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What an ingenious and artistic use of space! I'm always a little sad to see an old barn come down but preserving even part of it is a nice way to show the history of the property. I've cleaned enough gutters in my life to say that filling them up and planting is a perfect use for them. Do you have a greenhouse for wintering all your pots?

 

We are under a winter weather advisory again today, another 2-4" expected. I think that when it's all over I'm going to dig out some old windows, shovel off one of the raised beds and use them to cover and warm it a bit. Maybe by the end of next week I can at least get some lettuce, spinach, etc. seed in the ground.

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post #292 of 298

Hello all, Wausau here and I am trying really hard to think of the snow coming down as pretty rain... sigh. Started my peppers, this weekend I will start tomatoes. After adding lights and heat mats, things grow fairly quickly and I don't start as early as I used to.  

Someone posted a while back about using hog panels, I don't remember where I saw it, but they work very well for heirloom tomatoes. I have used them for several years at home, weaving the plants through every so many days as I pruned back the side shoots.  It takes 3 t-posts for a 16' panel and I had no problem with them falling over with the heavy plants. I went a little tight on the planting, squeezing in 10 on that panel, would do a little less, but got great tomatoes.

We ended up using that system at the community garden I helped start in Weston as well.  There we have 100'+ rows and we just lapped 2 feet over each other at a t-post.  Found a photo on the website while I was typing this out.  I have been on that project since it started.  New stuff in the works for this year.CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 90


Edited by GranolaGirl72 - 4/8/16 at 4:52am

Two Buff Orpingtons, two Easter Eggers and one Barred Rock

Our new additions to the zoo that is fish, rats, a turtle and a German Short-hair

I won't even mention the four kids........

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Two Buff Orpingtons, two Easter Eggers and one Barred Rock

Our new additions to the zoo that is fish, rats, a turtle and a German Short-hair

I won't even mention the four kids........

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post #293 of 298
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That's a great idea, thanks for adding it. Are you enjoying another morning with snow on the ground? I am getting tired of opening my shades in the morning and seeing white.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #294 of 298
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Originally Posted by Huntress78 View Post

What an ingenious and artistic use of space! I'm always a little sad to see an old barn come down but preserving even part of it is a nice way to show the history of the property. I've cleaned enough gutters in my life to say that filling them up and planting is a perfect use for them. Do you have a greenhouse for wintering all your pots?

We are under a winter weather advisory again today, another 2-4" expected. I think that when it's all over I'm going to dig out some old windows, shovel off one of the raised beds and use them to cover and warm it a bit. Maybe by the end of next week I can at least get some lettuce, spinach, etc. seed in the ground.
I planted that stuff about three weeks ago, or three snows ago. It is coming up but would appreciate a little warmer weather.

I have a shed most pots go into during the winter, some remain outside. I water the ones in the shed a couple times during winter, about three times, then I pull them out before the spring gets too warm so they can wake up naturally and not be affected by the warmer temperatures in the shed which gets about 10 degrees warmer due to south facing windows.

I have two big boxwoods which aren't hardy here, they have been in their pots about 10 years, they need reporting at some point and maybe some fertiliser. They seem to do fine without it though. I also keep some roses and a few other shrubs like arborvitae.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #295 of 298
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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post

That's a great idea, thanks for adding it. Are you enjoying another morning with snow on the ground? I am getting tired of opening my shades in the morning and seeing white.
I think I will be very ready when spring finally decides to land.

Two Buff Orpingtons, two Easter Eggers and one Barred Rock

Our new additions to the zoo that is fish, rats, a turtle and a German Short-hair

I won't even mention the four kids........

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Two Buff Orpingtons, two Easter Eggers and one Barred Rock

Our new additions to the zoo that is fish, rats, a turtle and a German Short-hair

I won't even mention the four kids........

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post #296 of 298
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There is snow on the ground, some drifting some melting and the frogs are croaking away. Its Spring in Wisconsin.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #297 of 298
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I keep forgetting to ask, am I the only one overrun with the lady bugs coming out of the woodwork. I can't take them anymore and they just keep coming, I didn't know I had so many winter visitors. I can't stand that smell and am tired of getting bit and finding them in my drinks.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #298 of 298

Oh yes, lady bugs, they are everywhere. The ants have been in the house already too. Seriously thinking of getting pest control in soon...they can take care of the summer spiders also. I know it's my own fault for living in the woods but dislike them all the same. Only good thing is I can't smell the lady beetles.

 

Thanks for the tip GranolaGirl. Thought about using the cattle panels for tomatoes this year but only planned on two posts...now I'll try three instead.

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