When we planted turnips, lettuce and kale in July for our winter garden little did we know we were planting for the bees as well as ourselves.
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Posted in Bee-loving flowers, Drip watering, Natural Beekeeping, Raised beds, Sustainable living, Videos, tagged bee-loving flowers, bees on catkins, bees on Oregon Coast, bees pollinating turnip flowers, deer netting in raised beds, drip watering, Gardening, macro nature video, natural beekeeping, nature photography, pussy willow trees, raised beds, Sustainable living, Turnip flowers, Turnip flowers for bees, turnips, vegetable growing on February 12, 2014| 16 Comments »
Despite the fact that the Oregon Coast gets about 60 inches (1500 mm) of rain a year, we still are very frugal about watering. Overhead sprinklers not only waste water but can invite plant diseases. We’ve found drip watering works well…but how do you water squash which is spaced so far apart? Over the years, we’ve developed a method that gets the job done with a little effort at the beginning of the season. It’s as easy as playing with tinker toys.
Posted in Drip watering, Raised beds, tagged cloches, Extended growing tent, Gardening, Gardening tips, growing tomatoes in cool climate, organic gardening, Sustainable living, vegetable growing on May 8, 2013| 8 Comments »
We built most of our raised beds in 1996 and ’97. The lumber came from a small sawmill using white cedar that had been passed over by the big timber companies. It was sawn to a full 2 x 10 x 16′ (5.08 cm x 25.4 cm x 4.87 m) It was beautiful wood. We had less personal time then but more energy…lots more. As good as that wood was, it still rots when in contact with the soil. So after 17 years all those 16 beds have got to be replaced. We found this decking material on close-out. It’s not cheap but is supposed to outlast wood. It’s a little wobbly so I had to set the corners in concrete, but if it outlasts wood, it’ll be worth it. We’re trying to replace ONE raised bed a year now. The green one was built last year out of old siding…much cheaper than this one, but won’t last as long.
Posted in Companion planting, Drip watering, Gardening, Raised beds, Uncategorized, tagged carrots and leeks, cloches, companion planting, Deer netting, Deer proof raised bed, drip watering, extended season gardening, garden pests, growing carrots, growing leeks, raised beds, Sustainable living, vegetable growing on January 10, 2013| 5 Comments »
After watching a video about extended season gardening about 15 years ago, my wife and I decided to try it out. We had to make a few adjustments to keep the tents from blowing down in the wind. By strapping 1.25″ pvc to the inside of the wood we can adjust the height of the hoops…one year we’ll have short hoops for greens, the next year we’ll have tall hoops for tomatoes.
Those raised beds served us well, but are starting to rot. When we replaced some partially rotten wood siding on the house, I decided to use it as a replacement raised bed. I sawed out the rotten areas and just cobbled these together to get a 4′ x 16′ x 14″ tall bed. (1.22 m x 4.87 m x 35 cm) I painted this time with some left over house paint, hoping it will protect the wood for another 15 years.
I added two drip watering grids by using 8′ (2,44 m) pieces of pvc. The joints do not have to be glued because with all the holes drilled in them, they won’t leak. I drilled the holes about 6″ apart (15 cm) on each side and then plant where the water comes through.
Companion planting (Look at the comfrey site too)
We’ve had trouble with growing carrots in the past. Sometimes they fail to germinate. If we get them to grow early in the season, the slugs get them. So we wait until July or August, but then we get a carrot maggot, those little worms that tunnel into the carrots. So in an effort to grow great carrots AND avoid the tunneling worms we found leeks to be a good companion plant to carrots. They repel the carrot fly.
Posted in Drip watering, Fossil fuel free gardening, Gardening, Raised beds, tagged cloches, clotches, drip watering, extended season gardening, freezing veggies, Gardening, Gardening tips, growing tomatoes in cool climate, organic gardening, preserving veggies, raised beds, Roasting veggies, Sustainable living, transplanting on September 2, 2012| 3 Comments »
Our nights get down to a chilly 47 degrees F (8 deg. C.) so without extra care it would be impossible to grow things like peppers and eggplants.
This is what it looks like now (after 3 1/2 months) with some calendulas that my wife won’t let me take out and a volunteer Swiss Chard.
After this cools, we throw it in the blender, then it goes into the quart size freezer bags so it will stack up well. It can be used over rice or potatoes, or as a spaghetti or pizza sauce.