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Backyard Lumberjack

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If you had to choose between horse or cow manure in your garden what would you use and why?. I have plenty of both that I can get but some people say cow or horse but don’t have a specific reason why. I have always wondered
either would be ok with me. i have used both. however, if used direct should be sparingly as horse is pretty hot when first available. lol. cow, too. i prefer to put into compost, etc and let it break down and cool down, too...

i did clean up some fall leaves, etc as i reworked some firewood stix recently working up at the farm and it went to compost...
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Backyard Lumberjack

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Just looking for people's results who've applied AZo or kelp.... have 30 fruit trees 100 ft each seedless grapes,black raspberries, black berries, 200ft red raspberries, 12 high bush blueberries, 100sqft asparagus, 50x100ft garden 3 nut trees and a whole lot of work ! But we each out fresh of the garden all summer.
Steve what are you using as pre-emerg on your asparagus?
Thanks
we are a bit over the top with our lil peach orchard. put it in last year... and this year we already are seeing it fruit. some baby peach pix. fingers X'd.....
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Backyard Lumberjack

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my mobile nursery sets doing well. started from seeds. bok choy about ready for garden. tomato sets responding to warmer weather well.

seeds to shoots; other day

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today...

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almost garden bed ready. tomatoes, bok choy, lettuce and spinach. and one lil brussel sprout. amazing to see seeds bit bigger than a pencil dot... grow into plants like these... one way or another - gardening never ceases to amaze me. always interesting!
 

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Tomato seedlings started on 2-1-21 and potted up to 4 inch pots a few weeks ago. We've had them in the low light porch for a few days because nights have been dipping into the low 30's. They've been in and out a few times but the temps are looking good for the next week to ten days so they'll be outside for a while. We are still 3 or 4 weeks to planting out time. I siphon out of the 5 gallon carboy to fertigate when needed, like every two days or so. We take them in via the window at the end of the ladder.

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djg james

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Plants are looking great. Questions though. Looks like you use the end of the tubing to 'fertigate' the plants. Little confusing with the tubing running through the ladder (storage). Do you recover run off from the plants? I was unaware you could fertilize plants every other day. I thought you would burn the plants up. When I try my mix (1 Tb Fertilome or similar per gal) the plants start to turn yellow. Nice idea on the stove pipe too.
 
Backyard Lumberjack

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Tomato seedlings started on 2-1-21 and potted up to 4 inch pots a few weeks ago. We've had them in the low light porch for a few days because nights have been dipping into the low 30's. They've been in and out a few times but the temps are looking good for the next week to ten days so they'll be outside for a while. We are still 3 or 4 weeks to planting out time. I siphon out of the 5 gallon carboy to fertigate when needed, like every two days or so. We take them in via the window at the end of the ladder.

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nice set up D - you put up all you grow for home use or have a stand, too?...impressive plants.
 
Backyard Lumberjack

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i ferted and have been watering the sugar snaps to coax them along since the freeze hit them. those that have survived are now flowering and setting pods. no more farm to table, all the pods will be let go to seed stage. should get plenty... some of the pods
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Backyard Lumberjack

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the leek patch, 12 down from 120... lol... was all but a wipe out. nothing i could do would get them back on the bandwagon. and the sugar snaps have flourished and are in the same location.... then tried a last ditch effort... and it worked. side dressed 10 days back, or so. leeks are doing very well... and getting bigger. have two OJ cartons frozen in freezer, venison leek soup. already have made one long leaf clipping for soup, fresh from garden. some of the 12
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actually, really not sure what i would have done with 120 leeks? lol
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the leek patch, 12 down from 120... lol... was all but a wipe out. nothing i could do would get them back on the bandwagon. and the sugar snaps have flourished and are in the same location.... then tried a last ditch effort... and it worked. side dressed 10 days back, or so. leeks are doing very well... and getting bigger. have two OJ cartons frozen in freezer, venison leek soup. already have made one long leaf clipping for soup, fresh from garden. some of the 12
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actually, really not sure what i would have done with 120 leeks? lol
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what would you have done??? youdda ate em!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Backyard Lumberjack

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what would you have done??? youdda ate em!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
seems plausible, om, but sometimes i have trouble getting 3 from store cooked up. lol. i have 3 now to cook. to go with some of the leek soup. 120? :surprised3: i might need a lot of Oly to help get that all down... lol
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Plants are looking great. Questions though. Looks like you use the end of the tubing to 'fertigate' the plants. Little confusing with the tubing running through the ladder (storage). Do you recover run off from the plants? I was unaware you could fertilize plants every other day. I thought you would burn the plants up. When I try my mix (1 Tb Fertilome or similar per gal) the plants start to turn yellow. Nice idea on the stove pipe too.

