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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
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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...
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
May 18, 2013 - 02:07pm PT
Wes, if you are asking me, it's not plastic. Well, it's still a petroleum product. But it's a breathable lightweight row cover for keeping insects at bay and reducing heat. It comes in heavier weight versions that are excellent frost protection. It lasts long if you are careful -- it rips easily.

The brand we use is Agribon, available many places. We bought from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply in Grass Valley.

We do use greenhouse plastic on our cold frame, and it should last 3-4 seasons with care.
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.

Snowmassguy

Trad climber
Calirado
Jun 14, 2013 - 05:00pm PT
^^^^ I bet that thing could do quite a bit of garden damage !
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jun 14, 2013 - 05:58pm PT
Chaz, I like your setup. Nice big garden, avo trees, goats, what's not to like?

I'm a wee bit envious. Not too much, as I have my own sweet garden, but I like goats.

I wasn't going to plant this year, but crumpled at the last minute and got my babies in the ground. Good thing too, because we had snow over Memorial Day weekend. I put 'em in the ground the next weekend.

I'm growing my hot peppers in pots again this year, I had outstanding success last year. This year I've added habaneros into the mix. Pots are great for peppers, as you want a lot of sun to increase the capsaicin. Mobility is key if you live in an area with many trees and you can't find a site with all day sun.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jun 22, 2013 - 01:13am PT
So far, so good!





Organic pesticide at work:



Got enough cucs today to can five pints of sweet pickle relish.



Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Jun 22, 2013 - 09:04am PT
Great looking garden Chaz, those avocado trees are amazing!
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Jun 25, 2013 - 10:26am PT
We got 1/2" of rain and it's still coming. This is the best thing evar!

Reminds me that I should be taking some photos.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jul 2, 2013 - 08:43pm PT
Rain? Hasn't rained here in months, and if it rains here before Thanksgiving, it'll be big news.

A few hours ago:









Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 2, 2013 - 08:45pm PT
I never thought I'd say this, but damn, I wish it would stop raining!

We've had over ten inches of rain in the last couple of weeks. My babies are well watered, but we need some sunshine!!!

Luckily, my peppers are in pots, so I've been controlling their watering very carefully.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Jul 3, 2013 - 07:14pm PT
Brandon,
I've always grown my peppers in pots. Ever since I saw my neighbor do it. We were both living in apartments, and he had a dozen 5-gallon buckets planted with peppers lining the stairwell.

Rsin,
I have six KAP ( kite-aerial photography ) kites. I've used five of them to get pictures. ( The sixth - and as yet not utilized - one is a Kiwi Fishing Kite from New Zealand. I'm having a tough time tuning it so that it flies straight, and I don't feel like paying the $70 one-way postage back to New Zealand to get someone who knows what they're doing to look at it. ).

The one I used yesterday is the one I use about 75% of the time - it covers a wide range of wind speeds. It's a nine-foot delta ( ITW 9ft Levitation Light ). Besides flying in a wide wind range, it has less bad habits than my other kites, so it does OK in squirrelly, gusty winds ( like yesterday ).

And it flies at a very high angle, so it's the one to use if I'm close to trees or other obstacles.

Yesterday I got the kite hung up at the top of a 60' eucalyptus ( just to the left of my photos ). I had already taken the camera down because the wind was starting to get funky ( kite and camera were separated by about 150' ), and before I had the kite down it dove into that eucalyptus. No slack was enough to allow it to "fly itself out" of either the dive or the tree, but it was enough to allow it to eventually continue its power-dive into the ground, after being stuck up in the small eucalyptus branches for a few minutes. Good practice!
khanom

Trad climber
Greeley Hill
Jul 10, 2013 - 12:16am PT
Nice cukes! Just about to harvest my first pickling cucumbers.

Funny, these pics don't look like it... but this is 62lbs of garlic, between the two racks:
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neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 10, 2013 - 01:30am PT
hey there all... say, i love this thread... thanks for sharing...

my garden is growing michigan wild-stuff really great, :)

and--a few other things, as well!

got green beans to eat from the plants now, :)
and some green tomatoes... :)


will take a picture and hope to share tomorrow night, :)

thanks for sharing... :)


*off and on-again, sun, all season now, :)
wow--brandon, i heard of that eastcoast rain, from a friend of mine, :O
crusher

climber
Santa Monica, CA
Jul 10, 2013 - 01:37am PT
Chaz that goat is the cutest thing ever! Your garden's pretty rad too!
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