Logan Byrd

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greg mosser wrote:probably an old ground nesting hornet or yellowjacket nest, uncovered after it was abandoned. if it was active, you’d know it already.

That might be it! Do you think it would be fine to dig it up? It has formed a bit of a mound, and I'd like to level it out a bit and toss some seeds there.
2 weeks ago
Today I noticed a bare spot amid some ivy (?) that was planted to take over the ground between the sidewalk and the house. Looking closer, I noticed a comb-like structure that I have never seen before.

Any idea what this might be? I didn't want to disturb it in case it was some type of ground hornet (which might respond aggressively) or something like a bumblebee, which have a hard enough time without me poking at their homes.

This is in Michigan.
2 weeks ago

Jay Angler wrote:Some peppers have evening low temps that stimulate them to set fruit, and some seem to need to be a certain size. My friend had given up on her Thai Dragon, and now it's got fruit, so don't give up hope!
Congrats on getting more barrels filled - "creating" that much volume of "pre-soil" is harder than it sounds, but having filled several large raised beds this year, I have great appreciation for the work involved. That said, they will produce food for many years with little top-ups as well as the learning experiences of what grows in your ecosystem.

I won't give up on it, but I don't think I will attempt to bonchi it again and carry it forward into another year. I have been very happy with the barrels overall - I will definitely be replicating this once I have my own place, although I do not know if I will be here next year to see if the barrels perform even better the second year.
I also have been sneaking some pits from stonefruits (peaches, plums, and nectarines) into the barrels - hopefully one of them will result in a dwarf fruit tree next year!

Jay Angler wrote:Even if you don't get fruit, you're getting roots and biomass, so let them enjoy their life. If you get a chance to see a Bumble bee that's had a pollen-bath in a squash flower, I expect you'll at least smile - funniest looking yellow ball I've seen in a long time!

I will! I don't like removing plants that I've intentionally planted, since even a late planting will give me experience with watermelon plants for the next year. The only exception to this rule of mine is if a plant starts to endanger other plants or structures, like a vine that slips into house siding or something among those lines.

Jay Angler wrote:I made some specific wooden trellis panels that fit a barrel, although they've died of old age now. They fit around the "back" of the barrel (north in my case) and provided a place for climbers to grow. If your barrels are in a line close together, you could train it to run along the back of three or four barrels, putting down roots as it goes?

That is a good idea and something that I will try. My current setup is a grid-like pattern, so a barrel, then a gap the size of the barrel, then another barrel, and so forth. My initial idea behind that was that I could grow plants in between the barrels, since over time the rain would wash nutrients from within the barrel down to the soil below it. I didn't get a chance to see if that would have made a difference this year, but if I haven't moved, I'll try that next year.

Jay Angler wrote:I'm so glad you've got happy frogs! Frogs are suffering with loss of habitat, polluted water, toxic insects and so many more issues, that if you've made a happy place for frogs, that's awesome!

Frogs are one of my favorite wild critters here - I've also noticed that leopard frogs seem to be hanging out wherever I put down woodchips (including the pile of woodchips that I have been slowly using) although I am not sure why they do so. There's a pond on this property that is very loud in the summers due to the sheer number of frogs that live in it, but tree frogs are more of a rarity so I am very happy to see them enjoying my garden as much as I do.
3 weeks ago
I will have to look into using tomato leaves in cooking further! I was under the impression that they were toxic, but it looks like that's only true in large amounts.
As far as the rest of the area goes:

1. Three more plastic barrels were filled up with logs, food waste, and woodchips. I transplanted a year-old Habanada Pepper bonchi into one, and while the plant is growing very well and producing many flowers, I do not see any peppers on it. I never got any peppers when I originally grew it indoors as well, so it may be bad genetics or a variety that requires outcrossing? Either way, I am expecting nada from it.

2. A few days ago I placed three spinach varieties into one of the barrels, with around 15 seeds for each. Noorman, Old Dominion, and Securo. There's nothing to report so far for germination, but this is my first time trying a fall crop so I am hoping it does well.

3. On the ground, there was a honeydew melon plant that self-seeded from some scraps I dropped, although it looks like the soil was poor there since it hardly grew. There is also a watermelon plant that I intentionally planted using David The Good's melon pit method, and it is doing very well, although I fear I started it too late to get any melons from it.
3 weeks ago
I keep forgetting to post updates, so here are some updates.

The barrel with ground cherries and french marigolds has stopped producing ground cherries. I got 50+ cherries of different sizes off the one plant, and while I didn't like them as much as I thought I would, I will try some other cultivars and see if I like them better. I am planning to try "Mary's Niagara Ground Cherry" next year. The french marigolds are still going strong, but I've been taking the seeds from the dried/dead flowers and spreading them around in hopes that they'll reseed throughout the yard next year.

The barrel with the mixed flowers and the lemon cucumber plant has produced a few cucumbers so far with more to come. I've also noticed something interesting about the barrel - it seems to be a haven for tree frogs, most likely due to the variety of insects (food) attracted by the flowers and the safety from snakes. I've attached a few of my favorite pictures of them.

The barrel with the birdhouse gourd needed to be loosely staked in place - we have had an unusual number of storms this summer, and each time it stormed, the vine would be thrown into a different direction and all of the fruit would be lost. In the future, I think I would run the vine across dirt so that it can set down roots rather than running it across the woodchips. One gourd is particularly large and there are three others that are starting to grow as well.

3 weeks ago
I will be growing some indeterminate tomato plants indoors over the winter, and I expect that I will need to trim the plants back quite often to keep them contained (both in width and height).

Are there any uses for cuttings, leaves, or stems - other than compost and cloning new plants? I was thinking about drying the leaves, and crushing them up to create a powdered/easy organic material addition for indoor plants by mixing it into soil, but I wasn't sure if I could use them for anything else.
It's a collection of tools that suggest changes to your video's information (based off the data of everyone using TubeBuddy) or allows you to edit things in bulk. There's a few different tiers but everything that seems to be useful is in their paid tiers.

One thing to note is that it is against YouTube's Terms of Service to use this - I am not sure if anyone has gotten banned for using it, but it was not a risk that I felt comfortable taking.
1 month ago
I'll grab photos of the other barrels tomorrow, but the flowers in the second barrel have started to die back. Interestingly, the lemon cucumber (that I thought had died after the deer ate from the barrel) made a full recovery and is now going strong.
1 month ago
Here's some new photos! All of the plants seem to be happy, although deer (?) ate a good amount of the flower barrel shortly after my last update.

Still no watering or fertilization, although I have added some extra woodchips when I see bare spots.

I really like how the flower photo in this post turned out.
2 months ago