|Posted on Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 04:08 pm: ||
OK- I just got their catalog in the mail, starting to get scared for my bank account. All the stuff I want is REALLY adding up, my GF is rolling her eyes-
she knows I'm an incurable seed ho!
http://www.rareseeds.com/ ... check out the series of AWESOME pics and stories behind them!
After my huge efforts this past year to build the best garden yet, which failed miserably, I'm going at it again in '16 with a vengeance! Now's the time to begin researching, planning, and procuring what we want/need. I figured there are lots of youn's who love gardening like we do, and certainly love the kind of produce you can get if you try.
Post, discuss, share, yadda yadda!
|Posted on Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 10:42 pm: ||
I was the gardener of my family growing up - when I had about 1/4 acre garden. Highly productive for a 15 yr old, as we'd be in sweet corn for over a month and tomatoes that lasted until they were on again next year via canning. This past summer was the first time I've done a garden since I was 17, mostly becuase this is the first time I had a place where I could put one and it turns out my city girl of a wife ended up being ecstatic about the white wonder cukes and jimmy nardello peppers we got. I managed to pull 8 canning jars of maters out before ricky racoon got the best of my plants.
Partly due to my wife's enjoyment of it, but mostly because I enjoy it, I've begun to rebuild mine. We live in the mountains and due to lot size and tree location I don't have a variety of spaces I can put plants, thus the year prior I set about plotting out where the sun/shade falls to get location. I've been able to grow the size/footprint of it this year and I will also be fully terracing each quadrant (four square garden) with a central berry patch, because we are on a pretty good slope. It will have a 4' fence around to aid in deer mitigation and each quadrant is 12 X 12. Ricky will more than likely become a hat, but I'm hoping the new dog will help in keeping him and his bretheren at bay. Last year Ricky and/or his ilk not only ruined the second half season of my cherokee purple tomatoes, but took down the ornamental corn too while also climbing up my arbor/trellis and emptied the bird feeders both of seed and hummingbird nectar. He's become a bit of pain. The plan is to do a rotation from one quad to the next and at some point build a shed to help get a good start each year.
Like all things time and money are the limiters, but so far I'm about half way done with the first two quads I just need to finish up the retaining walls and they'll be ready for the tiller and amendments. We used to get our seed from burpee growing up but this past year and from now on I plant to get my seeds from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Monticello, and Seed Savers Exchange, because like you noted about rareseeds, it's a bit like bike porn. There isn't much more satisfying than starting a set of tomatoes in peat pots, transplanting to the garden, staking em up a month later and eating maters with slabs of mozzarella, drizzled in olive oil and some basil on a warm summer evening...
|Posted on Monday, December 21, 2015 - 01:44 pm: ||
Yeppers! This past year we were hit with tomato mosaic virus, I had to pull 14 of 17 heirloom plants we'd raised from seed... I cried a little when I kneeled down to get started.
The only plants I left in were cherry toms, and we managed to barely get about a half-dozen jars of salsa/pasta sauce/etc. put up. I'm gonna have to scorch the soil with a propane torch to sterilize it before I try again next year.
My good ole' boy buddy says to hang a bar of Ivory soap on a string here and there around your garden, deer don't like the smell and should stay away.
I'd be getting ready for a 'coonskin hat too if I were you... dang critters! We've got rabbits, but for some reason they didn't seem to bother the puny little plants we had.
Mozzarella: We watch enough cooking shows to embolden me about maybe making our own mozzarella sometime... it doesn't seem to be that hard to do.
|Posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 10:19 am: ||
making your own mozza would be excellent, and like you stated, I've read it's pretty easy too…We used to visit an amish community every year and watching them make cheese was a thoroughly enjoyable excursion. Walking out with 20lbs of handmade cheese helped a little too.
I've been tinkering with making ciabatta bread and have gotten decent enough at it to where my wife and kids request it above a store bought loaf - especially when we had tomatoes on. I might need to visit the amish this summer because that'd be an excellent combo…
We've been inundated with rain, but I'm hoping to get everything tilled under before winter actually hits - supposed to be in the high 60's here on cmas. hopefully it dries out enough to where I can get some wood cut and laid into the ground.