Posted in Gardening, Raised beds, Solar Cooking, Tower of Jewels, tagged Backyard gardening, bee on Laurel, bombus melanopygus video, ceanothus, echium, Flowering cherry tree with bees, solar oven, Steve Montana, Sun oven, Tower of Jewels, transplanting on March 28, 2015|
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It should be raining sideways right now in March, but because the East Coast is grabbing all the cold air, we’ve been enjoying 66˙F weather on The Oregon Coast.
Because of the warm spell, we were able to move some things off the light stand in the house and into the garden. These lettuce and Parel cabbage plants, and (bought) broccoli were put into ground today.
March 28…66˙F (18˙C) Looking at tomorrow’s weather forecast, I’m going to have to find a shade cloth for the new transplants. Michael Marlow says it was 28˙F in Western Massachusetts this morning, lightly snowing on the foot of snow already there.
We even brought out the Sun Oven to bake up a pot of beans.
While my wife was transplanting, I was preparing a base for my new log hive. The wood carver said he would bring it out Monday. I think I’m ready with packed sand under these heavy cement blocks.
When I proposed using an old bird feeding station on the log hive, Brian Vorwaller went quiet. I don’t think he really wanted to see that old thing on top of his beautiful creation, so he asked me for another chunk of wood.
March 21…From this chunk of wood (in the care of the wood carver) comes…
…the ‘shake’ roof that will serve as the rain-shedding top of my Grand Kids Log hive. It’s hard to see, but the quilt box is on the bottom 4 inches of it. Brian worked it into the design so well.
March 28…To the bees’ delight, our flowering cherry tree is in full bloom.
The Tower of Jewels echium plants are going to bloom this year…HOORAY! I’ve waited two years for this. They should bloom for about 3 months giving out nectar all day long. How do I know they will bloom?
They have shot up about 4 feet in the last month, but the telltale sign is under the leaves where they meet the main stem…bud beginnings!
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The tomato bed has weathered through the cold wind and rain. They’re looking good so I added the cages.
- Tomatoes prove their worth and get supports
- Likewise the Red Pontiacs are looking good
Potato bed gets hilled up. These were planted April 9th and harvested August 1 to make way for buckwheat.
Greens Grow the Garden
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Posted in Gardening, Solar, Solar Cooking, solar water pump, tagged alternative energy, clotches, Dankoff controller, drip watering, Gardening tips, organic gardening, renewable energy, solar, solar cooking, solar oven, solar water pump, Sustainable living, vegetable growing on May 13, 2012|
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Get out the Solar Oven and let’s have enchiladas for lunch.
Enchiladas for lunch.
Now that the sun has warmed up the soil enough to plant, we’ve got to hook up the Solar Roller. These panels are mounted on a 2 x 4″
Solar panels on handmade wheeled cart
cart with some old lawnmower wheels attached. Since I have many trees shading parts of the garden, this roller allows me to follow the sun. I can actually get 12 hours of sun-pumping water into the large tank in the background and then gravity flow to 1/2″ pvc placed in the raised beds. The kit came with solar panels, submersible pump, and a Dankoff control box. This control box allows the pump to kick on in low light and works so well that it’ll pump on a gray shadowless day. I’ve even seen it pump during a light rain.
Gray shadowless day, solar pump still working…thank you Mr. Dankoff, for inventing the controller that makes the pump work on a very gray day!
The tank feeds into a regular garden hose and into the water grids. The grids are drilled with 1/16” holes. Hook up the hose to the grid and plant next to the holes.
Drip water grid in tomato bed
Drip watering potatoes
Placing the plants next to a pre-drilled hole.
Ready to close the tent on the warm loving eggplant and peppers
And that’s how we spent Mother’s Day, how about you?
For more solar check out my little solar system.
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