david doyle, Leesville, SC, US

gardening interests: Composting, Container Gardening, Cooking, Culinary Herbs, Edible Landscaping, Fruits and Berries, Herbal Crafts, Livestock, Medicinal Herbs, Organic Gardening, Square-Foot Gardening, Sustainable Living, Urban Gardening, Vegetables

Birthday: 09/19/2019

Member Since: 05/10/2014

recent comments

Re: Tool Housing and Husbandry

You can replace the handles of most tools.
It's always worth doing this to high quality metal parts.

Re: Gardening Tools on the Cheap

Flea markets often have tool sellers.
Be prepared to dicker, as they often price their wares too near new to be of use to budget gardeners.
These guys tend to operate on the Greater Fool concept, believing a greater fool than the last will surely come along. Here I'm not talking about genuine vintage stuff, but common garden tools.
I look for tools without plastic. Good quality, older tools rarely have much of it. Metal and wood are preferred and things should be firmly riveted together.

So, know what you need, and what you can pay - then offer that. Solid, sound old tools shouldn't cost more than about half of new.
Be prepared to walk, though, if you can't negotiate a fair price.
After all, you can always get new for new money.
Don't be the greater fool the scalper has been waiting for.

Re: Keeping Rabbits Out of the Kitchen Garden

My garden is surrounded by almost a hundred yards of open sward.
We also have three outdoor cats (neutered).
I believe this combination has kept the rabbits out of my garden up til now.
Mowing such an expanse is time consuming and a pain, but I think it's worth it. Future plans include the mower, but also fences, both electric and wire.

I like the idea of growing hot peppers around the perimeter, as npdpig suggests. I have my doubts that it would keep rabbits from crossing them to get something tastier inside....but it's worth filing away.
While I've read "Watership Down," I also can't object to a bunny stew. Too much of that can throw the predator/prey ratio out of whack, but in moderation rabbit harvesting can fit into the deterrent scheme, too.

Re: Curried Watermelon-Rind Relish

Sounds delicious!!

Re: Tomato Cutting Continues to Grow

You can also "clone" your tomatoes, turning them into everlasting versions of themselves.

Just allow a few suckers to remain on the branch nodes of your last tomato plants of the season. Let them get about 6" long and then grasp them firmly, rock them back and forth, and gently break them loose from the plant.

Once in hand, place the sucker in a pot with plenty of foot room and bring them in once the first hard frosts of winter arrive. to your growing area or greenhouse and treat them as any container grown tomato.

When spring arrives, plant the clone out as usual and you will have a Mini-Me version of last seasons favorite tomato!

Re: Container Cabbage How-To

Can these be started in late summer for carrying over the winter. Im in zone 8a, and we dont get really severe winters.

Re: Growing Potatoes in a Laundry Basket

Id make an inner ring of cardboard and place it over the greenery at hilling time.
Size it so there is about 2" between the outer basket and the inner cardboard ring. Fill the space between the two with grass clippings, leaves, packed straw - whatever mulch materials you can gather with a rake.
Then, pile on the soil inside the ring to the desired fill level.
Finally, slide the ring straight up - to leave an outer layer of moisture retaining mulch between the outside and the soil wherein the taters grow.
When the harvest is completed, dump the whole basket, soil and leaves, onto the compost pile. Add a sprinkling of wood ashes and turn it in.