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Title: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on April 14, 2014, 12:22:52 PM
So I finally figured out how to post pics and here we go.

this is my first attempt at a Hugel bed

I dug down about 18" (say hello to Katie )
(http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag321/riverbend_rich/tsp/hugel3katie_zpsb8ff1e01.jpg) (http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/riverbend_rich/media/tsp/hugel3katie_zpsb8ff1e01.jpg.html)

Next I laid in some old oak logs.
(say hello to "Thunder" Australian shepherd )
 (http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag321/riverbend_rich/tsp/hugel1_zpsbddc1306.jpg) (http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/riverbend_rich/media/tsp/hugel1_zpsbddc1306.jpg.html)

then I covered with hay and compost
(http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag321/riverbend_rich/tsp/hugel2_zps8944017a.jpg) (http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/riverbend_rich/media/tsp/hugel2_zps8944017a.jpg.html)

now I am out of pics but after all this I buried with the "soil" (clay) that was removed, added 10 lbs of gypsum granuals, and then built the boxes out of the cedar logs and some 2x12 boards


next i filled with good garden soil from the nursery and planted a lot of berries

I'll post pics later of the finished bed
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: endurance on April 14, 2014, 12:33:49 PM
Looks good!  Keep posting pics and keep us up to date.
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: digitalartranch on April 14, 2014, 02:36:45 PM
very nice!  Ile probably work in a hugel towards fall for berries and stuff like that.
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on April 14, 2014, 09:55:51 PM

Ok here is the finished hugelbed bed
There are peas onions and berries in it and that is muscadine grapes in the back and another type of grape in the foreground out side of the bed.

(http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag321/riverbend_rich/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps3523ed7b.jpg) (http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/riverbend_rich/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps3523ed7b.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: endurance on April 14, 2014, 10:08:19 PM
What are you going to trellis the grapes on?

The bed looks great.  I really like the old wood.
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: Cedar on April 14, 2014, 10:18:49 PM
That looks really snazzy.

Cedar
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on April 14, 2014, 10:24:11 PM
I'm going to arch a wire cattle panel off each side of the bed for the grapes. It should look cool which will make the wife happy!
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on April 26, 2014, 11:13:10 PM
I have finally finished shoveling wood chips into the big main garden. It took two sixteen foot trailer loads and I could have used another half load. But it will work. Why is it always windy when I'm laying newspaper and cardboard! ( probably cause it's Oklahoma).
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: endurance on April 27, 2014, 02:28:26 PM
I have finally finished shoveling wood chips into the big main garden. It took two sixteen foot trailer loads and I could have used another half load. But it will work. Why is it always windy when I'm laying newspaper and cardboard! ( probably cause it's Oklahoma).
Nah, anytime I need it to rain, I just go and wash my car.  Same applies here. 

I was planning on putting my potato beds in today, but it's too cold, wind and nasty to be shoveling manure that's dry as a bone and has been ground up as fine as ash. ::)
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on April 28, 2014, 08:43:08 AM
(http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag321/riverbend_rich/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps2da9f7fa.jpg) (http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/riverbend_rich/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps2da9f7fa.jpg.html)

This is what is on my to do list now!
It got put on the back burner since garden season but now I have to finish it.  This is going to be a playhouse for my girls.
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on April 28, 2014, 08:52:27 PM
I got to spend an hour or so weeding my 2 sisters garden( no squash) bed tonight and I've never had a more relaxing time pulling grass. Back in highschool I worked in landscaping and spent a lot of time pulling seeds and cleaning out flower beds. I guess all that practice paid off!

Anyway a nice evening in southeast OK!
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: Cedar on April 28, 2014, 10:14:12 PM
Skookum playhouse... and it can double as something else when they outgrow it.

Cedar
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: Morgan96 on April 29, 2014, 04:44:02 AM
Why is it always windy when I'm laying newspaper and cardboard! ( probably cause it's Oklahoma).

Heh!  Almost got blowed off my feet last Saturday.  As it was, bad day to mow, but it had to be done.
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on April 29, 2014, 10:31:45 PM
Skookum playhouse... and it can double as something else when they outgrow it.

