Well, the seed catalogs are coming! It's hard to envision being outside
and puttering around in the garden when it's so cold, but with the
catalogs comes this year's plan. What's everyone doing?
We're going to go with tire gardening this year. This should help with
some of the issues we had last year (cool yucky wet soggy soggy
weather). Plus, I'm looking forward to easier weeding plans. :D
I'm planning on 20 tires worth of plants. One tire will hold one tomato
plant so 3 better boy tomato plants, 1 cherry tomato plant, 2 bell pepper
plants, 3 jalapeno plants (1 tire) for the first row. Probably 2 summer
squash plants and 2 zucchini plants and a tire full of onions. One tire
of carrots. One tire of fingerling potatoes. One tire of red potatoes.
One tire of spinach, one tire of curly leaf lettuce, one tire of garlic.
That's our plan. :D Plus, if the in-laws are going to do a garden we'd
probably do corn and green beans over there, plus anything else Linda is
willing to take care of. The strawberry patch is over there as well.
Also, I told my husband that all those holly berries were getting ripped
out of the yard (we have a little one who loves to be outside) and I was
going to start putting productive plants along the fences. I'm thinking
mint in one area and then raspberries along the back. :D
We've got the 6 raised beds, as usual.
One is already full of garlic, 6 or 8 varieties, including Elephant,
Siberian Red, Chesnok, and others. I plan to intercrop some greens in
We'll have a bed full o' herbs; another with a mix of eggplant, pole
beans, greens...I will plant what I hope will be a bumper crop of
leeks (I have several friends who are already chomping at the bit for
We'll probably pass on growing corn this year; it always ends up with
us buying our ears at the farmers' market.
The usual carrots, but a few varied types. Sugar snap peas. Roma
tomatoes. A few types of bell peppers...a few types of warm to hot
My lovely wife would like to see some broccoli this year, so that's in
the works. I might try to grow some onions, too.
Almost most-anticipated: my 4 artichoke plants which have been
wintering over under a thick layer of straw mulch. The lowest the
temps have gotten this winter (so far) has been ~15 (F). With the
brevity of the low temps and the mulch, I hope they'll take off this
spring and end up giving us a nice crop by late summer.
The MOST anticipated addition to the garden this year is the ducks.
The kids and I are looking forward to getting 4 ducklings this spring
to help keep the bug'n'slug population to a minimum. The wife? --
She's hoping my neighborhood reputation as "that odd guy" won't be
carried over to her by me having a flock of fowl in the middle of our
city. The way I figure it, if they have names, they're not livestock,
right? They're pets.
I'm hoping to hone my skills so that when the end of the world comes,
I'll be able to provide for me 'n' mine...I've been following other
threads on this N.G....
P.S. This marks year #2 for my hearty kiwi vines growing along the
back fence (no flowers or fruit yet). Mrs. W. gave me the green light
to plant them there as long as she is allowed to harvest what falls on
her side of the fence...a tradeoff I'm more than willing to accept.
P.P.S. The garden shed is done, but I still have to complete the
gutter system so I can water only with collected rainwater. And I
still want to construct a little lean-to greenhouse on the side...not
On 21 Jan 2004 17:34:48 -0800, email@example.com (Mark) wrote:
I was thinking that if I ever wanted "normal" corn again, I'd have to
start raising it because the only thing I've found at markets is the
nasty "sweet" stuff that doesn't even taste like corn anymore. I
threw away the last I bought it was so nasty tasting to me! I'd
rather eat field corn than that stuff!
is that ~15 mean -15 f?
They legal there? I got muscovy "ducks" when I was keeping such
before the city said nope gotta go. They don't "quack" so much as
make something between a hissing and a hoarse whisper sound, and they
do some silly things. They can't fly, so they kind of walk in V
formations hissing and bobbing. They're so ugly they're cute. They
have raised warty red "combs" around their eyes, and a little crest.
The females are great mothers, and brood up to 20 eggs at a whack. I
had to pull one off a nest she was hiding out in the snow in November
one year. If you're of a mind to do such, they're good meat birds
too, flavor and texture is similar to beef.
Muscovys are not true ducks though, they can and will drown if they
get into a pond or wading pool and can't get out, they are waterfowl,
but they must be able to get out and dry out, so any water you give
them, give them rocks up the side to get out.
ALL ducks are .. umm.... how to put it.. "squirty" and as such are
messy. But they'll chase and catch mosquitoes. They'll trample stuff
with their big ol' feet. Regular ducks are pretty noisy at times, so
if you're trying to hide 'em, keep that in mind. That's one of the
reasons I got muscovys.
One thing to keep in mind, they do need some green area as all will
get sores on their feet if they don't have considerable non-hard dry
areas to walk.
