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Celtic Tiger
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If you've never grown them, give Japanese Yard Long beans a shot. They grow fast and produce beans 2+ ft. long that smother down very nicely, but don't can in a brine worth a damn in my experience. They are also known as Asparagus beans and are also great on the grill. Cut them in 6 in. lengths, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle sea salt, pepper and garlic powder and grill like any other vegetable


did these last year and they were awesome. you could watch the things grow day to day and they were pretty much bullet-proof. really tender, my kids even loved them raw. saved a bunch of seeds, not sure if I'll do any other type of bean this year


LSUlefty
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I ordered the red ones the other day. Looking forward to trying them.


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Got started with a spring garden last year and I wayyy over planted tomatoes, cucumbers and squash. It was fun and I feed just about every living relative a steady diet of those. Issues to correct this year. I went way to big and the weeds...Well they got out of hand. I should be able to get some hay for pretty cheap. Think it’ll work has a weed deterrent? Mostly trying to stay as cheap as possible. Here’s some photos from last year. I got 6 started squash plants from Walmart in a tray. Man they produced unreal amounts of squash.


Got the foot in there, just in case that’s a thing still around these parts.



These were pretty much my daily harvests for a few months.


PillageUrVillage
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I should be able to get some hay for pretty cheap. Think it’ll work has a weed deterrent?


Absolutely. Not only that, but it’ll help with retaining moisture, condition the soil, and attract living organisms (worms, bugs, etc.) that help improve soil. I always mulch my garden.


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This is probably my favorite thread to follow once things start to get growing. I advocate for more pictures from the community. I like watching shite grow and the progress. Must be some deep caveman instinct, but I can watch garden harvest videos on YouTube for hours.


LSUlefty
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Save your lawn clippings in a trash bag for a few weeks then use as a mulch.


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PillageUrVillage
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This is probably my favorite thread to follow once things start to get growing.


Everyone has their own little way of doing things. There’s always something to learn. I like that we can compare notes, tips, tricks, experiences, etc. I’ll definitely be keeping the thread updated with my progress. Please do the same.


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gumbo2176
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Absolutely. Not only that, but it’ll help with retaining moisture, condition the soil, and attract living organisms (worms, bugs, etc.) that help improve soil. I always mulch my garden.



What I do is head to the local Rouses and gather all the cardboard boxes I need since they compact them and toss them out. I'll cut them and lay that between the rows then cover the cardboard with grass clippings I get from the lawn care guys at the local cemetery. I can get 20 large bags of clippings in one day from them when they are cutting. I also pick up as many bags of oak leaves that folks put out for the garbage man and toss them between the rows and around the plants once they are established.

Like you said, keeps weeds down, retains moisture and enriches the soil. When one season is done, the cardboard and organic matter is sufficiently decayed to be easily tilled under for the next crop. Win/win
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gumbo2176
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I ordered the red ones the other day. Looking forward to trying them.


Don't be surprised if those red beans turn green when you cook them. I've grown the purple yard longs and once they are exposed to the heat of cooking, they turned green. The only time they kept their color is when I pickled some, but like in a prior post, they don't really pickle worth a damn and get kind of leathery is my experience.


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ChenierauTigre
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I have done the cardboard box thing for years. Works like a charm.

Did I mention that I really hate weeding?


lsuson
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Mulching is great to keep the soil moist and the roots happy. Not only that the mulch depending on material will start to break down into compost and add great nutrients to the soil. I have compost working now that I hope to add to the soil in march. Also have a worm bed I started so I can make casting tea. I just planted by seeds indoors. My beds are set. I source aged manure from a stable along the river and there were big earthworms in each bag so I know the soil will be happy. I'm going 100% organic this spring and not adding any fertilizers. Hopefully I don't see a drop off on production.


PillageUrVillage
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This is some hard work.


gumbo2176
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This is some hard work.


Looks like that's a lot of clay based soil you have there. If so, be sure to add as much decayed organic material as you can to help build some good soil.

My garden prep over 20 years ago almost made me quit as my soil is heavy clay based. However, over the years I've added untold amounts of organic matter and my soil is now loose and rich, but it's been work. The hardest part is getting it started and once there, it is much easier to tend to.


PillageUrVillage
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It’s basically clay and cow shite. I can smell it. Used to be a cow pasture. But I’ve been working builders sand, manure, compost, and peat humus deep into the dirt.

ETA: Still got all of this to add. And I’ll probably get more.


Good news is, it’s not as compacted as I thought it would be. And, I’ve been seeing a lot of worms and grubs as I’m digging.
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ChenierauTigre
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Dude, go rent yourself a tiller for a half a day and tear that thing up with machine power. Then add all your amendments and till them in. You're going to kill yourself.


PillageUrVillage
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I have a tiller. That doesn’t help with all the digging.


lsuson
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Yeah till the shite out if it. Literally lol
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gumbo2176
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I have a tiller. That doesn’t help with all the digging.


What you could have done was build your sides up on that plot and made a raised bed at least 1 ft. deep and you wouldn't have to dig so far down. You could have scraped off the grass, roughed up the clay base a bit and dumped your bagged stuff in the box.

I made a 48 sq. ft. raised bed 1 ft. deep and filled it with garden soil I bought by the pickup load from a local soil company for $35 a load and 1 load did the trick. It did compact and sink a bit during the growing season, but I filled it with fertile soil from my compost pile.


PillageUrVillage
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It’s not as bad as it sounds. Besides, I have a over a month to finish it. Figured I’d do a little at a time.


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Some of my baby plants have graduated to 4” peat pots. There’s a window to the left of this pic where they’ll get afternoon sun. Still got some work to do in the garden.


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