Gardening means anything green

And now come the temperatures us greenies without jeanies people thrive in in Virginia's tidewater region!

It's a lovely sight to behold, the green-up and getting along, and not only because of the way vegetable prices have been cranking up, but yeah, that too. Everything in the garden is thriving here, my latest netting job seemingly keeping those nasty vermin at bay. Some of the snap peas earlier nibbled to the dirt have even recovered, but I don't want to get too excited about it yet. Radishes, mustard greens, cabbage, lettuces, collards, peas, turnips - even the carrots I put in too early seem to be beginning to sprout. Got kohlrabi and maybe a couple of experimental tomato plants into the earth later today with the projected temps in the next too weeks to only dip into the forties a teeny bit at night. Oh yes, I said tomatoes! I'm hoping the Independence Day and Early Girl varietals might even have us eating those succulent red delights before July is too far along.

Some non-veggies may go in soon too, and our first try at some dahlias and zinnias from seed. Failure does not thwart this green thumber with his dong dangling in the spring breezes! But I've got to move something out of our barn as the plants under artificial light have long ago begun encroaching on the washer and dryer. Too successful? - mostly no. Started too early? - guilty as charged. This long winter made me so antsy that I couldn't help myself, and the first plants up from seed are suffering. No matter now because here it comes!

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Been messin with apple trees mostly so far. clearing more room for more of them across the mountain hillside, planting them, mulching them all. Which includes the peaches and chestnuts and pecans. Runnin the flail chopper on the huntin club fields. to make more mulch. I got started too late on that. built one compost pile from a trailer load and it's working on turning into compost slowly. As the grass grows the chopped green stuff will make compost much faster. (just working with dry stuff so far mostly and it's nitrogen level is too low to heat good) I will have oodles of it in time. But don't have it yet to start mixing with ground to plant anything. And I'm reluctant to plant without it. As things didn't do well last year without it. My plan is to keep making compost and keep building growing places to plant things and then start selling fresh produce for a business. With some 30 acres to mow there's gonna be plenty. And in time I will have the orchard producing lots of good fruits. Just might have some naked help growing too. My cousins two little fellas are growing fast. oldest is 2.5 and getting well tanned already from runnin around clothes free. They's gettn introduced to the garden beside their place. growin up in the garden is the best place to grow up. That's how I did it. Except my momma thought all nude was live porn and didn't do that. It was the concept that she thought would make me pure, but it backfired into a porn addiction in myself which I hated and resisted without results, until I learned why it'd happened and started reverse conditioning my mind and backed out of it entirely. Now I'm a happy naked gardener. And wouldn't mind having some happy naked helpers. What with working up several acres into a produce farm. As those grocery store prices keep rising with the insane inflation the system is creating, it'll get more critical to grow our own, until our own may end up being all we have.

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All that time outside sounds like fine progress to me! The tomato plants I put in early this week don't seem to be doing much but they aren't dead, either. We're going to be going back down into the thirties Tuesday night so it'll be covering them with remay to get them through, then hopefully smooth (warmer) sailing after that.

I'm sorry about your mom's take on letting you go nude when you were a kid. I don't think that's uncommon, not that it makes you feel any better about it with the knowledge that lots of kids dealt with parents not understanding that nudism brings one into better sync with the natural world. And congratulations on whipping down the pornography addiction. It's bad out there. Keep up the good work!

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Well so damn, the temperature for the next three nights is going to hit possibly as low as 35 here and it's going to be iffy with remay hopefully keeping the five tomato plants I put in the dirt last week, admittedly early but I didn't want to have to transfer them into bigger pots a third time. So much to do! We'll see soon whether or not I'm going to kill some of them. The good side of the story is that if the first ones croak we've got round two coming out of the barn and they are growing strong, but later fruiting varieties than the two early types I already planted. Brandywines won't be giving fruit for another month though! Momma nature rules but Billyboy has a few tricks up his sleeves, figuratively. I'll need some sleeves today with the outside temps in the mid fifties but no issues with being bored with things to do on the inside gardening duties. I've got a flower bed to finish weeding and a border bed to begin work on, and hope to get the dahlias and zinnias brought up from seed that're bursting their pot with growth, and possibly the start of cucurbits in the barn if I can get to it. No telling what's going to come of them since last year's attempt was a complete failure. New cultivars and new techniques will be tried! Keep the positive comments coming you bare-assed greeners!