I've been wanting to get some hardy kiwis but I have to put up
sturdier support than the 4 x 4 posts and wire that I have for the
grapes I've been told and read, they need additional posts and wires
when they bear because they're heavier than grapes. I wanted the
pretty male plants that have green white and pink leaves, but the
female vines I heard don't have as much color. I'll check a couple
more things before I decide. What varieties do you have?
Sounds like you've been busy!! I haven't been able to do any active
gardening or much of anything for years, but I'm hoping that this year
I can at least start some tomatoes and get them in the ground because
I have some other folks here with me who may be of use come summer.
I can only hope!
I agree. I don't buy "sweet" corn, just regular yellow corn.
It's supposed to mean "about 15 degrees". No sub-zero temps so far
I guess I'll find out. I plan on building a miniature picket fence to
keep them in (instead of chicken wire), so that might hide them a
little. I asked the neighbors whose yards border mine, and they all
said they would have no problem with the ducks.
The ducks' area will be about 1/4 acre, and the garden is inside that.
Plenty of lawn for them to roam in.
I don't know the exact name of the variety I have, but they were
devised to accomodate New Zealand's climate. The support they have
right now is simply the back chainlink fence, but if they get too
heavy, I'll be able to prune them back and build a sturdy
pergola-thing for them to climb.
I've got a house full of kids who love messing around in the garden.
Two of my sons (and their friends) helped me build the shed last
summer, and all the neighborhood kids come by frequently to help
themselves to the "snack bushes" in the garden -- mainly the sugar
snap peas and the grape tomatoes...though there is this one little
girl who likes to pick fresh spinach leaves for a snack.
Good luck this summer. I hope you can corral some labor to get your
On 22 Jan 2004 09:33:01 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark) wrote:
How miniature of a fence? Non-Muscovys can fly, and even the hens in
the muscovys can get a way if they start high. I'm not talking fly up
in the air, and take a little trip, but they can get a little loft to
get over stuff. The India Runner ducks probably couldn't .. they
always look surprised, and remind me of a penguin and a bowling pin
having young ;-) Not the right "attitude" to gain much altitude ;-)
well I'm jealous, ducks got more ground than my whole yard has. (Oh,
keep in mind... drake ducks.. well. all those shows where they show
how the lab that's out swimming and the duck are such good "friends"
.. that duck has whole other ideas! Those white ducks..they're the
randiest and most aggressive and non-specific in their "desires" that
it's disgustin'! That's why you'll find all those poor splotchy mixes
of mallard and peking duck offspring in the parks. Splotch of white,
splotch of normal mallard color, splotch of white.. and I've rescued
poor hens being chased down by 3 or 4 peking drakes. SHOOT 'EM all..
to the Presses with them.. Pressed duck a' la orange!! ;-)
First thing my dad did here when I got this place was cut down a big
maple in the back corner of the property after clearing it with the
neighbor,it was growing mostly on her side of the fence, and through
it into mine, and then he built a shed. He always paid more
attention to there being a shed/shop/outbuildings on a place than he
did to the house, much to my mother's consternation. He was born in
1904 and his father would take chunks of land on to homestead, prove
them up, sell them and go homestead another, and they lived out of
horse drawn wagon for quite a few of his early years.. so he had a
different kind of viewpoint, but I have a shed, that was a home for
chickens for quite some time, and now it's needing a cleaning out!
Me too, but with each passing day, I'm thinkin' my friend's boy isn't
going to be much use. :(
In the beginning of Summer in Australia.
Planted the last bed of the 7, with tomato's chillies basic and cucumber.
Will start up on the carrots soon, and the turnips. They turnip crop were
amazing last year. Try for 'bigger' crop of onions, they were a bit small
this year. Lots of lettuce, kale, silverbeet, some brassica's etc. I love
autum planting more than spring. Green manure crop the beds that don't get
enough sun during winter and start on the front yard. Perrinal
vegetabls/fruit trees s/herbs and bee attracting plants. Put a new pond in
the front. And if all this gets done Im going to start on the shared land
between the neighbour and my property, and maybe even get some more fruit
trees for her front yard.
She wants me to do her garden.. Most people do want others to do their
gardening for them. More fools them...
www.jeack.com.au/~kirsty. The online Blog
I just moved to a new house so no gardening in the back until the
neighbours get together to put up the fences. The front yard has to
'be presentable' so I have to be careful with edibles.
I'm thinking dark basils, mini sunflowers and Red Russian Kales
popping up through drifts of nasturiums. I planted Rainbow chards at
my last house but it wasn't ornamental enough, some neighbours
complained. Hot peppers will flank my front door. Is Japanese
variegated corn edible?
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