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  • Thu, Sep 03, 2015 - 11:27am

    #31

    pinecarr

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    Great garden video, Sterling!

Your "yard" is hiding all kinds off good-stuff!  What growing zone do you live in, if you don't mind sharing?  Love all the peaches on your peach tree!

  • Thu, Sep 03, 2015 - 09:00pm

    #32

    Sterling Cornaby

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    My Zone

I am in zone 6.  

I am glad that you liked the video, I will make it a point to post one every so often since it seems useful for a few of you.  

Also I am in Utah which means watering is an absolute must  in the summers.  I will save bunches of details on that.   It is really getting more fun as I work at gardening, even with some of the failures; for example I had to replant my squash/zucchini 3-5 times because of a wet spring with slugs coming out.  

One really nice local resource for gardening information is Caleb Warnock-http://www.mcssl.com/store/calebwarnock.   The few times I have interacted with him has been very helpful.  I have been to a few of his classes and bought a bunch of seeds from him as well.

I also highly suggest getting Caleb's yogurt culture.  The steps are:

  • Pore whole milk into a 'dirty' jar that has the culture in it (basically the jar of yogurt you just used up without cleaning the jar out)
  • leave on counter top over night/24 hours (longer makes it a bit firmer)
  • eat it (put in fridge after sitting out over night/24 hours)

I got off but I have this yogurt, with peaches (or raspberries), and granola for breakfast 3-4 times a week lately and it is really good.

 

Additionally, I have been trying to get in 'sync' with eating at least one item from my garden every meal for the past two months.  I will say that it is a really fun but really hard  as well.  My natural tenancy has been to go to the fridge or the pantry for snacks or meals— I am trying to change that habit to the garden and snack on raspberries, tomatoes, and peaches (that is what I have a lot of right now).  Changing these habits is quite tricky to do.

And one last item, I am no where near feeding myself exclusively from this, but I can say I might be feeding my family between 10% to 15% from my garden over August this year. I was at near 0% three years ago so.  

I thought that I would just list a bunch of random thoughts I am having on gardening!

Thank you

Sterling

 

 

  • Fri, Sep 04, 2015 - 12:55am

    #33

    robshepler

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    Great job Sterling!

Everything looks great Sterling, you are getting a good jump on it! Your planning will pay you back in spades.

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