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Re: [jjannie] Monster sweet potato from my garden In reply to
LOL, all those big ones we freeze dry or cut up and blanch.


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Sad to report 2018 was my last year for a big garden in this location. I got word last month that they sold the property where I have been growing my garden for the last 6 or 7 yrs and are putting up town houses starting next monthFrown. Not ready looking forward to starting over in another location and even if I do it won't be as convenient as this place was. Not sure how 2019 will turn out but I've decided to at least put in a couple of planter boxes like you have. They sure won't get the sun like it did in the garden on the other side of my fence but I guess it will be better than nothing. I do have some feelers out for some spots for a bigger garden but it's not looking good so far.


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I know you've worked really hard to get that spot in good planting conditions, so that's too bad really. We do grow our peas/pods in those really large plastic tubs with rope handles. We even put a cage in them to protect from a chilly wind, they also have soaker hose for each one. We can start the peas really sooner than anything else as the tubs are on rolling platforms so we can roll them in at night, roll them out once the its sunny again - it worked really well last year and they're elevated so its pretty back-friendly to harvest.

If you plan out your stored foods you even rotate the plantings of some things and hopefully work out a good system. At least your grapes and peaches won't be affected since they are within 'your' boundaries.
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Good idea Jil, what kind of soil do you put in the large plastic tubs? I would imagine you don't use dirt because it would be too heavy to move.Unsure Do you use the tubs that have wheel? Do you put holes in the bottom of the tub?


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the tubs are so deep they typically don't ever use the lower portion of them, but they do have some holes in the bottom just in case. They sit on wood platform that we put rubber caster wheels on. We had them from another purpose and no longer use them for it so they were handy, to repurpose for this - works well.

You are correct, we just use the Miracle Gro garden soil in them, and then we use miracle gro fertilizer once the plants are growing .
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So instead of buying the tubs with the smaller wheels already mounted on them you guys built a platform that uses rubber caster wheels, then you but the tub on it? How big are the wheels? Maybe one of these days I can stop by and take a look at them. Do you fill the entire tub with Miracle Gro garden soil?


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Actually we had the platforms already from something else we had done, they just worked out for this purpose now. Ill look through my garden pics to see if they show up anywhere. If not I can always go take a picture in the garage.
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OK, sounds good, thanks.


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This pic was taken last year, but it probably shows the planter buckets on their 'platforms' best. if snow or hard frost is forecasted we are able to roll these into the nearby garage to protect them. You can see the hoses running up to them, they connect to the soaker hose rings that sit in the pots. Since the roots never get all the way to bottom the bottom 1/3 is normal garden soil, the top 2/3 has the nicer MG garden soil that is nice to plant in. The fall planting was also just started from seeds once these first ones were no longer producing.
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OH, totally not what I was expecting, I was thinking the rectangle containers with wheels but I see what you are saying now. Thanks for the pic. I was thinking about maybe putting some gravel or pebbles in the bottom then some sandy soil then the MG garden soil on top. We likely won't move them once they are planted but it would give us some additional space to plant stuff. Your snow peas look great in that pic.
By the way, we are going to do some major trimming of our grape vine this Spring, so if you are still interested in a start, from it, let me know.


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(This post was edited by wiperhunter2 on Feb 2, 2019, 10:59 AM)
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Well they say a picture is worth thousand words - LOL. Laugh We did put a little gravel in bottoms so the dirt didn't get washed out the drain holes we put in the buckets. The pes did really well these, and at our previous house we did tomatoes in them that did really well. So they are versatile for many things. They are also nice that you don't need to till the dirt and they are already elevated so harvesting is much easier on the back and knees!

Yes, Thanks, I do want some of those yummy grapes. Not sure we can put them anywhere here, but if not here, I will convince Wink our son to put them at his house and we are there enough that we too can enjoy them. So just let us know and we'll bring a bucket or two to put them in. How long after planting them before we can expect to have grapes?
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Yes, Thanks, I do want some of those yummy grapes. Not sure we can put them anywhere here, but if not here, I will convince Wink our son to put them at his house and we are there enough that we too can enjoy them. So just let us know and we'll bring a bucket or two to put them in. How long after planting them before we can expect to have grapes?
It would be several years before your start getting grapes. It might be sooner if you take a large piece of vine with the start. Because of the new housing development that is going to start soon, I will likely have to remove most of my vine.
This might not be something you want to do but I'd bet a grape vine would do good above your house on the hill. I think all you would need to do is run a water line up there and maybe a couple of poles with wire between them or fence, for the vine to grow on. I've never done anything but water my grape vine so they a very low upkeep.


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