Cedar
Skookum?
Never heard that term sorry. But yes I will take it over as a skinning shed/ decoy / maybe even a reloading room.  Or my dear wife may just put me out there full time!
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on May 12, 2014, 09:20:57 PM
(http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag321/riverbend_rich/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsac0b02fd.jpg) (http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/riverbend_rich/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsac0b02fd.jpg.html)

Here is a recent pic of the garden. The arches are for my grapes.  If I can figure out an easy way to get the rabbits from feasting on my sugar snap peas we will be in business!
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: David in MN on May 13, 2014, 05:41:13 AM
Cool stuff. I like the look. You're going to love having grapes if you are anything like me. They'll actually have flavor (unlike storebought) and I love stuffing the leaves to make all kinds of Mediterranean dishes. I worked for 2 years with a Moroccan and an Egyptian and they loved getting grape leaves fresh from me. Besides that, they are beautiful plants.

I feel you on the rabbits. I'm too suburban to pull out my bow and all the repellants just don't work.
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: endurance on May 13, 2014, 07:29:28 AM
Yep, I feel your pain on the rabbits. Even with a pellet gun, the little bastards are nocternal so you never really make any headway. This year I'm lining the bottom of my deer fence with chicken wire to keep them out and I'll let the dogs in every once in a while to make sure the last of them are out of there (at the expense of two hundred pound dogs rooting around my garden for 20 minutes).
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: d3nni5 on May 13, 2014, 08:32:35 AM

Your garden looks great!    All these great pics (from everyone) keeps me inspired to do more.
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: Cedar on May 13, 2014, 11:16:53 AM
Yep, I feel your pain on the rabbits.

Z's cat "Scratchy"  is hunting our wild bunnies and eating them at the door..  :-\  Wanna borrow him?

Cedar
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: endurance on May 13, 2014, 11:20:52 AM
Z's cat "Scratchy"  is hunting our wild bunnies and eating them at the door..  :-\  Wanna borrow him?

Cedar
Stick him in a box and send him over.  How does he do with coyotes?  We don't let cats in our house. ;)
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on May 13, 2014, 12:39:30 PM
.22 works pretty good but I'm thinking short run of chicken wire with some barbed wire or hot wire above for deer. I don't have much problem with deer right now but it's better to build it once then have do go back and redo it all
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on May 17, 2014, 08:43:09 PM
(http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag321/riverbend_rich/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps4dea8a80.jpg) (http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/riverbend_rich/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps4dea8a80.jpg.html)
We got the roof on today!  Also put the chicken wire fence up around the garden. I'll post pics soon of the fence and the progress on the garden. 
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: d3nni5 on May 23, 2014, 05:56:23 PM


That's a big playhouse!   Looks good.   I'd like to build a shed similar to this.   Did you get the design somewhere online?
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on May 27, 2014, 08:00:23 PM

That's a big playhouse!   Looks good.   I'd like to build a shed similar to this.   Did you get the design somewhere online?
Sorry mountain state I thought the long reply I wrote last week uploaded... I guess not. But no I just built from scratch. I did a lot of internet research on rafter design and asked a lot of questions to my friend that is a builder/ contractor.

But here is an update on the actual garden!
(http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag321/riverbend_rich/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsf289da92.jpg) (http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/riverbend_rich/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsf289da92.jpg.html)
The peas are really taking off and climbing the wire I strung between the soon to be grape arches.

Here is another angle showing lots of taders and some peas that are not doing near as good as the ones in the hugel bed above

(http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag321/riverbend_rich/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsc2310b8b.jpg) (http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/riverbend_rich/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsc2310b8b.jpg.html)

Here is a pic of my three sisters-ish bed. You can see a rogue potatoe plant in there as well.
(http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag321/riverbend_rich/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps655e6daa.jpg) (http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/riverbend_rich/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps655e6daa.jpg.html)

And finally this is the first harvest of the season besides a few green onions for a stir fry.
And yes they fried up great!

(http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag321/riverbend_rich/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsb4973540.jpg) (http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/riverbend_rich/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsb4973540.jpg.html)

Thanks for looking!
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: Cedar on May 27, 2014, 08:17:01 PM
And I do not even have anything in the ground yet.. and you are eating from your garden.

