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Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by MountainMamaHST, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Raech

    Raech Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found a book for gardening. It is a raised bed idea that uses no dirt, it is a mixture of peat moss, vermiculite, and compost. The book that I found it in is the "2nd Edition All New Square Foot Gardening, the Revolutionary way to grow more in less space." It is a raised bed idea, and I will be doing it soon as I can get some more extra money put together for the "dirt" mixture. It uses none of your local dirt it is all bought, minus the compost if you make your own. You can enclose it for a greenhouse start, then have a shade cloth for lettuce, and they show ways to heat up the soil using water bottles, black cloth and it is just chock full of ideas that I really can not wait to try. I got a retired sandbox that I am going to use probably next year.

    I have noticed that my potted tomatoes don't do as well as my flower beds, and my flower beds don't do a quarter of what my Grandpa and Dad's garden does. But they have been gardening the same plot of 60+ years and put the horses in the garden in the fall to clean up the squash so they are well fertilized every year. We have a lot of sand, so we try to get a lot of fertilizer in and we would love to add chicken poo or bunny poo but we have really shallow sprinkler lines running right in the middle of our beds and we really don't want to fix that if we get it on accident.

    We have to buy strawberries this year, it is going to be my first time doing strawberries, but with my husbands job he goes right by the fields where they are picking them. So we can get a box of strawberries for $20, and sell 10 pound bags of onions for $4. Last year we had a bad frost right after the trees bloomed, so I had to buy pears, I spent $32 on half of a box of pears, I almost puked, but that was from a small family owned farm that I wanted to support just because it was local. I wish now that I had waited a week for my dad to bring me a full box for $20 from a couple of hours north of me, that is a little bit bigger. But a lot of times if you live where they have the road side stands next to the field, you can get a pretty good deal, or a friend who has a tree or vine that decided to go a little nuts; grapes, apples, and raspberries seem to always over produce around here.
     
  2. trsturself

    trsturself Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can plant directly into raised beds instead of transplanting, or if you want a jump start make sure you are acclimating your transplants to their new home before planting. That's my biggest mistake, I'm always in too big of a hurry to take the time they need. I'm not expert but a good google search will help you with the steps you should take for transplanting and the things to watch out for.
     
  3. Anna6

    Anna6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found I was using potting soil that was mostly mulch and peat moss and plants would either dry out too much or have too much water. I now use more soil and manure and less mulch. We have our own goat poo and mulch. Also we can not water mid day else stuff burns. I know what you are talking about, having plants die right after transplanting. Also it seems I can just not grow some stuff depending on where I live. I am not sure what your situation is but for me I need to work more on the soil and one of my problems was using all this mulch. Plants need some actual soil too. Good stuff is hard to find here.
     
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  4. Anna6

    Anna6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also plant directly into raised beds. I sometimes have good success and other times not. Not sure if growing starter plants will guarantee a better success rate. Almost none of my tomato seeds came up and I am wondering if I would have done better growing the little plants first. You do not want to start carrots and such. Those you want to plant seeds directly into the raised bed else the carrot will be all crooked with allot of side branching. I am just sharing my bloopers and what I learned. I hope to take some pictures of my floating lettuce and raised beds.
     
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  5. Anna6

    Anna6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also filled the kids sandbox with dirt and plan to grow veggies in it. [​IMG]

    Several of our raised beds have all mulch and poo but the beds tend to dry out too quickly. Also my green beans seem a bit pale. I started adding local soil. I know which book you mean. Maybe I should get it too see if I can salvage my beds.
     
  6. Raech

    Raech Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "Mel's Mix" is supposed to hold water really well, and prevent encourage root growth since you don't pack the "dirt" so the roots spread better. I found it at my library, it is due now, but I am starting a list of book to get again so I don't forget them. My husband actually found it and thought I might like it, since I have a black thumb and he has the green thumb. But it is really easy to read, and has pictures for my son to look at and understand. It even says when to plant stuff and when it will be harvested, and how to keep it going almost year round. I can't afford to buy it right now, but maybe if I check it out enough it will come up at the book sale one of these days.
     
  7. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    I do not know. I haven't tried too make my own extract. There are a number of extracts I'd like to make. I don't know about anything lasting forever. My first marriage sure didn't. [​IMG]
     
  8. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Just a thought on raised beds. Noticed a blue kiddie pool in some one avatar. If you happen upon one with a hole, you can cut out the rest of the bottom and use that for a raised bed. I've seen where the woman used it for a flower bed covering the sides with mulch.
     
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  9. Anna6

    Anna6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We finally butchered the Vietnamese Pot Belly pig. It was about 10-11 months old and had plenty of fat. I brined all belly meat and any pieces that seemed too greasy for much else then bacon. Even from a smaller pig there was a lot. Right now we have the bacon on the smoker. We haven't eaten any pork yet but I am planning to make pulled pork for this Sunday meal. It took so long to butcher, process and pack that we all thought we never wanted to see a piece of pork again but by today the bacon is looking good to most of us. We found some great You Tube videos that showed how to do the butchering and the cutting into parts and how to cook ideas.



    If you look you can find the other two videos too.

    http://www.finecooking.com/articles/how-to-make-diy-bacon.aspx?pg=0

    Cure and smoke bacon
     
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  10. XOurSimpleLifeX

    XOurSimpleLifeX Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine either! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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