BYC gardening thread!!

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by Mr MKK FARMS, Mar 7, 2013.

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  1. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Not usually any problem with pest or disease with pumpkins, squash and such up north here. Although too short of season for watermelons and you need the right soil too for that. I think my Grandma in SE part of the state had success in her sandy garden with watermelons. We're loamy clay. The things we need to watch getting to our squash and pumpkins are the deer. They love 'em.
     
  2. RustedOak

    RustedOak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all! I'm new to chickens and gardening although my mom did both while i was young. I've literally read every post in this thread over the last few days! lol Just trying to soak in all the info I can and have already learned alot. I'm in Central Texas in an urban environment so I'm building a chicken tractor this weekend to house 4-5 ladies. I started a 3bin compost system in the fall and a worm bin earlier this year. I've got one tomato plant and twelve strawberries going. (Cut me some slack, I'm an amateur! I'm also experimenting small scall with aquaponics growing arugala, spinich, and cilantro. Taking baby steps around a busy work schedule but eventually, I'd like to have a full scale urban homestead with a larger AP system, raised bed garden (researching hugelkultur/lasagna gardening/square foot gardening) and a greenhouse. You all have amazing pics and results so I'm keeping up with this thread!
     
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  3. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Thanks. Aww man.

    I believe the bugs are better up here but slugs sure do like our Strawberries. [​IMG]

    In our particular spot we don't get much sun because we are so shielded by the trees. So we can't grow as much variety, but stuff like potatoes and beans do great. [​IMG]
     
  4. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to the thread!

    Sounds like you have a lot going on at your place! Good luck with your chickens and garden. [​IMG]
     
  5. RustedOak

    RustedOak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! All these big ambitions around a 50hr work week, a regularly gigging local band, a wife, 3 kids and a grandbaby! lol I'll sleep when I'm dead I guess! Haha
     
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  6. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Haha! Wow, Busy, busy, busy.
     
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  7. lazy gardener

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    Welcome Huggstaff13, to the official site for garden geeks with chickens! This is a great spot to kick around ideas. I envy you your warm climate for the hydroponics. I've put that on the back burner for now because of logistics of temperature/space requirements. I may drag the concept out and play with it a bit on a very small scale next winter.
     
  8. SunnySkies

    SunnySkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Theoretically, I should have planted potatoes this week. But it's SNOWING. Again.
     
  9. KentuckyMom

    KentuckyMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Theoretically, I should have planted potatoes this week. But it's SNOWING. Again.[/quote

    I hear you there. My potatoes are setting on thekitchen counter, ready to be planted. And look outside-- snow flurries and tonight's low will be 17 degrees. Argh!!
    I'm going to try planting potatoes in 5 gallon buckets and
    various LARGE pots this year. I researched it some online and it looks promising. I have plenty of other things to plant in the garden... Come on weather! April starts next week!
     
  10. heartsizedfarm

    heartsizedfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've planted potatoes in containers for years because I don't like to dig. I started with free second hand ice cream buckets, but they cracked when I tried to make drainage holes and my husband thought they were ugly. Then I tried large terracotta tubes which worked well. Got them at the landscape store for $1 each. Large potatoes work better than fingerlings for some reason. To make them pretty I sometimes added nasturtiums or trailing beans and the potatoes hated that. What's nice about it is at dinner time you go out with your colander, upend a tube, voila there's supper.
     

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