Friday, July 9, 2010
we are having a pill right now with herbicide drift. the HOA sprays the common areas and some neighbors also have their yard sprayed.
This year its really hitting us hard. Not sure if its due to the extreme heat around here but our garden hasn't been anything to show this year. Plants dont grow to there full potential and all leaves look very shriveled.
So this is the main reason for not doing many updates.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I myself am not even sure what my answer is to those 2 questions. So I grew some turnips to help me form a more educated answer.
My answer: well im still not sure if I like them but I did enjoy growing them and I eat what I grow.
How do you clean your lettuce or greens to rid them of the dirt, bugs, and or slugs?
The maturity rate is great for the impatient gardener. Within 3-4 weeks of seeding our first set, we were eating radishes. (well actually my wife was eating them. I dont really like radishes. I just like to grow things) I do have to say that these didnt have that sharp taste that the store bought radishes have had in the past.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
I know the pictures didnt turn out that great, but with quality photos like this they can only get better. (Not labeled) On the far left is all onions and one rhubarb. (labeled): Tyee Spinach, Galilee Spinach, May Queen Lettuce and Yugoslavian Lettuce.
From left to right. Black/Lacinato Kale, French Breakfast radish, Scarlet Glode Radish, Saxa 2 Radish, Mesclun, Loose-leaf, and Oakleaf Lettuce.
left to right: Little Marvel Peas (these only do good in the cool early of spring, so we planted them late), Purple Carrot, Watermelon Radish, Turnip, Golden Beet, Sugar Pole Peas, Radish, Burgundy Beans, Radish, and String Beans.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Below I will take you through what I did to make my rain barrels.
I found my barrels on Craigslist. Two 55 gallon barrels at $25 a piece. These are just plastic barrels with lids. Then I went to Home Depot and spent about $40 on plumbing supplies. So all total my 110 gallon rain barrel system cost me about $95 and while I was in Home Depot I saw their version of a 40 gallon system for $99. You can do the math on that one.
Mine might be different than most multi rain barrels systems. I am using a manifold system. I connected the 2 barrels from the bottom with only one pipe. The water in the two barrels flow down through the pipe and equalize with the other barrel. Enjoy. Let me know what you think.
These are the barrels. I gave them a washing before I started cutting on them.
I leveled the ground a bit to place the barrels up on the cinder blocks. The barrels will need to be elevated because the plumbing is coming from the bottom.
This is where my one down spout was in the back yard. I disconnected it from the piece that was going to the ground. I bought a piece of flexi pipe to use.
This is the threaded cap that my barrel came with. It is nice because this gave me something to tap directly into.
Example of some of the PVC stuff I had already glued together. 3/4 inch pvc pipe and all connectors were 1 inch. This is the down spot that will take the pvc to the front of the barrels.
Connector pieces I haven’t glued in yet. I don’t know the technical terms for these pieces. So here's what I call them. I have 2 valves that I used as isolators. A spigot in a T connector, 2 more elbows, and extra pvc cut to desired lengths. Oh and a cap for my overflow valve.
Spigot that is screwed into a T connector.
My overflow valve is drilled into the top of the second barrel. I used a threaded valve so I could connect a hose to it and direct the overflow to a desired area.
I don’t know what this is called. It's a 4 inch pipe piece I found in the gutter drainage section of Home Depot. It served my purpose of being slightly bigger on one side so it would sit in the barrel better.
This piece fit perfectly in the above piece and I added some type of a filter for the incoming water. This is to help minimize the mosquito’s from breeding inside my barrels. I used panty hose.
Fits right in. I cut a 4 inch hole in the top of the barrel and this goes there.
A view of where the water will enter.
I cut a 4 inch hole in the top of the barrel and placed the 4 inch pipe in. I also applied silicone around it for a better seal.
The filter is in place and fits perfectly. That square head piece was found in the gutter section also.
I placed the barrel in place to see if the flexi pipe would fit and reach. It worked just like I had hoped it would.
Connecting pvc into the T connector. This now connects into my isolator valves.
While I was letting the above step dry, I drilled out my overflow valve.
Adding on my isolator valves. This way I can drain one tank if I needed to. Just remember that they both must remain open in order for the water to equalize with the other tank.
I cut 2 longer pieces of pvc piping and I am now connecting the 2 barrels together.
All done. I put my hose in the top and added water just to check out my seals and to make sure that the water was equalizing from tank to tank.
That night we had a rain storm that lasted most of the night. The next morning I went out to check on them. I was surprised to find both tanks 75% full. That’s roughly 82.5 gallons of water in one rain storm. That is 82 of my 110 gallon capacity. I don’t know about you but I was amazed at the amount from one rain storm.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The picture is showing 3 of our 5 small Jiffy seed starters. We chose these due to there size and ability to sit in a window seal. Each one can hold 10 seed starter peat pot pellets. Once the germinate and can reach the top of the container, they are then transferred to step 2.
The seedlings get put into a peat pot cup and placed into this container where they will continue grow. The reason for these containers is that when we want to put the lid on it we can and it will recycles the water inside. The same effect as when they where in the jiffy mini greenhouses. This helps in preventing them from drying out if we forget to check up on them. This does create a LOT of humidity inside. We have found by trial and error that continuous use of the lid is to humid for the new plants inside. Once the next group of "Step One" is done, this group of step two now move on to step three.
Waiting..... Waiting.... That's all this step is. They are actually in cookie sheets waiting for their time to be planted. The cookie sheets work nicely for use because we can just put water in the bottom of the sheet and the peat pot absorbs the water. This prevents me from have to water each individual plant.
I will be able to post up what all we have planted later, once i have check in with my planting coordinator. (aka my wife) :)