Category: Wicking Bed

Day 78 – Patty Pan Squash are Starting to Emerge!

Looked in the beds, under the canopies the Patty Pan Squash are making and see the beginnings of some squash!  The trick here is to pick them when they are the proper size.  This seems to be a matter of

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Day 76 – Beans and Peas and a New Garden Experiment

The new garden experiment is: Miracle-Gro Garden Mix vs 1 part soil, 1 part Manure. Facing south, the left box is the Miracle-Gro, the right is the soil-manure mix. In the manure pile, there was some well aged manure (no

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Day 71 – Potatoes

The potatoes must just grow on sunshine. With the exception of the banana box beds, with little more than a handfull of dirt for each seed plus all the grass clippings they can stand, the potatoes don’t seem to care

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Day 71 – Broccoli

The Lasagna bed, with it’s added fertilizer (horse manure last fall, with a coating of grass clippings, left to “mellow” over the winter, followed with another layer of grass clippings) is feeding just about everything well, especially the broccoli. The

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Day 71 – Tomato Comparisons

Tomato plants are all a little small, but the one picked up at the Williamsburg Farmer’s Market is outdoing them all. Of the tomatoes from seed, the lasagna bed has the most green, while the hugelkultur bed is almost the

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Day 71 Bed Comparisons Snow Peas and Beans (plus a cuke or two)

The Lasagna bed is the definite winner, the wicking bed and the hugelkultur bed tied for second place, with the banana box beds taking last place. It must be noted that the lasagna bed was fertilized with a layer of

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Day 71 Continued: Squash in the Different Beds

Patty pan squash are a delicious summer squash that resemble a cross between an acorn and a UFO. They are delicious, reminding one of zucchini, though slightly firmer. Often times they are picked when only four to eight ounces (2-4″ in

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A Temporary Wicking Bed

Wicking beds are popular wherever it is dry or there are water restrictions, but that should not stop anyone in the northeast or northwest United States from trying one.  Basically, you are making a small tray underneath your plants that

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Day 33 – Williamsburg Farmer’s Market

I’d dropped by the Williamsburg Farmer’s Market last week and seen several people who had nice healthy plants for sale. Hoping to get a head start, or at least move things along, I went down there again this Thursday. The

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Day 31 Some Growing, Some Groaning

Most of the beds are showing signs of life. I overplanted in a couple of areas, other areas not much is showing up. Broccoli is overplanted in the lasagna bed, 25% germination in the wicking bed – about 50% germination

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