NCPaul's Garden 2011

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NCPaul's Garden 2011

Postby NCPaul » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:38 pm

I'll try to post what new this year from last year, first up - artichokes. I'm not sure my climate is right for these but SWMBO requested that I try them.

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This is the garlic from last fall, about 15. If I get heads from half of them it should meet my needs. This was grown in a space of about 1.5' X 3' or about 50 cm X 1 m. Even the very land challanged can find a little bit of space for garlic. BigGuy's garlic patch looks to be about 4' X 10' but he is after all the BigGuy.

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My plum tree is showing some fruit

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but is also dropping some of it. It could be birds or squirrels or weather or ? Should I be worried?

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Finally this girl is off to a good start (one of two).

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Postby saucisson » Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:29 am

What is the last one?
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Postby NCPaul » Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:52 am

Hint - she's related to a noble family. :D
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Postby Snags » Sun May 01, 2011 1:20 pm

Is it a semillon grape
waiting for Noble Rot to turn it into a Satuerne?
yet to take the plunge still researching
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Postby NCPaul » Mon May 02, 2011 11:33 pm

She's a bine not a vine. :D
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Postby saucisson » Thu May 05, 2011 11:29 am

A hop?
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Postby NCPaul » Thu May 05, 2011 6:11 pm

Right. :D I planted two Mt. Hood hops (related to the noble Hallertau). They should grow to about 14 feet (4 meters). I will get a small yield the first year but much better after that. Growing the hops then turning them into beer just seemed like a fun thing to do. Here is a picture of my brother with his Cascade hops from last year.

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Postby grisell » Thu May 05, 2011 6:27 pm

Hallertau? That was far-fetched on a meat forum. Anyway, nice! :D

That's the way you dress in NC now? I should move there. :( Her it's 40 F and windy...

(oops sorry picture from last year, missed that :wink: )
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Postby NCPaul » Thu May 05, 2011 6:55 pm

The picture of my brother was taken in late August in northern Mississippi. I'm sure he had a string of 90F (32C) days to dry out the hop cones. Here in NC, it's 72F (22C) and sunny; good for my garden. :D
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Postby saucisson » Fri May 06, 2011 10:45 pm

Good luck with it. Hops are a horrendous price from home brew shops here these days.
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Postby big_onion » Fri May 20, 2011 1:49 pm

I'd love to grow hops but we have 5 dogs, and hops can cause hyperthermia (massive overheating). Given that we live in New Orleans, we don't need to overheat the dogs anymore than our God-awful weather does on its own.

Once you start harvesting hops, any interest in selling some? I'd be willing to buy some off you!

EDIT: Hyperthermia, not hypo. Haha. Had 'em switched up!
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Postby NCPaul » Sat May 21, 2011 5:02 pm

Hops are doing well. :D In order to encourage strong root growth, I've limited one of them to a single bine and the other to just two. My outlook for the first year should only be an ounce once dried (or I would be glad to share some). New Orleans is too hot for hops I'm afraid. Also in the picture is a blueberry bush with only about 15 blueberries. :( Red potatoes, dill and some mint as well in the pots.

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Postby big_onion » Mon May 23, 2011 2:49 pm

NCPaul wrote:Hops are doing well. :D In order to encourage strong root growth, I've limited one of them to a single bine and the other to just two. My outlook for the first year should only be an ounce once dried (or I would be glad to share some). New Orleans is too hot for hops I'm afraid. Also in the picture is a blueberry bush with only about 15 blueberries. :( Red potatoes, dill and some mint as well in the pots.


Glad to hear they're well! And no worries on the hops. Hopefully you have enough to make something tasty!

Whereabouts in NC are you? We're considering buying a small farm up in NC (been looking in the Piedmont area, I think) in the next year or so to raise some livestock. I'm a Yankee by birth (New Jersey) and after almost 12 years this heat is killing me. Haha.
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Postby NCPaul » Mon May 23, 2011 11:26 pm

I live in the Piedmont and you won't escape all of the the heat by moving here; July and August will be like New Orleans. :( You will however get about two snow falls in the Winter and have very nice Fall and Spring conditions. You can get, for some plants, a double season. Quite a few things, like herbs, spinach, and some lettuce, will winter over. Your planting zone will be 7 instead of 9.
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Postby NCPaul » Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:25 am

Garlic harvest! :D Fifteen heads (about a hundred less than Big Guy) should meet my needs for a while. Easy to grow in a small space. If they last to fall, I should plant the large cloves on the outside of the head to make large heads next Spring. These are Lorz Italian. Plus a couple of yellow squash (the first of many I predict).


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