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Daily Paul Gardens - 2014

Spring is here, love is in the air. Yeah right.

So anyway, Let's see your garden.

Show us your garden. Vegetables, flowers, whatever you may enjoy.

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I would post a picture of my

I would post a picture of my garden, but you couldn't see past the weeds!
Love to see everybody's handiwork.

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jrd3820's picture

Mountaincat's Garden Pics

I told Mountaincat I would upload these for him. They are great pics and he has a wonderful garden he just couldn't get the pics to upload for some reason. I can't take credit for this though, this is all Mountaincat.
Here are some of his tomatoes and cucumbers and peppers
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Rhubarb, Kale, and more Peppers

And here we have rhubarb which looks amazing and kale and more peppers
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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss


Got any tips on how to keep mold from spreading on the tomatoes?


(Yeah, I know it's spelled hey..... But that's how we say it on the farm..... : )

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

On grapes copper acetate is used on mold.

1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup 3% Hydrogen peroxide

Heat/Microwave till boiling.

Add 6 inches of bare copper wire. Let set.

Solution will turn a blue green color.

Test spray one plant.

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Thanks P.S....

I Like!

I give it a try. I like quick, simple, inexpensive ways utilized from house hold utensizles (or that's how we spell it, on the farm).....

I forgot to say I sprayed a couple of em with colloidal silver, just to see if it works. We'll see what happens.

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

FDA has approved copper as a antimicrobial.

Hospitals are installing copper rails and panels for passive protection.

Copper like silver and gold is antimicrobial.

My friend was complaining that mold got his tomatoes last year. Let me know what works for you. I'll pass it on. Thanks DPer!

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Joyce was talking about this on "The Power Hour" one day. Apparently this was known a loooong time ago and was the reason for copper-covered (plated?) door knobs and what not, in the daze of olde....

Can't try thist right away..... Gotta get ready ta go to meetin fer a few daze.....

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm-

What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks

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Here's the latest pics

Melon plants are too small to photo right now.

There's titles at the tops of the photos, and descriptions at the bottom - hover your mouse over the blue text at the bottom of the pics to see them in the DP comment. But it's much easier to view if you just CLICK HERE and open up the full page album slide show in Imgur.

Onion harvest today.

Onions are fun to grow. Poke the starts into the ground, water them occasionally and you get this! Sweet Texas onions are currently over a dollar a pound and worth every penny. I can save about $3 a week eating these. They are marble to baseball sized. I know they can get a lot bigger, but maybe my garden soil still needs work.

Trying imgur this time...


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Nice onions i_vote

If you want big ones I've read to side dress them with urea every month or so. At least that's what I have read a few times, although I haven't seen any softballers yet myself, and I do that. I just did mine today. 34-0-0 (they were out of 46-0-0) And make sure you grind it in or it will just evaporate.

Maybe I'll post a pic or two in a few hours. I'm running out of Imgur album space though, so I keep deleting what I have posted lately. Lol

I'm not familiar with urea.

Is there a natural alternative? My dad grows the giant sized onions in sandy soil. Is that the secret?

Urea is pee

It's quite natural.

Garden quote:

"I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetousness, as that one which I have always had, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large garden." –Abraham Cowley, “The Garden” (1666)

Baby beets fresh from the garden.

I'm steaming them and will add salt, butter, and lemon. Any other ideas for recipes?

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the heck out of me, on what to do with them My wife loves them. I do not

Money talks and dogs bark

LOL. I like them pickled.

And the goats are getting the tops.

Dad planted and picked the tops.

We ate them with butter and salt because they were good for us.

I eat them now because I know the science and they are good for me.

I feel good after I eat them. It's an acquired nutritional addiction, IMO.

Science and satisfaction. Sometimes the majic works!

Gandhi saved India with all the minerals in sea salt.

The lemon is a nice touch, very Haute Cuisine.

Uncured, unfried bacon fat is more provincial.

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Beautiful Garden, Mike!

Mine is a 2nd Year 'Back to Eden' Garden. Will post pics when more comes up. We just had our last frost 3 weeks ago so have been tidying up, preparing beds and planting like a mad woman the last two weeks! Decided to direct seed most of it this year, all heirloom seeds- veggies, herbs and beneficial flowers.

Happy Dirty Times Everyone ;)

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Post the pics

when you get them LW.

