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.
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.
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.
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 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: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!
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 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?
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.
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!