Kale still growing well. Will definitely plant more of the ladino (spelling?) kale. I like the SLIGHTLY less strong taste and the texture is far better for kale chips. I'm craving a kale smoothy !!!!
Originally Posted by lazy gardener
Bugseye: Is your ground frozen? If not, this is what I'd do. I'd take a shovel, dig a hole in the garden, and just dump those garlic cloves in the hole, then cover them up. You could dig about 4" down, and even spread them out about 4" apart, then cover the whole mess back up. Then... cover it with what ever you can get your hands on for mulch. That will at least get them in the ground. They should be able to set some roots, even at this late date as long as they are mulched.
I need to get my garlic cloves in today. A week of 60's weather coming up--very unusual but will take full advantage of the sitation to plant the garlic and then cover with a TON of leaves for insulation. I learned if I stuff a huge plastic bag with leaves and lay them on the compost, the ground did not freeze. . . so opting for laying these filled bags over the planted garlic in hopes of wintering them over. Of course the moles might think this is heaven . . .. lol will see if it works come spring.
Originally Posted by Beekissed
Made homemade seed tapes the other day for my onions and will try to continue that with my lettuces and such. It was easy to do, just took some time and cheap toilet paper.
Checked the soil being built under the chips and leaves, it's moist and black but interspersed with wood chips still so not sure how long it will take to turn to mostly soil in that layer. Under that is my usual clay soil, hard as nails as per usual, though softer than it normally would be with the covering of chips on it to hold in moisture. Saw a few worms but not as many as I'd like.
This warm weather has my rhubarb thinking it's spring, though, so nice new leaves coming out on stalks 4-6 in. Just covered those up with leaves to keep them warm when the temps drop and hope they don't die completely under there when they get frozen later on.
Scavenged more leaves for my orchard and for my son's BTE setup we started in his front yard. He lives in town in a cookie cutter neighborhood, so I can practically feel the outrage going on in the neighboring houses. Dirty looks abound. Mostly elderly folks, so their idea of gardening is still stuck back in the till and hoe days of agriculture, I'm thinking. No one even has flowers in that neighborhood due to all the deer running rampant....which is why we are placing electric fence around Joel's space, a single strand and barely noticeable, but the deer will notice it greatly when they come to eat the only tender things around.
I love the home made seed tapes. Great for the kids to do in my house. We use paper towels as the material is a bit more durable given the kids. ( I always have paper towels because we don't use them. lol Prefer cloth towels for most clean ups.)
We had a 4 day hunting season at a big state part because the deer population is getting out of hand. A few protesters. A few arrests. It was by lottery for 200 hunters and 2 deer each was the limit. Heard of only 1 hunter getting the 2 limit and most not getting any. 60-70 head removed. I cant imagine how many starved to death last winter-- don't want to think about it---the culling this year will help but the 60-70 was lower than hoped for.
I'm glad you are of sturdy character and can ignore those dirty looks. I'm with you on the method and it will solve MANY of the problems I'm dealing with. Well worth the effort of trying. ANd think of all the good eating of fresh, unpolluted food. Far better than any grocery vege.
Originally Posted by Guvnah
Originally Posted by politicalcenter
You are too kind. I am trying to use water to heat the thing but I still put a heat lamp in it when it gets below freezing. But I have another house with a small tomato plant in it with no heat except a water container and it was below freezing last night with no frost damage. I am trying to get a house with no outside heat whatsoever. In my climate I might be able to pull it off.
The new house has a whole lot of Pepsi cans filled with water and stacked on top of one another. It seems to help...but it takes a lot of cans.
I plant to keep adding water.
I've seen people saying that they put the turkey carcass (after carving off all the meat) in the chicken run, and the birds peck it clean down to the bones. I've never gone that far, but I certainly give a ton of stuff to the chickens. What they don't eat gets raked up and tossed on the compost pile. What they DO eat means that-much-less I have to buy in chicken feed.
And it's not just kitchen scraps. After I pick corn, the chickens get the cobs, the husks, the stalks, the roots. They eat it all. (Corn is just a type of grass, after all.) Bean stalks and leaves. HOPS!!! They love the vines and leaves after I harvest my hops. It all disappears. Weeds. Broccoli leaves and stalks. I cut wild grasses and alfalfa from the local fields, and dump a trashbag of that about twice per week in the summer months. It all disappears.
In late August I had to divest myself of my chickens (long story) and I'm constantly lamenting their absence when I have pumpkin shells, watermelon rinds and all sorts of kitchen scraps. I'm getting new chickens in the spring. In preparation for that, I sowed alfalfa throughout the entire chicken run. It all sprouted. I essentially have an alfalfa lawn in there now. Alfalfa puts down DEEP roots (as much as ten feet!) and I am hoping it will be well established by the time I get new birds. Then, even if they peck the plants to the ground, those roots will keep putting up new shoots.
I cant imagine not having chickens just for the reasons you stated. We waste NOTHING now. Bones are composted, and all scraps are fed to the chickens or the compost. Note the chickens often visit the compost.