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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:56 am

St. Patrick's Day has arrived, so planted 4 potatoes outdoors as a token. They're buried a little deeper than normal and the mounds have a dusting of black compost to help absorb heat.

Normal outdoor potato planting season is still a month away. Potatoes in pots are safely in the garage since we had frost yesterday morning and a threat this morning (33F).

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:32 pm

Radishes have sprouted.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:27 pm

Initial peas are 4" tall now and look to be doing fine, so I planted the main crop of "Oregon Giant" in a 30' row today. The potatoes in pots are doing fine even though they had a close encounter with frost last Friday morning. It's been WET this spring, so not too much else going on and I won't be planting anything else until next week at the rate the rain keeps coming at us.

During the last dry break, I finished clearing up the brushpile behind the greenhouse, removed rocks, hauled compost there, and got most of it dug in despite keeping the company entertained during their 3 day visit. Naturally I couldn't produce the 8-10 late native steelhead that spawned during the visit and the elk didn't come by until this morning, a day after the company left.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by jennypenny » Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:32 am

Does anyone know what this is? My yard is full of it this week and I've never seen it before.

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Sorry about my dog's nose. He was curious, too.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by halfmoon » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:16 am

Maybe purple dead nettle? Weird name.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/109212359684568801/

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:52 pm

We have that here in Oregon. Mildly annoying weed, can easily be ripped out. I'll grab my weed book and look it up...

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:57 pm

Confirmed purple deadnettle. Wikipedia:
"Outside of its native range, it is a common weed of cultivated areas; it is listed as an invasive species in some parts of North America.
Young plants have edible tops and leaves, used in salads or in stirfry as a spring vegetable. If finely chopped it can also be used in sauces.
Undyed, the pollen itself is a red colour and is very noticeable on the heads of bees that frequent it's flowers."

See also: http://www.invasiveplantatlas.org/subject.html?sub=3408

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Re: Garden Log

Post by 7Wannabe5 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:12 pm

Did you eat some?

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Re: Garden Log

Post by jennypenny » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:55 am

invasive indeed ...

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:13 pm

Began planting potatoes in earnest today, though it is going slowly for a variety of reasons (weather, weather, weather) and only got 24 in the ground today.

If you've planted potatoes before, then you know what a chitted potato looks like. If you've stored potatoes in the garage over the winter, then you probably have an impression of what a well-chitted potato looks like. And then if you've had extra-early potatoes sprout beginning in January and have to wait until April to begin planting... well, I've got 6" sprouts on mine and, despite being in a box under a dark covering cloth, they've begun rooting into each other!

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:56 pm

Finished up the potato planting today. Total: 50 row feet of early reds and 60 row feet of gold yukons. We still have 2 boxes of gold yukons that are edible, probably for another month and I suspect there's a box of the reds floating around somewhere that I haven't looked at...

Going back outside to plant a few lettuce, carrots, green onions, etc.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by jacob » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:22 am

Last year I covered all my 10 beds with leaves and used some branches and annuals to hold them down. I'm currently prepping them again since last frost day is fast appearing.

It appears that since then, earth worms have gone through the leaves and turned my otherwise clayey(SP?) soil into something better which is actually digable with a shovel rather than a pick axe. Also, grass and weeds didn't take over unlike the previous year where I just let everything sit and grow over.

So overall, the time investment was worth it.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by 7Wannabe5 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:33 pm

Arugula, mesclun mix, radishes, snap peas, snow peas, borage, parsnips, garlic chives, black-seeded Simpson, beets. All in and almost all sprouting. Daffodils up and fruit trees blooming. Scored two free 250 gallons water tanks with metal cages, and found some weed cloth for 3 cents/ft2 to aid in my not very permaculture-like war against the grass. I came to the realization that the refrigerator in my garden-camper will run on gas, so I might still have cold soda after the apocalypse.

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Re: Garden Log

Post by George the original one » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:33 pm

Jealous of your water tanks!

Second planting of peas have sprouted after 11 days and I was gifted with raspberry starts by a cousin.

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