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#233872 - 10/17/11 08:40 PM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: Susan]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
Originally Posted By: Susan
Did you grow any other kind of beans?


Aside from the scarlet runner beans, we only planted bush beans (green and purple) for fresh eating. I'd love to grow more protein, but our growing season is generally too short for beans intended for drying. Though there is talk of a new greenhouse that would extend the season for all sorts of things. And if I like the scarlet runners as dried beans, I could start them earlier. I dug up a few scarlet runner root balls for storage; apparently you can keep them over winter to get a head start.

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#233873 - 10/17/11 08:54 PM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: CANOEDOGS]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
Originally Posted By: CANOEDOGS
if you could keep a beef cow or two way in the back you would be all set..chickens???..


Keeping food animals is a possibility, given that my property is fenced with suitable outbuildings. I have sources for breeding stock, and it's nice to have the option, but I wouldn't bother unless I had to. I have worked with food animals large and small, and so have no illusions about the effort and upkeep involved.

I have looked at local "wild" options, and there are many. I can hardly keep the pigeons out of my hayloft. There are white-tail deer running around outside my fence and using my bush for winter cover (I should set out surplus apples in a trough, along with a salt lick). And the grasshopper population exploded this year, chewing up all sorts of stuff. So I have many options for charging "rent" if I so desire.

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#233874 - 10/17/11 09:01 PM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: Aussie]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
Originally Posted By: Aussie
But about those apples - you need to read up on cider making ! The apples on the ground are perfect for cider making, preferable infact !


It's been on my mind for years, but our season is so compressed that much of the harvest comes all at once, and I never seem to have time or energy. Some friends picked a ton of our raspberries to make wine with. If that turns out well, I might be motivated to make a few carboys of apple-raspberry-rhubarb next year. (Note that you can "freeze distill" a light wine like that to make a more potent potable. Watch out for revenooers! laugh )


Edited by dougwalkabout (10/17/11 09:03 PM)

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#233875 - 10/17/11 09:07 PM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: dougwalkabout]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
Bloody heck, something went wrong with the photos in my OP. I can't edit it to repair the links.

Sorry 'bout that.

Here's a link to the same photo set, with slightly higher resolution.

Mods, any repair suggestions?


Edited by dougwalkabout (10/17/11 09:09 PM)

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#233892 - 10/18/11 12:29 AM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: dougwalkabout]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
Quote:
I dug up a few scarlet runner root balls for storage; apparently you can keep them over winter to get a head start.


Yes, I only recently learned they were perennial. A man by the name of Glenn Riley (Port Angeles, WA) once grew around 60 different kinds of beans, and the scarlet runners out-produced all of them.

They could be a good addition to the 'invisible' food garden. People would think nothing that pretty could be edible.

Sue

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#233980 - 10/19/11 02:55 PM Re: Garden pics 2011 [Re: dougwalkabout]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
Here are the photos again (deleted due to an ID-10T error blush ):




















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