Jewleeia's Grow Log

My adventures with the Classic 7 Pod Aerogarden.  An ingenious invention that will surely help "winter-over" a bit of my tremendous eagerness to start my first garden in AK. Happy browsing!

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Yes, Homer is really

Yes, Homer is really beautiful!

I am planning to grow green beans (bush), sweet snap peas, broccoli, carrots, radish and spinach. Nice, easy stuff that our family eats the most of! I've got a bit of work ahead of me though. I built the raised bed last year and this spring I need to fill it up with soil. The soil I have set aside for it is full of horsetail roots--- I'm planning to either sift them out or burn the soil to kill the roots. I have road fabric to lie down under the garden which will discourage the surrounding acres of horsetails from creepin' in. Next will be a bit of cow manure, then the soil and finally maybe some bags of pro-mix mixed in to rejuvinate the soil. I'll eventually go organic; I started composting this fall. The raised bed is made out of logs and measures 18' x 15'. I'll seal the ends of the logs sometime this summer so they will last longer. I also plan to bore holes 4" deep every four feet in the longer logs, stick thin pvc tubes in, arc them over the garden toss on some clear plastic and volia...I'll have a cold frame. Oh, I need to build a fence to keep moose out. Yup, I've got high aspirations this spring!

Those cozy coats are cool, when I graduate to tomatoes and peppers I'll have to give em' a go! The mini bell peppers and bambino eggplants have also sparked my interest!!

 

 

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You're right, they do say

You're right, they do say thinning isn't necessary. But... basil are big. I haven't grown the thyme, oregano, or savory, and my mint never amounted to much of anything. I think your amounts sound reasonable. Be sure to snip with scissors, not pull - pulling them out will mess with the roots of those who stay behind.

Agreed, southeastern AK was beautiful, but yes, that quantity of rain was daunting. Homer looks gorgeous!

What veggies are you growing?

I'm trying out kozy coats water walls this spring on a few plants - one each tomato, pepper, and probably-eggplant (may change my mind and try a cucumber). That might give you a few more options. Probably not tomatoes given how very short your growing season is... I've read online of people who managed the same basic effect with plastic jugs of water surrounding their plants.

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Ahh, you are right...I am so

Ahh, you are right...I am so excited to see green right now that thinning hadn't yet dawned on me. I probably need to thin my Thyme (18 sprouts), Oregano (9 sprouts) and Mint (10 sprouts) down to 7, 5, and 5? Does that seem about right? My Savory seems good at 5. I checked the guide (in an attempt to further convince myself that reading instructions is important) and it said- Plants do not need to be thinned. Go figure.

I live in Homer. Our property is high enough though that being on the coast doesn't help much with gardening. Last frost date is May 31st but this summer I woke up to 32F on the 4th of July! Yep, it is going to be interesting but I am taking it slow and planting simple veggies. I worked in Petersburg for a summer-- The Southeast is incredibly beautiful but you won't find me moving to a chilly rainforest!

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Could definitely brighten up

Could definitely brighten up a dull soup. 10 basil in one pod could be a bit much - those you might want to thin down to 5... or fewer. Basil plants are big. That should get you an even bigger pile!

Gardening in AK, huh? That should be interesting! What part? We just went up the Inside Passage this June (Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway). Very soggy place. We caught on to the native "cloud failure!" cry of delight pretty quick.

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The guide states 3 to 4 weeks

The guide states 3 to 4 weeks but I believe that is just to get the basil bushing out. I don't think it would be much of a harvest. Although, now that I think it through, with the 2 basil pods I planted I have a total of 15 seedlings (10 from the Genovese and 5 from the Purple) and just clipping a bit of each should give me quite a pile of leaves eh?

 

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Jewleeia - I forget. Do you

Jewleeia - I forget. Do you get to pick first herbs at 3 weeks for basil, or 4 weeks?

I'd intended to replant my pro100 with herbs this time, but... I think I'm going for a short crop of greens again, instead, then maybe herbs after starting some crops for spring...

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Just earnin' a

Just earnin' a livin'.

Granted, I kinda play for a living. I like it that way.

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WOW! (insert smiley that

WOW! (insert smiley that repeatedly bows down and is thankful to be in your presence) And I was just patting myself on the back for being able to follow your instructions on inserting light boxes.

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Very cool stuff. I've done a

Very cool stuff. I've done a bunch of fractals stuff workwise - including Mandelbrot-Julia sets.

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Thanks! http://en.wikipedia.o

Thanks!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_set

Pretty cool stuff.

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