New Year, New Garden Brainy Ideas

| 1/23/2015 9:55:00 AM

Tags: Weather, Gardening, Governor Ball, Nebraska Dave,

Adventures of Old Nebraska DaveJanuary has brought some unusual temperatures to Nebraska. The entire last week was 40s and 50s. This week and on into next week will be the same. Everyone is enjoying the spring-like temperatures with reservations as February can be just as brutal as January. There could still be a lot of punch left in the Nebraska winter. I'm not sure that these warm temperatures are good for plants and trees. I've always been told that long periods of warm weather followed by severe cold is what causes winter kill in plants. I'm hoping that all my rose bushes I planted two years ago will make it and the one I transplanted last fall will come through this unstable weather pattern.

I've been starting to think about the coming garden year and the starting of seeds in February. Onions will be the first to go on the heat mat. I'm not sure what will be next, but I'll find something to keep the heat mat going through the next couple months.

Some of you will remember the bucket gardening I started last year with automatic watering. This concept was great and would have done well if it were not for the weather elements that kept beating down all gardens last year.

bucket gardening

The lessons I learned from the first year were many. This double row of buckets on top of the raised bed was a multilevel growing concept and worked great except the center strip was a nightmare to keep weeded. There just wasn't enough room to reach down in there and weed efficiently. Therefore it became a weed strip instead of a cabbage strip. This year only one bucket rain gutter will be put on each raised bed.

The next brainy idea uses this same concept but in a basement environment.

2/8/2015 10:33:33 PM

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1/30/2015 10:33:21 AM

mobricklayer37, I mixed up my special mix of garden soil which is just a slight level below potting mix. I used one back of Organic Miracle gro garden soil, one bag of compost/cow manure from the local nursery (don't stink at all), a five gallon bucket of sphagnum moss, one 3 pound coffee can of perlite, one cup of garden lime, and a handful of Epsom Salts. I use a compost tumbler to mix all the ingredients together. One batch will fill four five gallon buckets. It should be good to grow just about any thing. ***** Have a great day planning your garden.

1/29/2015 6:26:56 PM

what type soil did you use-regular old dirty-or bagged like miracle grow?

1/29/2015 9:16:12 AM

Mary, thanks for the kind words. I've not had really good luck with onions in the past either. I'm getting better so just keep trying. I'm convinced that I just have to find the right onion for my area of the country so I keep trying different ones hoping to find just the right one to fit our growing conditions. Some times all those awesome looking pictures of plants in the seed catalogs are not grown in my area. I'm learning that not all seeds are developed for my growing conditions and that even with my TLC, they just won't grow well here because they weren't developed for my weather patterns. ***** Have a great day and thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

1/27/2015 6:41:16 AM

Hi, Dave! Mary from Old Dog New Tricks. Interesting blog! It looks like you are prepared for most anything this coming summer! Yes, it is time to start thinking about onions, again which was a total failure last year. I'm not sure how "my garden will grow" this year, but I assume I'll give it a good try. We are cutting back, though. BTW, a handsome picture of you!!!

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