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Apr 28, 2011 4:48PM
My brother raised pumpkins in the garden one year and before we could gather them all, they started to rot. My Dad told him to just throw them to my hogs. I would throw the hog maure with pine chips in the garden plot (off season). The next growing season, he couln't figure out how we got sooo many pumpkins growing everywhere. A hog's system doesn't break down the seeds. It was like my brother put them thru a fertilizer.
Apr 9, 2011 12:24PM
I have also found if you use your lawn trimmings as ground cover as soon as you plant your seedlings, it provides many useful uses: protects soil from drying out, keeps weeds from growing, and in the fall you just turn your garden over with a pitchfork , lawn trimmings, leaves, wood chips and all ! You will soon never need a tiller again ! Honest ! and it's the most rewarding physical workout there is ! Fresh air sunshine and mother nature :)... and year after year your soil becomes better and better and better ! Can hardly wait for spring !
Apr 9, 2011 10:45AM
Hi all of you accomplished gardeners of which I am not. I try to infrequently to make my garden work but I do have a problem that I hope some of you can make suggestions for. Tree roots, is there a ground cover plant that will grow over the tree roots, if so, how best to plant them? How about "violet dark freckles" or something similar?
Apr 9, 2011 9:51AM
Hello Gardeners, I find that gardening is a addiction for which I hope that there is no cure, to me its a personal satisfaction to grow something yourself and see it flower or bare fruit. Thanks to the out of control economy I have doubled my garden this year, which I a lot of you have done also. I have found that if you compost religiously you will use less fertilizer and have better drainage, if you start with better soil you will have a better plant. I started out with one compost bin and now I have four, also I collect rain water in recycled plastic barrels. Funny how working in the yard / garden has replaced working out in a gym, without a membership fee.
Apr 8, 2011 11:53PM
Just one more comment...water the soil well. It is the water that helps transfer the heat into the deeper parts of the soil. If possible, slide a hose under the plastic every so often to water the soil.
Apr 8, 2011 11:48PM
Just a comment about the soil solarization recommendation in one of these frames... I've studied it a bit and have used clear plastic/tarp, not black plastic. With clear plastic the sun's shortwaves are able to radiate through the plastic and strike the soil. The radiation is re-emitted from the soil as long waves, which cannot escape through the plastic. This causes the heat to rise in the trapped air pocket. This is basically a modified greenhouse. I've worked with an experiment where a bucket of soil was refrigerated to 60 degrees and place into a pvc cube frame covered with clear plastic. The outside temperature was 95 degrees. Within 5-6 hours the soil temperature was at around 140 degrees. The sun's rays will reflect off of the black plastic (although I am not sure if ALL of the rays are reflected). And since they do not transfer through the plastic, the temperature does not rise through solar radiation (although there may be a slight temperature increase due to biological activity in the soil). Black plastic will work to kill plants/weeds, but only by restricting photosynthesis and starving the plants. Soil solarization, with clear plastic, will kill the weeds by heat and also sterilize the soil.
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