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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Squash in a Bag.

You remember me saying that I, once again, had run out of room in my garden?  You know, after I decided to cut back and downsize?  After I planted all my plants and seeds -- I ended up with summer and winter squash with no place to go!  Poor squashies! 

The solution:

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Hubbard and butternut in back bag.
Zukes and yellow squash in front bag.

Thanks to the Pillagers of the Landscape (aka the power company minions), I have mountains of chips.  And, while I know it is optimal to wait until they have broken down for a year or more, I was faced with the clock ticking down on planting time.  I will put a layer of aged mulch over the top of the raw chips, once the vines start growing.   I also put pumpkin, another hubbard and a butternut in the pile o' black gold by the goat barn.  I foresee a bumper crop of squashes.

Using what resources I have - an endless
supply of wood chips.
Now to figure out what to do with the dozen tomato plants I have leftover.  I think a listing on Freecycle is in order...

19 comments:

  1. Your garden looks so lush and beautiful! And look at all that green, green grass. I've heard of planting in the bags of soil but never tried it. Keep us updated on the progress, okay?

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  2. Good idea! Nice soil and warm too...

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    1. Nancy - That is what I hope - and a good way to maintain moisture, too.

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  3. Wow, that garden looks great. I've already got weeds up in mine. That is a nifty idea.

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    1. Kristina - Oh, believe me, there are weeds out there. I just made sure I took the pics at a safe distance... :)

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  4. oh god...i have the same disease! i planted some of my tomatoes in bags of dirt sitting on end. if all of my tomatoes do well i might be in big trouble!

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    1. Jaz - Riot! I know the feeling - I am so fired up by spring that I lose my mind. Then I have to deal with the fallout. Of course, it could be worse having too many veges. Is there such a thing?

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    2. Hey! You've just given me an idea of what to do with those leftover tomato plants....

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  5. Well, the wood chips look wonderful; postcard perfect! So look at your garden, not the edge of your property along the road....

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    1. Michelle - I have mastered the art of short-sightedness. I rarely look to the road.

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  6. Your garden looks amazing!!!!
    Looks neat, will the roots break through the bag and go into the ground? Can't wait to hear the results :)

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    1. Kelly - Thanks! It's so nice to have things growing again. Ideally, the roots stay in the bag. I can monitor the moisture and keep feeding them, too. It will be an interesting experiment.

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  7. What a beautiful garden....what about buckets along the drive for your tomatoes? I know its silly but can you ever have too many tomatoes...juice, puree, sauce, dehydrated and in olive oil? Bruschetta daily.....yes I am a lunatic about tomatoes!

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    1. Fiona - Hey! That would be perfect. I just happen to have buckets that were left by the previous owners (along with tires, broken glass....) There is no such thing as too many tomatoes - I use them for everything!

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  8. Having ZERO soil of our own, I may just have to run out and get a few bags to plant in. And then when they're finished, I can put the bags o' soil into the garden! Although I'll still need a million bags to get the garden up to snuff.

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    1. Carolyn - That is precisely the reason I grow things in raised beds, buckets, pots and bags. Our 'soil' (using the term very loosely) is nothing but rocks and gravel barely held together with sandy stuff.

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  9. Wow wish you lived closer we could trade produce:) Squash in a bag I am going to try that what a great idea. Hug B

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  10. Susan,

    I seen a video on you tube with a young man growing squash in a bag, and thought it was a great idea. I hope you have all kinds of vegetables from this planting :-)
    The power minions here don't leave the tree mulch/chips behind.

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