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Built my first cattle panel arch trellis today!

posted by: bencjedi on 06.11.2007 at 10:58 pm in Vertical Gardening Forum

All for less than $30 in supplies!
It took over 4 hours to dig the holes for the T-posts. One post especially was very very difficult to dig because a rock the size of those boogie boards at the beach ominously gave zero option for pole placement. I had to bust it up with a sledge hammer before I could dig. I also broke two shovels including one I bought at Lowes Sunday that touted 'Best shovel in the world'. Split it halfway down the spade! The girls behind the return counter busted out laughing, but refunded the money. I was more careful finishing the job. ;)

I planted cucumbers and snap peas this evening. I left a corner spot for potentially a melon of sorts. I could use the other side of the trellis, but am too worm out to do anything for tilling. I think a raised bed on that side would be considerably easier to create.. possibly all the way to the rear of my stockade fence. For now I may just put potted tomato plants there and train them up that side.

Please let me know what you all think.


clipped on: 05.25.2013 at 07:14 am    last updated on: 05.25.2013 at 07:32 am

One of the best recipe 2

posted by: valerie_ru on 04.15.2010 at 02:25 am in Organic Gardening Forum

This thread is a continuation of the thread
One of the best recipe in Organic Gardening

Main idea is to use non-alcohol fermentation in the gardening based on the fermenting cereals� grains. There are many ways of fermenting cereals to make beverages. But trying to be as simple as possible we came to this simple formula:

6 tbsp rye flour + 2 tbsp molasses + 1 gallon water, sit 3 days.
(author - Nandina)

This stuff is called on Russian kvas, I�ll use this term for designation.

Chemical composition: lactic acid, acetic acid (vinegar), enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants.
Microbial population: lactic acid bacteria, yeasts.
Physical properties: acidic, white color if made without molasses.
Way to keep: closed under the lid or covered by plastic film if kept in an open barrel.
Behavior: tend to be more acidic with time.
Related theory: Effective Microorganisms

Kvas may be used in the garden directly for watering and sprinkling plants diluted with water in ratio 1:0, 1:1, 1:10, 1:100, 1:1000. Better to use more diluted and more often. But pure kvas may be applied too, without hurting.

Kvas may be used for fermenting everything else in the garden: weeds, fruits, peels, etc to make fermented plant extract (FPE). Just put them in the kvas and wait some days. Herbs increase their healing and antioxidant properties tens times after fermentation with kvas.

As a tool for insects, ferment garlic or/and pepper and/or any herbs used as repellent. Use in dilution 1:100 � 1:1000 for sprinkling plants every other week.

There are more advanced recipes of making kvas based on using malt, making sourdough bread in oven, etc. (in this case microbial population will have also photosynthetic bacteria). But this recipe is simple and good for beginners.
With the given information everybody can try it in the garden.


clipped on: 05.25.2013 at 07:17 am    last updated on: 05.25.2013 at 07:31 am

One of the best resipe in Organic Gardening

posted by: valerie_ru on 10.16.2009 at 05:18 pm in Organic Gardening Forum

It is also very CHEAP and can be made in unlimited quantities.

So, recipe:

Take 1 tablespoon of rye flour and put in 1 gallon of water. Wait 2-3 days untill it become WHITE colour.
Shake it sometimes. That's all.

The stuff is called on Russian KWAS and can be used diluted in water in MANY ways for plants:
1. Watering
2. Sprinkling
Very usefull as fertiliser and for pest control.
I think it's the same stuff as activated "EM"
But it's FREE.

I tried it on home plants. It works GREAT !

Here is a link that might be useful: EM Research Organization


clipped on: 05.25.2013 at 07:16 am    last updated on: 05.25.2013 at 07:29 am