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Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Apr 22, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
So this year I will be experimenting with a mostly container garden. I have a little strip of soul on my patio as well that is currently overgrown grass. Any suggestions on how best to prep the soil for food crops? Unknown origin or previous treatment. I was thinking I might just haul most of it out, line it and plop some good soil in. I'm sick of food costs and love gardening.
WyoRockMan

climber
Flank of the Bighorns
Apr 22, 2013 - 05:02pm PT
My garden was looking great. Now I can't find it.
Earth Day 2013
Earth Day 2013
Credit: WyoRockMan
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Apr 22, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
Michelle - it really depends on what your region is like, what you wanna plant, what your microclimate is like, et'c et'c.

Since you have to get soil for your planters, you might as well get rid of the grass & soil it's in and start again. Grass can be a friend or a pain in the bum.

TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Apr 22, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
Any grass buried deep enough will die,

Unless it's Bermuda Grass

Then get out the Roundup.

Repeatedly.

Check and see if your state has an agricultural extension program, or check with a local, small nursery / garden shop.

Soils and requirements can vary widely and if the area you want to plant is right up next to the house there's a good chance that construction leftovers have changed the soil composition radicaly from what's just a few weet away.

Just don't get suckered into buying sacks of "garden soil"
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Apr 22, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Khanom knows his shit!

This is what I'm working off this year.



Mostly donkey manure, with whatever else I raked up off the yard layered together. I stir it up with the Mantis, and it makes for a real earthy mix.

I miss that donkey, and I'll miss her even more when my manure mulch piles run out.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Apr 22, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
Bermuda will survive even if a foot deep in well aerated soil.

(been there dun that)

Horse manure works great because it isn't as "hot" as steer manure and has a lot of incompletely digested fibrous material that really helps loosen up clay soil, and you can also usually get it for free or next to it.

Just make sure you compost it for a few months and don't put it on fresh or you will burn up your plants, mostly from the overabundance of the nitrogen in the urine. Also it gives time for any anti parasitic agents the horses had in their system time to break down. Horse wormer even in incredibly small concentrations will nuke all the earthworms.

Roundup on the other hand breaks down completely in about two weeks.







couchmaster

climber
pdx
Apr 22, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
Had the craziest strong Brandy wine Amish heirloom tomato last year. We have 6 strong starts off the biggest tomato warming up in the bullpen. Suppose to warm up soon and they'll be planted.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Apr 23, 2013 - 11:29am PT
Very envious of your spread there khanom. We have a tiny patch of city land here ... no room for a manure pile. We have two 50-gal drums of worm compost. They survive winters easily ( tho' we have a fairly mild winter ).

And agreed on grass. Around here the quackgrass ( rhizomal ) needs to be dug out , rhizomes and all and then ya gotta be vigilant for the little bits missed.

Don't use Roundup on food crops. Better to go an Organic route - yeah, I know - there's crap in the atmosphere but why put more in? Dig dig dig. We ridded our yard of convolvulus (sp?) that way. I still fight quack grass despite digging it out every spring.

There's no perfect garden. It's always work in keeping the weeds away.

Thanks for the note about horse-worm meds in horse manure. We don't have an easy source for horse manure but I do tend to jump on it if we get it. Don't wanna mess with our earthworm population !!!
Michelle

Social climber
1187 Hunterwasser
Apr 24, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
so back to this project. Round-up, no. unfortunately, I can't do a raised bed, so the next best thing would be to dig and haul. I can't get the depth being suggested but I suspect if I clear most of the "offending" soil, I can line it and replace. I have to be ghetto cheap about this, so I'm scavenging things. I'm also starting plants in toilet paper rolls! I the previous grass infested patch, I was thinking planting sunflowers, zuchinni and herbs in the ground. maybe corn. to disguise my mj plants in containers. tomatos and maybe peas. for sure cucumbers to pickle. then I started thinking I could do greens in the ground too. I need to do more research. your stuff all looks awesome folks! since I live on the SF peninsula, the weather is bomber and I get lots of summer sun. the Star Gazer Lily is in heaven and I also have orchids that are stoked to be outside in the shade.

I can't wait to buy land and grow more food and rustle chickens. maybe goats for cheese. plus guns to keep the zombies out of my food.

Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
May 17, 2013 - 04:21pm PT
Dug up in my vegetable patch:



Wine cork for scale:



I'm pretty sure it's an old-timey injectible vial. Medical waste.

Back almost a hunred years ago, the big place next door was a tuberculosis hospital - and it's built like one. My place - a hundred yards away - was the doctor/nurse quarters.

The real estate guy told me about potential medical waste when I got the place. "If you dig up any jars, DON'T open them".
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
May 17, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
Glyphosate (trade name RoundUp, etc), is the most widely applied agricultural chemical in the country. If you're fretting over if being applied near food crops...well, that ship sailed decades ago.

It's basically an enyzme synthesis inhibiter. It only works on actively growing plants, the uptake method is through the foliage (i.e. it won't work as a pre-emergent). And it does breakdown relatively quickly for an herbicide. EPA gives it one of the lower toxicity ratings.

Still, I wouldn't want it on my food.

Hey Chaz, you coughing yet?
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
May 18, 2013 - 11:04am PT
It is going to be awesome!
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
May 18, 2013 - 11:36am PT
No garden this year.

I'm really bummed, as this has been a hobby of mine for a few years now.

The irony of poverty is not being able to afford to get my garden going this year. If I could fund the startup, I'd be paying less for the veggies I love to eat.

Being really poor sucks.

eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
May 18, 2013 - 11:45am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#303567

She's ready to plant. . .
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
May 18, 2013 - 11:52am PT
How long does that plastic last? We were thinking about doing some of those, but it seems like 2-5 years max before the plastic would deteriorate up in Tahoe. Currently harvesting used windows in the tahoe area...
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
May 29, 2013 - 03:34pm PT
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jun 11, 2013 - 12:18am PT
I'm real happy with what I've got going this year.





No problems. No setbacks.

This is when it's fun. Production matches exactly what I can cook and eat. Sometime in the next couple weeks the work will start and I'll be firing up the canner.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 11, 2013 - 12:27am PT
She canned a case of Boysenberry jam weekend before last. Probably need to do at least two more batches and a batch or two of Raspberry

Thanks to climate cooling I'll have a bumper crop of tomatoes so the Salsa and sauce canning production will start in about two weeks.


The heat loving plants like the corn have been a dud this year. The Sweet potatoes are rather stunted, but the beans are finally starting to take off late from a state of arrested development.

I will have to transplant the Shallots this weekend.
when you grow them from seed you get clumps like Scallions and then you need to replant them and give e'm some room.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jun 14, 2013 - 04:40pm PT


If you can't quite reach something...



...you can always try to knock it over.



Happiness is a black wok.




( serving suggestion )

The Goat got hers, too. She gets rid of the ends, peels, seeds, etc. Unlike the Dogs, who know there's no future in begging, the Goat thinks she needs to be front-and-center for the whole process.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jun 14, 2013 - 04:55pm PT
This is what I found lying on a pile of topsoil in the garden yesterday.

It was dead when I found it.
It was dead when I found it.
Credit: Ghost

No mark of violence. And I have no idea why it was on top of the dirt pile, unless a crow moved it there, but hadn't started tearing it up yet.

Ugly-looking creature.

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