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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How to Build A PVC Greenhouse for Your Raised Bed Vegetable Garden

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The video shows you how to construct a 7x2 greenhouse/cold frame that stands 2-2/12 feet high. It is covered by .2 mil plastic paint drop cloth. You can use the directions to design a size that fits your garden bed needs.


The Fall Garden Surives Hurricane Sandy

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We were very lucky only to lose power for a few hours. We had winds over 60 miles an hour and got our share of rain. The Rusted Garden survived. Here is an update of the fall garden. Don't forget you can get 2 seasons of cool weather crops.

Container Fall Greens - The Rusted Garden Blog

You can grow great greens in buckets or 5 gallon containers. I am also growing radishes which was an experiment. They are do fairly well but aren't getting to size like a raised bed planted radish. You see arugula, lettuces and cilantro in the picture.

The saran wrap green house was a video I made on my YouTube Garden Channel. I can safely say the design was sturdy but it can't withstand 60 plus mile per hour winds.


Saran Wrap Green House Hit by Hurricane - The Rusted Garden Blog
Kale Blown Over by Hurricane Sandy - The Rusted Garden

Kale will survive the winter here in Maryland and it will grow new leaves come spring. It is a biennial. It will also flower in the spring. You can eat the sweet yellow flowers in salads. Below is my Swiss Chard. It got knocked down but will continue to produce until a hard frost.


Swiss Chard Blown Down by Hurricane - The Rusted Garden Blog

Video of the garden and pictures if you would like to view it.



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My Last Tomatoes of the Season: October 15th!

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One of my goals was to keep the garden going. This is the latest, into fall, I have had tasty tomatoes. Some always survive but they are beat up and awful looking. The 'Sarah's Galapagos' are currant tomatoes. They are healthy looking and sweet tasting.


Fall Currant Type Tomatoes - The Rusted Garden Blog

The tomato vines were pulled and this section of my garden has been cleaned and winterized. The tomatoes were growing in the far 4x4 raised bed by the railing and house. They have moved on.


My Winterized Garden - The Rusted Garden Blog

Update on Fall Garlic, Onions and Leeks: 3 Weeks of Growth

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Fall gardening is alive and well in Maryland. Some cool weather vegetables you plant to harvest in the fall and others you plant to over-winter and be ready come spring. On September 26th I did a video on planting garlic, onion seeds and leeks. His is the progress about 3 weeks later.

The vegetables will do their thing over the winter and be ready in various stages for spring and late spring harvesting.

Fall Planted Garlic - The Rusted Garden Blog
Fall Planted Onion Seeds - The Rusted Garden Blog

Notice the onions and leeks look almost the same. They are related. Onions make the round bulb you are familiar with and leeks grow more like cylindrical stalks. Both great additions to the garden. And you can start them in the fall.


Fall Planted Leeks - The Rusted Garden Blog

Monday, October 15, 2012

Winterizing and Filling Your Raised Bed: Kill Slugs Too!

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Fall is a great time to winterize your vegetable garden raised beds (so to speak) and fill them up for next spring. You do the work now, to have ready to go planting beds come spring. Winterizing your beds is also a great way to cut down on slugs and snails. Kill them in the fall, so they aren't around in the spring.

Remove all the debris from this year's vegetables. Bag it and throw it away. That is the best way to remove over-wintering disease spores. The bed in the video is just filled with cheap topsoil, leaves and grass and a layer of newspaper. You are putting your bed to sleep for about 4 months. The goal is to fill up your bed, cut down on disease, reduce the snail and slug population and get the work done early.

When spring arrives you will add compost, manure and other organic matter to the top of the bed and then, come spring, you will turn it all under. Your beds will be ready for your spring cool weather vegetables. Winterize is not an exact process. It is a concept. The video gives you the basic idea of winterizing and a way to kill some slugs and snails.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fall Chard, Peas and Leeks: Cool Weather Gardening

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I ate these vegetables last week in a stir-fry. I feel pretty good about achieving a goal of eating into the fall. As of October 14th,  I can still eat out of the garden. I just built a plastic wrap mini greenhouse and hope to get greens into December. A new goal.

