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Old 03-04-2018, 06:42 AM   #151
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The best advice I can offer is to sell your tiller! A few years ago we tried the ďBack to EdenĒ gardening method because our little garden just would not produce the results we were looking for. Without a doubt it was the best thing I have ever tried.

I started with a 14x20 garden bringing in just a little over 1 ton of organic compost spreading it to @ 5-6Ē thick. I then brought in right at a ton of organic mulch spreading it over the compost. I could type and go into detail but I will let the video that turned me onto it speak for me. The best part, I can travel weeks on end and still have a lush garden!

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Old 03-04-2018, 07:02 AM   #152
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We continue to be blessed with rain... I should just put up a berm around the garden plot and grow crawfish!! It ain't lookin' real good for a garden this year for us...

Herons feasting on crawfish...

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Old 03-04-2018, 08:39 AM   #153
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We did not do a big garden this spring. We were just too busy.

Every year I allow a few plants go to seed. Our asparagus was planted three years ago and every year I leave a couple to produce seed. I let them grow until they die off and every spring we have a new crop without planting. This one is a Mary Washington that currently stands 5í 2Ē tall.



The lettuce in the background has been growing and producing year round for the past three years! Frost and snow wilted the leaves but every time, within a few weeks, we have new growth!

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Old 03-04-2018, 11:10 AM   #154
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The best advice I can offer is to sell your tiller! A few years ago we tried the ďBack to EdenĒ gardening method because our little garden just would not produce the results we were looking for. Without a doubt it was the best thing I have ever tried.

I started with a 14x20 garden bringing in just a little over 1 ton of organic compost spreading it to @ 5-6Ē thick. I then brought in right at a ton of organic mulch spreading it over the compost. I could type and go into detail but I will let the video that turned me onto it speak for me. The best part, I can travel weeks on end and still have a lush garden!

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I came across a couple of this lady's videos a few months back when I was doing research on canning meat. As soon as I heard her voice at the beginning I knew who it was without even seeing her face. LOL! Great garden!


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Old 03-04-2018, 12:46 PM   #155
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I came across a couple of this lady's videos a few months back when I was doing research on canning meat. As soon as I heard her voice at the beginning I knew who it was without even seeing her face. LOL! Great garden!


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She does have an awesome garden for sure! Ours may not look real tidy with leaves, egg shells, and organic vegetable scraps here and there but, it makes delicious produce and requires next to no watering even during the summer! We will never till again. For us, mimicking nature and Gods perfect design works like a camp.

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Old 03-04-2018, 01:23 PM   #156
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Like I had posted just a bit ago, we put our organic fruit and vegetable scraps in the garden to provide natural nutrients. As a byproduct we have ďat willĒ plants popping up everywhere. Here is a bunch of cantaloupe sprouting!




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Old 03-04-2018, 01:31 PM   #157
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Finally a little sunshine.
Everything is growing well. Especially the tomatoes, onions, and broccoli.
Cucumbers are just starting to peek through. Still waiting on the squash to make an appearance.
Asparagus is getting tall fast. No spears to harvest until next year is going to be a long wait.

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Old 03-04-2018, 01:35 PM   #158
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Finally a little sunshine.
Everything is growing well. Especially the tomatoes, onions, and broccoli.
Cucumbers are just starting to peek through. Still waiting on the squash to make an appearance.
Asparagus is getting tall fast. No spears to harvest until next year is going to be a long wait.



Looking good!


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Only thing Iím doing so far is taters . Yard long beans and carrots.
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Old 03-04-2018, 04:52 PM   #160
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I started these jalapeŮos, cherry tomatoes, green chiliís, and hybrid tomatoes on Jan 14 and they are not growing very well. The hybrid tomatoes are not even coming up yet. They have been on a heat pad and under a grow light. Is there something that I am not doing or is this normal?


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I started these jalapeŮos, cherry tomatoes, green chiliís, and hybrid tomatoes on Jan 14 and they are not growing very well. The hybrid tomatoes are not even coming up yet. They have been on a heat pad and under a grow light. Is there something that I am not doing or is this normal?


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I start my seed late December and generally plant mid February. I just put the seedlings in the sunroom of the house w/o any artificial lighting. Wish I could help you but I have no idea what you can do differently other than put them in the ground.


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Old 03-04-2018, 06:55 PM   #162
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Onion went in today. re-potting tomato, pepper, and zucchini seedlings tomorrow. All the greens go in the ground tomorrow as well. Kale, cabbage, head lettuce, and romaine lettuce. Tomato seedlings arenít doing to well this year. Hopefully they recover.


