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Comment by Joanne Gross on March 16, 2013 at 12:36pm

Only an hour away from Bountiful Gardens?  I'm jealous!  Have fun with those carrots, I grew a colorful mix of them last year and our family had a lot of fun pulling the yellow, white, orange, and purple treasures out of the ground.

Comment by Adie on March 16, 2013 at 11:54am

I am looking forward to buying from Bountiful Gardens for the first time this year.  I'm pretty lucky... I live only an hour away from them, so I can order, and then drive over and pick them up instead of waiting for the mail.  I did buy some incredible Purple cherry toms that I am waiting for from Sustainable Seed Co., and I am looking forward to trying those out along with the carrots we picked (white, yellow, and purple in color!)

Comment by Denise For Peace on December 27, 2011 at 1:39pm

Joann--check in with Jan Spencer for tree collard seeds.  He grows them and collects/shares seed.

Comment by Joanne Gross on December 27, 2011 at 11:50am

Thanks, Germaine!  I love Bountiful Gardens, and am waiting for my catalog on baited breath.  When it comes I'll be sure to look for those cuttings! 

By the way, I've added and extended quite a lot of my growing beds last year, and now I'm realizing that they are in sore need of some sort of edging to delineate them from the paths so that my kids and dog don't trample them (my dog is trained not to go into my garden beds, but if he can't tell where they are he's not able to stay out of them).  Since I'm cheap and would like to use free or very inexpensive materials, I'm looking for ideas for garden edging that use reclaimed/waste or freely available materials.  Do any of you have any ideas that could help me out?

Happy garden planning,

Joanne

Comment by Mrs. Germaine Jenkins on December 27, 2011 at 8:27am

Good morning all,

Just found your group and have already learned a lot. Loved the cattle panel tunnel slideshow Denise and will definitely check out the Big Horse Creek Farm in NC. Joanne, I just opened my Bountiful Gardens 2012 catalog and they are selling tree collard cuttings. Happy growing everyone!

Comment by Joanne Gross on April 16, 2011 at 1:22pm

Hello, fellow gardeners.  Does anyone know where to get a hold of some tree collards?  I'd like some cuttings/starts for my garden, but I can't seem to find them anywhere, and the few places that I've found that carry them are sold out!

 

Comment by Josephine Speed on November 3, 2010 at 1:48pm
I got my apple trees from Big Horse Creek Farm in North Carolina. They are heirloom trees I ordered last year and they grafted them for me last Fall. Only $20 each and some shipping. I got Bush Limbertwig and Honey Cider. One Honey Cider is going to a friend who has property and wants a tree at the East end of her driveway.
I'm thinking that I'll put some crabapples in a row for my back lot line. Then put honeyberries close under neath them. Honeyberries need full shade during hot weather but do OK with sunlight when it is still rather cool. They fruit really early, which is what appeals to me. I hope they do OK here. One neighbor has one at the edge of her driveway, at the edge of another neighbor's piney woods.
Comment by Josephine Speed on June 14, 2010 at 1:55am
Thank you, Joanne and Denise. I like the slide show, Denise.
Comment by Denise For Peace on June 13, 2010 at 8:28pm
I have two cats. They are friendly, rather than territorial cats, so my backyard is a popular neighborhood feline hang out.

I make hoops out of concrete reinforcing wire and put them over my beds and cover them with bird netting to keep kitties out. They can also be covered with floating row cover to keep insects out during critical periods, shade cloth to protect transplants, greenhouse plastic for season extension (both ends of the season) and they are sturdy enough that, if there's a frost warning, I can throw blankets over them.

Many crops soon grow large enough that I have to remove the hoops (which stand about 18" high at the top of the arch), so for taller crops for which I want to extend the season, I build high tunnels of cattle panels. You can see pictures of the CRW cloches at my new blog: www.eugenegardenscene.com and a slide show of how we built the cattle panel tunnels at
http://sacpermaculture.com/taft/cattlepanelhoophouse.pps

Note: some of the info is outdated. The metal stakes we thought were $3.00 each are $3.00 a pound--just as cheap as the plastic, even after purchasing large metal washers for each one but longer lasting. On the plastic ones, we later found that the little hooks that secure the bottom wire of the cattle panel can break when you are pounding the stakes into the ground.
Comment by Joanne Gross on June 13, 2010 at 6:31pm
I lay either pieces of chicken wire or small, twiggy branches over freshly seeded/dug areas and leave them there until the young plants are established enough to make that spot undesirable to Bart. Sometimes, if the plants get tall before they get wide enough to cover the exposed soil, I "plant" sticks vertically in the spaces between the plants. It works most of the time, but sometimes I still lose a few seedlings to my cat. I guess that's just the price I pay to have him around, but at least he does a good job keeping the skunks, mice, and even the occasional raccoon that raids my neighbors' yards away from my veggies and chickens.

Good luck with your kitty, and if you find any other methods that work well, let me know!
 

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