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PostSubject: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyFri Jun 12, 2015 12:55 pm

Jimmy's gardening thread, as well as the Jenns', have inspired me to try and capture my grounds - they are nowhere as neat as others Mad   We have a large property and lots of deer.  And rain.  And things grow really fast.  Or die.  Or get eaten.  Or I become lame.  BUt, whatever, it is home and I love puttering.

So to start - if I can load this, is a satellite view from Google Pedometer.  The red outline is the rough boundary of Ami's invisible fence:


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2S7VEIVYFR-d01YbXEyUFlQZnc/view?usp=sharing


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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyFri Jun 12, 2015 12:56 pm

So, test failed.  We shall try again Mad

Curses Mad Foiled again!

Anybody have any suggestions - I managed to get GOogle Drive, now have the document in Google Docs...how to I get it from there to showing up here?
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyFri Jun 12, 2015 1:11 pm

@amymeme wrote:
So, test failed.  We shall try again Mad

Curses Mad   Foiled again!

Anybody have any suggestions - I managed to get GOogle Drive, now have the document in Google Docs...how to I get it from there to showing up here?

Ok - not what I had in mind, but this will work, I think...

Will add more later, pool chores and get some pole beans in...
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyFri Jun 12, 2015 1:22 pm

You have to change your privacy settings. Open the doc and in the top corner where it says share, click the "get a shareable link".

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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyFri Jun 12, 2015 1:43 pm

@simplify wrote:
You have to change your privacy settings. Open the doc and in the top corner where it says share, click the "get a shareable link".

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Ok did that - is it working for you?
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyFri Jun 12, 2015 1:46 pm

Success!!

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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyFri Jun 12, 2015 2:18 pm

@simplify wrote:
Success!!

Great - thanks, Ashleigh.

Man - it is sooooo hot and humid. I can work about 10-15 minutes before coming inside...

Now to organize all my garden photos and take some new ones.

If you look carefully - on the left of the photo, past the garage a bit and just inside the red line, is my vegetable garden area - it has the wide rows laid out north-south.
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyFri Jun 12, 2015 2:28 pm

That is a huge garden!

Ami definitely has reign over that yard too.

But you guys have lots of acreage, right?

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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyFri Jun 12, 2015 3:40 pm

Yes - total is 30 acres. All the woods west of the line and more not in the picture.

THe garden IS huge but some of it is permanent plantings - there is a bed of rhubarb in the southeast corner, an asparagus bed on west, some blueberry bushes on the middle west (or were, Archer dug up at least 1.) there is a row of raspberry bushes planted last spring and a concord grape vine. My hives are between the blueberries and the raspberries.
The garden is divided with 50 ft long 3 ft wide beds on the north side and 3 x 20 ' beds on the south. Why? Because there's a big friggin' ash tree in the center that Wayne didn't want cut down. But once he realized how much shade there was, he agreed to let me kill it. I removed a 10" swath of bark and then put round up on the bare wood - Damn tree still has a smattering of leaves 3 years later confused

Here's the plan:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2S7VEIVYFR-M2J6U0o0YUNISE0/view?usp=sharing

The middle is an 8 ft wide path - plan is to put cold frames there. And, hopefully, get hubby to make me a pair of adirondack chairs for when the tree comes down, which I hope happens this fall just before I plant the garlic.
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyFri Jun 12, 2015 5:27 pm

I'll start with the entrance to the property. AKA, the driveway lol!

This is the view in the spring - we planted 1000 King Alfred Daffodils way back in, I think, 1988 fall. They've been divided once. And, I'm afraid, need dividing again Sad

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And this is the summer view - we used to keep that bed in grass which meant trimming the grass with hand clippers for the 2 months that the daffodil foliage was ripening. A royal PIA. So we dug up all the daffodils, divided them, rounded up the grass and planted Happy Returns daylilies. Which the deer loved Mad Not until last year when Ami was around, did we actually get flowers. Thank you Mr. Ami. And now, they need dividing...the foliage is so dense, it holds itself up and the flowers are sort of hidden by the leaves. Also - birdies have planted blackberries in there and there is some sort of thistley thing that I just can't eradicate. This is probably my number 1 project this fall.

