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turtledawn

Location:  Lexington, KY

Day Job:  R&D lab tech

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Basil, Carrots, Chile Peppers, Collards, Garlic, Green beans, Kale, Lavender, Lettuce, Melons, Oregano, Peas, Rosemary, Spinach, Squash, Sugar Snap Peas

Animals:  Cats

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  Gardening is a great excuse to get outside and play in the dirt.

 
     

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  • Posted by: farminthehood on September 2nd, 2014 at 05:00 am

    I just found these messages. My fig died in the horrible winter of last year. We are going to try again, and I hope we have LOTS of figs!

 
  • Posted by: on June 1st, 2011 at 01:08 pm

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  • Posted by: Groundbreaker on February 27th, 2011 at 06:11 am

    My chickens don't really try to pick the fruit of the trees, but they do a great job of cleaning up any fallen fruit.

    Unfortunately, they like to stick their heads through the lattice and pick apart my lantana. I have to keep my little dogs on patrol to avoid plant casualties... : )

 
  • Posted by: brittley47 on February 26th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Hey turtledawn--Yeah, my bird netting worked real well. The birds around here are crazy! So while I realize that birds can offer some benefits to a garden, I don't think that would have been the case here. I've only lived here for one summer season so far, but the birds completely RAVAGED my cherry tree (that I had only found out was a cherry tree a few weeks earlier when I inspected some unusually small "apples!")within a week of harvest. This year, I'm going to rig a pole with netting to cover the cherries too!

 
  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on February 26th, 2011 at 06:44 am

    Turtledawn, the patio and arbor did turn out really well. I'm still figuring out a way to cover the arbor with plant material to look like a living arbor. The issue is shade. In the summer the arbor is in the shade for the entire day. It makes sitting on the patio nice but growing plants very limited. I have some ideas for this year.

    Have a great Kentucky garden day.

 
  • Posted by: City Girl Garden on February 26th, 2011 at 04:19 am

    I used bamboo for the trellises, with string laced between the cross pieces. They worked well for beans, but the cucumbers caused them to lean. I used cages for my tomatoes

 
  • Posted by: brittley47 on February 25th, 2011 at 01:05 pm

    Congrats!

 
  • Posted by: lissakevin on February 25th, 2011 at 08:18 am

    love your trellis set up! congrats on farmer of the day!

 
  • Posted by: Green Desert on February 25th, 2011 at 07:18 am

    Congrats on Farmer of the Day! Love the trellis work. Good job.

 
  • Posted by: turtledawn on February 25th, 2011 at 06:03 am

    Good morning, thanks for the well-wishes! City Girl, I used the framework to support strings for tomatoes, melons, and peas. The raccoons got to the melons before I did, but it worked great for the peas and well enough for the tomatoes.

    Dave, I've toyed around with doing fish, but my husband pointed out the raccoons would probably get those, too. Good luck with your project - water features are so nice anyway, and when you can make them food sources too they're even better.

 
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