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Re: [wiperhunter2] My 2019 Gardens/Flowerbeds In reply to
Sorry got busy with trip to Virginia then elk hunting . Then I couldn't find this thread. It's kind of hidden 😁 but anyway yes I garden we do tomatoes ,potatoes, carrots, beets,broccoli, cabbage, cucumber, corn,squash, beans, peas, greens and melons. Not always successful with short season but we try.
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Wow, you grow a great garden and it looks like a very decent size. How long and deep are your boxes? What kind of squash do you grow?


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6 X 32 and 2 foot tall and I filled them with utelite soil blend. we usually have zucchini, spaghetti and pumpkin for our squash.
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Wow, that is some big grow boxes and 24" deep is awesome. It looks like you are using vinyl siding for your boxes, can't say I've ever seen a pieces that long before. Where did you buy that utelite soil blend?


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direct from the mine on the west side of Rockport. its great for small seeds because it doesn't pack hard like our clay soil. I think J&J carries it in bags as well.
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the 24 inches deep makes it easier on the old fat guy pulling weedsLaugh
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So how has your progress been the last two day? Thanks for the link to the silicone trays.


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There is a mine for that stuff, I had no idea, can you pick it up at the mine? Is it a lot cheaper to buy there?


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Who is the old fat guy, your Dad, because I know you aren't talking about yourself. How hard was it to make your grow boxes, I like the idea of the taller boxes too.


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It looks like those boxes are made with vinyl fence materials? But I too would like to know more about the utelite.
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Yes, that's what I meant, vinyl fence material, not siding but I'm amazed at how long it is. I can see that there is a piece in the middle that divides it up but that would mean that each piece on the lengths are 16 ft long, I did not realise they made fence pieces that long. I love the idea of having beds that are two feet deep.


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That is how deep we're making ours in the GH. If we have enough wood left over, the SP box will also be increased to that depth. perhaps it will be even if we had to buy little more.

We've seen kits that can bought that look a lot like those. I did notice those vertical pieces as well, maybe that where you join two lengths or something?

Progress report - Jeff needed to slightly adjust the windows so they'd seat in better, then he wasn't happy with the strain the openers put on the aluminum so he picked up some thicker and cut and drilled it to fit for added support. So a quickie install turned into almost full day's progress, but we are comforted in knowing its good and sturdy, built to last.

Pretty foggy this AM, its almost hard to see the houses across the street. Kind of weird. The breeze we had yesterday really cause our leaves to finally drop. So I'll be gathering them up today for tilling in, someday - if we can get to it before we depart or have to wait till we get back at least they won't be under the snaow. We pretty much lost a lot of yesterday due to our son coming over with the grand daughters for lunch, a movie and a logic board game. It was a great visit.

Supposed to be cooler today which will feel good working outside.
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Well, we gathered all the leaves that have dropped today and put them in the SP box for holding until the raised beds are built and we can then till them in with dirt and other compost.

We made more corner brackets for our raised beds. We are using the steel that GH was supposed to mount onto. So we're upcycling it by cutting and flattening it, then drilling holes in for the screws. Sure beats throwing it away and buying something else to use, it just takes a bit longer Crazy.

So we're kind of done for the day. Maybe tomorrow we'll get rest of corners made, maybe even level out the floor of GH and put down the fabric so we can start filling and tilling all this stored soil, leaves and compost. before snow starts to fly in afternoon. at least once that happens we can still work some more on the inside of the GH even if it is after we return from our trip.
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That is how deep we're making ours in the GH. If we have enough wood left over, the SP box will also be increased to that depth. perhaps it will be even if we had to buy little more.

We've seen kits that can bought that look a lot like those. I did notice those vertical pieces as well, maybe that where you join two lengths or something?

Progress report - Jeff needed to slightly adjust the windows so they'd seat in better, then he wasn't happy with the strain the openers put on the aluminum so he picked up some thicker and cut and drilled it to fit for added support. So a quickie install turned into almost full day's progress, but we are comforted in knowing its good and sturdy, built to last.

Pretty foggy this AM, its almost hard to see the houses across the street. Kind of weird. The breeze we had yesterday really cause our leaves to finally drop. So I'll be gathering them up today for tilling in, someday - if we can get to it before we depart or have to wait till we get back at least they won't be under the snaow. We pretty much lost a lot of yesterday due to our son coming over with the grand daughters for lunch, a movie and a logic board game. It was a great visit.