Thanks for the compliment. Everything in it right now is about double the size it was in the last pics, and we're about a third of the way through the romaine lettuce so far. Lol.. Been salading like crazy, and gave quite a bit away the other day and today to friends and neighbors. The romaine is about at its peak right now. I grew an 84 flat of them back in January. Almost all made it so there was at least 75 - 80 out there. Best crop of lettuce I ever grew. It's pristine. No bugs (still cool enough) no pesticides necessary at all on all of the cole crops, but the broccoli is showing signs of buttoning this year.

May have been too cold for a spell during a critical growth stage, so it may be a loss. But everything else is looking good so far - Cauliflower, Cabbage, Carrots, Peas, Onions, Cilantro, Parsley, and even the celery, but the weather is supposed to heat up into the 80's this week, so the celery may be doomed. It hates heat. I just wanted to try it once, but kind of knew the weather might change during its growth. It has a long growing period, which makes our short quick springs not so good for growing it. But it looks good as of now.

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Have you ever tried Moringa Trees?

You have warmer, steadier temps and you and your wife would love watching these grow! They are an extremely nutritious super food. I tried them last year, started indoors and 29 out of 30 germinated! A few got to 3 ft tall in the garden, some only a foot because the temps here (N.GA mountains) fluctuate too much even in summer also last year was record rainfall, lost a lot of plants.

They were so much fun to grow I am trying a few again this year but really need a greenhouse here. Here is where I got my seeds and you can read about this amazing tree! http://www.ilovemoringa.com/index.html They are super fast growers.

Wow! 75 romaine lettuce, you need a roadside stand! I've got some lettuce sprouting too, 2 of 5 varieties so far but should have made some cold frames and started earlier. Good luck with celery, I haven't tried it yet but instead am growing lovage which has celery like flavor, many uses and is a perennial. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage

I'm nervous about the direct seeding but should start seeing quite a bit pop up this week. If not, then I can always sell worms- of which I have plenty! ;)

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My Moringa Tree

I purchased a little moringa tree this spring. I have been pruning it back and eating the leaves about once a week because when that tree grows in Florida it tends to get tall and spindly. I want my tree to be short so that I can easily reach the leaves and beans. I am amazed at how fast the tree is growing in here in the Tampa Bay area. Now that I have the tree I have spotted other moringa trees in my neighborhood. They are ugly, tall, spindly trees when not pruned. Even when pruned, they are still kind of ugly. I don’t like the taste of the raw leaves, but when added to soups and mixed vegetables the flavor is fine. I like the leaves to cook just a little. The leaves and beans are very nutritious.
I took some pictures but I can’t figure out how to imbed the pictures in my message.

some more pics from the shade garden

Lots of stuff coming up now.


Solomon's Seal on the left, Goldenseal on the right:

Trout Lilly on the left, Mayapple on the right:

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Nice variety of wilds Ed.

All medicinal and/or edibles. Except that wild violet I see there (If that's what it is). My whole damn yard is infested with those. Lol Pretty I guess, but I don't know if they are beneficial in any way. Never read anything that I remember.

All violets are edible,

but some are more edible than others. :)

These guys have a good selection of violets selected for edibility:


I'll try to take a pic of my little violet patch, since they are blooming right now :)

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Garden as of today:

Hand cultivated this whole thing today, every row, all 125 Ft of each of them. Every square inch of it. I think I earned my nightcap. Lol

Summer plants coming on: (started early this year under grow lights)

Weeds don't grow in Mike's garden.

I mean has anyone ever seen one?

What's growing in the flats? Did you start the tomatoes yourself?

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He's good !!!

He can even BAN weeds :)

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Lol... Yeah they unfortunately do.

I just take advantage of the 5 day forecasts to get the most out of my cultivating. If they are calling for a dry warm three or four days - it's time to cultivate so the weed roots have plenty of time to dry and die.

Yes I started the tomatoes and all of those flats from seed under grow lights.

There was Sherry's flowers which I just got done planting in the boxes and beds - Nasturtiums, Marigolds, Zinnias, Pansies, Coleus, and her favorite wierdo plant - Eyeball plants.

And as far as veggies - that bunch of flats contains all the hot peppers for when I ferment a new 10 gallon batch of sauce this year: Ghosts, Caribbean Red Habs, Orange Habs, Hung. Wax, Cayennes (which I dry some of also), Jalapenos, and my Serranos for freezing as green chili rings for the winter.

Then there's the usual - yellow squash, spaghetti squash, zucchini, some more cooking herbs, chamomile (transplanted already), cukes - regular and pickling, and I forget what else might be out there. Lol EDIT: Also California Wonder green peppers, and sweet bananas. Might be other things, but I just remembered those. Lol