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SEEDS! SEEDS! OH GOD, THE SEEDS!

Rareseeds.com will be the death of me. Also, they have their new seed catalog out.

After several very pleasant evenings spent laying in bed and circling things, I finally narrowed it down to about a dozen.

Ask me if I have room for a dozen new vegetables. Ask me. Go on.

No. Obviously not.

But I did manage to score a half-dozen half-whiskey barrels for $10 a pop at an end of season thing, so I have someplace to grow some of the veggies. I am terribly smug. They had dried out and looked ratty and loose, but you soak ‘em and the wood swells and they’re happy again.

My list:

Good Mother Stallard beans — Oh my god, will you LOOK at these things?

Hidatsa Red beans – It says they’re rugged and 3 feet tall. We will see.

Rattlesnake Pole bean — Good for hot humid areas, apparently.

Miniature White cucumber – says it’ll work in containers. I am skeptical, but I can try. My Mexican miniature sour gherkins got et by worms last year and mostly scrambled without producing a lot of fruit, so I’m auditioning another cucumber. The Parisian pickling cuke remains a staple.

“Tigger” melon — It’s so PRETTY!

Lincoln pea – “Wando” is my go-to at the moment, since it gets hot fast here, but I’ll give Lincoln a shot. Fourscore and seven peas ago…

Fish Pepper – This one looked too interesting to pass up, and Kevin wanted a hot pepper. (Not that we won’t wind up buying Anaheim and jalapeno starts next spring anyway.)

Jewel Peach nasturtium — I learn from my mistakes occasionally. These are supposed to be dwarf nasturtiums!

Tall trailing nasturtium — I don’t learn that well.

 

And I’ve got a Parisian carrot and a white beet and “Bull’s Blood” beets and a couple others hanging out from a previous order, and some carrots and sweet peas from a trade, plus scarlet runner beans and “Wando” peas I saved myself so…uh…five whiskey barrels just need to hold…err…three types of plant apiece…and the one pot that was going to hold the pepper when the annual coreopsis died, except it’s not dying, so, uh….and I need to be able to plant about ten basil plants because we had such a lousy harvest last year…

Yeah, I’m screwed.

Originally published at Squash's Garden. You can comment here or there.



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How did you make your hydroponic bucket? Are there good directions somewhere?

I took a class, and I haven't been able to quickly find any links that resemble what I made. I'll post later with a blog post that describes it.

Similar, but not quite the same. You end up using a planting medium instead of soil, and deliberately restricting the amount of water the medium absorbs through the wicking tubes -- ie, the Gatorade bottles, so that it stays moist instead of soggy. I have heard that people have had trouble with the design you link to, because the soil gets too wet. I haven't tried that myself.

We didn't bother with a waterproof cover because of the overflow holes, and because it's southern California and we just plain don't get that much rain here.

I saw a very similar design in Sepp Holzer's Permaculture where the wicking tubes are replaced by a water-saturated thick branch that you inoculate with mushroom spawn, which is totally on my list of things to try.

Check out www.windowfarms.org

Not hydroponics in a bucket, but in old bottles hanging in your windows.

Just don't ever grow peas in them... Unless you really want a living wall...

Here's a picture and description of my Windowfarm:
http://our.windowfarms.org/2010/10/23/update-on-my-wf/
(Not running right now. Killed off all the plants during the summer... Really shouldn't leave for 3 weeks if the system only has liquids for a week)

This farm worked OK in the winter...
My air-to-air heat-pump(think of an AC running in reverse. Very efficient heater) didn't cause any problems, and the WF seemed to keep the humidity in my apartment at a more livable level, too.

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