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Old 03-04-2018, 07:04 PM   #163
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Well got tomatoes and chilies out today. Wife started them in the pots early this year. So am hopeful not jumping the gun.
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Old 03-04-2018, 08:31 PM   #164
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What do yall use for trellis for cucumbers
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Old 03-04-2018, 08:37 PM   #165
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Old 03-05-2018, 12:42 AM   #166
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Got some onions from last year sprouting back up as well as my yearly garlic. gonna till soon and plant some early stuff. Might throw some early tomato sand peppers in too.
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Also gonna try and run water out to the garden this year on a self timer for watering.
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:00 AM   #168
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Well, we got more rain last night and more forecast for today...
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Old 03-05-2018, 09:02 AM   #169
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On the bright side, in addition to the White and Gray Herron feeding frenzy, yesterday morning on the way down the driveway leaving for church, we saw that a Bald Eagle had joined the frenzy... He was sitting in a leafless tree top looking for fish in my pond... At least that was pretty cool to see...
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HELP!!! I have grub worms and ants in my raised beds? Is this a sign that my dirt quality is poor? This is the 4th year of raised beds so maybe I need to fertilize them heavier??

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Iíve been finding grub worms lately. From what Iíve read itís a sign youíre going to need to add nutrients. I havenít found a good way to kill them off without chemicals though
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Old 03-05-2018, 02:58 PM   #171
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Finally a little sunshine.
Everything is growing well. Especially the tomatoes, onions, and broccoli.
Cucumbers are just starting to peek through. Still waiting on the squash to make an appearance.
Asparagus is getting tall fast. No spears to harvest until next year is going to be a long wait.

Scotty: Please show me how big your bed is for the asparagus.... Thanks.
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Old 03-05-2018, 04:34 PM   #172
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Scotty: Please show me how big your bed is for the asparagus.... Thanks.




I planted them in raised beds. These beds are 12Ē wide and 12Ē tall. I planted them 2í apart. Iíve read that the roots donít grow down. They grow wide.
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I braved the mist/rain all weekend. Saturday I got 2 new 4x8 boxes set up, cleaned out the old boxes from last year, tilled everything up and added fresh garden mix soil. Sunday I got the new boxes filled, bought 2 cubic yards of garden soil (only took 1... ). Then got everything planted, 2 boxes of taters, corn, squash, zucchini, okra, bell peppers, watermelon and strawberries. After I got all that done the wife decided she wanted a pretty fence with a gate built around it to keep the INDOOR dog out of the garden. I obliged and was out until 7pm last night building the fence and gate. I'll have to post pictures later as it was too dark to take any last night.
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Old 03-05-2018, 06:37 PM   #174
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Iíve been finding grub worms lately. From what Iíve read itís a sign youíre going to need to add nutrients. I havenít found a good way to kill them off without chemicals though
I just added compost and fertilizer, and dug out and killed everyone I could find. We will see how that works.

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FYI, June bugs are what makes grub worms... Kill everyone you can find!
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Old 03-05-2018, 07:16 PM   #176
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Iíve been finding grub worms lately. From what Iíve read itís a sign youíre going to need to add nutrients. I havenít found a good way to kill them off without chemicals though
You need some chickens! Lol

Got everthing planted this weekend in the little bit of sunshine we had. Felt good to be able to do some yardwork finally.

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You need some chickens! Lol

Got everthing planted this weekend in the little bit of sunshine we had. Felt good to be able to do some yardwork finally.

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Old 03-05-2018, 07:49 PM   #178
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Iíve been trying to get chicken or ducks for years! My wife is 100% against it
Man i wish i had your problem! My wife came home with 5 more birds this weekend lol now i got to build a duck house. It took me over a year to convience her on the chickens and now she is addicted.

Full disclosure i wanted the extra chicks, ducks not so much. But its extra eggs!

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Old 03-11-2018, 04:58 PM   #179
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as Now we have carrots,onion (reds abd1015s), spinach, cabbage, and I planted 150 green bean seeds today also am going to have okra in the ground within the next day. We have tomatoes, jalapeŮos, bell pepper, squash,zucchini, pickles, cucumbers, and watermelon started ready to transplant
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They should change the name to March bugs. They blanketed the ground last night under all the porch lights and went full blown kamikaze on everyone in the garage last night...succeeding in that raid.

Kill everyone you can find....ha!
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Man i wish i had your problem! My wife came home with 5 more birds this weekend lol now i got to build a duck house. It took me over a year to convience her on the chickens and now she is addicted.

Full disclosure i wanted the extra chicks, ducks not so much. But its extra eggs!

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I just want the eggs. She doesnít want to have poop all over the yard but then complains that store eggs taste boring... I canít win
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Old 03-11-2018, 06:54 PM   #182
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Old 03-11-2018, 07:11 PM   #183
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Last year I let my garden grow over with weeds and grass. I was able to rake out most of it since its still dormant or dead. Can i just till up the reat and throw some preen in there to keep it from coming back? I also.had some cabbage last year and some of it has greened back up, is this normal? Also what would be good to add to the dirt I already have down to help grow veggies? Manure or some kind of compost?
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Last year I let my garden grow over with weeds and grass. I was able to rake out most of it since its still dormant or dead. Can i just till up the reat and throw some preen in there to keep it from coming back? I also.had some cabbage last year and some of it has greened back up, is this normal? Also what would be good to add to the dirt I already have down to help grow veggies? Manure or some kind of compost?
I see no reason why that wouldnít be fine. For soil additions I like organic compost but thatís because we have a big bin in the yard that I can pull from. Mushroom compost is great.