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Well so damn, the temperature for the next three nights is going to hit possibly as low as 35 here and it's going to be iffy with remay hopefully keeping the five tomato plants I put in the dirt last week, admittedly early but I didn't want to have to transfer them into bigger pots a third time. So much to do! We'll see soon whether or not I'm going to kill some of them. The good side of the story is that if the first ones croak we've got round two coming out of the barn and they are growing strong, but later fruiting varieties than the two early types I already planted. Brandywines won't be giving fruit for another month though! Momma nature rules but Billyboy has a few tricks up his sleeves, figuratively. I'll need some sleeves today with the outside temps in the mid fifties but no issues with being bored with things to do on the inside gardening duties. I've got a flower bed to finish weeding and a border bed to begin work on, and hope to get the dahlias and zinnias brought up from seed that're bursting their pot with growth, and possibly the start of cucurbits in the barn if I can get to it. No telling what's going to come of them since last year's attempt was a complete failure. New cultivars and new techniques will be tried! Keep the positive comments coming you bare-assed greeners!

When I plant early I keep 5 gallon buckets out to cover the small plants, then cover the buckets with garagesale blankets and comforters when the temp looks like it will drop over night.

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Been messin with apple trees mostly so far. clearing more room for more of them across the mountain hillside, planting them, mulching them all. Which includes the peaches and chestnuts and pecans. Runnin the flail chopper on the huntin club fields. to make more mulch. I got started too late on that. built one compost pile from a trailer load and it's working on turning into compost slowly. As the grass grows the chopped green stuff will make compost much faster. (just working with dry stuff so far mostly and it's nitrogen level is too low to heat good) I will have oodles of it in time. But don't have it yet to start mixing with ground to plant anything. And I'm reluctant to plant without it. As things didn't do well last year without it. My plan is to keep making compost and keep building growing places to plant things and then start selling fresh produce for a business. With some 30 acres to mow there's gonna be plenty. And in time I will have the orchard producing lots of good fruits. Just might have some naked help growing too. My cousins two little fellas are growing fast. oldest is 2.5 and getting well tanned already from runnin around clothes free. They's gettn introduced to the garden beside their place. growin up in the garden is the best place to grow up. That's how I did it. Except my momma thought all nude was live porn and didn't do that. It was the concept that she thought would make me pure, but it backfired into a porn addiction in myself which I hated and resisted without results, until I learned why it'd happened and started reverse conditioning my mind and backed out of it entirely. Now I'm a happy naked gardener. And wouldn't mind having some happy naked helpers. What with working up several acres into a produce farm. As those grocery store prices keep rising with the insane inflation the system is creating, it'll get more critical to grow our own, until our own may end up being all we have.

If you lookup composting, they recommend a mix of green and brown for faster decomposition. Green grass for the nitrogen and brown wood for carbs. Sounds like you have plenty of brush around to send thru a chipper and mix with the grass. My electric coop comes thru every 3 years to clear trees from the power lines, so I get them to dump truck loads of wood chips here for free when they are in my neighborhood. Their chips are larger than I like, so I run them thru my 5hp Craftsman chipper shredder.

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Yes, need the right balance of carbon and nitrogen to make fast hot compost. My first loads off the fields were last years dry stuff, even adding some nitrogen wasn't enough and it's cookin slow. but the grass is growing now with warm weather coming on so it'll probably get too hot with all green matter. I'll add some wood chips or sawdust to it if needed with future piles. Started mowing it too late to get compost made for spring planting. Used some old horse manure from the barn to plant some fruit trees in, the other day I got tempted by another apple tree when passing the walmart garden center. So a yellow delicious followed me home. I dug a big hole (nice naked work) and layered in the chopped debris with minerals and topsoil, mounded up a ft above ground level and planted the tree on top, watered it down good. I've heard of planting tomatoes on top a bale of straw, the plant grows into the bale as it rots down, kinda the same idea. I might try something like that for the garden since I have none composted yet.
Other than keeping at the agriculture development, our main little economy car is failing, only backup I have is my old rusty toyota pickup work truck. So it's time I did something to make some cash (much as I'd prefer to just work at the gardens) and buy another car, like cut some timber again and buy a neighbour's little geo metro convertible that already has a rebuilt engine, doesn't need much to get it going again. Just find a timing belt cover (or make one) replace tires and soft top. Then we'll start work on the failing one. We got started messing with old geo metros some years ago. So now we have 2 of them (a 3rd that's a wrecked parts car we bought from a tow service) engine went to loosing compression on one awhile back and finally wouldn't run, same thing now starting to happen to the other one. We have an extra engine so we could swap and sort of restore it, but that engine burned oil too. About time for a serious engine rebuild job. I can do that in my shop. Done full rebuilds on both gas and diesel engines in the past. I can even rework crank journals and bore cylinders if needed on my antique metal working machines. If i really wanted to i could start with iron ore and firewood and make engines from raw materials. but that's more a time consuming hobby that I have little time to fool with yet. If I do that it'll be a steam engine that I'd build. But it's fun to start with rocks and surplus trees and turn out a cast iron engine, or even just a cookin pan. Oh well, between making things from metal and growing good food, it's the two things I find most interesting to do. Along with growin food it's the basic elements of making provision for ourselves right from nature. Another thing I'm thinking of for a better little car is making some trips to naturist get togethers this year. It'd be fun to get out there and socialize a little.

