[Market-farming] RE: Marty's bucket idea/other garden experiments

mtlivestock crublee at libby.org
Sat Jul 17 14:10:29 EDT 2004

Okay Marty, I did it!  The weed containment is now installed in the garden.

I used 1/2 of a 55 gallon white plastic barrel instead of a bucket for a
place to put my weeds in the garden.  I didn't bury it.  I wanted to, but I
had already hit the limit of bending over my head would allow for the
morning.  :-)  I have a feeling the outside bottom edges will get weedy.
Maybe I can hill it later.

I stuck it in a corner of the garden since I am experimenting!  I put two
buckets of weeds, a small layer of straw, and a bucket of old weeds in it.
The final bucket was full of water from a recent rain and the weeds were
yucky.  I then put a small piece of plywood over the top to keep the sun

I plan to water it when I water the garden.  Should I add manure?  I can add
chicken/sawdust litter, cow, or horse. No pig manure available as I have the
hogs "dropping" it over the area I will be tilling soon!

This my other experiment.  I have 9 hogs (about 220# ea) on a piece of lawn
I want to use to expand the garden plot.  I plan to till and place raised
beds on it for my success plantings (lettuce, carrots, kale, etc)

I will keep the list updated.

Here is the result of my earlier experiment:
(TOTALLY unscientific!)

I started transplants of peas inside.  Planted some in the hoophouse, some
in window boxes, and some in garden about two weeks later.

The hoophouse plants were only three weeks earlier than the garden peas.
The second picking of the hoophouse peas came almost the same time as the
first picking of the outside peas.

The container peas were a bust.  They grew better and faster than the
hoophouse peas, but they dried up right after the first picking.  First
picking was almost the same time of the hoophouse peas, so they did suffer a
set back during some cold weather.

The garden peas took forever took longer to start growing in the ground than
I thought was neccessary.  Once they started to grow, they grew well and are
producing nicely.

Conclusion:  If not for the extremely cold spring, the garden peas would
probably have excelled the tow other plantings.  Starting did help as I
planted a few seeds among the garden row too.  Those are coming up nicely,
but are not in bud.  These are shading the other peas which is keeping the
bigger plants cool and moist.

Next year: I will start the peas inside.  I will plant directly in the
garden with a pea seed in between each transplant.


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