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Old 04-05-2016, 09:21 PM   #1
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My other hobby.... gardening

For the last 10 years or so I have developed a real love for gardening (stuff we can eat). The garden spot started out about 20' square, but it grew over the first few years to what it is today: a spot that is about 50' x 150'. We have grown a LOT of food over the years, and friends, family, and neighbors have enjoyed the proceeds.

However.............

Since the day our Avion arrived a few years ago, the garden has just not been the same.... especially last year. You know it's a bad year when you have to mow the garden three times!! It really hasn't been a very hard choice: "Hmmmmm..... do I want to go outside and sweat my tail off in the garden..... or do I want to hook up to the Avion and go somewhere??!?!" Like I said.... it has been an easy choice lately!

The justification I came up with last year was: You know in the Bible where it says you should let the land rest every 7th year???? Well...... I claimed that last year was a 7th year...... and went camping as much as possible!!!!

I have made myself a promise to do better this year, and I started psyching myself up for gardening real early this year.

This evening, I made a good start of getting some stuff planted: three rows of red-skinned potatoes, a row of red cabbage, a row of Black-seeded Simpson lettuce, and a row of Red Salad Bowl lettuce. Still have lots more stuff to plant, but I ran out of daylight this evening.

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Old 04-05-2016, 09:38 PM   #2
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You are fortunate to have land that is flat and can be worked. Our garden is small and squeezed on a very rocky hillside. There's a great deal of satisfaction and person pride that can be had by tending and growing your own foods. We grow apples, lots, never lack for apple sauce or pie. Good job.
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You are fortunate to have land that is flat and can be worked. Our garden is small and squeezed on a very rocky hillside. There's a great deal of satisfaction and person pride that can be had by tending and growing your own foods. We grow apples, lots, never lack for apple sauce or pie. Good job.
Thank you....

Being in NW Arkansas, my back yard is somewhat of a rarity: lots of red, rocky dirt around here, but we have a nice big area of decent dirt... not un-rocky by any means, but better than most.

Speaking of apples.... I ran a cross a very good "new" (non-GMO) apple.... called Pazazz. I think it's an accidental cross between a Honey Crisp and some unknown. Fantastic crispness and flavor!

I need to plant some apple trees. This area used to have LOTS of them, but some kind of disease wiped out most of them a long time ago.
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Old 06-04-2016, 02:12 PM   #4
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I have had the last several days off, and as bad as I was wanting to take the Avion and go somewhere, I relented and decided to stay home and tend to the yard and the garden.
We have been getting LOTS of rain lately, so I'm glad we stayed home. If we had gone out with the Avion, returning it to our back yard would have been a challenge because it is so wet and mushy.

The last few days have been taken up with picking some beautiful lettuce! Black Seeded Simpson and some variety of red leaf lettuce is what I normally plant. Well, with the cool spring we've had and the abundance of rain, the lettuce is going like gangbusters!

I clean and bag the lettuce on the back patio where I have a nice double sink to work with. Up until today, I have used a regular-sized salad spinner after washing the lettuce. Finally gave up an bought a commercial 5-gallon spinner. It came in yesterday, and I used it for the first time today. Man, what a difference! Should have done that a long time ago!

All in all over the last 3 days, I have picked and cleaned 8 5-gallon buckets full of lettuce! Neighbors and friends have enjoyed the results!

Here are some pictures of today's work:
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Old 06-05-2016, 09:20 AM   #5
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Your garden sounds lovely and your lettuce sounds great. Looking forward to a small one myself dome day. In AZ so seasons somewhat reversed but possible.
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Your garden sounds lovely and your lettuce sounds great. Looking forward to a small one myself dome day. In AZ so seasons somewhat reversed but possible.
Good luck with your garden!

I have a friend that lives in the NW part of Tucson. He has figured out a way to have a garden.... not sure of the details but he gets tomatoes and a few other veggies.

I'll take some current pics of the garden and post them here. We really need some warmer, dry weather for a few days to dry things out a bit. The forecast is looking like a more normal pattern for the next 10 days: 80's and 90's, no rain for 4 or 5 days. That will be good! That will give me a chance to plant the rest of the sweet potatoes and okra. I'm hoping my red-skin taters are not rotting in the ground due to the excessive rain.

Oh well...... that's gardening!
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I envy you , I live downtown Montreal which is USDA zone 5b and I have a tiny backyard.
So the season is short and I can not obviously grow everything I want.
I have opted to plant in something call smart pot, they are fabric container and I prepared a media if 1/3 compost 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 coco coir. I also have a row of raspberry that grows along my fence. Over the years i had great succes growing many kinds of heirloom tomatoes that I started from seed. I even grew potatoes in one of their bigger bag called the big bag bed. They were the " ratte " variety a small fingerling potato from France that makes the best mashed potatoes.
As I am retiring at the end of the year and plan on spending the winter in Florida coming back only in late spring I will not have time to start everything from seed.
For next year I plan on using all available space to plant garlic in the fall that I will be able to harvest the following summer.
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Your friends weather would be similar to Phx. Mostly our fix is just to reverse the seasons somewhat. Our gardens are mostly done by April or May. Nothing, or almost nothing grows in summer here. We can get nice early spring lettuce here so going to try something similar to butterleaf when I get it started.
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We have a very large garden and fruit orchard. So the dilemma for us is travel vs garden. Timing, so far, is everything. However, Mother Nature often gives us surprises.

I am envious of your outdoor sink. Great idea.
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Sounds like there are several places that I need to remember on our travels around the country!
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Wow! What a thread! All this time on Air Forums I've been hiding my gardening fetish!!

Err, actually, its an eating fetish. Here's a memory from last year. 9 qts of summer goodness, now, sadly, all gone.

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Looks very yummy, Bob.

Reminds me of an okra, tomato, onion, pepper concoction I like to cook down and pressure can. Makes for a good base for several good dinners.

I agree with you..... More of an eating fetish than a gardening fetish. Also, I like old garden tractors and tillers. My Troy-Bilt Horse is from 1974, a Cub Cadet 123 garden tractor and attached tiller is from 1966, a Speedex 1631 is from 1981 although it looks 50's-ish, and another garden tractor is a Craftsman from 1994. I really wish I had my dad's Sears SS16 that he bought in 1974..... That would be nice to have now.

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My other hobby.... gardening

Would you just LOOK at THAT!!!!!
Got 10 really nice heads of cabbage out of the garden today. Will spend the day canning it..... I usually cook it down, drain the water, stuff it in quart jars, then pour a sweet/sour mixture of apple cider vinegar, sugar, and water over it, then pressure can it.
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Wow! That is some beautiful cabbage!

On a side note: A campground Host at Lava Lake, on Century Drive Cascade Hwy, OR, had an interesting setup complete with greenhouse and chicken coop. This is at 5,500 ft elevation and set up to me mobile! I should have taken a picture.
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