Big Garden Update June 18, 2010


Grandma and Grandpa took the girls today, so I was free to work in the garden and WEED pretty much all day. It felt so good to catch up, especially since we’ve had a run of rain and everything is really taking off (especially the crabgrass!). Still have quite a bit to do, but I’m getting there. This is also a video response to Okieprepper’s garden update video, since he asked for garden video responses.

25 Comments on "Big Garden Update June 18, 2010"

  1. sugerbear520 | August 29, 2010 at 1:41 am |

    Garden looks great!!!=-)

  2. Nice job…keep it up..well looks really pissa !

  3. michiganmadmax | August 29, 2010 at 2:45 am |

    Oh the joys of the mystery plants! My daughter brought home a “tomato” plant from school…the pot did have a tiny tomato plant, but it also had some kind of squash or pumpkin or some thing….I guess time will tell for yours and mine!

  4. awesome garden-my favorite garden video on youtube-
    where have you found is the best seed source/where do you buy your seeds from? we usually go onto home depot, and horizon herbs and local harvest.
    also, are they organic?
    thanks!

  5. Dear: get some dog droppings and put them around the perimeter of the garden. Another trick is to use a motion sensor with a water sprinkler 🙂 Fresh venison is good too lol .

  6. Michigansnowpony | August 29, 2010 at 3:31 am |

    @pinetar100 — This is the first year for this garden, so we’ll find out. I never had much success growing corn in my raised beds up by the house (but other folks have managed it fine — don’t know what my problem always was). If I have trouble with the raccoons, I’ll live trap ’em and let them go at a local park on the river. I had one as a pet when I was a kid, so have a big soft spot for them.

  7. Michigansnowpony | August 29, 2010 at 4:29 am |

    @Kittenkattan — Hi John! Of course you can ask! : ) We’re on 10.6 acres — most of it being pasture for the horses. We have a long, “bowling alley”-type lot — about 300-400′ wide with 127′ road frontage, and 1100+ deep. The big garden is 80′ x 80′ total, split in half between vegetable growing space and mini orchard. Three acres of cleared land is gonna give you a LOT of space to play. Forgot the land — that zoning in the Bronx is just too restictive. wink

  8. Kittenkattan | August 29, 2010 at 4:47 am |

    Renee,
    How many acres do you have (may I ask)? Just curious because I want to do what you are doing on my land where my cabin is (I think I can clear 3 acres of flat land).
    The Bronx is not conducive to farming. The land is hard as asphalt and concrete (lol).
    K.K. (John).

  9. garden looks great do you have any problems with racoons eating your corn.i don’t grow corn anymore because of racoons. i am with you……… maintaining a garden is a lot of work

  10. Michigansnowpony | August 29, 2010 at 6:13 am |

    @centervilletn , Well, ahhh, truth be told, I LOVE to weed. I do! It’s instant gratification. You can immediately see results of your efforts. (Unlike planting. I hate planting, and thinning is like deciding which child to cull — ha ha). Anyway, as long as it doesn’t get away from me, I really don’t mind weeding. We don’t have extreme temperatures to work in either (It’s going to get up to 80 today — heat wave!). So, it’s not too bad to be on hands and knees with a trowel.

  11. Michigansnowpony | August 29, 2010 at 6:23 am |

    @Hobohube — No, thank you for tuning in. It helps keeps me motivated. : )

  12. Michigansnowpony | August 29, 2010 at 7:09 am |

    @HomesteadAcres — I knew the weeding was going to be bad this first year, but so far, it’s not too overwhelming. I actually re-arranged my work schedule for the summer (my boss is WONDERFUL). Instead of taking a week or two off for vacation, I’m taking every other Monday night. That winds up giving me every other week off from Friday to Friday. I figured I was going to need the extra time this year with all the various projects going on around here.

  13. Michigansnowpony | August 29, 2010 at 7:15 am |

    @okieprepper — We homesteading preppers have to stick together. : )

  14. Michigansnowpony | August 29, 2010 at 7:33 am |

    @ironhead41 — cauliflower cont’d. I think it’s a rather fussy plant when it comes to soil nutrients, temperature fluxuations, water, etc. It’s strange because you’d think it would be similiar to broccoli in that respect, but broccoli is much easier to grow IMO. Anyway, I’ve had beautiful cauliflower once in my life: My very first garden when I was a teenager. It was located beside one of my Dad’s fields and I think it got all that nice, Monsanto fertilizer he spread. Ha!

  15. Michigansnowpony | August 29, 2010 at 8:21 am |

    @ironhead41 — Regarding the peanuts: What zone are you in? I just bought some sweet potato plants our local farm store had, and I have some collard seeds too I might try to squeeze in someplace before Fall. . . Never planted them either. (Pretty soon I”ll be saying “yall”. haha. ) About the cauliflower — ahhh, my garden plant nemisis! I get so frustrated with cauliflower. I had the same thing happen last year — big, beautiful plants, no heads. Then, bolting heads. Grr!

  16. Michigansnowpony | August 29, 2010 at 8:46 am |

    @mrgoodvibrations — Oh you’re in a BEAUTIFUL! area of the state. My husband was just up there on Thursday at Hamlin Lake — took the girls fishing for the day.

  17. Michigansnowpony | August 29, 2010 at 9:11 am |

    @gstonegraphix — Oh, I can’t wait for the beans!! I am a bit odd in that my favorite way to eat asparagus and green beans is raw.

  18. Michigansnowpony | August 29, 2010 at 10:03 am |

    @VivianRinSC — I hope too, if the “bounty” is plentiful. I am waiting right now on the carrots — almost there (and those little buggers are SOO sweet!) I should get a few pints at least. I need to re-plant some of my front beds — more carrots!

  19. VivianRinSC | August 29, 2010 at 10:52 am |

    t looks great! So much stuff. You’ll be canning?

  20. gstonegraphix | August 29, 2010 at 10:53 am |

    your garden looks really nice-we ate our first dinner with our green beans yesterday!

  21. Rene, my vote on the beans is sunburn from the last light frost… what do I know… I live in the land of RAIN my problems are almost always fungal……. I can’t wait for the “dealing with the harvest video”! carry on busy girl…

  22. peanuts lookin good….my first time too…..sweet peppers i planted 3 times this year, still nothing…..my seeds went south i guess……looks like deer pooped on a few bean leaves…..it will leave a fungus……pull the leaf off……is your coliflower heading?…mine is doing nothing…..huge beautiful plants……the air just doesnt feel right this year…….your doin a great job……..

  23. okieprepper | August 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm |

    Hey that is a great looking garden and thanks for the response, nice to have you as a YT friend.

  24. HomesteadAcres | August 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm |

    Gardens looking great! Yeah we are still getting a lot of rain to. 🙁 Have most of mine weeded now though. Hoping to finish tomorrow if it doesn’t rain. My green beans had the same yellowish patches. But it seams to be almost gone now. I’m sure it’s a from the long rain spell.

  25. mrgoodvibrations | August 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm |

    Our corn is doing really well too, here in Mason Co.

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