2021 Garden Thread

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clancey

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2021
1,730
Colorado
Good idea--do you think that I could grow something like Okra.? Or maybe some hot peppers or something but "not the hot ones"--whatever you call....maybe some carrots too...getting ready ahead of time here--lol...Take care dear garden people and rest for the winter and get ready for the spring...Bless you...old clancey
 

EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Grow what makes you happy!

Carrots don't grow well in my garden, but it's not hard to put a few in the ground and see if they'll grow well in yours!
 

DuaeGuttae

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2016
999
Texas
@clancey, I agree with @EatenByLimestone that you should concentrate on growing what you like to eat. I think okra should do fine there. You might need to start it from seed. I don’t know if you could buy starts or not.

I did a quick search and found an article about gardening at high altitude. I thought I’d include it here. You don’t need to get bogged down in all the details, but it has good lists of cool weather versus warm weather crops, and it’s important to know which vegetables like heat (tomatoes, peppers, okra) and which like cool (carrots, lettuce, cabbage).


My husband and I worked outside a lot today. I did watering. We both emptied a compost tumbler and spread compost into the four square beds where we plan to plant garlic. I mixed that in with a little hand rake while he worked on chipping lots of branches. He made four wheelbarrows full of mulch for the paths in the new garden area which had not been completely covered.
 

clancey

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2021
1,730
Colorado
OMG--you people are workers..lol Later I will read the artlcle that you presented and thank you so much...Thinking about peppers too but not the hot klnd--there are plenty of choices for me--hard decision this is..lol..thanks..clancey
 

DuaeGuttae

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2016
999
Texas
OMG--you people are workers..lol Later I will read the artlcle that you presented and thank you so much...Thinking about peppers too but not the hot klnd--there are plenty of choices for me--hard decision this is..lol..thanks..clancey

Another thought I had was that you could grow some sunflowers to have seeds for your birds.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
90,531
South Puget Sound, WA
I am dealing with a bad knee so my outdoor time is limited. Picked about 20# of carrots the other day and it just about did me in. My wife harvested the last apples today (Enterprise). Hoping to plant garlic tomorrow if the ibuprofen holds out.
 

DuaeGuttae

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2016
999
Texas
I am dealing with a bad knee so my outdoor time is limited. Picked about 20# of carrots the other day and it just about did me in. My wife harvested the last apples today (Enterprise). Hoping to plant garlic tomorrow if the ibuprofen holds out.

Ouch. That’s no fun. Do you have a stool or something that you can take to the garden to sit on while you plant? As I recall your raised beds are pretty high off the ground. How much garlic will you plant? What variety/ies?
 

begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
90,531
South Puget Sound, WA
I've lost track of the varieties. I will just be planting the best of this year's crop. Some hardnecks and some soft.
 

kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
6,102
07462
Pretty much done with the leaves here, this year I'm doing a little experiment, normally I just blow all my leaves into the woods, this year every time I did a clean up I would mulch them first with the lawn mower then go back over them with the bagger and pick up the little chopped pieces. I've dumped on average about 6" thick of chopped leaf mash in all my gardens, like every garden has a 6" layer, my hope here is 2 fold, one is creating a good soil layer for worms, nutrients, and moisture the other is for the leaf mulch to act as a natural weed barrier.
This past summer I spent close to an hour a week just pulling weeds (I dont like spraying because my cat also likes chilling in some of the gardens) the weeds still got the best of me, and my heart just isnt there to manage all the space I have. Anyone else try this method? I watched a few youtube video's on this and people really liked there results.
 

kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
6,102
07462
this is the video that triggered the madness on my property, So far I've used all of my leaves, and cleaned up 2 of my neighbors yards for they're leaves, they think I'm off my rocker lol but they got free yard clean ups out of the deal.
 
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begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
90,531
South Puget Sound, WA
I will be mulching some beds today. Still harvesting carrots, kale, cabbage, lettuce, beets, and swiss chard. The last of the cucumbers are still growing in the greenhouse along with some tomatoes. It's nice to have them fresh in November.
 

EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
I've mulched the beds with leaves before. The worms love it!

It's also great mulch when you want to start a new bed.
 

Woodsplitter67

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Jan 19, 2017
2,036
Woolwich nj
here it is Thanksgiving and I got good tomatoes to pick in the greenhouse

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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
90,531
South Puget Sound, WA
Nice! What variety is this? Our early girl is still producing, but the tomatoes are now 1/4 the normal size. We also still have a lot of picked tomatoes in the greenhouse that are ripening. We should be good with homegrown until the new year.
 

Woodsplitter67

Minister of Fire
Jan 19, 2017
2,036
Woolwich nj
I have 2 better boy, 1 roma and 1 agi red. that aggi red I go from a friend on here. The plants were all cuttings that I took off plants that were in my garden this summer and I rooted them up and put in large containers. I also have frying peppers and red bell.. its 43 degrees out now and 85 in there with the vents open