Supposed to be cooler today which will feel good working outside.

OH, I thought you said you were making yours 12 " deepUnsure. Yes, that joining piece that connects the two sections, if you zoom in on the pic, you can see the slots that are were made just for joining the two sections. Sounds like you guys are making that GH bullet proof, with all the improvements, it should last for a very long time.


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Did you get much snow up there yesterday or this morning? We we drove by yesterday, when we came back from hunting, it was still pretty nice along the freeway there. We hardly got a skiff here but it did rain for a while. Please post another pic of your greenhouse before you two leave.


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We got 1/3 inches of rain, followed by a .5 inches of snow, but the snow only stuck on roofs, lawns and beds so it all melted off soon after it warmed up a bit.

I did get lawn fertilized before all the precip fell so that was good. We collected all the leaves we could as well. Then we worked on some more corners for the raised beds, but we ran out time and energy to get the beds put in before our trip. So after we get back, we plan to get them in place so we can then fill them so they'll be ready to use come early spring.

Our high today was 40, GH got up to 93 for a high, so even if its not overly warm once we get back, working inside the GH should be comfortable.

Here are 3 pics of the GH that are labeled as to what view they are. We've done a lot to really strengthen and secure the GH, so hopefully it should last several years (fingers crossed).
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The pics from the GH looks good, should make a great addition to your gardening plans. Hope you have a good trip today.


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I used fence rails for the sides I bought some used and some from home depot. Yes they are 16 ft long and the posts are custom cut not too hard. There is a steel tpost inside and the PVC pipe has a rear inside and tie wire going across the box to prevent spreading. Un fortunately you can not use utelite and cheap in the same sentence. The mine is on the same road as the dump but if you go for some have a good tarp to cover it it's very light and blows away. You are welcome to come look at what I did.

Also on a previous note here are some tomatoes i picked green before the frost.
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So do you remember what the price was for a cubic yard of utelite? We're going to need a lot for the first couple times at least so buying it bags wouldn't be the way to go if getting truck load would be cheaper. We have a really neat thing from harbor freight that connects to the tailgate then you can unwind it before the bed is loaded, load it, tarp it and when its time to unload you crank it back in sliding the load toward tailgate so you can get it into your wheelbarrow and haul it where you want it. It'll leave some residue along the sides but it gets 85-90% of it.
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So it's not cheaper to buy it at the mine vs at Valley nursery? As jjannie said, buying a truck load vs a few bags, should be cheaper. Does utelite break down over time and if that is the case, how many years will it last, until you need to buy more for your garden? I always thought utelite was a man made substance or at least part of it but if it comes from a mine I guess that isn't the case.
That is a nice haul of tomatoes and a good variety too. I think I'll take you up on your offer for a look see at your garden boxes. It would not hurt to have another idea for some taller boxes.


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I called and got current price a pickup is 47.38 and a large ld like I haul is 31.30 per yd
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Thanks much! Now we'll just need to get our truck back from our son - LOL!
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What size truck do you have?

When we called today they said if we could take 2 cu yds at once it'd cost 38.30 x 2 of course. Guess we'll need to figure out our GH layout for certain but we feel we may need 2 loads but they said we probably can only take 1 cu yd in our size truck - (F150 but our bed length is only a 6.5 ft).

They recommended for our needs to get the 'Root Zone mix' - is that what you use for your raised beds?
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I have a 1 ton but it doesn't have much more volume but I have an 8x20 dump trailer that will hold as much as you want. Yes the root zone is what I use it has some topsoil and mulch mixed in.
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yeah, that size trailer would hold a lot. Looks like after planning the layout we'll need 4, possibly 5 cu yds of the stuff. Looks like next week we'll be ready to start filling the beds. We have a lot of compost, used straw and leaves we can supplement the filling them. So we'll be calling to see if they have the Root Zone mix available.

Have you needed to add a small load amount each year to your raised beds as the plants use it up?

Does it keep its nice consistency from year to year?

We have a small Mantis tiller we use in our raised beds (its small enough to lift over the bed wall, so hopefully it'll be good in the GH beds as well).
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