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  1. Jane23

    Recycled Items for Gardening Purposes

    I found a couple of nice designs for boxes I can build to over-winter my herbs and sprout seeds for the spring. Now I need to build them in a good spot where they won't be frozen as the wind blows through and they get plenty of sun. I am in the dreaming and planning stage of my journey, as...
  2. Jane23

    Rodent Near the Garlic?

    I will probably do that tomorrow. Today was a high of 14 with a windchill that brought it down to -8. Tomorrow is set to be 35 degrees. It is very bipolar here and I hope to get a good look without my cheeks going numb.
  3. Jane23

    Rodent Near the Garlic?

    I didn't think so; maybe they were trying to find a place under the straw I put over the garlic to winter it. When I read up on garlic earlier this year and started my spring 2023 garden plan, I surrounded some of my core crops with garlic: nothing that doesn't enjoy having garlic nearby and a...
  4. Jane23

    Rodent Near the Garlic?

    So, the latest snow came in last night, and in my review of my gardens, I saw little tracks across one of the places where I planted my garlic. It is either a mouse or a chipmunk that came to visit. Should I lift my straw and see if they are trying to dig up my garlic or leave it be? Could...
  5. Jane23

    Fixing soil

    Exciting. Maybe when the next snow is through, I will see about a little fire. 🔥
  6. Jane23

    Fixing soil

    The rubber bits come off sadly very easily. So, should I clear the area of brush and move it away from the tree and start a small fire under it? It would cook it nicely. It's perfect for the hot summers.
  7. Jane23

    Fixing soil

    The snow finally melted a bit. It is supposed to come back tomorrow. Here is a picture of my compost bin. It is small, but it works. There is a large piece of rubber inside the tank, keeping anything from falling out in case you wonder about the door not completely closing.
  8. Jane23

    Fixing soil

    The door is a little sad. I used a grinder to cut it out. I added rubber tubing around the edges to prevent myself from slicing myself up on sharp edges. I think it is too small, but I can add stuff next to it, let it break down for a minute, then add it to the tank later. At least those plants...
  9. Jane23

    Fixing soil

    The horses visited my property last night. I collected two containers of manure and added them to my compost bin. I need to post a picture of it. It is a welded tank that I can turn as I want. It doesn't look pretty, but I hope it will do the job I need it to do.
  10. Jane23

    Fixing soil

    I don't have any trees with leaves on them around me. I do have ponderosa pine, which drops its needles in the fall. I layered my garden beds with those pine needles and plan to continue that layering next year. The pine needles will slowly break down into the soil and protect it as the...
  11. Jane23

    Fixing soil

    I expect to be working on this for the next several years. What I think I will do is plant my staple crops of onions/potatoes and make the rest peas and beans. I can turn the peas and beans over when the season ends and plant a fall cover crop. A couple years of this should start me on my path...
  12. Jane23

    Fixing soil

    You mention one of the other ideas I had for the garden, which is mass planting peas, beans, and legumes. I notice my oldest garden is getting better where I planted the beans two years in a row. I like beans and peas and was already thinking of doing a mass planting. The key is how. I would...
  13. Jane23

    Fixing soil

    My garden is closed for the next four to six months. That means it is time for planning and reading. My soil is terrible, I took soil samples in October before everything froze and found that Ph is high, but everything else is almost non-existent. I have mostly clay soil. I have seen problems...
  14. Jane23

    Jane23 - South Eastern Montana

    I would say it is harder today. Many of the earlier materials were better quality and a lot of junk is coming from China. Those won't last for years, and no one can afford to replace various components year after year. I also got most of our pieces before the prices went up. If you want to...
  15. Jane23

    Fixing soil

    I would start with a soil test, so you can know what you need to work on. My soil is terrible, and I have been shooting in the dark to improve it. I just did my first soil test a couple of months ago. Surprisingly, the PH is fine, but the rest are either expended or almost absent. That means I...
  16. Jane23

    Fixing soil

    Have you done a soil test?
  17. Jane23

    Jane23 - South Eastern Montana

    I don't have that many pairs of wool socks so...every three days for the seriously cold days.
  18. Jane23

    Jane23 - South Eastern Montana

    That's why I stay inside with warm blankets, long underwear, and good wool socks.
  19. Jane23

    Jane23 - South Eastern Montana

    I work in town and can fill up a jug daily. I can also collect snow. 😋
  20. Jane23

    Jane23 - South Eastern Montana

    I am living in a refurbished camper right now. Do not attempt this in a regular RV or Camper. They are not designed for -40 temperatures. My husband and I ripped it apart three years ago and added 2 inches of spray foam and 2-inches of cellulose to make it as winter-tight as possible. The...
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