What did you do in the garden today?

Battles house

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Back to work today. Boo. Been raining here so much I will be shocked if my seeds i planted produce. We are about to get the raised beds going and I am wondering about the soil. We will be using topsoil, and I am mixing in worm casting. What else should I add? Also if I am using pine shaving in the chicken coop how would I collect poop for the garden? Baby chicks are 3 weeks now and will be going to their home soon. Good news is the rain does not seem to be hurting my seedlings I started inside. If it would stop for a day I would give them some of their fertilizer.
 

NewBoots

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What else should I add? Also if I am using pine shaving in the chicken coop how would I collect poop for the garden? Baby chicks are 3 weeks now and will be going to their home soon. Good news is the rain does not seem to be hurting my seedlings I started inside. If it would stop for a day I would give them some of their fertilizer.
Aged compost is the standard answer for soil amending. I use pine shavings in the coop and PDZ on poop boards that I clean every morning. The pine gets swept into the run as needed and the run is deep litter. The deep litter in the run gets added to the compost pile as it builds up. That poop gets added to the compost pile too. The plan is to turn the compost pile saving the oldest part on the bottom to add to my raised beds. Chicken poo needs some time to compost so you need to let it age and break down somehow.
 

Sueby

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@Battles house when I clean the coop it all goes into the compost pile to compost for a year (including pine shavings), then it goes in the garden. You can't use chicken poop hot, it has to age (like @NewBoots said).

The garden has slowed to a crawl with the cold weather. I still have a couple small yellow squash out there, not sure if they'll grow or not, but it's supposed to warm up this week. I have tons of green tomatoes, hoping they grow a little more, I don't need them to ripen, just grow a bit. I know the end is near, I'm going to sift my new compost & get it ready for the garden beds. It's a little too early for garlic, but I've been collecting it from my own garden, local farmers & online so that'll be ready to go in the ground soon, I'm planning on planting a whole bed of it, tons!

I've never grown green beans before but I enjoyed them this year so I'm going to save seed, I assume I just let the pods dry on the vine & then harvest them? I probably have another 3 lbs to collect & that'll probably be it for the beans.

Alright everyone, enjoy the day!
 

igorsMistress

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I made and canned the Rotel Tomatoes that someone posted on here for me. They turned out really good! I also did a batch and a half of grape jelly from some of the grapes I picked a couple of weeks ago.
That was it. I need to water as we haven't had rain nor is there any forecasted.
Hi Karen. I’ve been thinking of you and wondering how you’ve been but didn’t want to bug you. It’s good to hear from you! Glad you like the Rotel recipe, I’ll be sure to give it a try.
 

Acre4Me

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This week, I'm seeding cover crops for the fall/winter in 4 raised beds. Maybe a 5th bed too.

Gourds: The weight of the gourds is pulling down the vines. Next year, I'll have to change up the supports. Wind is causing some of it, but its the sheer weight of the gourds.

One of the gourds is tiny and certainly not causing any vines to come down. Aren't these cute? They are called "Spinning gourds" and used to be used as toys and could be carried around in the pockets of kids. They are smaller than the eggs!

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Wee Farmer Sarah

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Good morning gardeners. We got a heavier frost this morning. Surprisingly the okra plants still look good. I did pick two okra yesterday afternoon. There are still green beans hanging on and the four "personal size" butternut squash are starting to ripen. The temps are warming up to the 70's today and the overnight temps only in the 50's so I just may get a few more vegetables. There are about 4 jalapenos developing so I'll wait and see on them. I went shopping for mums yesterday and was delighted to find some black eyed susans. I'll be planting them in my cutting garden. I think with the two plants they will spread and help fill out that space. I have the tulips and allium bulbs as well. I'm saving the zinnia seeds for next year. In spite of the drought they did pretty good. Those tiny gourds are adorable @Acre4Me. I'm not sure if I'm trying gourds again. My bird house gourds were totally non productive. I've got sourdough bread working its first rise and I need to mow and tidy up the front yard. After I mow I want to fill in a deep dip in the yard and plant grass seed on it. I'm hoping it'll use up a lot of my remaining pile of dirt in the driveway. No garden pictures today, but I got a nice shot of Lou, my groundhog crossing the backyard headed for his "doorway" under the chicken coop. In this shot he was about 18 feet from me. He doesn't bother with the chickens and they pretty much ignore him as well. Have a great day everyone.

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Battles house

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Thanks for the info @NewBoots and @Sueby. Don't have compost and the hubs is not going to be too happy to hear i am starting one. He thinks I am going through a mid life crisis because I want better food grown at our house at it is. Between the chickens and gardening he has been very accommodating and helpful. He still thinks I'm a little crazy. Though he has always known I was.

Nice catch on the pic @Wee Farmer Sarah. I have a mole I have been trying to get a glimpse of for a couple years. Almost did once. Wish it would quit tearing up my yard.

Checked on the peppers still growing this morning and something is eating small bits of my bell peppers. Just enough to ruin the pepper and it is driving me nuts. I have lost more than I have gotten to harvest. Any thoughts?
 

Sueby

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@Battles house my DH gave up even bothering to question my insanity - it is what it is. :gig He just helps me when I ask & knows somehow in the end he'll get a tasty bite to eat out of it. Sooner or later.

So here's my attempt at hot sauce @Compost King! On the left is just a cooked, not milled sauce - I'm working on flavorings & such with those. In the middle is a jar I have fermenting, getting a bunch more from a neighbor to ferment. On the left, 1 is pineapple ginger & garlic & the other is mango lime - both made & then milled from the sauce on the left. They are all WAY too hot for me to eat but so far DH has liked them. They are made with mostly habanero, thai chili & a tiny bit of carolina reaper & jalapeno. Basically a mix of what my friend grew. I'm hoping to test the PH & to can some of them.
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Lou is too cute! I have one living under my shed. He doesn't bother anyone.
 

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