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PlutoSurvivor
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posted May 23, 2015 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PlutoSurvivor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tell me about your garden this year. . .
Have you planted vegetables, flowers, both?
Did you start your seeds early or sow them directly in the ground?
Did you try anything new? Heirloom varieties? Exotics?
How about a container garden or rooftop Eden ?

I'm reading a library book called, The Edible Balcony, Growing Fresh Produce in Small Spaces. Next year I hope to add containers to my patio. This year I'm digging and expanding the veg garden, installing a rain barrel.

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posted May 24, 2015 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted May 25, 2015 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Small spaces sounds like a good idea.

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posted May 27, 2015 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ami Anne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am letting this grow on their own and seeing what I get. I am really into edible weeds, so try to identify these. I have an Aloe Farm. They are my peeps

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posted May 28, 2015 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aloe is a miracle for stomach ailments.

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posted May 30, 2015 10:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ami Anne     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Aloe is a miracle for stomach ailments.

My aloes are so beautiful, Randall. I could cry. They are so majestic. Many are really big like 4 feet or more tall.

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posted May 31, 2015 06:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted June 10, 2015 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SnowWhite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I live in the desert, with lousy soil, so I do raised beds. I have 8 4'x4' beds and I rotate what goes in them.

This year, I have a small garden, only 3 boxes so far, one of bell peppers and jalapenos, one of sweet corn, one of tomatoes.

I also do two boxes of fodder for my backyard chickens and ducks. (I did have rabbits and turkeys back there too but I'm downsizing. So only chickens and ducks now, and I may be selling the ducks too.)

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posted June 11, 2015 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Duckies!

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posted June 11, 2015 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SnowWhite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have two Muscovy ducks right now, male and female. They're awesome for backyards because they don't quack. You'd be *amazed* at how loud ducks can quack. And if you don't want complaining neighbors, then Muscovies are the way to go!

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posted June 12, 2015 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Never seen quackless duckies before!

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posted June 12, 2015 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PlutoSurvivor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Snow White, thanks for sharing.
I didn't know about quackless ducks either

So I watched a documentary about them on youtube. They communicate by wagging their tail feathers, so cute!

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posted June 12, 2015 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SnowWhite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are really awesome.

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posted June 13, 2015 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I want one!

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posted June 14, 2015 12:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SnowWhite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Too bad you're not in my area, then when we have ducklings you could get some! There are a few hatcheries that have them and ship them.

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posted June 15, 2015 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would definitely take them!

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posted June 16, 2015 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a lake, so they would have plenty of room.

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Originally posted by SnowWhite:
I have two Muscovy ducks right now, male and female. They're awesome for backyards because they don't quack. You'd be *amazed* at how loud ducks can quack. And if you don't want complaining neighbors, then Muscovies are the way to go!

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posted June 17, 2015 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do they make any kind of a sound?

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posted June 17, 2015 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SnowWhite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They hiss, and the females trill. They don't necessarily have to be upset to make those noises either.

Ducklings peep, and the mamas trill to them.

And they aren't all that into water. We have a wading type pool for them, and they only use it to bathe in, whereas when we had other breeds of ducks, they'd get in and swim. Runner ducks love to swim, Crested ducks (look like regular ducks with a puff of feathers on their heads) will sit in the water all day long.

*these are the only breeds I've had*

Muscovies are actually from a different strain of duck (whereas everyone else is a mallard strain) and so if you have Muscovies and another breed, their offspring will be mules, unable to reproduce.

Also, Muscovy meat is said to taste like sirloin or veal (I will never know what veal tastes like, I'm only reporting what I've heard), not "ducky" at all. I've never eaten them, so I don't know.

One thing is very true though, the males can be jerks, so if you have more than one male, you'll want a LOT of females for them. We had 3 ducklings hatch last fall, all males and all jerks. We sold them, and only have the father left (and only one female, an owl took the two mamas we had).

They can fly, so I clip their wings. They are said to like to perch up high on roosts and whatnot but mine haven't ever tried that. They sleep on the ground.

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posted June 18, 2015 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ducks can be very territorial.

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posted June 18, 2015 06:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SnowWhite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, they can. And really, when it comes to the barnyard, you only need *one* male per species, otherwise you can get problems.

I have 6 duck eggs under my broody chicken right now! (the remaining female duck is not the best at actually sitting on her eggs so it's to the chicken to hatch them)

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posted June 19, 2015 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chickens hatch ducks?

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posted June 19, 2015 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SnowWhite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chickens can hatch anything! She's hatched turkeys for me too (and incidentally, the turkey hatched a chicken later on LOL). Ducks can hatch chicks too. But it's better if they don't as regular duck breeds will lead their babies to water and that never ends well with chicks.

However, especially since Muscovies aren't super crazy about getting in the water, it's great for a chicken to brood them. And they'll have the protection of a mama. If the Muscovy hen I had right now would go broody, that'd be the best, but she doesn't.

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I don't have a garden as I live in a first floor flat, however I have an allotment (piece of land rented for growing veg and stuff). I only started it this March.

So I have growing: potatoes, spinach, salad leaves, dwarf french beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, rhubarb and sweetcorn. Plus one apple tree. In my flat I have about 10 basil plants thriving, and will sow some more seed for that this weekend as I love the smell and look of basil. On my flat back patio I have 20 tomato plants all doing well too. I will do more adventurous stuff next year. The allotment site has one section with beehives which is really nice.

I love gardening, it's very therapeutic and really gets you "into the moment" spiritually as well as getting you back to nature.

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