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November 2008 Blog Posts (13)

I finally found a style of raised bed that will look appealing and last forever.

This is a garden in Florida.
http://www.randyroberson.com/garden.html

I love the use of the building blocks. They even use the holes in the center for planting as well. I think that I will be using this method for my garden at my mother in laws. This is work in progress.

Added by Melissa Rennells on November 29, 2008 at 10:32pm — 6 Comments

My compost is starting seedlings!

I have gotten about 3 tomatoes off of my harty cherry tomato plant so far and it's still got tomatoes that are ripening. I discovered today that my compost at my mother in laws has seedlings coming up. That could be anything from tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, small red potatoes, lettuce, celantro and almost any other vegetable seedling from stuff I have put in the compost.



I'm gonna wait and see what comes up! What an excellent sign! I haven't even been trying to grow anything in that… Continue

Added by Melissa Rennells on November 27, 2008 at 10:26pm — 1 Comment

My first harvest!!!

I had planted yellow squash before anything else, well a few other things at the same time that the sun fried and I had to replant again and again. I ate squash with my dinner last week that I grew from my garden. I also have very small romaine lettuce that I ate on my burger last night. It was great! It makes me really excited about gardening. I didn't buy very much organic from the store because we have a family of five and not enough money to buy all organic. I always wanted to so now I look… Continue

Added by Erika on November 26, 2008 at 7:55pm — 1 Comment

A baby's a baby's a baby

Last night at the end of the day, about 8 pm, I took off my headphones and was about to put them up when I noticed something sticking out past the edge of the top band and turned the headphones so see a tiny little lizard perched on the top band. It must have been there, or somewhere on me, for hours. I took the headphones outside and tried to get it to walk off onto various vines and things, but no go. I gently picked it off the headphones and it promptly settled down onto my index finger,… Continue

Added by Ruby Sheffer on November 21, 2008 at 4:09pm — 2 Comments

Is Solar Power Right for you?

Is Solar Right for you.pdf



Attached is the presentation I use in class. This class is intended to cover the basics of a solar power systems, equipment specifications, system cost, performance, and how to size a system for your home. If you have questions about putting solar on your home, let me know I'll do what I can to… Continue

Added by Liz & Dan on November 17, 2008 at 10:18pm — 5 Comments

ITS ALIVE!

Before I realized weather was in issue when choosing what to plant, I bought seeds for bell peppers, chili peppers, winter squash, radishes, and tomatoes. Out of all the seeds I planted I now have three little squash plants, a big one, a medium one, and a very tiny one. I decided to experiment with back yard location so I moved my baby squash plant into its own little terra cotta pot and into what i think will be the sunniest part of the yard, which is conveniently shaded by a big tree during… Continue

Added by Mollie on November 17, 2008 at 6:22pm — 1 Comment

more new pictures.. I know I know...

I am wanting to document my progress. This is the first time I have ever container vegetable gardened before. I think it is just cool to compare the pictures and she how much the stuff has grown. Like my eggplant. I took a pic 11/8/08 and one today. It grew like 2inches or more. The revived tomatoes are getting a good bolt too!

Added by Melissa Rennells on November 13, 2008 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

patience.........

I am really learning the meaning. five minutes a day of planting seeds and watering does give you the true meaning of the patient gardener.



At times I feel as though I have barely accomplished anything. Others I look around and see I have built two 4X8 raised beds two large sunken beds and a chicken coop (almost finished) But all I have to show for it is one yellow squash ready to harvest.



BUT....this afternoon I found a little hope. Kids tend to see the bright side. they… Continue

Added by Erika on November 13, 2008 at 9:02pm — 2 Comments

Eggplant finally going to do something!

I have had my eggplant since July 2008 and I have had a few blooms, but no fruit! Finally !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!! I have a bloom that was on for about 2weeks and we had that windy weekend. Well I'm happy to report.. the flower itself has dropped off, but BUUUUUUTTTT!!!!!!!!!!! THE STAMUS is still there! I do believe I am finally going to get some fruit from this thing. I have more buds coming up, and a bud that is getting ready to open with in the next week or 2.



My… Continue

Added by Melissa Rennells on November 13, 2008 at 8:11pm — No Comments

I'm planning for spring planting in my containers!

My hubby Dean and I are going to a micro climate class this Saturday. I think that this will help with the container gardening. My sugar snap peas are just getting taller and longer and not blossoming yet. My butternut squash plants are getting bigger and more mature looking leaves now. I planted my lavender, and it looks good. I trimmed my lemon thyme, and oh my gosh it smells so good. let me tell you. I have lemon basil, lemon thyme and I am going to get another lemon tarragon in the spring.… Continue

Added by Melissa Rennells on November 10, 2008 at 9:16pm — 1 Comment

Crushing black...

Plans, plans and plans. Seems they all involve digging a hole. Since I can't dig (bad back), it won't get done.
Thinking of paving the back yard instead.
The ducks won't like that.

Is there any way to do this gardening thing without digging?

Added by Philodice on November 8, 2008 at 9:06am — 3 Comments

Coming out of limbo

We found a house. We close on the 24th of November and will begin the transformation of a poor unloved house with a dirt lot for a yard. I cannot wait to plant my 2 lemon trees and my sweet bay. I learned alot in Heather's vegeable gardening class and I'm excited about applying the principles I learned. I should probably be planning how I'm going to remove the grossest carpet I have ever seen in my entire 46-year-old life, but I cant help thinking about the yard and garden. My roomate (mom)… Continue

Added by Denise Quick on November 3, 2008 at 7:39pm — 2 Comments

Almost 2 dead tomato plnts still alive!

I have had 2 tomato plants in a 4 1/2 gallon conatiner since the end of July. They got tall and skinny, then the top folaige started dying off from the base of the plant up. Check this out. The base of the stalks are getting thicker, and there is new young leaves coming out from the base of the trunk of each plant now. Too funny. I thought for sure they were gonners! I am just leaving them alone. I'm planning to add some more soil. When I planted them I didn't know to bury the stalk like you… Continue

Added by Melissa Rennells on November 1, 2008 at 5:15pm — No Comments

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