Thanks!

Yes, the tubing is pushed into a ladder rung up to it's ball valve for storage. The tubing has a ball valve and then another 20" of tubing after the ball valve. I don't recover run off that drips through the 4 inch pots. I use a water solvable 20-20-20 and about a level teaspoon per gallon and a bit of urine. If plants are get fertilizer burn then reduce the amount of fertilizer used. The soil in the pots is from out compost pile and our plants are a little light green at the moment from being in the porch which doesn't get enough light and even that light if from only one side.

The stove pipe is from an old triple wall system I got when a house was being torn down. Works good for squirrel proofing. The 8" pipe hangs on two small wires that go in the top of a piece of 3/4 pipe that is driven in the ground. The bird feeder has a short pipe a few inches long that then drops down into the 3/4 pipe. At the bottom of the stove pipe are a couple of 1 gallon nursery pushed onto the pipe and keep the bottom of the stove pipe centered.
 
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Chile plants are getting big. Time to start rotating them outside on sunny days. Last frost here is usually mid April so I’m looking at first weekend in May to plant outdoors
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Petunias are getting out of hand. Time to move what I want to baskets and sell the rest. Easter is around the corner so no problem getting rid of them.
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Jimmy Nardellos are kicking ass and ready to make the move to big pots and get rotated outdoors.
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Wife found a few sweet potatoes that were forgotten in the pantry and growing eyes so we figured why not give it a go. I have some big grow bags to use.
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Started some herbs. Thyme, Oregano, and Sage. I already have a nice rosemary bush in a pot outside so these will make a nice compliment.
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you guys and your tomatoes. Man I wish mine looked that good, I have a hard time getting the water/nutrient schedule right with them it seems.
 
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got the onion plants planted the other day just as the rains started. Had 3 rows 230 feet long from the 18 bunches.
started a couple seed flats for a few early cabbage and tomato plants but the center cells didnt come up! ---the main crop stuff will go into the hotbed by the house. temps. this morning are 30*, so still a bit cold to start the bed, so will wait a few days on it.
got this poly dump wagon and man is it ever handy! works excellent behind the sunstar and the hitch/handle combo is neat on it.
Hope the ground is dry by this Friday so we can plant the potatoes. we have 300 pounds to cut/plant. we try to get them in either on good Friday OR the hundredth day ---- anytime around there is good.
 

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Backyard Lumberjack

Backyard Lumberjack

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Chile plants are getting big. Time to start rotating them outside on sunny days. Last frost here is usually mid April so I’m looking at first weekend in May to plant outdoors
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Petunias are getting out of hand. Time to move what I want to baskets and sell the rest. Easter is around the corner so no problem getting rid of them.
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Jimmy Nardellos are kicking ass and ready to make the move to big pots and get rotated outdoors.
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Wife found a few sweet potatoes that were forgotten in the pantry and growing eyes so we figured why not give it a go. I have some big grow bags to use.
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Started some herbs. Thyme, Oregano, and Sage. I already have a nice rosemary bush in a pot outside so these will make a nice compliment.
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you guys and your tomatoes. Man I wish mine looked that good, I have a hard time getting the water/nutrient schedule right with them it seems.
your peppers look great! i like the deep green color. spells healthy to me. as in.... v.e.r.y. !
 
Backyard Lumberjack

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got the onion plants planted the other day just as the rains started. Had 3 rows 230 feet long from the 18 bunches.
started a couple seed flats for a few early cabbage and tomato plants but the center cells didnt come up! ---the main crop stuff will go into the hotbed by the house. temps. this morning are 30*, so still a bit cold to start the bed, so will wait a few days on it.
got this poly dump wagon and man is it ever handy! works excellent behind the sunstar and the hitch/handle combo is neat on it.
Hope the ground is dry by this Friday so we can plant the potatoes. we have 300 pounds to cut/plant. we try to get them in either on good Friday OR the hundredth day ---- anytime around there is good.
looks good. my tomatoes i potted as seeds scrounged off salads, BLTs and sammies plates... finally showed up. counted 51 yesterday. going to pot them in flats a bit like yours. not so sure how many i will plant. i did 65 couple seasons ago and had to can up over 50 qts of tomatoes... :nofunny: made new screen gridder to run my compost thru for homemade potting soil.... 1/4" squares...
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Backyard Lumberjack

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here is a dream of mine! :laugh: sometimes i struggle with the garden plants even after decades of gardening... but alas, never have to struggle with the weeds. they do well even with NO water! ;) ... as i struggle to keep them at bay. i was on a bit of a roll yesterday evening... and was out in garden pulling weeds after dark with a flashlight... :cool:

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