Cedar
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: endurance on May 27, 2014, 08:26:01 PM
Man, that looks so good.  I'm jealous of how far ahead of me you are already.  Our rain should help me catch up, but I'm probably still a couple weeks away from my first harvest of anything.
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on May 27, 2014, 09:50:26 PM
Lots of rain and being in 7b really helps but I would hardly call 2 green tomatoes and a tiny squash a real harvest but I just couldn't help myself. I'm really enjoying my second garden season.
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: David in MN on May 28, 2014, 05:29:23 AM
I don't even have my tomatoes in the ground... That's a project for this week. I have been getting plenty of lettuces, though.

Inspiring stuff.
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: d3nni5 on May 28, 2014, 08:22:19 AM


I just got all my plants in last week, glad to see you have been harvesting!   looks really good Rich.

Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on June 14, 2014, 02:13:40 PM
(http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag321/riverbend_rich/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsc9705fc1.jpg) (http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/riverbend_rich/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsc9705fc1.jpg.html)
Got some weeding done today and covered the bareness with some hay I had on hand

My tomato plants are going crazy and about to start turning red! One of them has about 40 tomatoes and the other three have around fifteen each! I see salsa in the near future.
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: d3nni5 on June 14, 2014, 08:34:19 PM
Nice, +1

Where are you at again?   Your garden is producing so far ahead of mine.

Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on June 14, 2014, 08:40:01 PM
Nice, +1

Where are you at again?   Your garden is producing so far ahead of mine.


South east Oklahoma. And I am behind compared to some. I went to the farmers market this morning and a guy was selling carrots that were larger around than quarters and about 8 or more inches long. Mine are still toothpick  size.
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on June 28, 2014, 05:35:38 PM
(http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag321/riverbend_rich/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsee8a8216.jpg) (http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/riverbend_rich/media/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsee8a8216.jpg.html)

Broccoli is looking good. I only have three or four plants that survived.

Question: when is it ready? Do I just cut the head off and leave the plant or is it done when it's done and I pull the whole plant?

It's my first time to get this far with broccoli. Thanks!
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: mountainmoma on June 28, 2014, 07:31:36 PM
Most types will make side shoots once you cut off the center head, this one looks ready, it is not just size, it is "openess" If you leave it too long the bus will open into flowers, which you dont want.

SO, leave it after you cut off the center and see what happens.....next time you can plant a type that is known to produce lots of side shoots
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on June 28, 2014, 08:34:21 PM
Most types will make side shoots once you cut off the center head, this one looks ready, it is not just size, it is "openess" If you leave it too long the bus will open into flowers, which you dont want.

SO, leave it after you cut off the center and see what happens.....next time you can plant a type that is known to produce lots of side shoots

Thanks! Now this is why this is the best forum out there!
I'll get it tomorrow!
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on July 14, 2014, 10:14:17 PM
So I have my corn bed empty now and I need to do something with it to keep out the Bermuda grass. What would be good cheap and easy to use as a cover crop?
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: Cedar on July 14, 2014, 10:39:14 PM
So I have my corn bed empty now and I need to do something with it to keep out the Bermuda grass. What would be good cheap and easy to use as a cover crop?

Oats. Get whole oats from the feed store.

Cedar
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on July 15, 2014, 06:49:51 AM
Oats. Get whole oats from the feed store.

Cedar
Thanks
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: zarfbloot on July 16, 2014, 06:16:50 PM
What is the advantage doing only oats versus a green manure mix (field peas, oats, and hairy vetch)? The reason I ask is that I was going to plant a green manure mix in the next week or two in my new raised bed to help build the nitrogen in the soil and add organic matter before my fall vegetable planting.
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: Hoxbar on May 13, 2015, 06:39:12 AM
Do you not have crazy weed issues when you use hay for much or a ground cover?  I used hay a couple of years ago and I'm still fighting pigweed from it.
Title: Re: Rich's garden 2014
Post by: riverbend_rich on May 13, 2015, 10:05:54 PM
Do you not have crazy weed issues when you use hay for much or a ground cover?  I used hay a couple of years ago and I'm still fighting pigweed from it.

I have enough issue with Bermuda grass anyway. That's majority of my weeds. I would like to use only wood chips but I can't find any free ones. I end up paying $60 for a flatbed full.