Any gardeners out there?

Re: Any gardeners out there?

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:26 pm

I have to start up the rototiller pretty quick. The neigbors have been giving me the worried look. I take an hour or two and till everybodies garden. Mines a 6 footer. Use it one day a year :( Scott
Scottscoaled
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520x4, 350, 700. Van Wert 400 x 2, 800, 1200.
Coal Size/Type: Lots of buck

Re: Any gardeners out there?

PostBy: traderfjp On: Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:05 am

I've had gardens all my life but I decided that it's too much work. Thisy year I plan on planting wild flowers and just enjoy the flowers with minimal effort.
traderfjp
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska
Stove/Furnace Model: Channing 3

Re: Any gardeners out there?

PostBy: rberq On: Sun Apr 26, 2009 8:47 am

coaledsweat wrote:Bingo! I picked up a Troy Built for $400 last night.
Half the backyard is a garden this afternoon.

Now, mulch the tilled area with six inches of hay. Repeat annually. Sell the tiller to somebody else for $400 -- you will never need it again.
rberq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane


Re: Any gardeners out there?

PostBy: 009to090 On: Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:00 am

rberq wrote:Now, mulch the tilled area with six inches of hay. Repeat annually. Sell the tiller to somebody else for $400 -- you will never need it again.


Its true. When I was in grade school, my Dad used to buy truckloads of "USED" :sick: horse stall straw. Horse manure in the straw bedding. Us kids were tasked with spreading each load around the 1 acre veggi garden. Not only did it loosen up the soil, the vegis grew REALLY well.
I have GREAT soil where I live now, so I will just add the Chicky-poo-compost-pile on top of it :D
009to090
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520 HighBoy
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: DVC-500 x 2
Coal Size/Type: Anthracite Rice

Re: Any gardeners out there?

PostBy: cheapheat On: Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:56 pm

I plan on starting my first garden this year for sure. I have terrible soil though, its a mix of super wet and rocky or on the other side of the lawn it all clay. They tell me that in 1910 when all the houses on my street were built they pulled all the nice sand out of what is now my back yard to build the foundations of all the rest. I was think of a raised bed by just having some garden mix soil dumped out back and raking it out 6 or 8 inches deep to whatever size I need. I dont know I wish I had a buddy with a backhoe! Whatever I end up doing Im keeping it small this time so I can learn a few things first. I did plant about a month ago 5 new grape vines(all varieties) 2 apple trees, 2 cherry trees, and a nectarine tree. They are all leafing out allready and look fabulous. Ill start a new thread for fruit growers with pictures shortly. I didnt start with prepotted Lowes(youll take what we have )trees, I bought them at a nursery as bare-root stock.

Jim
cheapheat
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Alaska Channing 3
Stove/Furnace Model: Bagging my own rice coal

Re: Any gardeners out there?

PostBy: blue_chopper On: Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:08 am

The gardens all tilled here so time to take the tiller of the tractor and put the mower on :mad: We have 9 apple trees outback so its like a deer interstate out there to fence off our garden is a pain in the @ss. so I plant marigolds around the garden and the deer hate the smell of them and wont walk ithin 20 feet of it. It's a good cheap trick to try.
blue_chopper
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AQUAII Alaska channingIII
Stove/Furnace Model: 500

Re: Any gardeners out there?

PostBy: rberq On: Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:14 pm

blue_chopper wrote:I plant marigolds around the garden and the deer hate the smell of them

Hmmm. That's worth a try. How far apart do you plant the marigolds? Any particular variety that is stinkier than others?
rberq
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: DS Machine 1300
Coal Size/Type: Nut -- Kimmel/Blaschak/Reading
Other Heating: Oil hot water radiators, propane

Re: Any gardeners out there?

PostBy: blue_chopper On: Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:24 pm

I just wing it. i'll say every 8 feet or so. I used the orange ones but havent tried the other colors.
blue_chopper
 
Stove/Furnace Make: AQUAII Alaska channingIII
Stove/Furnace Model: 500