Fall gardening, as I mentioned, is well and good in Maryland Zone 7. Here is what I picked last week and a little bit of what they look like prepared to be cooked.


Fall Swiss Chard, Leeks & Peas - The Rusted Garden Blog

Cleaned-Up Swiss Chard in the Fall - The Rusted Garden Blog

Swiss Chard is a great garden vegetable. It is a cool favoring crop that grows through the summer and comes back like a monster in the fall. You prepare the stalks like celery. It has a different taste but a great similiar crunch without the celery string. It readily absorbs the seasonings of the dish.


Sliced Swiss Chard Stalks for Stir-Fry - The Rusted Garden Blog

Below are the vegetables prepared as going into my stir-fry. The swiss chard leaves were chopped. They can be used in salads. I didn't stir-fry them. I made a bed of greens out of them and put the stir-fry on top of them at plating.


Fall Garden Vegetable Stir-Fry - The Rusted Garden Blog

Friday, October 12, 2012

Building A Mini Garden Greenhouse Out of 'Saran' Wrap: It Works!

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This video will show you how to use plastic cling wrap like 'Saran Wrap' to build a mini vegetable garden greenhouse. I am not demonstrating the exact way to construct it but I am offering an idea for you to adopt to your garden needs. Tonight the temperature will dip to 37 degrees which most likely means frost in my area.

Many cool weather crops can take frost and even freeze. I built this mini green house as a way to prolong my growing season by at least 4 weeks. You can use the idea in this video to extend your vegetable growing season in the fall and start your vegetable growing season earlier in the spring.

Be an artist and sculpt a mini greenhouse. Have fun with it.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Planting Fall Container Greens and Lettuces

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Fall is a great time to plant lettuces and other greens. Don't forget peas and radishes too! As long as you get about 60 days before really heavy frosts, you can plant a whole new round of cool season vegetables. You can even plant leeks, onions and garlic for the following spring. The best time to start planting is mid August to mid September. Check out your weather and frost dates. October my work for in your area.

I grow a lot of lettuces and greens in containers. I over seed them and pick baby greens. I also transplant some of the container greens into my raised beds. This year I grew cilantro, arugula, spinach, and several varieties of green and red lettuces. I am even experimenting with radishes in containers.

Here is the video of my Fall container greens to give you a basic idea of how to do it. It is easy!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

How to Test Sprout/Germinate Your Garden Seeds

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There is nothing worse than planting bad seed. If you have left over seed or collect seed you want to test germinate it each year. It not only saves you time and frustration but also money. Seed can last quite a long time, even up to 5 years. The key to keeping your seed viable is to keep in an air tight container and store it in a cool place. This video shows you how to test germinate your garden seeds.



Saturday, October 6, 2012

CurbsideChaos and A Usefull Site For Gardeners!

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There are a lot of garden sites around. I was interested in Curbside Chaos because of a $5,000 yard make-over they were giving away. $5000 would certainly rebuild my raised beds and buy me the stone I need for a stone patio and walk way through my garden. Too bad I didn't win! You can see what the home owner won in this video. What would you do with a yard make-over?

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall Cool Weather Container Lettuces, Greens and Radishes

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I mention I want to harvest into November.  Here are my bucket and container gardens. I planted several kinds of lettuce. The 'Black Seeded Simpson' is the fastest growing lettuce. The spinach is doing well. I also planted cilantro, arugula and two kinds of radishes.

I planted radishes to see if they would grow in containers in a useful way. I have standard round in one container and the other one holds 6-8 inch long tap radishes. So far so good.

The interesting thing about greens is many of them can freeze, so light frost is no big deal. Spinach often actually over-winters. The seeds in here were planted toward the end of August. Again, fall planting of cool weather vegetables works.

