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Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: 2020 Victory Gardens
« Reply #225 on: September 18, 2020, 09:55:14 am »
My latest garden experiment; I have planted spinach through black plastic in the past with mixed results. If I had cool weather it did well but with our usual fall drought it did very poorly, the plastic keeps the weeds at bay but makes the ground much too hot for spinach.. To get a marginal crop I would have to replant a half a dozen times, even then it was iffy. I have so many weed seeds in my soil from using barn yard fertilizer that I have to use a ground cover for individual plants.

This year I am trying newspaper held down by T posts to hopefully reflect the sunlight and keep the ground cooler.


Offline Eric Krewson

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« Reply #226 on: September 18, 2020, 11:08:01 am »
I save seed in the spring and have a big bag of spinach seed from 2011 in the freezer that I have planted every year with pretty good germination.

I decided to stratify the seed this year by soaking them in a bowl of water instead of planting it straight out of the bag. According to what I have read the floaters aren't viable seed and the sinkers are.  I found that over half my stored seed were floaters.

I planted my newspaper rows with sinkers but laid off another row of floaters just to see if they would come up, the seeds are in the bowl in the picture.



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Re: 2020 Victory Gardens
« Reply #227 on: September 23, 2020, 07:31:57 am »
My biggest issue with planting my greens patch is sowing the seed too thick. I have been experimenting with salt shaker type spreaders that make out of pint jars. The size and number of holes can make a spreader that really puts out seed evenly.

Here is one that works well, the other picture is my hand thrown seed, much too thick, with greens seed being so small it is hard to tell how many you put out.

 
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Re: 2020 Victory Gardens
« Reply #228 on: September 23, 2020, 07:34:47 am »
My stratified seed experiment is complete, it worked well, here is a row of stratified seed and the sinkers I planted. In the row of floaters I planted only one seed has come up so far. Some of these will be transplanted to any holes in my newspaper that failed to have seeds sprout, so far almost every hole has a plant or multiple plants in it.



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Re: 2020 Victory Gardens
« Reply #229 on: September 23, 2020, 07:24:38 pm »
Interesting experiment Eric. Like the shaker idea to.

I tried something I always wanted to but it never seemed to work out right until today. I know these giant puff balls always grow in this same spot. I usually don’t get the timing right and they are past prime. Tonight I found several. I picked a half dozen. I Cleaned up and sliced up the smallest one. Heated up some butter and sautéed the slices. Cooked them till they got a golden brown edge. I hope they are ok, because my wife daughter and I ate a bunch of them.

Not to bad. Anyone have suggestions for storing them? Dehydration?

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« Reply #230 on: September 23, 2020, 07:32:22 pm »
Looks good, BJ.  I guess if you're all still alive in the morning and your dreams were no more wacko than usual, they're probably OK!   ;D
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Re: 2020 Victory Gardens
« Reply #231 on: September 23, 2020, 07:48:50 pm »
Puff balls are edible
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Re: 2020 Victory Gardens
« Reply #232 on: September 23, 2020, 07:52:48 pm »
Looks good, BJ.  I guess if you're all still alive in the morning and your dreams were no more wacko than usual, they're probably OK!   ;D


I’ll try to remember to check in in the morning so no one gets to worried. As for the dreams. My wife has some pretty interesting one without any side effects.

So far everyone seems to be doing good

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Re: 2020 Victory Gardens
« Reply #233 on: September 23, 2020, 07:53:59 pm »
Puff balls are edible


Any suggestions for storing Marc?
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Re: 2020 Victory Gardens
« Reply #234 on: September 24, 2020, 05:29:23 am »
Just so you all know. Everyone survived the night with zero side effects. I washed and put two bigger ones in the fridge. If I get a chance I might try slicing some thin wafers and filling up my Dehydrator .
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Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: 2020 Victory Gardens
« Reply #235 on: September 24, 2020, 06:47:35 am »
I dehydrate a lot of chanterelles, I don't see why it won't work on puff balls.


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Re: 2020 Victory Gardens
« Reply #236 on: September 24, 2020, 06:51:15 am »
Can dry them easy BJ. Dont think you gotta eat em all now.

Eric, growing greens really that big a deal down there? I like your idea.

Um picking red kale and collards now. Broccoli did not do well? Good thing is it eats like kale greens!

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Re: 2020 Victory Gardens
« Reply #237 on: September 24, 2020, 07:36:35 am »
Puff balls are edible


Any suggestions for storing Marc?
Bjrogg

Fraid not.  Mushrooms are not high on my list of edibles but I don't mind nibbling when I see one in the wild.
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« Reply #238 on: September 24, 2020, 08:21:57 am »
I get puffballs in my pasture once in a while during very wet summers.  Some of them get bigger than a softball.  Never had the nerve to try one.

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Offline GlisGlis

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Re: 2020 Victory Gardens
« Reply #239 on: September 24, 2020, 10:40:24 am »
always remember that some mushrooms have very nasty venoms
not only some that kill you in a few hours
also venoms that accumulate in your body and produce effects when you have ingested enough even after long time
when you detect the sympthomes your body already suffered great damages
you cant proceed with trial and errors with mushrooms. stick with what you know 100%