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    Default Alaska Garden planted, update picutres

    5-25-11 garden planted pics
    Several seeds starting to sprout: beets, spinach, radishes, peas, turnips
    I use clear plastic to cover the beds until the seeds start sprouting, the extra heat really helps & hold in the moisture also.
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    Looking good there!
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    Mudbuddy
    Lookin good there... Thanks for sharing...!

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    Default Grd update pics 6-1-11

    Thing starting to grow. all seeds up. I got nervous & double planted the carrots, 2 days later the original seeds sprouted. So I'll have some tinning to do. Getting some spinach to eat. Hunted down a few cut worms in onions & spinach, think I got them all. I'm sure a few more will show up, but the plants will be larger & not go timber when they strike.
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    Default GRd update pics 6-8-11

    Eating some spinach, few small radishes as I thin them.
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    Default Garden Update pics 6-16-11

    Getting lettuce, radishes & spinach (good salads)
    2 zuc blooms, both female so hoping for one plan t bloom a male for pollen. "patience" is over rated
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    Default 6-22-11 update pics

    Starting to eat pretty good







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    Default 6-29-11 garden update pics

    Getting: all salad stuff, 2 lettuce types, onions, spinach, Kale & kohlrabi, several zucs growing fast.
    Cabbage & head lettuce is heading. Hoed potatoes once.
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    MudBuddy
    I don't believe I've ever seen a garden as weed free as yours... chickweed is a constant battle in my garden... I'm sure roto-tilling adds to the weed problem, so maybe in time I can get converted to raised beds such as yours and be able to better control it and a few other species...

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    LOL weed free, I wish. Well the pic may not show it but lots of new weed sprouts started popping up after the last rain.
    I'ts been pretty dry. I did have the soil between the beds covered last year. I think it reduced the weed seed production.
    Took them off due to it gave slugs a safe haven & I'd rather have weeds than slugs.

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    Default Update pics 7-6-11

    Eating almost everything. Getting zucs, cabbage, lettuce, kohlrabi, onions etc. Broc & cauliflower are heading. Beet doing well. Peas vining but no blooms yet. Outside tomatoes suck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbuddy View Post
    Eating almost everything. Getting zucs, cabbage, lettuce, kohlrabi, onions etc. Broc & cauliflower are heading. Beet doing well. Peas vining but no blooms yet. Outside tomatoes suck.
    2 of the three varieties of peas that I planted started blooming on Monday... Got great heads on the Broccoli, b ut nothing on the Cauliflower (yet)... Turnips are the right size for great stews... they need thinning again too... The lady in charge gets home from Texas tomorrow so she'll start vacuum packing and freezing some of this produce... the Radishes did great this year.. some got almost as big as tennis balls, but they've pretty well all bolted now, time to plant the 2nd crop...

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    Mudbuddy, did you grow your plants from seed or starters? Looks really good. My garden is coming along, but at a much slower rate than yours.

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    Yes. Tomatoes, celery & pansies in March. Garden plants in the GH in April.
    Lots of work but I did save $$ & learn allot.
    I mean, what do you do during "break-up" anyway.
    I got to grow the type & species I wanted to try

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    Default Garden Update pics 7-14-11

    Broccoli doing well, will be freezing some soon.
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    Default Garden update pic 7-22-11

    Froze up lots of broccoli. Carrots doing well, thinning is tasty now. Zucs going overboard. Whole garden doing well so far. Lots of pumpkins (some pretty good sized ones)
    Root maggots attacking the onions real bad. Used wood ashes but no help. Gonna add boiling water soon & forgo any more green onions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbuddy View Post
    Froze up lots of broccoli. Carrots doing well, thinning is tasty now. Zucs going overboard. Whole garden doing well so far. Lots of pumpkins (some pretty good sized ones)
    Root maggots attacking the onions real bad. Used wood ashes but no help. Gonna add boiling water soon & forgo any more green onions.
    The root magots wiped out my onions too.. I purchased some nematodes at the Garden Supply store, but I think I shoulda done that at planting time, not after the maggots got started too well... My cauliflower finally headed up and is looking very good.. It'll soon be pea pickin time....

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    Default Beautiful!!!!!

    Just a beautiful garden all around!!! Are you in the southern portion of Alaska??? I didn't think some of the veggies you grew could make it in the Anchorage'ish area. Your plants look wonderful and healthy...can't see a browned leaf or chewed lettuce in the whole lot!
    Good on YOU!

    I miss my big WA state garden so much. As with you...I do intensive gardening so as to retain moisture and keep weeds lower. Your beds just blasted out those plants! What do you fertilize with??? How do you keep the critters out???

    Almost forgot to ask.... Is that a home made compost turner at the corner of the plot? Looks like a repurposed table base with the two drums on it... hard to tell though.

    Just makes me wanna get my fingernails dirty!!!

    Nice work!
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    Thanks Fishin Farmgirl

    Fertilize with mostly compost. Some MG when the plants are set out.

    Critter fence, but the moose can jump it, the raspberries make it look bigger & have stayed out the past couple years.
    Hope my luck continues.

    2 55 gallon drum solar water heater for the garden & GH. I fill with well water & the sun heats it up.

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    Default End of season pics

    Have to dig potatoes yet.
    Still getting some lettuce & brocc. 3rd & 4th shoots
    Most everything else is in the compost bin
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