The other thing you can do and you can see my buckets are over-seeded, is transplant them. I will transplant a lot of the greens into a new 12 inch raised bed I made. It is my attempt to stop the rabbit that has taken up homestead in my garden. Damn rabbit! Gardens are for adults.

Fall Greens and Radishes Container Garden - The Rusted Garden Blog

Fall Pea Success in Maryland Zone 7

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I hope you got a round of peas in for the fall. I know it is hard to keep planting sometimes but the rewards pay off. In my area (Zone 7), you get a cool weather fall planting season. It is Oct 2nd and my August planted peas have matured. I have been picking pods. The containers held cucumbers, tomatoes and basil. I removed the cucumbers and tomatoes in August and planted peas.

If you look closely you can see dozen vines climbing on the old cages. The basil is still alive, mixed in with the peas. The trellis on top of the cages was place there when I cut the grass. When I came back to move it, oh weeks later, the peas grow through it. So it stays!

You may have to click the photo to enlarge and see the peas. The 'Sarah's Galapagos' is a bit distracting. But it is still producing currant type tomatoes.

Fall Peas in Maryland Zone 7 - The Rusted Garden Blog

Video: Making A Simple Jute (String) Trellis - Vertical Gardening

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Vertical gardening or also known as trellis gardening is a great way to add space to your garden. A 4x8 foot raised bed can also be trellised (if that's a word) to include another 4x8 vertical space or more. You can grow you cucumbers and other light vine crops up a trellis. Another video I did shows you how to create a chicken-wire trellis that measure 3x8 feet.

Jute is an organic fiber that is green friendly. I use it for everything in the garden. Although you missed the window to plant fall peas, a jute trellis is a great way to grow peas. You can set up your trellis now in the fall, so come spring, you can grow you peas vertically. Unlike cucumbers that can sprawl on the ground, peas are quite fragile and really do their best climbing. A jute trellis is nothing more than tieing off string. Who can't do that?

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Monday, October 1, 2012

A Full Meal From My October Garden: Just Garden Salad

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So one of my gardening goals was to get tomatoes come fall. Another goal was to eat a decent meal from my garden through November. October is officially checked off. This was a big goal because I typically lose my gardening stamina come August and my garden collapses.

This a salad of purple ruffle basil, tomatoes (large and cherry) (Oh and an heirloom 'Brandywine'), banana peppers, green peppers and white bunching onions. Topped off with sea salt and olive oil. 

An October Garden Salad - The Rusted Garden
Mozzarella Added to the Garden Salad - The Rusted Garden
All Vegetables From My October Garden - The Rusted Garden

October 1st: What's Going On in The Rusted Garden?

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It's fall. The nights are hitting the 40's and the days are resting nicely in the mid 70's I achieved a lot of garden goals this year. The big goal was getting my videos done. The other big goal is cleaning up my garden this fall and building all the new beds that I want for spring. I actually have a plan this fall for my 2013 garden. Well... a general plan that is a bit more detailed than last year. Here is some of what is going in my garden.


The of 'Sarah's Galapagos': The Rusted Garden
My container gardens were quite successful this year. This is all that remains of the tomatoes. Below are clay pots I used to attract toads. I redesigned my herb garden this month and did a complete over-haul. The sage is all that remained of a large bush that died back.

My Renovated Herb Garden with Sage: The Rusted Garden


Lavender in A Box - The Rusted Garden
Lavender grows quite well in boxes. It is nice to have around the raised beds. It attract bees and good insects and it smell great when you brush against it. The tomatoes were another goal. I got large tomatoes into October. Be it only 1 day. I did it.

The Last of Large Tomatoes and Purple Basil- The Rusted Garden

Video: Building A Cucumber & Vine Chicken-Wire Trellis

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The key to building a trellis is knowing where the sun sits in your garden. A lot of time people build a trellis and the afternoon sun casts a trellis vine shadow on their other vegetables. That is fine if you want a shade garden. It isn't fine if you are shading out crops that need full sun. This video shows you how to construct the trellis and it talks about some planning strategies.