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6/21/11 2:02 A

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I never knew about egg shells and slugs. Thanks

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UR2LOVEIT Posts: 1,387
4/20/11 8:19 P

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I love VF-11 it works so well with my veggies!

Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.
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4/14/11 5:32 A

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That Eleanor's VF 11 fertilizer looks great. I'm getting some on my next trip out.

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4/11/11 7:37 A

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I would like to see the book High Yield Gardening but when I checked at abebooks.co.uk it came up with three different books and I am wondering who is the author of the one you recommend?
High-Yield Gardening: How to Get More from Your Garden Space and More from Your Gardening Season (ISBN: 9780878575992)
Marjorie B. Hunt, Brenda Bortz was one;
The Vegetable Gardener's Bible: Discover Ed's High-Yield W-O-R-D System for All North American Gardening Regions (ISBN: 158017213X / 1-58017-213-X)
Smith, Edward C. another and
Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening: How to Grow Like a Pro, Save Money, and Eat Well by Turning Your Back (or Front or Side) Yard Into An Organic Produce Garden (ISBN: 9781580080378)
Sal Gilbertie; Larry Sheehan the last.

Larisajo said she used this book more than most others and I'd love to know whether it is still available

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4/8/11 3:41 A

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I am going to look up that book High Yield Gardening. I have a truckload of wood chips from the power company cleaning under its lines this Winter. I also have some dried molasses--not organic, sadly. The two should make compost. The molasses has great minerals in it and is feed quality.

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UR2LOVEIT Posts: 1,387
1/14/11 5:30 P

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I don't always buy organic seed, and I'm just a little home gardener so I'm not certified organic, but I treat my garden with organic kid gloves since I get to eat what is there. I found a great fertilizer. Eleanor's VF 11. I have been getting great results. Does anyone else use it?

Gardening is a kind of disease. It infects you, you cannot escape it. When you go visiting, your eyes rove about the garden; you interrupt the serious cocktail drinking because of an irresistible impulse to get up and pull a weed.
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5/13/10 11:10 P

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It is still snowing here. I do have buds opening on trees and some daffodils open but not much else. I put some of my mature tomato plants out in my greenhouse with but they are in walls of water and they are surviving some pretty cold temperatures. It got to 19 last week and they came though in good shape.

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5/12/10 12:31 P

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I have gathered my first harvest of strawberries and were they ever yummy. I like to make strawberry jam and short cake.

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1/27/10 8:16 P

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When I lived in North Dakota I had a huge strawberry patch. I started with 36 plants that were given to me and by the time I moved from that house I had hundreds of plants. I loved making jam and gave much of it away at Christmas. My first pie of the season was always strawberry/rhubarb.

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1/27/10 11:49 A

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I want to transplant my strawberries in a new bed. I am building a 4x8 raised bed for them. They will have more room for the runners.

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LARISSAJO's Photo LARISSAJO Posts: 268
1/24/10 11:57 P

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It probably wouldn't be good for you to use coffee rounds because your area tends to have acidic soil but in the mountains it is exceedingly basic. I need to try to add as much acid as I can and it sill won't allow me to grow blueberries except in containers. I know the colored ink in newsprint is, by law, vegetable based but I don't know about printed materials other than newsprint. I guess it is worth researching.

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1/22/10 4:36 P

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I compost most everything you do. Except the junk mail. If it is black and white I use it. But no coloured inks, they are poison. I read that somewhere so I just dont take the chances. I will use dryer lint from 100% cotton and paper towel and toliet tissue card board rolls as they are clean paper. Scraps from the kitchen definately but not to many coffee grounds. Egg shells are good to but I like to put them around my hostas to keep the slugs at bay.

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LARISSAJO's Photo LARISSAJO Posts: 268
1/19/10 5:46 P

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I compost all sorts of things but tend to go a little heavy on the brown matter and not enough green. I ran the stems and leaves through my mulching mower. I got leaves from some of my neighbors. I, of course, add kitchen scraps from vegetable sources and shred all my junk mail and any other paper I want to discard.
I threw some ornamental squash in the heap that were left over from my fall home decorations and some of them grew and I didn't have to buy them this year.
One of my problems is keeping enough moisture. At this altitude everything evaporates quickly.

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1/18/10 12:33 P

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I use a bought one and turn it once a day. Works good for me. I previously has one made from pallets---that worked too.

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LARISSAJO's Photo LARISSAJO Posts: 268
1/17/10 9:02 P

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What kind of composter are you using? Up here at high altitude I have not found anyone who has been able to make the purchased kind work. I made mine out of 1x6 lumber. I notched the boards so they snap together like Lincoln Logs. I have two and turn from one to the other. Each bin measures 3 1/2 feet square on the inside. I can make them as high or low as I want by adding or removing lumber. I copied the design from a good book called "High Yield Gardening". To me this is the bible of gardening books. I learned more from it than from my Master Gardener course.

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In my gardening I like to use compost. I have a composter and regularly recycle. It's so neat to have.

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Soils, bug issues, types of vegies and flowers.

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