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When we renovate this bed, I'll be adding some stuff for more fall interest - maybe some rudbeckias. Also, there is a dead period in April so maybe crocuses and also in June - I've got some rugosa rose to take cuttings from that I think might look pretty down the middle. We shall see what muse strikes when the time comes...
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyFri Jun 12, 2015 8:30 pm

That looks so beautiful Amy! I imagined your house set further back from the street. I want your 4 car garage! LOL, mine is only two and I have my Jetta and Escape in it but outside I have a little Datsun 280Z sitting under a cover but I want it in a garage. My fathers property that he built a house on is similar to yours, as a hobby he builds hot rods and he's got a four car garage like yours but it's two stories...2 of the stalls have lifts so he can put two cars in the air and park two underneath. His cars are awesome! And he's building an old truck right now. Anyways, I love the front of your property! Love the flowers lining the driveway too, looks so pretty and peaceful. When I looked at the pic of your entire property I was like, that's not a property, that's a State! Lol
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyFri Jun 12, 2015 8:48 pm

@Artic_Wind wrote:
That looks so beautiful Amy! I imagined your house set further back from the street. I want your 4 car garage! LOL, mine is only two and I have my Jetta and Escape in it but outside I have a little Datsun 280Z sitting under a cover but I want it in a garage. My fathers property that he built a house on is similar to yours, as a hobby he builds hot rods and he's got a four car garage like yours but it's two stories...2 of the stalls have lifts so he can put two cars in the air and park two underneath. His cars are awesome! And he's building an old truck right now. Anyways, I love the front of your property! Love the flowers lining the driveway too, looks so pretty and peaceful. When I looked at the pic of your entire property I was like, that's not a property, that's a State! Lol

Thank you, Jimmy.

Ummm...it's not a 4 car garage, its 8 bays and "shop" or "barn" that can hold 2 additional cars in tandem in the winter but for summer, has just the tractor, rototiller, motorcycle, chipper/vac and chipper/shredder (both broken Mad ), some bicyles and misc. wood etc. I'm really proud of it - I designed the building...so we would not have to chop down some spruce and pines we planted ourselves. From 1 yr seedlings, now 20' or more tall! I sort of followed the old New England "BIg House, little house, back house, barn" plan.

The house is perpendicular to the road - the section closest to the road was a 1-room school house in the early 1800's. Or mechanics dad used to teach there!

We only mow maybe 4 acres at the bottom of the property - the rest is old pasture reverting to forest. Most of it is past the brush stage and has trees starting to become mature - while we were chipping brush last week, I was standing there, just handing stuff to Wayne (I'm a klutz, we keep me away from sharp, cutting things Rolling Eyes ) and looking off to the south - did not realize that we had several beautifully branched trees - an ash and a couple of hickories. Unfortunately, the emerald ash borer has reach our county so the ash are not long for the living. And most of the land is really soggy.
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyFri Jun 12, 2015 8:57 pm

I apologize Amy, I should have said "four doored garage" You should be proud! It's beautiful!  Love the history with the lil schoolhouse too. I know the feeling with the Ash borer, here it's the beetle that gets in the Monterey Pines. Every time we have a drought, the pines get less water and makes them more susceptible to the beetle, the high school that's off in the view of my backyard has four (that I can see) dead right now. This house had a huge one in the front yard that had to be cut down because of it too (that's how my re landscaping project started out there, haha)
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyMon Jun 15, 2015 5:33 pm

i know you have a lot of acres but just seeing Ami's hang out outline im just in wow that you even try to manage that much land! so is the plan to have every veggie you could ever want in that garden! you are gonna need to hire some help with all that picking, but im sure the boys would have no problem eating it all.
are you still thinking about the land across the street?

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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyMon Jun 15, 2015 6:09 pm

Finally figured out what's eating my garden up and it's not the rabbits! Whatever they are they're about the size of a chipmunk and have similar colouring. Gonna have to see if I can get a picture and blow it up so I can get a good look at them. I was up early this morning (thanks mutts!) and saw them playing around the bush behind my garden space.. (( maybe it's not them but I'd be surprised! ))
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyMon Jun 15, 2015 6:17 pm

wow, beautiful grass (grass envy Laughing ). nice acreage lots of room for gardening madness Cool Laughing .
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyMon Jun 15, 2015 7:49 pm

Jenn - My goal is to be able to produce most of the vegetables we eat and freeze, can and use season extenders. Have you read Elliott Coleman's 4 season harvest?
I believe that is doable here. Ultimately, if I can make the soil productive, I'd like to have a booth at one of the farmers markets around here.

