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Old 03-10-2016, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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March 9, 2016


It's time to unwrap it. My FAVORITE fruit ever! Could eat an entire tree's worth. Fig.












My little trees I'm growing




At least we got a head start this year with outdoor stuff. Unlike last year waiting to April


Started tilling the other bed but so so so so frustrating when I stuck the shovel into the dirt. WTF with the rocks every year!


Feels like they multiply. Just that 5 foot strip there took me an hour to dig deep and take out the rocks.





Ugh. Disgusting. I say it every year that I just want to dig it all out and bring in nice organic soil. Replace this crap.





There, that's better! But still Clay crap and when it rains and then drys, it will compact and look like cement. Cucumbers will be going here.


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Old 03-10-2016, 01:18 PM
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Location: Norwich, UK
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Will be planting most remaining seeds this weekend, as temps are back to normal as the risk of frost has gone. Pics to follow.
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Old 03-10-2016, 03:39 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Cambium, I like your homemade string trellis. I will be stealing your idea this year.
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Old 03-10-2016, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Will be planting most remaining seeds this weekend, as temps are back to normal as the risk of frost has gone. Pics to follow.
Wow. No way for here even though we're getting torched with summer temps this week. We can and will drop to freezing. Id hate for things to sprout then get damaged by an April freeze.

The climate here can be interesting, loving, yet frustrating too. #NotStable

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Cambium, I like your homemade string trellis. I will be stealing your idea this year.
Pretty easy to do. I used 2 rebars, drove it in the ground on both ends, put 1/2" emt over them, couple elbows at the top, a cross piece, then just string it. Long lasting, wind proof, and convenient.

You can use green twine if you want to blend it in.

If you use strong enough twine it will even hold up squash and mini pumpkins
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Old 03-11-2016, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Another May day here in March. 5th day in a row above 60 with twice being in the 70s which is June weather. Normal is 40s!


nice to get a head start on outside stuff but ......


It's not like this is the first year I'm doing this. I swear they are multiplying. WTF.


3 shovel fulls and I got all these rocks and pebbles. Ugh.





So I'm digging half the bed deep and doing it right.......... but wait .........


You see that tan area in the pit? That is literally like cement. A Solid base and its only 10 inches deep. I cant stick a shovel into it.


I'm not getting a machine. I will sift out the rocks and either live with shallow soil or raise the entire bed. Oh well.





Disgusting clay soil around here and to think this property used to be farm with cows grazing on it is nuts. (it was). The developer building the neighborhood just threw crap into the ground as fill.
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Old 03-13-2016, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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you know that rocks breed during the winter. at least in pa they did. i pulled rocks out of those beds for years. i had to screen a section so that i could grow carrots.

the place in the south had a lot of clay, and one in mid-atlantic had patches. both had nasty clay, rocky back fill. i used to dig out clay lumps with the garden fork and throw them in the field or woods behind the house.

is that clay under the entire garden area?
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Old 03-13-2016, 05:53 AM
 
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March 9, 2016


It's time to unwrap it. My FAVORITE fruit ever! Could eat an entire tree's worth. Fig.












My little trees I'm growing




At least we got a head start this year with outdoor stuff. Unlike last year waiting to April


Started tilling the other bed but so so so so frustrating when I stuck the shovel into the dirt. WTF with the rocks every year!


Feels like they multiply. Just that 5 foot strip there took me an hour to dig deep and take out the rocks.





Ugh. Disgusting. I say it every year that I just want to dig it all out and bring in nice organic soil. Replace this crap.





There, that's better! But still Clay crap and when it rains and then drys, it will compact and look like cement. Cucumbers will be going here.

Cambium, do you keep that fig tree trimmed to that size or is it going to get bigger? Can I put one in a raised bed or would it be better to keep in a container? I have to rent a garden spot and they are all raised beds.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Cambium, do you keep that fig tree trimmed to that size or is it going to get bigger? Can I put one in a raised bed or would it be better to keep in a container? I have to rent a garden spot and they are all raised beds.
Fig Trees want to be in the ground. I cut it back because I don't want it to get tall. It will go higher than 10 feet which is pointless to pull figs.


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you know that rocks breed during the winter. at least in pa they did. i pulled rocks out of those beds for years. i had to screen a section so that i could grow carrots.

the place in the south had a lot of clay, and one in mid-atlantic had patches. both had nasty clay, rocky back fill. i used to dig out clay lumps with the garden fork and throw them in the field or woods behind the house.

is that clay under the entire garden area?

Yup. For years I been adding Garden Soil, Organic Compost, and Top Soil but seems like it doesn't end. I think someone is throwing rocks in there when I'm not looking.



That soil there you can stick your hand in and go all the way down to your wrist without hitting a rock. Roots are going to love that!





Weed Be GONE! Cardboard along the walking path has worked for me past 2 years. No weeds to pull and Biodegrades by winter. Win Win.


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Old 03-13-2016, 09:59 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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There is a town not far from me called Rocky Point, and a smaller version in my backyard as well. I feel your pain Cambium.
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Old 03-19-2016, 02:08 PM
 
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There is a town not far from me called Rocky Point, and a smaller version in my backyard as well. I feel your pain Cambium.
A lot of the rocks we have and see in our area and region are left over from the Ice Age. Pretty cool to think about but sucks to farm with. lol


3/19/16


Compare the Garlic to my 3/6 picture above you can see they are growing nicely. I will be planting cucumbers near them again. It deters beetles and seemed to work last year which was impressive.


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