You can do soil tests for pretty cheap if you really want to see what your soil is lacking.

Iím sure some of the folks who know more than me will come a long soon. You can search back through this thread and the last few years. Iíve gotten some great info from people on here
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Salsa and canning garden is planted and growing.
Tomatoes, and cucumbers plus two rows of okra, 2 rows of jalapeŮos and a half row of cilantro and half row of dill.



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I finally finished up the concrete edging for the garden late last week. That meant it was time for compost! 3 cubic yards later, and I have every bed top dressed with 1Ē-3Ē of compost depending on how new they are. The back bed is a pollinator bed. The wife, son, and I picked out several perennial flowers, and the bed was heavily seeded with a Texas/Oklahoma wildflower mix, and a cup or so of Colorado wildflower seeds I collected on last yearís elk trip.






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Everyone gardens looking great. Anyone have any luck growing any tropical fruits in containers? Looking at planting white guava and a Mango tree, anyone have any experience
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I was actually able to get out in our garden plot yesterday evening and spray for weeds... Gonna give 'em a few days, then IF it will just hold off with the rain, I will turn everything over with the tractor/tiller and put the bedder on and make my bride some rows for planting... She's gettin' downright antsy to get stuff planted... I told her to forget 'taters, and just plant more purple hull peas n corn, a single row of okrey... we had okrey runnin' out our ears last year... 3 5gallon buckets cut every 3 days!! Going to try to put up a couple cattle panels and get some cukes in the ground... Last year, we just let 'em run on the ground, but seeing how some of you folks did the cattle panels, thought I'd give that a go... Got my fingers crossed the rain will give us a break!
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Everyone gardens looking great. Anyone have any luck growing any tropical fruits in containers? Looking at planting white guava and a Mango tree, anyone have any experience
Would love to do this and avocado but canít find much info for north Texas.


My wifeís lemon tree is already covered up with its 2nd round of buds. I just need to put it in a bigger pot
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I finally got mine turned over today and now my tiller is acting up. I hope the rain holds off.

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Got my new beds built, filled, and planted this last week. It's been 7 years since we had a veggie garden.











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I planted them in raised beds. These beds are 12Ē wide and 12Ē tall. I planted them 2í apart. Iíve read that the roots donít grow down. They grow wide.
Thank you. I want to give that a try as well. I like stuff that is low maintenance, like dill, parsley, poppy seed, etc. I have them in an area that I don't disturb and they continually re-seed themselves. Very handy.
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I was finally able to turn over our garden plot this weekend!! Didn't stick the tractor, but after tilling it, walking around in it was next to impossible... It was still so wet that the dirt just stuck to the bottom (and sides) of my boots... Hope to have it dry enough before week's end to put the bedder on the tractor and put in some rows for my bride to start getting stuff in the ground. It actually rained a bit last night but nothing that should set us back... Don't think she's planning on 'taters this year... She wants peas, corn, cukes, maybe a few 'maters and some okrey... I want to try one more time to get some peppers going. No green house stuff this year for us. Just going to buy plants already started for everything except corn, peas and okra... might do some squash/zucchini, but the squash bugs did a number on us last year. I treated heavily late season for 'em and will put those in on the opposite side of the garden this year in an effort to help keep them under control. Last year was our first year at a "real" garden since we bought our place and it was fun, but we learned a lot and we really learned a lot following along on last year's garden thread... Will post up some pics when we get going...
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The best advice I can offer is to sell your tiller! A few years ago we tried the “Back to Eden” gardening method because our little garden just would not produce the results we were looking for. Without a doubt it was the best thing I have ever tried.

I started with a 14x20 garden bringing in just a little over 1 ton of organic compost spreading it to @ 5-6” thick. I then brought in right at a ton of organic mulch spreading it over the compost. I could type and go into detail but I will let the video that turned me onto it speak for me. The best part, I can travel weeks on end and still have a lush garden!

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Ok, well you got me interested now. So, if i am already gardening, is this going to take me a couple of grow seasons skipped to achieve this method? Or can i keep growing simultaneously?

This guy has me hooked. I haven't watched the entire thing, but its very interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rPPUmStKQ4

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Man, y'all don't go promotin' that Eden gardening stuff!! I gotta justify this dang tractor and all the implements I have!!
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Old 03-19-2018, 02:17 PM   #196
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Man, y'all don't go promotin' that Eden gardening stuff!! I gotta justify this dang tractor and all the implements I have!!
HAHA there is always a reason to need a tractor.....could you just remind me what it is so i can convince my wife on it please!
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Old 03-19-2018, 02:34 PM   #197
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Here is ours.. I built it, the wife does most all the work regarding the plants
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Old 03-19-2018, 03:04 PM   #198
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Great pics ateague11!
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Old 03-19-2018, 03:25 PM   #199
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Planted a few in pots yesterday, new house so my planters didnt make the move and with a 5 mo. old planter aren't getting built any time soon... going with pots this year back to planters next i guess
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Old 03-19-2018, 03:27 PM   #200
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