We have one asparagus bed, now. I want to put a 2nd in and manage it for fall harvest... let it grow the spring, cut out down mid August and harvest September October.

Also plant a fall harvest garden of greens, spinach, kale, broccoli... things that will tolerate a light or even heavy frost. Brussels sprouts can be left in the ground until at least late November... some say new years day!

For corn, you need a minimum density for pollination to occur... it's wind pollinated so a minimum of 4 10 ft rows are recommended. And winter squash and pumpkins? That stuff sprawls!

So when I actually plan it out, it's really not that big :-) I also have to compensate for reduced sun. I don't think any one spot gets more than 6-8 hours a day. But, I'm well protected from the wind.

Red flash.... be careful what you wish for lol! my husband mows twice a week for most of the spring until mid August. And the rain that grows that grass? I'm mopping it up from my sunroom at the moment.

Al, is that a prairie dog by any chance? I've never seen one so don't know their size other than cartoons from the '50's...

And something is munching on my sugar snap peas Mad either my neighbors cow (another "pie" today Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures 1625187496 ) or a deer has figured out when Ami is not around. Think it's time to put their water dishes in the garden!

As for the land across the street... Wayne had a heart attack when he figured out the tax hit if he removed that much money in one year so we have cold feet at the moment.
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyMon Jun 15, 2015 11:08 pm

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Al, is that a prairie dog by any chance?  I've never seen one so don't know their size other than cartoons from the  '50's...

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That actually makes sense since the Mexican prairie dogs range extends into this area - but if they are, they're smaller than they're supposed to be. An adult prairie dog is supposed to weigh in at about 2 - 3 pounds (thanks Google) which would make them the size of a smallish rabbit and these guys are the the size of a big rat... probably just pack rats that decided to make their homes outside the nearest convenience store.
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyTue Jun 16, 2015 12:52 pm

Al what about rats don't you have kangaroo rats down there? They are more chipmunck size than prairie dog size.

I love the property Amy. And love that some of the forest/trees are in Ami's area!

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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyTue Jun 16, 2015 3:05 pm

It's probably just a plain old pack rat; I can see them from 30-40 feet away but if I get any closer they're gone!

I did have some rats living under the trailer but Tommy's taken care of them. (Tommy the cat).
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptySat Aug 15, 2015 11:06 pm

Yesterday's Harvest...I have TOMATOES bounce bounce bounce

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And they taste like tomatoes! That's a big, fat Brandywine there in the middle.
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptySun Aug 16, 2015 11:48 am

I'm still waiting on my tomatoes. I think I have six. That will be my whole year's harvest.

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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyMon Aug 17, 2015 7:22 pm

they look really good.
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyMon Aug 17, 2015 8:02 pm

Those look great! I really want to start growing vegetables, but for now, I only have fruit trees.
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PostSubject: Re: Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures   Amy's Folly - The Garden Adventures EmptyMon Aug 17, 2015 11:34 pm

Jenn - I have read that tomatoes will not set fruit or ripen developing fruit if the temp is consistently above 90° during the day or below 60° at night - is it possible for you to plant earlier or later so that your tomatoes flower when it is cooler?

Also - google "milk spray for fungicide" - I've read good things about using well diluted milk to inhibit various fungal diseases on vegetables.

Yup - they were delicious. Especially that big ol' Brandywine and those little sungold! Had 2 more Brandywine today - they must be close to a pound! But, today's were salvaged from slug damage - its been so wet that the slug population is getting way out of hand. This fall, I will be taking Al's advice and using a middle buster plow on the whole garden, then using the rototiller to make raised beds, once that is done, I will be using iron phosphate slug bait over the whole garden. Probably 2 applications a week - 2 weeks apart and then again in the spring. Damn things are awful this year.

Rocio - I love fruit trees. I plant 3 peach trees and several apples this spring. Hope to add some Montmorency cherries and some dark sweet cherries either this fall or next spring.

Damn expensive Italian bean seeds a total bust - 7 vines and 1 bean so far. Planted somewhere around 60 seeds Mad
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