This Years Awesome Garden In Honor Of MG

Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by Radishman, May 1, 2018.


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  1. Radishman

    Radishman Monkey+

    In remembrance of MG I'm trying to create the best garden ever this year. Not just good looking, but a garden I can use to make excellent, nutritious, delicious food. I do love to cook.

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    Leeks are the #1 allium for me, because I never have to buy seed for them. Each plant you let go to seed produces around 50-70 seeds in the fall. Secondarily they multiply buy small bulblets around the main bulb (once you've harvested the greens from them for the year, you just leave them in the ground and dig them up in the fall, like you would potatoes). They're much smaller than potatoes but low carb and a mild, excellent flavor that has become my new favorite thickener for pretty much anything. Both the leaves and the bulbs are easily dehydrated. A keen eye will spot they are grown in rabbit poo and sawdust, which they seem to love (and you don't have to water as much).

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    Garlic! You can never have enough of it. There are some leeks thrown in there as well and these are also grown in the rabbit droppings w/ a bit of sawdust.

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    This raised bed is filled with 2-4' hardwood logs (mostly maple) buried with a post hole digger and innoculated with oyster mushroom spawn. They tend to fruit during heavy rains (now, and in the fall). Like most mushrooms oysters are best slow cooked in butter in cast iron until they are just crispy and brown on the outside, and a bit carmelized, then throw them on top of (meat of choice). I've tried them in a sage stuffing in brook trout and they're tasty there as well. They're also one of the easier mushrooms to dehydrate for later use. There's more garlic in there because, can you ever have enough garlic? The logs should fruit for 2-4 years.

    I'll post more pics as stuff gets planted this year.
     
  2. Radishman

    Radishman Monkey+

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    Forgot to add the shallots. They may not like the rabbit poo as well as the leeks and garlic seem to; they're a bit spotty. Also they only multiply by making more bulbs...they flower but no viable seeds are produced. But so tasty.
     
  3. ochit

    ochit Monkey+

    great job, I raise some of my favorites as well -- gardening hand to hand warfare against nature.
     
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    MG is proud of you. Nicely done.
     
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  5. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    @Radishman you inspire me. MG said one of the first things for survival was learning to grow food. And he proved you could grow food in anything.... ground, grow bags, shopping carts, boxes..... I like your choice of plants. They are low maintenance and multiply easily.

    Question on your garlic. How old are your plants? Did you plant them last fall?
     
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  6. Radishman

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    I did plant the garlic last fall, but some of it in the bed there but some was just all the garlic I had left for the year thrown into a planter and covered with dirt all winter. You then get a big ball of garlic greens sprouting kind of like an onion set ready the next spring (they're harder to separate than onions like this though, the roots seem to braid together over the winter).
     
  7. Radishman

    Radishman Monkey+

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    Another small garlic bed out front, with cilantro, lettuce, and calendula (calendula being on my list of edible flowers).

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    4 year old rosemary in pots. It does not overwinter well here and should have been kept in a greenhouse, like the last three years.

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    Obligatory rhubarb patch pic. If you need to leave in a hurry rhubarb can be transplanted from as little as 1 gram of root matter. It should be on your essential list just for the vitamin C and calcium.

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    Goji berry is also apparently hard to kill. These two bushes survived a road trip in 100 degree heat without water when I thought I had terminal relationship issues last summer. I didn't do it any favors but it looks like it's just starting to sprout at the bases.

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    These four fancy flat bulbed spanish onions I planted just to see if they would go to seed this year.

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    Yet more garlic, and a small oak tree.

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    Freshly transplanted chives and snapdragons in a bed surrounded by freshly planted shiitake logs in maple. These are gonna take nine months to a year before they show me a mushroom. Snapdragons are second on my edible flower list and I actually enjoy the slightly sweet flavor. They really add color to the salad also.

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    Lovage plant. Indestructible. Very strong celery flavor, and I use it because celery won't grow here. I believe the seeds are used as filler in commercial celery seeds. Mine grows up to six feet tall and can be used as edible partial shade. It spreads AGGRESSIVELY by both seed and some sort of tuber system.
     
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  8. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Never heard of this. Do you eat the whole plant or just the leaves?
     
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  9. Radishman

    Radishman Monkey+

    The young leaves, and the seeds. The stems are probably edible but extremely fibrous. I don't know/haven't researched the roots.
     
  10. ghrit

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  11. Radishman

    Radishman Monkey+

    Wikipedia says yes to the roots also.

    Lovage

    Distribution[edit]
    m (3.9–5.9 in) diameter; flowering is in late spring. The fruit is a dry two-parted schizocarp 4–7 mm (0.16–0.28 in) long, mature in autumn.[3]
    The exact native range is disputed; some sources cite it as native to much of Europe and southwestern Asia,[4] others from only the eastern Mediterranean region in southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia,[5] and yet others only to southwestern Asia in Iran and Afghanistan, citing European populations as naturalised.[6][7] It has been long cultivated in Europe, the leaves being used as an herb, the roots as a vegetable, and the seeds as a spice, especially in southern European cuisine.[5]
     
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  12. Radishman

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  13. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Greased lightning. I was hoping to save you the effort.

    I've gotten into the habit of looking things up when I've no idea what they are or do, especially if someone asks a question that I can find an answer for. One of the other websites I spend time at has a pair of really helpless louts that can't be bothered thinking on their own, they depend on other members to answer their rather obvious questions. I've given up on them, they are beyond educating. Others are genuine and really don't know where to start; them, I'll point in the right direction and usually they find what they need. I've had others do the same for me, seems a right thing to do.
     
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  14. Seepalaces

    Seepalaces Monkey++ Site Supporter+

    Leeks grow year round in our area, so I keep a bag of diced leeks in the fridge to add to salads, soups, and rice. I love the garlic and leeks. It's bug terror around that place. MG would be pleased.
     
  15. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Just today I rototiller the garden , were just getting ready . to plant ..
    MG was one month ahead ..
    Hey Canuk MG , we didn't get the beer & ?

    Sloth / N
     
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  16. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    love that you started this, your garden looks great

    I was thinking of MG the other day when i saw a shopping basket garden, I wish i could find that thread, it was one of the funniest threads with MG and Kellory going at it over shopping carts. Classic MG.

    We had many drunken conversations on TS, that man was all heart and potty mouth, loved his honesty and all his macho posturing. You cant fool someone as smart as he was and as tender hearted. I miss him alot
     
  17. Radishman

    Radishman Monkey+

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    More mushrooms about to get hammered in.

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    Maitake or Hen-of-the-woods mushrooms in oak pieces. Oak is so rare up here that I didn't recognize it and chopped them into firewood pieces :(. They'll get buried tomorrow, and the plants surrounding them are transplanted english lavender and marjoram.

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    The pollenization hub of the garden. Last years bees died when I tried moving them in the heat, but more are on the way. It looks like a coffin on legs but the design is meant to be easier on your back, and easier on your bees. You just lift out one frame at a time for inspecting. This was built a couple of years ago when MG dared me to get bees.
     
  18. Meat

    Meat Monkey+++

    Murica. :D
     
  19. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Smart & well thought out :
     
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  20. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    @Radishman you inspired me. In memory of MG, I bought a tomato plant and mint. Tomato because he always grew tomatoes. I bought a mint plant because I always fail growing mint. It is a weed for most folks. MG did a series of Motomint videos to prove it was easy to grow. He then proceeded to plant mint in his lawn, grew like a weed. He said it smelled good when he mowed the lawn.

    I will be planting these plants in a straw bale in a few weeks.
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    @Radishman you have to get a tomato plant. :)
     
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