Originally Posted by Tomtommom
I hope to actually grow something worthwhile this year I entirely failed last year. Nothing grew past seedling stage, even after months. I need to learn to can... but I need something to can first. My mom used to make jam and just pour it in jars and the heat would pull the tops in... never actually canned the American way.
Planted a grape, a fig and a muscadine last year... fingers crossed they made it through our unusually cold winter (7F at coldest temp).
I grew up with my mom growing most of our produce... something I want to carry onto the kids. My step-son spent plenty of time in the garden with 'Oma' whenever she visited, he understands how important it is to keep her memory going by growing a wonderful garden. My 2 year old likes the animals best.. although he has no idea how to act properly around them (but he does the same with people.. he's got some issues). We go through several pounds of bananas a week.... I need to figure out a way to grow those suckers in Alabama
Anyway. I heard sprinkling bloodmeal around your perimeter can scare off deer, also, predator urine can be purchased. Along with a fence, it may convince them to stay away.
for your grape, fig and muscadine!!
Dad was always in charge of the garden. I still can not get a tomato plant to yield nearly as much as his did. I wonder if you can grow paw paws? I have never had them and just recently learned of their existence. I heard they taste like bananas.
I will have to look into those things for deer. It seems like I remember something about marigolds being a deterrent as well. We are their biggest predator here, maybe they will take note! That said, I do so enjoy watching them in the orchard on summer afternoons. We have a couple deer that are a light sand color. Beautiful creatures.
Originally Posted by perchie.girl
I think this is an excellent point of view. BTW as long as the surface of a pumpkin is undamaged you can store them in a cool dry place for at least Six months.... LOL. never did it just read about it... LOL
Oh yes, they last FOREVER! I just fed one to the chickens from October. Our pumpkin patch had an all-you-can-carry deal. Of course this turned into a challenge for my husband. We were grabbing pumpkins left and right. That was our last one. I hope to stock up on some reasonable sized pumpkins for next year. The chickens sure love them.
Originally Posted by Sweetpea3829
LOL, totally hear you on the big dreams. When we bought our house, we had so many ideas and dreams and plans on what we wanted to do. Then hubby broke his leg and missed 7 months of work and that just completely set us back. Now, at this point, we're content with what we've got and when we can fix things, and re-do things, it will come.
The garden is a priority though...I grew up uber suburb and the only family that gardened was the "weird" family on the other side of our cul de sac. I figure, we live in Mennonite country and are surrounded by farmers...our closest neighbor grows produce for a living. He's always available to answer questions and help me prune trees, etc. We'll learn as we go!
Our raspberries did very well...got to the point where I unleashed the kids and told them they could eat the berries, as we had enough.
Our blueberries...well...they did not survive. Actually, one of the plants did, but my husband accidentally mowed it down, thinking it was a weed. We'll try those again...but blueberries are hard to grow.
How wonderful to have such great resources nearby!! I need to get out and talk to some people at the local orchards. Our apple trees were seriously neglected. They are thick and produce a TON of apples, but none get very big before ripening and rotting. To much energy is going to too many branches/fruit to make any of them big enough for eating. I guess right now would be a good time to do some chopping. Same goes for the peach trees, though I think those just need to be chopped down and started over. I would like to get some pear trees going as well. I saw some in a catalog with multiple varieties grafted into one tree. I am tempted.
We have some sort of berry, I can not remember if it is raspberry or blackberry. We snacked on a few before we bought the place. By the time we closed and moved in the bears and deer had picked everything clean. I would love to grow some blueberries. What do they need that makes them hard to grow? We eat them like crazy when they are in season.
Ah, orchard will have to wait, though. My husband is repairing the barn roof right now. That will be followed by replacing the barn boards with the rotten bottoms. Those old boards will get the rotten bottom foot cut off and will then be used for my permanent coop. Can not upset the work flow now!!