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  • Up and running...First Garden...

    Starting small, but so far so good!!

    Decided to just go with three 4' square boxes



    Got the slats on for spacing dividers



    Planting!! Everyone 'helping'



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    The baby making quick work of throwing dirt around



    I knew we needed a covering for these but didn't have the material on hand right away. Sure enough, we had visitors and had to temporarily protect our greens!!



    Went with 1/2" PVC and covered the beds with visqueen. Its also trapping a bunch of heat and our starts are thriving!



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    • #3
      You may need to roll up the side of your visqueen when it is sunny, otherwise it could get too hot. What all did you plant?
      It ain't about the # of pounds of meat we bring back, nor about how much we spent to go do it. Its about seeing what no one else sees.

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      • #4
        Great job. Kids love to plant & watch them grow.
        My first gardens, the moose found in August, they loved almost everything & can eat allot.
        Good luck. Gardening is fun & rewarding.

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        • #5
          Nice to see kids playing in dirt. What could be more fun? Just as well start your fence project next. You will need it !!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by garnede View Post
            You may need to roll up the side of your visqueen when it is sunny, otherwise it could get too hot. What all did you plant?
            How hot is too hot? I might need to get a thermometer for each one and do as you suggest during those scorchers...

            Lettuce
            Zucchini
            Purple potatoes
            Radish seeds
            Carrots
            Snap peas
            tomatoes
            I'm sure a few more that I can't remember...
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            • #7
              Not sure I'm understanding what it is your doing? Are you just covering these up at night or keeping them covered? Lettuce is a plant that likes it cooler and can go down to mild freeze temp. The only thing you have listed that wants it warmer is tomato.Most tomatoes like to be 70 -80 all the time. Green house is the way for tomatoes. The rest of your things I wouldn't cover them. A cover like that will work nice if there was a chance of frost, but we should be good to go now.

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              • #8
                Mainly for the moose because they're in the yard about 4 days a week on average. I guess I could roll it up during the day and let 'em breathe.

                The wife did say the lettuce was already over twice the size it was when we started. I guess I kinda assumed I was killing two birds with one stone, so to speak, with protecting from the munchers and getting it a few degrees warmer. Thanks for the advice to the rookie!
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                • #9
                  Under your photos you say covered in visgueen, but it looks like blue/silver tarps? Clear visgueen would get to hot under it on these warm sunny days. That silver tarp might be reflecting enough to some what stay cooler under it, but light and sun are very important to plants.
                  Not sure what to say about the moose. Once they find the garden not sure a tarp will slow them down. Over the years I got so mad I finally had to do the fence to get anything in the fall. 8 ft high works great!! Good luck !

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                  • #10
                    Those are great looking raised beds. the kids will get a thrill out of watching things sprout and grow.... but I gotta tell you, so will the moose... The Only thing I can remember the moose ever left completely alone in my gardens was onions and garlic... I thought my 6ft fence would keep them out of the yard/garden, but one morning this past spring the Alsation was going crazy barking and when I looked, my 3 apple trees had been drastically pruned, and the moose left the usual pile of marbles ... I don't know if that was to show their appreciation for the tasty spring morsles, or to show their complete disrespect...!!!

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                    • #11
                      The zucchini and tomato like heat up to 90-100 during the day and 60-70 at night. All of the rest like normal Alaska summer. You might consider chicken wire or some sort of other wire that will let light in and heat out for the cool weather vegies. Be careful with plastic it can reach 140+ even in alaska inside a plastic enclosure.
                      It ain't about the # of pounds of meat we bring back, nor about how much we spent to go do it. Its about seeing what no one else sees.

                      http://wouldieatitagainfoodblog.blogspot.com/

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                      • #12
                        Everything but the tomatoes do well here outside. My zuc plants each take up about a 4' circle for area, do great outside in the garden & are the most sensitive to frost in Sept.
                        Hot days: give everything a drink in the morning or if you see it begin to wilt; right away.
                        Planting around birch trees, you may have to water allot. Birch suck up all the surface ground water.

                        Originally posted by hunt_ak View Post
                        How hot is too hot? I might need to get a thermometer for each one and do as you suggest during those scorchers...

                        Lettuce
                        Zucchini
                        Purple potatoes
                        Radish seeds
                        Carrots
                        Snap peas
                        tomatoes
                        I'm sure a few more that I can't remember...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by power drifter View Post
                          Under your photos you say covered in visgueen, but it looks like blue/silver tarps? Clear visgueen would get to hot under it on these warm sunny days. That silver tarp might be reflecting enough to some what stay cooler under it, but light and sun are very important to plants.
                          Not sure what to say about the moose. Once they find the garden not sure a tarp will slow them down. Over the years I got so mad I finally had to do the fence to get anything in the fall. 8 ft high works great!! Good luck !
                          The tarp was there just to cover the plants while the moose were around right after planting (before I had the PVC piping and visqueen).

                          If I keep the plants mostly covered but with the visqueen rolled up to let the beds 'breathe', will it deter the moose at all? I am under the assumption that if they don't know its there, the might leave it alone.

                          Covering them at night OK? Would the pull the plastic off to investigate what's under there?
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                          • #14
                            I think something like this might have to happen. Completely enclose the plants....

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                            • #15
                              The funny thing with moose and gardens it kind of depends if the ones around you have gotten the taste.
                              I have friends that say they have a garden at their cabin they fly out to. Out there the moose never touch their garden as there aren't lots of gardens to sample along their walk. Here in the valley its from one garden to another. I have had cows bring caves show them where to come then they do the same for their young. I Like lots of flowers as well and they will eat tulips but they never touch Lilies.As a gardener one can learn to HATE moose. The nice thing with fences besides keeping them out is you have your place for peas and beans to climb already in place. 8 ft high does kind of start looking like a prison if you not careful. Its all fun!

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