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    The 2011 O/R Gardening Thread!

    Greetings from zone 5a!



    Post your garden or landscape here.

    We will be following Farmers' Almanac Gardening Calendar

    April 2011
    3rd-4th Poor Planting Days. Break Ground Or Cultivate.
    5th-6th Favorable For Planting Beans, Corn, Cotton, Tomatoes, Peppers, And Other Aboveground Crops.
    7th-8th Poor Days For Planting, Seeds Tend To Rot In The Ground.
    9th-10th Plant Tomatoes, Beans, Peppers, Corn, Cotton, And Other Aboveground Crops On These Most Fruitful Days. Plant Seedbeds. Start Flower Gardens.
    11th-15th Grub Out Weeds, Briars, And Other Plant Pests.
    16th-17th First Day Good For Planting Corn, Melons, Squash, Tomatoes, And Other Aboveground Crops. Last Day Favorable For Planting Root Crops. All Days Favorable For Sowing Grains, Hay And Fodder Crops, And For Planting Flowers.
    18th-20th Good Days For Planting Beets, Carrots, Radishes, Turnips, Peanuts, And Other Root Crops. Also Good For Cabbage, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Kale, Celery, And Other Leafy Vegetables. Start Seedbeds. Good Days For Transplanting.
    21st-22nd Barren Days. Do No Planting.
    23rd-25th Favorable Days For Planting Beets, Carrots, Turnips, Radishes, Onions, And Other Root Crops.
    26th-27th Excellent Time To Kill Weeds, Briars, Poison Ivy, And Other Plant Pests.
    28th-29th Favorable Days For Planting Root Crops, Extra Good For Vine Crops. Set Strawberry Plants. Good Days For Transplanting.
    30th Poor Planting Day. Break Ground Or Cultivate.


    May 2011
    1st-2nd Poor Planting, Fine For Cultivating Or Spraying.
    3rd-4th Favorable For Planting Beans, Corn, Cotton, Tomatoes, Peppers, And Other Aboveground Crops.
    5th-6th Any Seed Planted Now Will Tend To Rot.
    7th-8th Most Favorable For Planting Corn, Cotton, Okra, Beans, Peppers, Eggplant, And Other Aboveground Crops. Plant Seedbeds And Flower Gardens.
    9th-12th A Barren Period. Good For Killing Plant Pests, Cultivating, Or Taking A Short Vacation.
    13th-15th Excellent Time For Planting Corn, Beans, Peppers, And Other Aboveground Crops. Favorable For Sowing Hay, Fodder Crops, And Grains. Plant Flowers.
    16th-17th First Day Excellent For Planting Aboveground Crops. Second Day Favorable For Carrots, Beets, Onions, Turnips, And Other Root Crops. Both Days Good For Planting Cabbage, Lettuce And Other Leafy Vegetables, And For Planting Seedbeds. Second Day Good For Transplanting.
    18th-20th Do No Planting.
    21st-22nd Plant Late Beets, Potatoes, Onions, Carrots, And Other Root Crops.
    23rd-25th Kill Plant Pests On These Barren Days.
    26th-27th Favorable Time For Planting Late Root Crops. Also Good For Vine Crops That Can Be Planted Now. Set Strawberry Plants. Good Days For Transplanting.
    28th-29th Poor Planting, Fine For Cultivating Or Spraying.
    30th-31st Root Crops That Can Be Planted Now Will Yield Well. Good Days For Transplanting.
    To Live Is To Eat

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    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

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    Spring Cleaning and Tilling

    A few flowers are blooming.







    The Main Plot

    The bean fence is being reworked and relocated.

    Before



    Cleaned up and tilled.

    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    RIP, Rhubarb

    Something got into the rhubarb and nearly killed it all. The entire fifty foot row is gone except for a couple of babies.





    We suspect a borer type invasion. Likely a hummingbird moth. We lost our entire iris patch a couple years ago to this type of pest.

    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Relocating the bean fence

    After tilling we moved the bean fence to the furthest north part of the main plot.

    6 - 8ft t-posts and 80 ft of fence

    Set the line for the row.



    Driving the posts. I had to stand on a bucket to reach these.



    It is hard to see the fence goes just above the posts. It is 7ft-2 in.. Just a little taller than the old fence.

    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Orphan Garden

    Before clean up. Plants from last year and cages.



    After clean up.



    This is where squash, zucchini, onions will be planted. The garlic will also be transplanted here.
    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    The Main Plot Plan

    From left to right.

    Row 1 - Lettuce/greens/okra

    Row 2 - Basil, misc.

    Row 3 - Peppers/eggplant

    Row 4 - Chard/Collards/Potatoes

    Row 5 - Beets/tomatoes

    Row 6 - Tomatoes

    Row 7 - Beans/Peas/cucumbers/spaghetti squash

    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Plantin' taters!

    One third of a row of russets.
    Dig a one foot furrow, yes it needs to be that deep, and place taters in.



    Cover the taters.

    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Looking good -- any updates?
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    Raised Herb Garden

    Thyme, oregano, fennel, tarragon, sage, salad burnet are all located here. There are other raised beds around the house that have parsley (flat leaf and curly), chives (garlic and onion) and more thyme.


    Before clean up.



    After clean up.

    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Some Landscaping

    Daffy's





    Triangle Terraced Bed

    There has been a lot of erosion over the winter. We use long strand sphagnum moss plugged in between the rocks. This will get redone this year.





    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Marble flower towers.

    Daddy, Mommy, Baby. Notice the happy bunch of onion chives at the edge of the rocks.

    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Lots of deliciousness waiting to come out!

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    Very cool -- looking forward to seeing the growing progress!
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    First Harvest

    French Breakfast Radishes



    These are very mild and a great as a snack or on a salad.
    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

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    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMGreat101 View Post
    French Breakfast Radishes



    These are very mild and a great as a snack or on a salad.
    Wow, it feels like you just planted and you are already harvesting! They look very nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinki View Post
    Wow, it feels like you just planted and you are already harvesting! They look very nice!
    +1

    Instant gratification!

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    The raised triangle bed is filling out.



    Our Garden Security Officer (verification pm has been sent) BONKERS.




    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMGreat101 View Post

    Our Garden Security Officer (verification pm has been sent) BONKERS.



    Almost falling asleep on the job....

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    Planting the tomatoes.

    Dig holes about 14 inches by 6 inches deep, two feet apart.



    Drive the support post about 1 ft into the ground. Set and tie off the cage.



    The tomatoes are coming along nicely.

    To Live Is To Eat

    IMG could turn a conversation about the weather into a mouthwatering food story. - Cidp24

    And always add bacon! - Shad Kirton, Co-owner/Chef Smokey D's

    There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

    We were all born wild. It was up to our parents to domesticate us.

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    Looking great!
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