric fence wire to my solar panel?

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10-28-2014, 04:51 PM #21
Octo Mother Superior
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Ground squirrels, eh? hmm.gif Maybe place the garden a little higher up.
10-28-2014, 05:15 PM #22
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Yeah, I was thinking the roof, but I can't find any info. on that. Maybe the wind effect on top is too damaging.
10-29-2014, 07:20 AM #23
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Gardening is hard work, but it is also a battle against all of the critters that want to eat what you are growing. Therefore it has basic rules for combating critters.
1) setup deer fencing around the perimeter. Deer can devastate a garden quickly.
2) setup rodent fencing. I usually use chicken wire for gophers and squirrels. No rodent can climb an overhang, so at the top of the cage make a half circle pointing outwards.
3) keep gopher cages at least five inches above ground level. If you find you have smart gophers they will try to pile up soil to the top of the cages. do not allow this.
4) If you have a large garden and do not like to weed, lay down cardboard then wood chips. Bulk wood chips are available cheap at your local dump. Choose the lightest color for it is probably oak which grows morrel mushrooms.
10-29-2014, 12:40 PM #24
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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(10-29-2014, 07:20 AM)farmer Wrote:  Gardening is hard work, but it is also a battle against all of the critters that want to eat what you are growing.

yup.gif Rabbits, caterpillars and everything between. We've had gardens with bear tracks and poo, chuckle.gif

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10-29-2014, 03:11 PM #25
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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My neighbor was telling me about a book called 'how to grow a garden in 4 sq feet' or something like. Not sure this is the same thing but good info. Long vid.

10-29-2014, 07:08 PM #26
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(10-29-2014, 03:11 PM)Shadow Wrote:  My neighbor was telling me about a book called 'how to grow a garden in 4 sq feet' or something like. Not sure this is the same thing but good info. Long vid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlMNXAV4M7M

The chicken wire is a good idea, thanks. Thanks, Shadow...I'll have a look at it later when I get back home tonight.
10-31-2014, 10:02 AM #27
farmer Member
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Chicken wire is expensive $110 for a 100 foot roll. if you go to a tile retailer you will be able to get a 150 foot roll for about $60.
10-31-2014, 10:45 AM #28
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10-31-2014, 11:29 AM #29
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An important point: macro nutrients, these are the three main nutrients you need to have in your soil. 1) nitrogen, this element is needed for all the green growth that you see in all things that are plants (compost from your wide leaf trees . 2) phosphorus, this element is needed for all of the stem growth to support the weight of the fruit (bone meal). the value of this next element/nutrient can not be overlooked amongst all of them, it is the one that grows all buds, flowers, and fruits. The winner nutrients is potassium. Although I feed all of my banana peels to my worm farms, I find more concentrated in sifted hardwood ash than any other thing, plus it is a byproduct from winter heating. Other things than wood ash to seek potassium from: greensand and granite powder
10-31-2014, 03:37 PM #30
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(10-31-2014, 10:02 AM)farmer Wrote:  Chicken wire is expensive $110 for a 100 foot roll. if you go to a tile retailer you will be able to get a 150 foot roll for about $60.

I've seen a plastic form of chicken wire somewhere, maybe that would be cheaper and still be effective.




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