Jay Angler wrote:elle sagenev wrote:I'm totally not in your growing ecosystem but I feel your frustration with struggling to get anything to grow. Hopefully some permies with similar climates will pitch in.
It's been working well all summer. Yesterday there was a pretty good storm. Our oldest dog is terrified of storms. We weren't home. He freaked out, broke the gate down, went in and just dug. He dug some things up entirely and some things are ok. Very random panic digging.
However, helping your dog might be a worthwhile mini-project. Clearly you need some sort of outdoor "dog safe house" - solid, secure and storm-proof. Used packing skids could form at least part of the structure, but if the dog's "panic digging," leaving it with a dirt floor might be best. You're pretty much south of Saskatchewan and I know its storms can be sudden, violent and epic! I'd be frightened and seeking shelter. Maybe you already have something and the dog was just too frightened to use it, if so, please don't take this post the wrong way, but maybe look at what you have provided already from a scared dog's point of view in case you can think of ways to improve it.
One question about the greenhouse - how consistent is the soil inside it? Could that explain part of your inconsistent results? Is there *any* chance you're at least partly dealing with an herbicide residue issue? I got one bad batch of something and *nothing* useful grew in that spot for several years and I haven't had the heart to test it again. What I'd like to do is get some really good mushrooms to grow there in the hopes they'll heal the soil, but too many other priorities!
Skandi Rogers wrote:Right lets start with the easy bits, tomatoes don't need bees or insects, just go in once a day and give the supports a sharp tap with a stick, enough to shake the plants. If they are getting wind from the open door and still not setting then how hot is it getting in there? If they get to hot they won't set fruit.
Peppers.. Peppers take forever to get going but they do eventually, mine are still only 6 inches high and right on target.
Just put everything back he dug up and water it well, if tomatoes have snapped off, take the top remove most of the leaves and bury as much stalk as you can, water well, they will set new roots and carry on. The ants are unlikely to have killed the gourd but they may have been farming whatever did, or they could have made their nest right under it and removed half the soil, I lose at least one cucumber each year to that.
If you are struggling with growing things, maybe you should try growing some nice things that can grow unprotected in your area. just start small, and build a better gate for your greenhouse!
Skandi Rogers wrote:the pipe you see going down is probably casing, which means they are nearly done. hang in there!
James Whitelaw wrote:If on a well I would be concerned about the aquifer that provides my water. Perhaps getting a sample tested now as a benchmark would be a good idea?
Tj Jefferson wrote:I'm shocked they are drilling with oil prices where they are... But that sucks Elle. If it helps this does seem highly unusual for noise levels- I lived in Colorado as a kid and there were lots of wells at the time being drilled (early 80s) and I can't remember it being significant, so this seems like either a new technique or rig not working right. Noise is energy that is lost (from a physics perspective) so a quieter rig is generally more efficient.
Eric Hanson wrote:Elle, you really have my sympathies for whatever that is worth.
It really bugs me that mineral rights owners can basically ignore the rights of surface owners! They should at the very least have to do some sort of noise abatement and surface reclamation when they are done.
I hope thing quiet down for you soon,