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'09 conversion

by INGrandad

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Yup, up here in corn country.
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Complete overhaul of my vegetable area.

Greetings from northern Indiana. My little place here is on some of that good old yellow clay. When I put in my first garden, I did so in in low beds, vowing I'd amend the soil enough to loosen it. 15 years of amending and I gave up. I needed deeper beds so I finished a partial I'd had around the original garden, then went looking for old railroad ties for the beds. Picked out the oldest, most faded I could to minimize leaching of preservatives, bought 24 tons of river bottom loam, mixed in 6 tons of a nieghbor's horse manure, and went to work.

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vegetable gardening, build your own vegetable garden

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Beautiful garden, cant wait to see more.. I love the idea of the steps. Going to look into that for sure.. What is the fence for? Some sort of lattice? Looks great and probably a little bit easier on the maintenance side. I'm excited for you..
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GardeningCas commented on 12/09/09
The light in your first picture is great! Looking forward to seeing the project unfold next Spring... What are your "must have" crops that you're going to put into the beds?
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chief cultivator commented on 10/21/09
Must have? Tomaotes, cukes, pepper, eggplant, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cabbage. Those are must haves.
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INGrandad replied: on 10/21/09
I'm very familiar with that clay! My extended family (parents, brother, cousins, etc!!) is from SE IN, Decatur County, where they still farm. I'm sure your garden will be a huge success! Your property is beautiful...so is your dog!! Looking forward to seeing your progress!
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Lily commented on 10/21/09
Wow, I can't imagine the planning and physical labor put into this project! Great job! Your property is beautiful! Is that a cornfield in the background?
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Daylilyjoy commented on 10/21/09
WHy yes it is, never seen one before? :)
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INGrandad replied: on 10/21/09
Heeheehee! Gimme a break...I'm used to orange groves down here! Yes, I've seen cornfields...it's just been a while. They grow them here as a novelty and charge people to walk through the maze. :) My teenage son visited one a couple years ago. Photo #1 is a beautiful picture, though. Is it your cornfield?
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Daylilyjoy replied: on 10/21/09
Well, it used to be, I sold 31.someoddacres and held on to 8.whatever that the house and garden is on. Got a little woodlot out back.
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INGrandad replied: on 10/21/09
What are you going to be planting in these beds? Your dog looks like he's ready for action!
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Seedling commented on 10/21/09
The plan is for all vegetables inside the fence. THe 3 beds where the springer is standing; one gets red raspberries, one gets strawberries, the other gets divided between rhubarb and horseradish.
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INGrandad replied: on 10/21/09
can't wait to see the results.
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FigTree replied: on 10/21/09
Oh my goodness- this is just an amazing project! Thank you so much for sharing and I truly hope to see more pictures as time goes on! How in the world did you get all of that dirt there? So impressed.
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FigTree commented on 10/21/09
I had a big pile that I hauled to the vicinity in the bucket of a front end loader, after that it was shovel work. I ain't that young anymore, I work as smart as I can these days, but still enjoy feeling the burn. I got plenty of burn shoveling and wrestling ties on this one.... I've told folks this is my retriement garden .
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INGrandad replied: on 10/21/09
sounds like you're not retired yet! that really takes such an amazing amount of work...
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FigTree replied: on 10/21/09
No, at one time I thought I would be, divorce, putting kids through college, and the economy taught me differently. Reality sucks.
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INGrandad replied: on 10/21/09
agreed. that's why getting lost in plants is a good way to deal.
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FigTree replied: on 10/21/09

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