I'm not looking for a debate with the illuminati. I just wanted some
gardening advice regarding boards. You know ........ wood ......... lumber
Wood I lumber? I lumber about everywhere I go. I kinda got this shuffle
down (An a one, an a two, an a one-two-three an a one an a two, and usw.)
Hunert degrees today, hunert an 2 yesterday. Think I'm gonna chop a
section out of my plastic mulch where a half dozen string beans can't
make no headway. Tired of seeing their fricasseed little bodies. Got 10
leeks in today (gotta get out early before the inferno hits). About
forty to go, when they get bigger.
The heat is encouraging. Last year was a terrible year and we only had
three 100F days. This year we have already had four. Two years ago was a
banner year in the garden with a dozen days of 100F days. Everything
seems to be flowering precociously and the bees were here waiting for
Nearly all my plots with deep mulch have been pillaged by a raccoon. The
motion sensitive sprinkler and a little proprietor's piss seems to deter
him/her but I'm defending too much land and I'm getting down to cotton
My trial spot for cabbage and cauliflower doesn't seem to be working
out. They are starting to bolt. I think I'll start rotating in some
cabbage to the lettuce patch and some lettuce into the cabbage patch and
see how that works out.
Tomorrow I'll get the the tromboncini in.
I'm kind of excited because I have two teeny tiny stevia plants. Now all
I have to do is nurture. Identified one of my mystery plants from last
year as valeriana officianalis, and there are two species of skull cap,
a returning elcampane, a volunteer milk thistle, and much more from this
I'm back in the prunella business, the flower spikes are out again.
Mixed with mint and sliced lemon, it make a very nice drink for a hot
Overhead spraying uses up more water than ground level watering due to
evaporative loss. With frequent use it can also encourage fungi by leaving
the leaves wet, raising humidity and bringing up spores from the ground if it
squirts that far.
However some types of plants will do much better with raised humidity and the
coolness produced by the evaporative loss - provided you can afford the water
and other possible consequences.
I know of a rainforest maintained in a gully by spraying at intervals round
the clock in a climate that gets about 25 in per year of rain and would never
support such a thing naturally.
You have to decide on how much you want to grow according to your climate and
how much you want to create a microclimate.
Should I have the water
Drippers or "leaky" hoses will do this and conserve water too.
I would like it all to come
Cannot comment due to lack of experience with gardens freezing.
I grow veggies in raised community beds and in containers in
western peninsular Florida, USDA zone 9, poor sandy native soil. I have
come to prefer containers and have begun gradually migrating amended
garden soil from the beds as containers become available. Your
experience may differ but, in this sandy Florida "blackjack" soil, I
have found raised beds to be far more conservative of resources than
in-ground gardening. In the beds I practice sort of hybrid "wide row"
and "square foot" gardening: Crowd the plants slightly but enough to
keep the understorey well-shaded and provide cages, fences, trellises,
etc. for those that have even the least propensity to climb. Provide
watering stations for wasps and other predatory insects AWA perches for
dragonflies. Under taller plants -- okra and eggplant, for example -- I
always underplant a "living mulch". Most often I use peanuts because
they thrive in the Southeastern U.S.A. and their nitrogen-fixation,
doesn't kick in until fairly late in the game, after most plants'
sensitivity to excess N has passed.
For many years, I did pretty well using simple flooding but have
realised many advantages from using those weeping soaker hoses that are
manufactured from reclaimed tires. From the brand that is available to
me, using the specific length that I do, I receive a nominal .75gpm flow
at nominal 25psi. In each 24 sq' bed, I use two 25' hoses connected to
a garden hose via a simple manifold and regulated with an off-the-shelf
drip system regulator ($11 at Lowe's). Works well: No runoff; no
significant evaporative loss. The regulator allows the use of elapsed
time to measure total water delivered, instead of counting pump cylcles
-- not a particularly accurate method. Soaker or drip irrigation,
wide-row planting, underplantings and mulch combine to minimize
evaporative losses, important in this climate.
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