Garden tips

   / Garden tips #31  
Re: Garden tips...Pumpkins.


That "real whipped cream" just reminded me about my Mom's banana cream pie with real meringue! /w3tcompact/icons/tongue.gif
I must be hungrey!/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif


We boys and our toys!
   / Garden tips #32  
Re: Garden tips...Pumpkins.

Home made whipped cream also home made strawberry ice cream,now what could be better than that.

OOPS forgot home made strawberry short cake w/ home made ice cream top of w/ home made whip cream.....ahhh some of the good old days.

   / Garden tips #33  
Some fresh tomato sandwiches sound pretty good right about now I love them. I started using the concrete wire about 12 years ago had some left over from the driveway. My wife had bought some cages from the garden store about 3' high those things were useless.
When I first made the cages seemed like everyone was joking on them then halfway into the growing season they saw how good they were working and before I knew it I had orders to build cages for them. That was when I lived in town people think different, they think that if it doesn't come from the store and look pretty it's no good.
Then they saw the cukes and said that will never work I replied seeds are cheap I did the cukes two different ways in a round and also took a piece straight with poles on the ends seems they did well both ways. So people were always coming over to see what I planned to do next---like I had some special plan about gardening the good thing was I guess I had pretty much no idea what I was doing but it sure was fun trying new stuff.
In town I had a small lot just over an acre so I used a square foot method alot less weeding worked great for me at the time and I still use the same style today. You pretty much plant your plants real close together and thats it.
I'm so glad I don't live in town anymore I love it in the woods. I don't miss the better than the jones syndrome. The only thing I do miss about living in town is having a store less than a mile from the house other than that I can't think of any other reasons that I miss living in town. /w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif
   / Garden tips #34  

That is why all country houses have pantries. Now the store is even closer!

We got 3.6 inches of rain over the last couple of days - actually 3 inches came during a deluge last night. If all the soil didn't wash away it should do wonders for both the garden and the coastal. /w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif
   / Garden tips #35  
I have not tried this but I heard of growing watermelons, or any type of melon, on a fence. When the melons come on just tie some pantyhose to the fence and put the melon down in the hose. This will support them and keep them off the ground. Also, for tomatoes I have made the tomato cages out of reinforcing wire and then filled the cages with compost. Then plant the tomatoes around the cage. Do not water the tomatoes, instead water the compost and let the water and nutrients drain down to the tomato plants. As the plants get larger you can tie them to the cage.
   / Garden tips #36  
I always plant bush cucumbers, because they don't spread everywhere and don't need any support. The cukes taste the same as any other. Gurney's seed company sells them in their catalog. Also, where I live we have a short growing season, so I have been planting short season (80 day) watermelons and canteloupes. Not only are they faster to mature, but most of them have a more compact bush-like vine and don't take up as much room. The only thing is that the the short season melons tend to be a little smaller in size, but taste the same.
   / Garden tips #37  
I'd heard of bush cucumbers but don't believe I've ever seen any. And for the melons, I think I've planted a different variety every year for the past 5 years, more out of curiosity than anything else. But the best watermelons we've had were called "ice box" melons that were small, but tasty.

   / Garden tips #38  
Bird, bush cucumbers grow on a small compact vine, kind of like a canteloupe vine, but more compact. The cukes taste exactly the same as the climbing vine type. You can order this seed from Gurneys seed Co. Where can I get these icebox melon seed?
   / Garden tips #39  
jyoutz, I bought the ice box melon seed at a local feed store, and forgot to write down the name of the seed company. And with my usual luck, the feed store changed hands and no longer has them, and the new owner didn't even know where to get them./w3tcompact/icons/frown.gif So now I'm trying a different type to see how they do.

   / Garden tips #40  
Don, I like to plant Ambrosia cantalope but I don't like to weed so I use straw or old carpet to cover the ground. This still lets the water and nutrients into the soil but keeps down the weeds. Ambrosia is a very sweet 4-6 lb. melon.

Here in East-Central Missouri I build my greenhouse tunnels around late November using straw bales, 12ft wide 6ml poly film and 11ga fence wire.

Start by laying your your poly film on the ground and cut the film to the length that is 4ft longer than you want your tunnel.

Lay several bales of straw down on one edge of your plastic with the bales end to end the length of the tunnel . The bales will make one side of your tunnel. Make sure to leave
about 2 ft of poly film on each end of straw bale wall.

Cut several 5 ft. lengths of the 11ga wire, bend them in half and use them as staples to push through the bales and poly film then into the soil. This holds one side of the plastic in place and keeps your bales steady as they rot during the winter.

Then place another line of straw bales parallel to the first but not on the poly film. Leave about 16 inches between the two rows of bales (I use this so I can get my tiller between the row. Make more wire staples and put them through these bales to keep them steady.

Now cut some more lengths of 11ga about 6 ft long to creat your hoops. Put one leg of each hope in each row of bales. I put the hoops about 2 ft apart.

Now pull the plastic over the entire thing and hold down the one side of the plastic with bricks or something heavy.

work the soil before putting up the hoops. You can grow lettuce and spinich all winter and you'll be the first one in town to have tomatoes next summer. Once the soil and bales get wet everything inside the plastic stays wet.

You can vent through the ends on days when it will get to warm. I like this because I can open the vents before I go to work and the frost doesn't get inside the tunnel.

I know this was long and maybe confusing. I'll try to remember to take pictures next time I build and post.