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The garden is slow moving due to the nighttime temps here still dipping into the thirties. I'm really getting tired of covering the tomatoes I put in way too early, but that was my boo boo. Tonight is HOPEFULLY the last night I have to put remay over the five, stunted, early-planted ones. I killed one of the ones that are still not in the garden yesterday while moving them out of the barn and into the sun to harden them off, hoping to be able to plant them proper in another week or so. Snapped the poor thing off right at dirt level, dammit. But we've got more of the tomatoes than we truly need - it just aches to kill something we've spent so much time coddling and repotting and such. Did harvest some radishes and arugula a couple of days ago, and already some tomatoes forming on a couple of early varieties! We may have 'maters by June! Easily amused much? That's us! Got begun on double digging the second bed a couple of days ago. Oh my back! But it must be done and aspirin works for the aches and pains. My toes are getting permanently brown from walking around in the dirt bare but for my hat and shirt for sun! No, I ain't no shit kicker, but there is some manure around, so maybe, hee! Keep getting green, people!

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"Greenies without jeanies"!! Love it!!

Sounds like you've got a great garden going on! I've found that 2x4 welded wire, with a row of cinder blocks along the bottom will deter those wascawwy wabbits. If you're growing venison in your garden, that's another thing, though.

I'd like to hear some progress reports on that kohlrabi. I tried it for the first time last Fall, and it didn't go well. It was in an area that got too much shade in the Fall and Winter, so that may have been most of the problem. Munched on a few of the leaves, but never got any bulbs at all. I've been working on turning that shade into Hugelkulture, but still have some to do.

Jim

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More death and destruction on the garden front when we got a storm through Friday tend days ago. Had some hail but it was the wind that snapped the top off of our biggest tomato plant in a container. the rest of the plant survives but it's in a sad state with no places for new growth to emerge. G and her mom say it'll find a way but I'm skeptical. The five 'maters I planted in the garden way too early are even harder to look at and I'm thinking about getting drastic, with most of the low leaves all yellowed and withering. I may try an application of epsom salt solution mixed in with some manure tea, but I'm about to give up, pull them and plant more of the healthy ones still in pots. If it's something in the soil the new ones will do the same thing, dammit! I'm going to do some weedeating in a few minutes and think about it more.

The kolhrabi I planted by seed is struggling to make much progress ~ the ones I put in flats and then moved into the garden as plants between the two types of peas we're growing are looking so much better. Go figure as to why, but the shaded ones are going to town with leaves, though still no bulging going on like they're going to produce real produce. The seed packet said we can eat the leaves and that's good because the lettuces are beginning to bolt already and haven't even reached eight inches tall. Ups and downs and another trip to the Kroger for more expensive veggies for us, dang it.

A second set of netting around the veggies seems to have quelled the varmints from digging any more, so far. Still only halfway through with the double dug second bed and that's today after some lawn maintaining. Bob (our illustrious leader here at the nude resort) came by and said our yard looks like Sanford & Sons the other day, oopies! With the weather issues and deck staining and the garden mess going on, he's funnily dead on. We'll throw him some vegetables alone the way and it'll all be good -- and nude!

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We had a similar storm come through a week or so ago. I didn't think the wind was that bad until I saw my squash, cucumber & zucchini plants flipped sideways in the raised bed. A couple were partially pulled up and had to be pushed back in the soil. So far, they're doing OK but not as well as before. We'll see how it goes.

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