Redd Hudson

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since Jun 26, 2020
Grower, gardener, geek.
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The sun comes streaming in through the french doors. I open the doors into a deck overlooking the Double Nickel valley. This is our valley.  

Winter has begun to relinquish it's hold.  The soil is starting to thaw. I smell the soil. Deep, wet and rich.

I smell coffee. The DH has been busy.

Sitting at the kitchen table, I open my planner. This holds my designs and dreams for The Garden. The Garden is this year's adventure. What new structures will be added? What old attempts will be swept away? The planner holds the memories of glorious successes, epic failures and all that happened in between. The planner holds the map for this year's Garden.

The dog and I conduct our morning ritual. Check the barn. Feed the rabbits and goats and chickens. Break ice in the water bowls. Get hay, add straw. Shovel.

Fog is drifting from lingering pockets of snow throughout The Garden.  Soon. The snow will be gone. Soon.

I use my boot to make ruts, creating little fast moving rivers of snow melt. I set a leaf from last autumn's gathering to sail down the make shift river. The dog digs in the leaf pile. A sleepy chipmunk awakes. The chase is on.

I continue the inspection. The soil is almost ready. I check the hot house. The seedlings are almost ready. Wet and cold, I turn back to the house.

Today I will work on my painting. Or maybe the quilt. Then lunch, then dinner, then sleep.

Maybe tomorrow The Garden will be ready. I know I will be.
1 month ago
I agree with you Devin,

It is hard to reduce and reuse, because things are just not made that way. I would suggest looking carefully at what you buy, and if it produces too much waste stop buying it. There is a lot I stopped getting because it generated too much waste.

My grandmother always said "We're too poor to buy cheap stuff".

Sometimes I buy an item I need based on the package. For example - powered laundry soap - it comes in large plastic buckets. I have reused the buckets as planters for herbs and medium sized produce. I also screwed the open buckets to the back of the bunny hutches to make nests/beds for them. Since they are square-ish, I was thinking that I could make a veg bin for the root veg and winter squashes I am hoping to get this year. DH is very good at making my crazy ideas work, and he has stopped rolling his eyes.

I had not thought to use feed bags as grow bags, I am going to try that. Currently I fill dog food bags with dog poop...what goes in, must come out. I saw a pinterest item on how to make floor mats out of plastic bags. I am not sure I am that talented. But it looked interesting. I have used the bags, white side up to try and defeat squash vine borers with limited success. Clemson did a study that white plastic mulch confused pests, including SVB.

I like to go to Habitat and Good Will (at least I did last year. 2020 the year we all stayed home.) when I have a need. I find a lot of good stuff to re-purpose. There is a lot of junk too, you have to shift thorough carefully. I got a solid birch floor to ceiling kitchen cabinet for $20. It needed the paint scraped off and be repainted. DH said that I turned a $20 find into a $120 project. It was worth it.

I made garden art from #10 cans, a deep fryer pot and some scrap duct-work.

Food scraps are composted or become animal feed. I buy all cotton clothing - which is getting harder to find - so I can use it all up.

But it is getting harder and harder to use everything all up. I think we are shoving against the tide.

Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout, Would not take the garbage out! ~ Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein.

3 months ago
It has been my experience that a pepper plant needs all 6 of it's allotted hours of sun. And room. The peppers I have planted too close to tomatoes are out competed for nutrients and eventually shaded out. Tomatoes are greedy, and fast growing.  

You might consider digging them up an move them at least 2 feet away from the tomatoes. Also, move the wood chips away from the pepper, just to the current drip line. The wood might be providing cover for pests. It looks like the pepper in the last picture is being nibbled.  If you decide to move the plants, dig about an inch further out than the drip line, if you can without harming the tomatoes. The goal is to not disturb the roots too much. Make sure you pick the new spot and dig and prepare the space first. Water the new hole and water the pepper before moving. Watch the plants, you may need to remove the fruit to help the plant recover.

Just my thoughts.  
3 months ago
hi Josh, I got your email. I will send them end of the week.
3 months ago
I mix the bunny berries right in the bed when I add my composted stuff, and then I plant. My root plants have not had any issues. Since the product is high nitrogen, I don't use too much. Too much being subjective. I don't even measure when cooking... about a half of an orange bucket of berries to a maybe be 5 -6 orange buckets of compost. After that I don't really fertilize except to add the same ratio of berries to compost when I replace a spent plant with new seed or seedling.
My 4 o'clocks are perennials.

They die back fully every winter (all 4 weeks LOL).  They produce seeds all season. The parent plants are growing from tubers, that get to be the size of softballs.

I am happy to send seeds if you send me a SASE. I am not sure how get you my address... purple moosages?
3 months ago
plant 4 o'clocks. The humming birds and bees love them, but from what i have read and seen, they are toxic to Japanese beetles. They are also toxic to humans and dogs. My dogs haven't tried to eat the ones I have, and one of my dogs is part goat.
3 months ago