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Gardens at the Urban Ranch

| 5/15/2011 10:19:53 PM

A photo of Nebraska Dave Some of you may have noticed that I have not been frequenting the GRIT website for a time. [We noticed! --Eds.] I, at times, travel with a group from the Southern Baptist Association disaster relief group to places that are needed.  The call came down from the association that we were to stage up to leave for Alabama on May 2nd.  Thirty of us prepared to leave and be fully contained.  That means provision for food, sleeping, all equipment and things necessary to live for 7 to 10 days were to be taken with us. 

Here are two of the five vehicles we staged up to convoy to Alabama.  I'm sure we will get another chance when the flood waters recede.   If you would like to read more about the trip or non trip as it was, you can go to .

Ready for Alabama 

The garden looks a little different than in April.  All the structures are built; the beds are filled with Omagrow soil, a city composted yard waste soil; and most of the watering system is in place.  I'm still tweaking that and probably will be for many years to come.  Ideas about how to improve the system just keep popping into my mind.  I just can't help it.  All the beds are planted except for the cucumbers.  Hopefully, in the next couple days the seeds will be planted directly into the bed.  You can see my rabbit barrier for the radishes and lettuce on the first bed and the fence structure for the cucumbers to climb on the second bed.

Daves May Garden beds 

Here is the new look of beautification for the poor man's living patio trellis.  These hanging baskets are Impatiens that are watered by a low pressure watering system.  Impatiens have grown well on the patio wall so I expect that they will be great in the aerial display.  The sides will be planted with the begonias that you can see still in the flat on the back wall of the patio that  I brought them home in. 

Nebraska Dave
5/30/2011 8:15:12 AM

Mary, the group that I travel with mostly likely will be helping somewhere in the south for many months to come. Our sister state is Arkansas so I expect that might be the area we work in most. Tornadoes are the most unpredictable and scary weather related events in my opinion. We get straight line winds here in Nebraska too. That can be just as harmful to trees and buildings as tornadoes. So far our weather here in Nebraska has been pretty good this year. My cucumbers are just starting to come up. The tomatoes and green peppers are doing great as well as the potatoes. The lettuce is real spotty and I have enough to have maybe one salad but that's OK. I'll plant some more in the fall. The radishes went to all tops and no radish. I'm not sure what's up with that. The onions look great so far. Have a great day in the garden.

Mary Carton
5/29/2011 11:17:16 PM

Sharron most of Florida is too warm to grow peonies. They need a period of freezing weather to make them bloom.

Mary Carton
5/29/2011 11:11:01 PM

Dave your project is coming along nicely. Thanks for coming to my home state to help out. The amount of help from through out the country has been amazing. The hospital I work at still has 3 of the victims from the Phil Campbell tornado after more than a month. My cucumbers aren't looking too hot. We had a bad straight line wind storm this past week and didn't have power for over 12 hrs at my house. Some of my friends didn't have power for 2 or 3 days. My neighbor had some very nice squash plants that were broken off and took off like tumbleweeds. Mary at Rosedale Garden

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